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Last Updated on June 27, 2020 by Marie Bautista
In a room with people of ten and maybe two mosquitoes, she will end up with more bites than any other (hopefully not with the dengue strain!).
And it gets her so frustrated and wonders why she gets bitten a lot. (“I smell good naman. I take a bath twice a day pa…”)
But really, these pesky mosquitoes just have this really keen sense of smell.
And they love certain smells on your skin and breath.
This is according to Cleveland Clinic. Researchers over there found out that your “flavor” to a mosquito is determined by your genes, but there are also certain factors that would make you really taste good to them:
High Concentrations of Cholesterol On Your Skin.
According to the researchers, high concentrations of cholesterol on your skin would make you smell good to the mosquitoes.
This is not the cholesterol in your blood, ok?
Your metabolism determines the cholesterol on your skin, so there is nothing you can do about it. Don’t start to take those anti-cholesterol drugs if you have not been prescribed to take them.
Potency of Your Mosquito Breath.
Yup, if there is Dragon Breath (which you pretty much know about. You know, when you wake up in the morning after a particularly fun night of food and booze and you literally passed out without doing your nightly good hygiene habits that your breath could literally make that mosquito – or anybody for that matter-pass out), there is Mosquito Breath!
Mosquitoes can detect our breath and the carbon dioxide we exhale from as far as 50 yards. Mosquitoes love carbon dioxide in your breath
and the more you have it, the more they will flock to you.
Researchers found that pregnant women and children have more carbon dioxide in their breath, making them super-delish to these blood suckers.
If you are moving and sweating a lot, you will also have an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale.
What To Do
If mosquitoes love you, the same researchers said you can apply an insect repellent with DEET, which is the most effective and relatively safe.
I personally use on my kids mosquito repellent patches with citronella and lemon eucalyptus oil. If they go outdoors-like on a camping trip or on trips outside Baguio, I use Off! Lotion.
I am particularly OC-OC na on mosquito repellents because two of my kids got hospitalized for Dengue Fever around June.
I even have this insect swatter, a lamp that supposedly repels mosquitoes and electric liquid repellers.
One little known fact.
Mosquitoes are weak fliers. Wind, no matter how light, is their major enemy. A simple oscillating fan will drive them away.