10 Reasons Why You’re Always Getting Bitten by Mosquitoes

Whom they love to bite, where they like to hang out, and which repellents they hate the most.

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Man sweating outdoors
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We love when you work up a sweat

You think we’re drawn by the aroma of your “sweet blood,” but it’s really the carbon dioxide you exhale that makes us beeline toward you. The harder you breathe, the more CO2 you emit, so you’re especially attractive after a jog.

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Female mosquitoes bite to breed
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Hate getting bitten up?

Blame the ladies. We don’t like to admit this, but male mosquitoes do not eat human blood: They get all their nutrition from plant nectar. We females need your blood, which contains a protein that helps our eggs develop. After we have a blood meal, we can lay anywhere from 100 to 400 eggs.

Did you already get bit? Here are 5 Things for Bug Bites and Itches.

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Drinking beer can attract mosquitoes
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Love beer?

It’s crazy, but we can tell when you’ve been drinking because your skin chemistry changes, and it lures us in.

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Smelly feet attract mosquitoes
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Smelly feet are simply delicious

In fact, scientists have shown that we find your tootsies ten times more alluring than Limburger cheese (but really, our favourite body part is your hand).

Check out 6 Ways to Avoid Getting Bitten By a Zika Virus Mosquito.

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Mosquitoes are attracted to those on the outside of the circle
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To evade us at a party, don’t be a wallflower

When we smell a huge mass of carbon dioxide, we fly toward it; after we get there, it’s easier to attack the people on the perimeter of the group than those smack-dab in the centre.

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Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water and overgrown vegetation
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If your home’s landscaping is well tended, we won’t like it as much

We like to hang out in thick, overgrown vegetation. The darker and more humid, the better. If you keep your lawn mowed, pool skimmed, and bushes trimmed, your backyard won’t be very appealing. Removing puddles of stagnant water is also a great way to repel us—that’s where we like to lay our eggs.

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Mosquitoes are repelled by DEET and picaridin
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We’re thrilled when you buy DEET-free repellent

DEET, along with picaridin, is among the stronger types that help keep us away. Each type of repellant blocks different receptors that allow us to track you down. We’re also not big fans of lemon eucalyptus and the compound IR3535, although these are a little weaker than DEET and picaridin.

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Carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes
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Got those CO2-emitting traps in your yard?

Great! You may think you’re outsmarting us with these devices, which emit carbon dioxide to lure us into a trap. But they may attract more of us than they are able to trap, increasing our presence in your yard. UV bug zappers aren’t effective either: Only a fraction of the pests they kill are mosquitoes.

Here’s How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes In Your Landscape.

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Mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women
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Pregnant? Yum

If you’re a woman who’s expecting, you emit more carbon dioxide and your abdomen has a higher temperature than when you’re not pregnant, drawing some of us right to you. Sorry, baby.

Here are 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman.

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When it comes to West Nile, the end-of-summer bites may do more harm

It’s simple logic: We bite birds who have the West Nile virus; then we bite humans and spread it. By summer’s end, we’ve had more chances to bite infected birds.

Want to avoid those itchy bug bites this summer? Insect repellent is your best defense. Look for one of these ingredients.

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