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Mosquito madness

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Does this sound familiar? A dozen people are outside at a party and you are the only one eaten up by mosquitoes. So, is it true those pests could flock to one person like a drive through at a fast food restaurant?

The answer comes from the Smithsonian, and it's yes, that can happen, but it's unlikely that only one person could have what they want. On the list of what attracts a mosquito, number one is beer, and it doesn't just give you away in your breath.

"Your skin kind of will give off some ethanol, it will kind of come out of your pores," says Mike Mclean a mosquito expert.

The number two is increased body heat. For example, after exercise, that brings a build-up of lactic acid in the system, which is also attractive to mosquitoes.

Number three is pregnancy. They have a higher body heat and pregnant women exhale 20% more carbon dioxide, another calling card to mosquitoes.

Number four is blood type. Researchers have found that type o blood is apparently the tastiest to a mosquito. Those folks are twice as likely to get bitten as other blood types.

Number 5 is something we all have that mosquitoes like, dark colored clothes: blacks, blues and reds.

So yes, mosquitoes prefer certain body chemicals but anyone of us could fit the bill at some point.

Now, this tip from the New York Times, at your next back yard party, plug in some oscillating fans, mosquitoes are weak flyers and that will help keep them out of range.  But also, the wind will help disperse some of the body chemicals that attract them.

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