Eaten Alive by Mosquitos? Here’s Why (Smithsonian)

mosquitoHave you ever come back from a camping trip, scratching away at the red bites covering your legs, only to hear your camping buddies enthusing that there were hardly any mosquitoes? You feel annoyed. Wronged. Maybe a little bit crazy for thinking that mosquitoes prefer you over your friends.

Breathe easy (and stop scratching!), because it’s not just in your head. Approximately 20 percent of people are especially attractive to mosquitoes for a variety of reasons, resulting in more frequent bites. Factors such as blood type, genetics, metabolism, and even drinking beer can influence how delicious you are to mosquitoes. Smithsonian discusses what makes certain people stand out to these whiny insects.

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