Why Mosquitoes Bite You, But Not Your Friend

Do mosquitoes seem to swarm right for you? Your friends may say you’re crazy but the American Mosquito Control Association just might have the answers to why these little critters are attracted to some people more than others.

There is nothing worse than having an awesome summer evening outdoors and getting bit by a mosquito. Talk about a buzz kill. We’ve heard in the past that it could be our sweat or even blood type that attracts them, but it’s neither. It’s actually all about your skin and the different secretions it puts out.

Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to the AMCA says, “There’s no question that everyone has a different odor about them. The mosquitoes have honed in on this and have determined that some people should be on the menu more often than others.” Um, ew.

While these studies have only been conducted on a few different mosquito species (176 reside in the U.S. alone), there are some things that you can do to keep them away. Drain any standing water in your yard, wear layers of clothing, and apply EPA approved bug repellent every two hours.

So keep that bug spray handy and if you already know that mosquitos like your skin, keep spraying.

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Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!