If you’re one of those people who always seem to get covered in itchy welts after drinking on a hot summer’s day, there are scientific explanations behind it.
According to TikToker and dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky, there are several factors that determine whether you’re more likely to attract mosquitoes. First up is sweat. Mosquitoes are drawn to sweat, especially from people who have a higher body temperature. So if you exercise a lot, or you prone to sweating you’re a prime target.
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Sorry beer lovers, but drinking a cold one can also make you more attractive to mosquitoes. One can of beer is all it takes to increase your appeal to these pesky insects.
But it’s not just sweat and beer that mosquitoes are after. They’re also drawn to the bacteria on our skin. That’s why they tend to bite us more on our ankles, where bacterial colonies are more robust.
In addition, mosquitoes have their own preference when it comes to blood types. People with type O blood may find themselves as more enticing targets.
Lastly, the color of your clothing can also make a difference. Darker colors like black and green are easier for mosquitoes to spot, so opt for lighter shades like white if you want to avoid being bitten.
So if you want to avoid being a mosquito’s next meal, remember to stay cool, skip the beer, keep clean, breathe less heavily, and maybe reconsider your blood type.