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Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others
ANI ^ | 22nd Jul 2013

Posted on 07/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others

ANI | 22nd Jul 2013

For years, scientists and researchers have had trouble explaining the reason behind mosquitoes' preference to choose one person while ignoring the others.

According to Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, mosquitoes get attracted to cholesterol and steroids on the surface of skin, the Washington Times reported.

He said that people with a more efficient metabolism could have a higher cholesterol concentration on the surface of their skin - not their blood - than others, thereby attracting more bites.

Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, said that any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance.

(Excerpt) Read more at deccanchronicle.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: mosquito

1 posted on 07/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This isn’t really cheering at the moment. My husband just left with my blood slide to the local lab. They’re checking to see if I have malaria. Results in about 30 minutes.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 2:36:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

Malaria? Are you in Peru or something?


3 posted on 07/28/2013 2:38:27 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Jemian

I hope you do not.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 2:39:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: Cementjungle

According to her hommepage, they are in Indonesia. At least they were 9 years ago.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 2:49:29 AM PDT by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: Jemian

Just sent a prayer.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 2:50:54 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Cementjungle; TigerLikesRooster; skr; LurkingSince1943

I am in Papua, Indonesia.

The results are back. Negative for malaria. Yea! Thank you for praying.

The lab reported “leukocytes high” which means “undiagnosed infection somewhere caused by something we don’t know yet.” That explains why I feel bad.

But I will confess to O+ blood (along with many, many folks on the planet).


7 posted on 07/28/2013 3:10:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Someone told me that eating lots of garlic is an effective ward against attracting mosquitos. Along with attracting everything else, of course.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 3:10:41 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Big doses of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) will ward off biting insects.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

I haven’t heard that one, but it’s funny how B6 seems so recommended for various reasons. As a result, I just happen to have plenty on hand.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 3:27:55 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So when are they going to do a study on those danged biting yellow flies? I can handle the state birds but those flies make me swell up like a balloon.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 3:33:35 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Hey, I'm a boozer with O blood and high cholesterol and mosquitoes still hate me.
12 posted on 07/28/2013 3:46:38 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Telepathic Intruder; TigerLikesRooster

I’ve been eating garlic & onions regularly, for 15+yrs, and have not been bitten by a mosquito or stung by a bee/wasp.

My theory is, “If you smell like Listerine, I don’t wanna know you. But if you smell like garlic & onions, we’re friends.”

Hint: put peeled garlic cloves in EVOO, in Mason jar, nuke numerous times for 1-2 mins each time, let cool, until they turn purple; EVOO absorbs the raw garlic oil taste and is great for cooking, but garlic is sweet and very tasty, almost like eating M&Ms.

I can buy 500 peeled garlic cloves ($20) at local store in very lg jar, but I transfer 50-60 to Mason jars and fill to top w/ EVOO, and keep on bottom shelf of ‘fridge. Nuke as I need ‘em.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 3:59:06 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: carriage_hill

For those who do not know what EVOO is: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


14 posted on 07/28/2013 4:19:56 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Jemian

Hope you feel better soon. I feel for ya. Going on for nearly two weeks of feeling really icky from kidney infection. Worst I have ever felt in my life. Still on antibiotics and back is still hurting on left side. Being sick ain’t no fun. :(


15 posted on 07/28/2013 4:27:07 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I've noticed that people who eat more sugar, i.e. those who drink sweetened tea that's 3/4 a cup of sugar or more to a gallon of iced tea, attract more mosquitoes in the woods than those who don't.
The "unsweetened" ice tea drinkers spend a lot less time swatting mosquitoes while fishing, hunting or walking in the woods.
16 posted on 07/28/2013 4:28:18 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Bullish

” Hey, I’m a boozer with O blood and high cholesterol and mosquitoes still hate me. “

Hehe , me , too . They always go for my wife who has low bad cholesterol and does not drink .


17 posted on 07/28/2013 4:46:59 AM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: mazda77
danged biting yellow flies?

And those HURT!!

18 posted on 07/28/2013 4:57:39 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: savedbygrace

Thanks.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 5:01:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I read, years ago, in my son’s pharmacy textbook, that Type O blood was the attractant that mosquitoes loved. I believed it as I am B negative and have never been bothered by bugs of any kind.....despite high cholesterol!


20 posted on 07/28/2013 5:48:47 AM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I was a smoker and married to a non smoker. They would eat her alive while ignoring me. Same with fleas. Now I am a non smoker and am with a smoker and they eat me alive while basically ignoring her.


21 posted on 07/28/2013 6:49:34 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: blackdog; Telepathic Intruder
Big doses of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) will ward off biting insects.

You sure? I always thought it was B1.....

22 posted on 07/28/2013 6:51:32 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I wear my doggie flea collar. Good thing I don't live in Cali.


23 posted on 07/28/2013 7:03:38 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Another study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that mosquitoes are likelier to attack people, who have type O blood.”

Of course, the mosquitoes are smart; type O blood, like mine - the human “universal donor” blood type - is safer; less chance they’ll accidentally kill the other human hosts they want to feed on and are exchanging blood with.


24 posted on 07/28/2013 7:16:14 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This seems to have about as much good science as the Gorebal Warming bs.

I and one of my sons have high inherited cholesterol levels. In spite of so called good diets and exercise, our levels are high.

Another son and a daughter of the high cholesterol son have incredible supposedly good cholesterol levels. Both of them are told by their doctors to eat more to gain weight. Both are in great physical shape.

When the family is near mosquitos, the two with the dream levels of cholesterol get eaten up by mosquitos. We of the high cholesterol levels seldom get bitten.

The next mosquito target is my wife with a good target ratio of so called bad and good cholesterol levels. I joke with her that the mosquitos like white blood/meat since she has no native American or distant African blood in her system.

Our true blond and fair skin friends and relatives seem to fall into the desirable white blood/meat mosquito targets.

If we are with them in mosquito areas, they are the first targets and most hit on by mosquitos.

Of course, there is always an outlier in any grouping. We have a female friend with Hispanic/Porta ancestors. She is still a good athlete with supposedly desirable cholesterol levels. We are tempted to use her to attract the mosquitos as she is their first and main target.


25 posted on 07/28/2013 7:57:05 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Having a discussion with liberals is like shearing pigs. Lots of squealing & little fleece!)
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To: mazda77

” when are they going to do a study on those danged biting yellow flies? I can handle the state birds but those flies make me swell up like a balloon.”

Sounds like you are having an allergic reaction to their bites, and that could be serious.

Try taking an Allegra tablet an hour before exposing yourself to the yellow flies. The Allegra will not repel them, but it should lower your allergic response to their bites.

Allegra is also now available in a topical crème. Get some of that to put on the bites asap after getting bit.


26 posted on 07/28/2013 8:01:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Having a discussion with liberals is like shearing pigs. Lots of squealing & little fleece!)
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To: Jemian

I had malaria when I was 5. Typhoid too. Deliria is fun when you’re a kid.


27 posted on 07/28/2013 8:03:25 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: carriage_hill

I’ve stored garlic in olive oil for weeks at a time. It imbues it with the garlic flavor. Garlic is pretty deadly to microbes, by the way. It’s probably not good for small things like insects either, which might be why they don’t like it.


28 posted on 07/28/2013 8:51:16 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So, there are several potential attractants

My wife attracts mosquito bites. I tell her it because she is sweet.

As a bee keeper I knew from long experience that a few bees with the hive defense duty will buzz you at eye level. I read that the reason is CO2 from your breath. If you thread a tube to your mouth and down through your clothing and out the cuff of your pants....... there will be no annoying eye level buzzing. It works.


29 posted on 07/28/2013 8:59:06 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

I think they can detect it in the pores, and avoid biting/stinging skin with those properties.

Long live garlic!


30 posted on 07/28/2013 9:16:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: carriage_hill

Yes, you don’t just metablize the stuff, it’s in the pores and everywhere else in the body after eating it. The active substance, allicin, is an organic sulfur compound so small that it penetrates cell walls. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and possibly other ones we don’t know about yet.


31 posted on 07/28/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, said that any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance.

CO2 is such a trace gas that insects can follow the CO2 trails we exhale.

32 posted on 07/28/2013 9:47:19 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Heh, on a hot day, I could clear-off an entire tennis court just by sweating, after eating 30-40 roasted cloves the night before. When I was in my Family Farm Business' office, some people would walk in, pivot 180° to walk out, while saying, "What the hell died in here?" LOL. The ones who asked if I had some roasted garlic for them, immediately became friends. (I'd even take them out to my private shooting range and bring along some of my Class III Firearms.)
33 posted on 07/28/2013 9:58:31 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: carriage_hill

30-40, wow that’s a lot. I have my super-ego telling me to stop at about 10. There’s only one way that eating garlic won’t be noticed by someone else, and that’s if they have been too. So in a happy marriage, for instance, it had better be both or neither.


34 posted on 07/28/2013 10:14:38 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

LMAO; if you’re married, you’d both better eat it. Or go on a hunting/fishing trips for a few days until the pores clear. I’m divorced for 10yrs, so it doesn’t matter. When my cats were alive, they didn’t complain. Roasted garlic, to me, is ‘addicting’.


35 posted on 07/28/2013 10:57:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: beaversmom

Kidney infections are worse than malaria. Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. I get kidney infections, too.


36 posted on 07/28/2013 1:43:00 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Impy; GOPsterinMA

Mosquitoes love me. I’m like Kate Upton to a college frat boy.


37 posted on 07/28/2013 1:52:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: blackdog

What considered a “big” dose?

Is the cure worse than the disease in the long run? (too much B6)


38 posted on 07/28/2013 2:19:36 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Might be your irma.


39 posted on 07/28/2013 2:21:58 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: Jemian

Thank you Jemian. Hope you are feeling better for whatever you had/have.


40 posted on 07/30/2013 4:29:28 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Thank you. Yes, I am feeling better. Right now we’re sitting under a low pressure weather front and we’ve been overcast and gray with rain every day. It is NOT the rainy season. So, that adds to my mood. But the achy, feverish thing is going away. One thing I’ve learned with my kidney infections; I stay tired for a long time afterward, sometimes even as long as two months. Let others baby you, if you can.


41 posted on 07/30/2013 7:18:47 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

Hope you are continuing to feel better. :)


42 posted on 08/01/2013 10:11:26 PM PDT by beaversmom
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