According to CNN writer Jen Christensen, for the first time, scientists found a possible genetic reason why some of us are mosquito magnets, according to research built on earlier studies that show a person’s body odor might be a part in who gets bitten more. Earlier studies have found people with a certain type and volume of bacteria that naturally occurs on skin might make people more of a target. Same with people with Type O blood, that is associated to a specific odor marker in sweat. Pregnant women sweat more because pregnancy increases their body temperature, so they are bitten more frequently. The same has been shown with people who weigh more.
Knowing this will not keep you safe from mosquitoes this summer, scientists need conduct more research. Researchers could find a way to neutralize the specific odor, if that is what the mosquitoes like. This could signify fewer mosquito bites, and “fewer cases of yellow fever and dengue since these particular bugs are often the carriers of these viruses.”
Wear the bug repellant that is on the market any time you go outside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said to use products that have one of four active ingredients. Check the label for “DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and/or lemon eucalyptus and para-methane-diol products. These products are effective, and they are registered with the EPA.” This signifies that the chemical will harm only the mosquitoes. Wearing shirts with long sleeves and long pants if you can handle it in the heat of summer is recommended. Mosquitoes are less likely to bite what they cannot get to. Hopefully, one day a treatment will be made to fix this problem.