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Are You A Mosquito Magnet? Why Some People Are More Prone To Those Bites!

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Summer's here, and while you might be enjoying your time by the lake, one thing you don't want to bring back from your vacation are those pesky, itchy, and generally unpleasant mosquito bites. But why is it that some people get devoured while others are able to walk away unscathed?

It turns out that roughly 20% of the population are more prone to those itchy bites than the rest of the country. The Smithsonian has some surprising explanations why!

Your blood type is a main factor. One study says that people with Type O blood are twice as likely to get bitten as people with Type A. People with Type B blood fall in the middle of the spectrum. The study says that 85% of people secrete a chemical signal through their skin that indicates which blood type they have, while 15 percent do not, and mosquitoes are also more attracted to secretors than non secretors regardless of which type they are.

Growing up, we've all heard that Carbon Dioxide attracts mosquitoes. Scientists say it's true! Mosquitoes are smelling our breath! People who generate more CO2 are shown to attract more mosquitoes. Don't hold your breath if you see a mosquito though, because by the time they can sniff out your breath in the first place, they're in close enough range to bite you.

If you sweat in the heat, we have more bad news. Mosquitoes can smell your lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, and other substances from your body that come out when you sweat. It's like hanging a big target for a hungry mosquito.

But there are ways you can eliminate, or at least lessen, the amount that mosquitoes approach you. A medical entomologist from the university of Florida tells NBC that mosquitoes to avoid wearing colors that stand out! Mosquitoes use their vision to find humans, so clothes that are black, dark blue, or red make you stand out. If you need an excuse to go on a shopping spree for more neutral colors, just blame it on mosquitoes.

Most of all, genetic factors make up the amount people are viewed, and therefore bitten by mosquitoes, through blood type, metabolism, and other factors. So if you're likely to get bitten by mosquitoes, there's not a whole lot you can do. Just bring along mosquito repellant and hope for the best next time you hit the lakes!

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