Have you ever noticed that you’re especially popular with the mosquitoes? Maybe they’re swarming you but leaving your friends un-bitten? It might be your skin. Certain bacteria on your skin secrete chemicals that are especially attractive to mosquitoes.
No, mosquitoes actually do have a preference when it comes to who they’ll attack. That’s been confirmed in various studies.And it turns out that preference could be due to the smell of your skin. At least that’s what a video from Tech Insider says.
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Our skin is covered in a lot of bacteria – estimates put the number of bacteria at one trillion. And it turns out that bacteria differs wildly from human to human, leading to each of us being covered in our own unique concoction of chemicals.
Certain combinations of chemicals make some humans more attractive to mosquitoes than others. A person’s body temperature has this effect as well, which is why people exercising outdoors seem to attract a lot of the insects.
Other things contribute to mosquito attraction as well, such as a person’s outfit – the old belief that dark colors attract mosquitoes is very true. It’s also true that mosquitoes are more likely to attack those who have recently consumed alcohol.