Jul 15, 2013 09:29 AM EDT
Similar to human beings, mosquitoes too have tasty food choices! The little bloodsuckers do not bite every human being they come in contact with; they select their prey based on certain physical factors including size, blood type, fitness levels, body temperature among others.
Smithsonian Magazine has enumerated some reasons, why mosquitoes buzz behind certain individuals more than the others.
Beer enthusiasts get ready to slap and scratch! According to a study, people who drink just one bottle of beer, increase their detect-ability levels to the mosquito world.
The parasites are also knows as carbon-dioxide creatures and they adore heavy breathers. Pregnant women attract twice the amount of mosquitoes towards them as they are about a degree warmer, and exhale 21 percent more carbon dioxide.
"Any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance," said, Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association.
Mosquitoes consider type O blood to be the tastiest. Universal donors, who are already targeted by most of the blood banks to help needy patients, are estimated to lose more blood than Type A.
Workouts - a boon or a bane? Mosquitoes absolutely love secretors than non-secretors. According to experts, exercise produces more sweat and body heat, making the blood all the tastier.
"People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes," Butler said.
Especially, women need to keep this mind to prevent swarming of mosquitoes above their head. Mosquitoes use vision and smell to find meals. According to an entomologist, mosquitoes attract people dressed in striking colors such as black, navy and red.
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