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Mosquitoes Attack Some People More Than Others (Video)

| by Reve Fisher
Leg covered with mosquito bitesLeg covered with mosquito bites

Considered to be the deadliest animal in the world, investigators have not discovered what makes some people more susceptible than others when it comes to mosquito bites (video below).

According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are more than 3,000 species of mosquito on the planet, 176 of which are located in the United States. Not only are mosquitoes considered to be annoying by most, they are also capable of causing great damage to humans and animals alike. More than one million people die as a result of mosquito bites, as the insect can transmit fatal diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, various types of encephalitis, dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika.

Mosquitoes frequently lay eggs in still water, according to the National Health Information Center. To keep mosquitoes at bay around your home, make sure to empty items that may have collected water, such as old tires, toys, flower pot bases, and wading pools for children.

Insect repellent is often recommended to take action against mosquitoes. Sprays and lotions that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET are most commonly used, although repellents with 20 to 30 percent picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 can also be utilized. Although sunscreen can be applied along with bug spray, insect repellent that has sunscreen already added to the lotion should not be used. Clothing that covers large areas of skin, such as pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts also makes it more challenging for mosquitoes to bite.

Regardless of the measures taken, some people are more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes than others, often due uncontrollable factors. According to a video by Tech Insider, human skin is covered by various types of bacteria, which produce different chemicals and corresponding smells that may attract mosquitoes to some people over others, as reported by Little Things.

Investigators have also discovered that mosquitoes appear to be attracted to those who drink beer, the consumption of which can be controlled. Exercise, and the increased body temperature that results from such activity, is also believed to attract these insects, and so is the release of carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

 

Sources: American Mosquito Control Association, Health Finder, Little Things / Photo credit: Little Things

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