B.O.: What Every Mosquito Desires

By Caileen  |  Monday, May 11, 2015  |  , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Why do mosquitoes bite?

"UGH! Seriously?!" I yelled out in frustration one morning when I woke up with 20 NEW mosquito bites. To pour salt into the wound, my husband woke up 100% bite-free; NOT A ONE! Why is that? Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? Why are people (like me) subjected to constant blood-sucking attacks throughout the summer months, while others could run nude through a swampy bog during peak mosquito season and come out WITHOUT A SINGLE BITE? Really though, I (along with countless others) have spent our lives wondering about this phenomenon, as we suffer bite, after bite, after bite. Is it the food we eat? The products we use? What could it be? Recently, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have uncovered the answer; and unfortunately, it's out of our control. It appears as though our genes are in charge here…

5 interesting facts from the study:

  • It turns out, your attractiveness to a mosquito is based on your natural body odor (B.O.) - Some people produce natural repellents, while others emit an odor that tells mosquitoes, "dinner is served, come and get it!"
  •  A series of trials for this study were conducted with 18 identical, & 19 non-identical female twins. This study population allowed researchers to determine to what extent, genes affect a person's attractiveness to a mosquito.
  • Dengue mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) were sent flying down a plastic, 'Y' shaped tube, allowed to fly toward the person they were most attracted to.
  • It turns out, of those with favorable body odor (in the opinion of mosquitoes, of course), pregnant women are most-attractive.
  • Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientific evidence that food, products, or drink choice affect your chances of being bitten by a mosquito.

OK, so those of us with this unfortunate genetic predisposition are thinking, "grrrrreat!" BUT, there's good news… According to the researchers, this finding could help facilitate improvement on how we deal with these pesky insects and the diseases they transmit. In the meantime, there's cooling Calagel for fast itch and pain relief from mosquito bites this summer!

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For the full article: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-twins-reveals-genetic-link-mosquito.html

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