One of the few drawbacks to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer is the plethora of bugs, namely mosquitoes.
If you think the bloodsuckers favor you over others, you’re not crazy. Turns out, there are five reasons why some people are mosquito magnets.
“Your attractiveness to mosquitoes is at least partially genetically-based,” Joseph Conlon, technical advisor at the American Mosquito Control Association, told Real Simple.
According to a 2004 study from the Institute of Pest Control Technology, mosquitoes prefer people with Type O blood.
Ever wondered why mosquitoes love pregnant women? It’s because they breathe more heavily and more often, producing carbon dioxide and drawing mosquitoes.
Men, who are typically larger than women, and people with high metabolisms are also more likely to attract mosquitoes for this reason.
The chemicals in sweat, such as lactic acid, are very attractive to mosquitoes. According to Real Simple, mosquitoes also sense body heat created by dark clothing or lots of movement.
If you’re a fan of strong floral scents, you may want to go easy on them in the summer months.
Because mosquitoes’ main energy source is flowers, Conlon said a floral smell likely draws them.
Did you forget to put on your mosquito repellent? According to Conlon, you need to spray everywhere, not just your arms and legs.
“Many species prefer the lower extremities,” such as the tops of feet, he told Real Simple.
(H/T: Real Simple)