Offbeat — 08 July 2013

Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than other

Not being attractive can be a sad thing but not being attractive to the mosquitoes is a blessing. However, the phenomenon which makes mosquitoes interested in biting some people more than others have made researchers busy. Mosquito bites can do a great lot of harm by spreading dangerous disease like malaria. The people who seem to attract more mosquito bites are more likely to fall prey to this dangerous disease. Only the female mosquitoes bite people and suck blood for the purpose of reproduction. According to scientific discoveries, the female mosquito collects protein from blood and lays eggs with the help of that protein.

According to an experiment conducted by a group of Japanese scientists the people who possess O blood group attract more mosquitoes than the A or B blood groups do. The scientists had exposed some people to mosquitoes after removing their biting parts. The mosquitoes chose people with O blood group a number of times more than the other blood groups. Mosquitoes have the power to smell blood from a very long distance. But they just don’t bite everyone equally. They choose their victims and attack them.

Fat people and pregnant women are prone to getting mosquito bites. They exude more carbon dioxide than other people. The chemical sensors of mosquitoes pick up the scent of carbon dioxide and attack the person. We all have bacteria on the surface of our skin. Bacteria reside in our sweat and produce the bad odor. There are some varieties of bacteria that encourage mosquitoes to bite us but most of them are good for keeping mosquitoes away.

People who have more saccharine in their blood attract more mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are also good at assessing the dangers and attack animals that cannot defend themselves too well. For scientists it is important to find out what attracts a mosquito or triggers the impulses to bite one person more than others so that they can formulate a product which can keep mosquitoes away from us.

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Written by Anupam Jolly

With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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