Are You A Mosquito Magnet?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Mosquitos Suck | 0 comments

Experts try to crack the code behind why mosquitoes like some humans more than others.

By Elizabeth Heubeck, M.A.
WebMD Feature

You’re flipping burgers for the neighborhood barbecue, and the mosquitoes have already begun their feast — on you. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice other folks seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer dining on some humans over others? This may clear up the mystery.

It’s true. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. “One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes,” reports Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida. Incidentally, 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.

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