During summer most of us spend time outdoors, but then we also share more time and space with mosquitoes. Studies have shown that one in every five people are appetizing targets for mosquitoes. What makes one person more attractive to a mosquito than another person? Why mosquitoes bit more to one person than another person? Have any conclusions been reached regarding why some people are more attractive than others? There are many researches going on, to find reason why a female mosquito is more attracted to a particular person than another person. According to some studies, carbondioxide is the primary attractant to the mosquito. Some mosquitoes are also attracted to lactic acid present in human sweat.
Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is necessary as it lessen the chances of contracting many mosquito borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, West Nile virus and yellow fever. Many commercial mosquito repellants contains DEET, which should be used with caution as many studies have found DEET to have harmful effects. Chemical repellents have some success in repelling mosquitoes, but not because mosquitoes don’t like the smell of these repellents. Rather, it’s because these repellents are effective at masking the smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
What attracts Mosquitoes
There are many chemical compounds that attracts mosquitoes, and they can detect or smell these compounds from a great distance. According to many studies, the female mosquitoes are attracted to the following:
- Chemical compounds: Mosquitoes are attreacted to carbon dioxide, lactic acid, carboxylic acid, ammonia and acteonol. These compounds are present in human sweat. The more you emit, the more attractive you are to mosquitoes. Adult emits more carbon dioxide compare to children and hence adults seem to be bitten more often than children.
- Bacteria: There are millions of microbes that live on our skin that creates body odor. Some of us have a collection of microbes that are particularly irresistible to mosquitoes.
- Movement and heat: Mosquitoes are also wn to both movement and heat.
There are plenty of ways for keeping biting mosquitoes at bay, and they don’t involve applying toxic chemicals repellants to your skin. There are also several natural remedies that can help take the sting out of your insect bites, should your preventative efforts fail.
- Cover up
Mosquitoes can’t bite through most fabrics, so covered skin is protected skin. Wearing long sleeve shirt and Pants can considerably reduce mosquito bites.
- Wear light colors
Mosquitoes fly low, a few inches above the ground, because at that level it’s easier for them to see a silhouette against a background. Dark colors are much easier for mosquitoes to see compare to light color. White color are hardest for mosquitoes to spot.
- Use fan
Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers; placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution. The breeze from a fan also disperses the human emanations that allow female mosquitoes to get drawn to us.
- Move as little as possible
When mosquitoes get even closer close enough to land, they mainly sense body heat, because it indicates where blood is closest to the surface, so they know where to feed.. Engaging in more movement and activity generally raises your skin temperature, making you stand out more easily.