Seems rather amusing, but it?s true that mosquitoes are selective in whom they focus their attentions on. Further, there are various parts of our bodies that make for a tastier meal than others. Who?s the most susceptible and why so?

 

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS), something that is attractive to one particular species serves as lesser of an attraction to others.

 

As an example of this, some species might find human blood to make for a super delicious meal, though others may have a strong preference for the blood of either domestic or wild animals. Given that there are approximately 50-70 mosquito species from a total of 2,700 species worldwide that actually transmit disease, it is difficult to pinpoint an attractant.

 

Original Title: Aa_5120a.jpgWhat?s more, the American Mosquito Association (AMA) state that over 350 compounds have already been isolated, which is inclusive of numerous odors pertaining to human skin, many of which serve to attract mosquitoes, in addition to a variety of other biting insects.

 

Together with these compounds, a few of the characteristics that have been deemed to attract mosquitoes include these:

 

Carbon Dioxide

Universally, it is carbon dioxide that is considered as the greatest mosquito attractant. Apparently, mosquitoes can sense CO2 from over 50 yards distant.

 

Humans expel carbon dioxide when breathing, and so it becomes virtually impossible to retain mosquitoes at bay. An AMA publication laid claim to the fact that whenever female mosquitoes sense CO2 they will tend to adopt a rather insightful zigzag flight path as a way to determine the source.

 

Nevertheless, even this attractant has its variants, and there are other traits which work to attract mosquitoes more to one person than to another whenever that mosquito closes in on a group.

 

One argument is that, given that larger sized persons will inevitably exhale more CO2, in turn, they become a more appropriate target. Pregnant women are often targeted since they emit more CO2 than otherwise they would if they were devoid of child in womb.

 

Fortuitously, at least for heavier breathers among us, CO2 is not the sole mosquito attractant.

 

Heat, Movement, & Sweat

Mosquitoes find visual stimuli to be attractive, as they do a source of heat and of sweat. Thus, if group members are particularly active, such as when playing tennis, volleyball, or partaking in other sporting activities, the combination of movement, sweat, increased exhalation (CO2), and heat, is almost certainly going to serve as a far more attractive proposition than the more sedentary of individuals.

 

Unless, this is, that the sedentary target is consuming beer.

 

Beer Consumption

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published the results of a study whereby ethanol content in sweat, skin temperature, and sweat production was measured upon the ingestion of a small measure of beer (350ml) by a target group. Comparisons were then made against a control group that did not partake in beer consumption.

 

It was found that the target group attracted significantly more mosquitoes than the control group. And with that said, for those who believe that imbibing alcohol does in fact work to attract mosquitoes, well, you are all quite correct in your deduction. However, it is only the female mosquito that seeks out an individual who is enjoying a beer or two.

 

Blood Type

Irrespective the amount of care you take, if your blood is ?right,? you?ll be a primary target for mosquitoes.

 

An NCBI study deduced that people with Type O blood were far more attractive to mosquitoes than those with other blood types. And, with respect to any blood type, those whose blood types are distinguishable by mosquitoes are also at a higher risk of being selected by these buzzing pests, given that individuals with a distinguishable blood type secrete a particular and more specific odor than otherwise.

 

It?s unfortunate, but both attributes are carried within the genes, so there?s not much that can be achieved as a way to combat the problem.

 

Smelly Feet

A further odoriferous attractant, but this time, one that people do have more control over, and that is smelly/ unclean feet. Research by USDA equated the smell of unclean feet with a cheese known as Limburger. As it happens, Limburger is very attractive to mosquitoes. The study demonstrated that when smelly socks and CO2 were combined, the ?blend? proved extremely attractive to a variety of mosquito species that are renowned for the transmitting of disease.