You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening out among your plants or may be at your farm, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you wherever you go and circles over your head when you sit down on that beautiful deckchair you have bought especially for this occasion. A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness.
As you swat madly at these annoying pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others?
you are correct. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences. One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes. But it’s not dinner they’re sucking out of you. Female mosquitoes (males do not bite people) need human blood to develop fertile eggs. And apparently, not just anyone’s will do. Happyho also provide best tarot reading services in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
Although researchers have yet to pinpoint what mosquitoes consider an ideal hunk of human flesh, the hunt is on. There’s a tremendous amount of research being conducted on what compounds and odors people exude that might be attractive to mosquitoes. With 400 different compounds to examine, it’s an extremely laborious process.
Scientists do know that genetics account for a whopping 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites. They’ve also identified certain elements of our body chemistry that, when found in excess on the skin’s surface, make mosquitoes swarm closer.
People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that mosquitoes prey on people with higher overall levels of cholesterol. These people simply may be more efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on the skin’s surface.
Mosquitoes also target people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid. These substances can trigger mosquitoes’ sense of smell, luring them to land on unsuspecting victims.
But the process of attraction begins long before the landing. Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters. This doesn’t bode well for people who emit large quantities of carbon dioxide. Larger people tend to give off more carbon dioxide, which is why mosquitoes typically prefer munching on adults to small children. Pregnant women are also at increased risk, as they produce a greater-than-normal amount of exhaled carbon dioxide. Movement and heat also attract mosquitoes.
So if you want to avoid an onslaught of mosquito bites at your next outdoor gathering, stake out a chaise lounge rather than an active sport. As you run around, the mosquitoes sense your movement and head toward you. When you pant from exertion, the smell of carbon dioxide from your heavy breathing draws them closer. So does the lactic acid from your sweat glands.