Skip to comments.Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes ó Why That's True Will Surprise You
Posted on 05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.
If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.
And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.
But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In a TED 2014 talk earlier this year in Vancouver, microbial ecologist Rob Knight explained that the bacteria, or microbes, on skin produce different chemicals, some of which smell more attractive to mosquitoes.
The trillion or so microbes that live on skin are a small percentage of the 100 trillion bacteria that live on and inside the body, but they play a huge role in body odor. Without those bacteria, human sweat wouldn't smell like anything.
However, those different bacteria vary greatly from person to person. Knight explained that while we share 99.9% of DNA with other humans, most people only share about 10% of their microbes.
To demonstrate that mosquitoes are overwhelmingly attracted to certain types of skin microbes, researchers asked 48 adult male volunteers to refrain from alcohol, garlic, spicy food, and showers for two days. The men wore nylon socks for 24 hours to build up a collection of their unique skin microbes.
Researchers then used glass beads that they had rubbed against the underside of the men's feet to pick up their scent as mosquito bait.
Nine men out of the 48 proved to be especially attractive to mosquitoes,
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Eating lots of garlic and a little vitamin B should help.
I often find myself praying that the blood of Jesus would kill ‘em and make me unattractive to them. Seems to work pretty well.
I told my ex it’s because I’m sweeter.That’s why she’s my ex.
Memorial Day festivities started early here.
Would some one condense this for me..?
I never had to wear bug repellent around my ex. The skeeters would fly past me and get her. Heck, they would come out of hibernation in winter to bite her.
I find that rubbing your body (lightly) with olive oil and using an olive-oil based shampoo works best. Olive oil is actually very good for the body, both internally and externally. So if you happen to swallow some olive oil while you are rubbing it on your body, all the better.
My nephew thinks it’s because his body runs warmer and they smell the blood more easily. I think that’s likely. He’s always wanting to turn the ac to colder because he cannot take the heat.
I’m the same way. It hits 80 and I’m really getting uncomfortable. Every year I’m covered in mosquito bites. My husband has none. He feels great at warmer temps.
RE: Memorial Day festivities started early here.
Would some one condense this for me..?
Not sure if there’s anything you can do about it.
Essentially it says that our skin is teeming with bacteria. There are billions of them, living on the dry parched landscapes of your forearms, and the wet, humid forests of your nose. On your feet alone, every square centimetre has around half a million bacteria. These microbes are more than just passengers, hitching a ride on your bodies. They also affect how you smell.
The bacteria on our skin can affect our odds of being bitten by a malarial mosquito.
The mosquito that carries malaria Anopheles gambiae tracks its victims with an acute sense of smell. It can track the plumes of carbon dioxide that we exhale, and its also attracted to the mix of smelly chemicals given off by our skin.
We know that some people smell much more attractive to mosquitoes than others. Our diet matters for example, drinking beer can give our body odor an irresistible allure.
Its not hard to see how these studies could eventually help us to develop new chemicals that attract mosquitoes into traps, or repulse them from humans. But theres a lot of work to do first. The most obvious next move is to work out which chemicals the different skin bacteria are giving off.
Well, it’s like this ... some get bit and some don’t ... :-) ...
Mosquitos say they find me very attractive.
Mosquito (maringouin in Cajun) was almost the state bird of Louisiana until they found out that if it’s the state bird you can’t kill it.
Thus, the brown pelican.
You’re such a “mosquito whisperer” ... :-) ...
I almost never got bitten by them when I was a kid, and still don’t get bitten that often. Now, my husband ... wow! He gets murdered by them.
Garlic does prevent illness....nobody will get close enough to you to give you anything.
They would bite my ex, but leave me alone.
So one year, I bought her an electronic mosquito repellant sound device that you wear around your neck.
They swarmed her!!!
Thanks for the critiques.......back to the patio and cooler...
FYI I keep an oscillating fan on the patio,set to med aimed just a bit higher than the ground and sweep the entire area and it seems to keep them away or unable to handle the vortex???
Thanks all Happy Memorial Day.
Use Amway’s Skin so Soft. A little known bug repellant shared amongst infantry grunts worldwide.
We use coconut oil and like olive oil, it seems to work very well.
Naw, just buy deep woods Off.
That would be Avon Skin-So-Soft, not Amway.
I’ve often wondered why you smell like a salad when I post to you. (grin)
Here's a funny mosquito story from Boot Camp 25 years ago:
Parris Island has these big black and yellow striped mosquitos. One day 4 of us were on some errand, I don't even remember what, and it was raining.
One of those mosquitos got under the bill of my cover, right in front of my face, and just followed us along, enjoying the shelter from the rain.
When we got out of the rain, I swatted him (actually probably her) away.
Don’t bother to read it....just kick back and have a few beers this weekend!
Skin So Soft was a must in south Georgia, to keep the gnats away. Much more annoying than mosquitos.
Mosquitos must love muzzies
My parents would tie a pork chop around my neck so the dog would play with me.
A little off topic but this thread reminds me of that joke.
Now that there’s funny.
I was told that ovulating women are more attractive to Mosquitos.
My buddy says the mosquitos in Montana are so big they can stand flat footed and screw a turkey.
My late mother would just step out the door for 15 seconds and be bitten from head to toe. I could be outside for hours and not one bite. Dad and brother also had no problems with mosquitos. I thought maybe immunity to mosquitos was hereditary.
No one thing works for all. Do your own research. IMHO
Now however, Dawn blue dish soap does take the itch out faster (for me) .
It does not work on spider bites.
Haven’t tried it on fireant bites, yet.
Thank you for explaining my problem with females jumping me all the time. It is really disturbing.
Due to govt. bureaucracy regarding such claims and the need for Govt. studies, it is not advertised as a mosquito repellent..........but IT WORKS!
Cactus Juice was the only thing that "helped" against the sand flies in Honduras during my last two vacations there and we took everything...
All of their products have a pleasant scent
One year, in the line of duty on my job, I got 40 mosquito bites on my face. What a mess. But for almost 10 years after, I was totally immune. They bit but produced absolutely no swelling or itch....except they died!! Heh heh
That's by Avon and it makes you smell like a real cheap whore.........
Used it once for a golf outing and I was laughed off the course...........
Looks like the old folks are at the helm.
“No-See-Em” time down here in FL. The only thing that really works is the old Avon Skin so Soft.
Makes sense that Mosquitoes would be drawn to places full of people who don’t wash much....
I read a story about a big construction project in Africa that was having a problem with lions attacking and eating the workers. It turned out that the lions would shun the smokers because it permeated their flesh and didn’t taste good to them. After some time passed cigarettes were in short supply.
Thanks, I needed a chuckle!
However, I've been bitten by fire ants and bees....and, on many an occasion, I was bit by late-afternoon gnats on my Florida patio.
So there must be at least something on me for some critter or another to love, LOL.
Deep Woods Off can also be used to clean headlight lens that are discolored!
Skin So Soft. . .may need to think again.
I meant to post to you. . . Skin So Soft
I’ll put acetone on my legs if it means zero no-see-ems.