We all have that one (annoying) friend that mosquitoes just don’t seem to bite. They could be doing jumping jacks, in a swamp, dressed in all black, and still not be swarmed by those blood-sucking bandits. Where’s the fairness in that?
If you’re reading this blog and realize that you are that friend; give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve been handed the mosquito-golden ticket, and should use it to your advantage whenever possible.
While it’s scientifically impossible to be 100% mosquito-proof, there are some people who are less biologically appealing to mosquitoes than others. And personality, unfortunately, has nothing to do with it.
Here’s why mosquitoes don’t bite you (as much as they do other people).
Your Blood Type
In Canada, around 39% of people have type O blood – the kind that’s most attractive to mosquitoes. Those with a different blood type seem to get bitten less often, and usually make a habit of rubbing it in the faces of those who do.
Studies show that Type O's are twice as likely to get bit than Type A's, who make up about 36% of the population. Type B's (around 8%) were somewhere in the middle when it comes to mosquito attractiveness. Don't ask us why, though; scientists still haven't figured that out.
A mosquito that’s picky about blood? We never would have guessed it.
Your Carbon Dioxide Levels
Not a gassy lad or lassie? If so, you’re in luck when it comes to mosquitoes.
As we’ve learned, mosquitoes are attracted to the gases we produce like carbon dioxide. Certain types of people naturally produce more carbon dioxide than others, so it makes sense that they tend to get targeted more than those with lower levels. This includes larger or heavier people, as they exhale more gases than smaller folk, making them more likely to be on a mosquito's radar.
According to an article by Business Insider, some scientists believe that certain types of bacteria can act as a deterrent for mosquitoes. They say that the bacteria - or microbes- on our skin emit different scents for different people; some of which are more attractive to mosquitoes than others. Sounds like an Osmosis Jones sequel to me!
Not one of those lucky souls? Have no fear. Talk to one of our licensed technicians and they'll provide you with mosquito barrier protection for your residential or cottage property, as well as weddings and special events.