Are you a mosquito magnet? The science behind why some people get more bites – GLOBAL

May 30, 2023

In the battle against bloodsucking mosquitoes, there always seems to be those unfortunate individuals who bear the brunt of the incessant bites while others remain relatively unscathed.

If you are one of the unlucky mosquito magnets, constantly swatting away the pesky insects, you are not alone. From genetics to body chemistry, experts say many elements come into play that determine who these bloodsuckers find most irresistible.

“They’re flying around looking for a dark object that’s releasing C02 and has heat,” Winnipeg entomologist Taz Stuart, said. “If you’ve been running around a soccer field for an hour, she may think you’re tasty because you’re throwing off lots of C02 and you’re warm.

“That person may be more attractive than a person sitting in the stands, who’s having a beverage and watching the game.”

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