Have you ever felt like mosquitoes are particularly drawn to you? No, you’re not “sweeter” than your mosquito-bite-free brethren, but it may be true that mosquitoes prefer to dine on you! According to medical entomologist and mosquito maven Dr. Jonathan Day, mosquitoes really are attracted to some people more than others, based on a couple of factors.
Here are a few factors that make mosquitoes more likely to bite you:
- Blood Type – Yes, the rumors are true! It seems there may be a link between blood type and mosquito appetite. If you have O type blood, you’re much more delicious to a mosquito than types A or B. However, blood type is not actually the biggest factor in who a mosquito chooses to lunch on!
- Metabolic Rate – Mosquitoes locate targets by sensing CO2 – the higher your metabolic rate, the more CO2 you produce and the more likely you are to attract these pests.
- Clothing – While you can’t control your blood type and can only alter your metabolic rate within the bounds of your natural metabolism, you can dress to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Wear light clothing, and if possible opt for lightweight long sleeve shirts and pants designed for fishing or athletics, which will typically have a close enough weave to keep mosquitoes out while still keeping you cool.
Wearing clothes that help prevent mosquito bites is great, but the best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to call in the professionals. Our Atlanta pest control services can help you get rid of summer pests so you can enjoy the summer weather. Schedule an Atlanta pest control service today!