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Why do mosquitoes bite me? What is attractive to them?

No kidding, the mosquito is one of the main predators of the human, contributes to more than 725 thousand deaths a year. But why do mosquitoes bite us? There is still a rumour that these insects are guided by the sweet blood of their prey but science has other answers.

According to research published by scientist Timothy Winegard, there are a number of characteristics that make some people more likely to suffer from mosquito bites. The research was disseminated by Science Insider in a video.

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What smell attracts them?

A good option for not being a victim of mosquitoes is body odour, because, says Science Insider, the level of bacteria in the skin increases and makes you less attractive to these insects. The opposite happens with deodorants and perfumes that make you a delicacy for them

Does your blood matter?

Winegard’s results determine that mosquitoes do not select their prey because of their skin color but that it is more common to bite people who have blood type O. Also, it indicates that mosquitoes prefer those who have higher levels of lactic acid. on the skin

Beer to fight them?

According to published information, beer is a bad ally to keep these insects away. Because people who drink a lot of alcohol usually raise their body temperature, which increases ethanol in sweat, a compound that also attracts them.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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