The age old mystery of the world, mosquitoes are more attracted to some people more than others, because different breeds have different tastes and it is female mosquitoes that do the biting. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood.
While there was no scientific evidence as to why some of us are more attractive to mosquitoes than others, but the Australian scientists believe they are closer to discovering why some people are targeted by mosquitoes more than others. “We think it comes down to the carbon dioxide we breathe out, but also the chemical cocktail they breathe out on our skin.” Dr Cameron Webb, a mosquito expert told 9NEWS.
- Different breeds of female mosquitoes have different tastes of blood
- Consuming beer or alcohol make you more attractive to some types of mosquitoes
- · Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and the chemical cocktail that breathe out on your skin
- A number of urban legends on how to ward off mosquitoes, including eating garlic, avoiding too much sugar or consuming high doses of Vitamin B
Avoiding mosquitoes is a significant health concern, with around 5000 Australians a year contracting a mosquito-borne infectious disease known as Ross River Virus. There are currently 300 types of mosquitoes in Australia and their numbers are rise as temperatures increase over summer in Australia. “Laying a few hundred eggs a day while they’re breeding, population levels build quite quickly,” Simon Dixon, pest controller said.
Mosquito experts advise people to make sure that their house is mosquito free, particularly garden by draining the pot plants and plant dishes. They also recommend people to keep a good repellent on hand, specifically the optimum brand being those contains diethyltoluamide, also known as DEET, which should be applied to all uncovered skin of a human body.
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