Mosquitoes Naturally Prefer Some People



I have lived in Minnesota for nearly my entire life, almost 22 years now, and I wouldn’t change much about it other than our luck in sports (but, hey! those Twins), the humidity and mosquitoes. All the mosquitoes can burn forever (I know that sounds spiteful).

Every time I go outside in the warm summer months, Mosquitoes eat me alive — a new study confirms that it’s because they just like some people better. A study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found used twins, both fraternal and identical, to find what mosquitoes might find most attractive.

The sets of twins were tested in attractiveness by having a y-shaped chamber connected to each of their hands and allowing a mosquito to choose between the equally vulnerable subjects. The identical twins ended up with the same amount of preference from the mosquitoes, pointing to a heritable trait for how tasty a treat you are for the pests.

Interestingly, only a female mosquito will hunt after it has mated. There are several reasons that a mosquito will go after someone: carbon dioxide, skin odor, disease and skin bacteria. Those who have recently exercised or have a larger surface area are more appealing, according to the Verge.

With spring in full swing and the recent rain, mosquitoes are coming back strong and I can finally say at least somebody is interested in me.

But I think we can all agree that if mosquitoes don’t like you, you’re just damn lucky.




Photo coutesy of: Sanofi Pasteur


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Travis Bridell

Travis Bridell is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies. He subscribes to over a dozen different publications because he revels in hearing great stories and admiring his craft. Mostly, he likes to learn. A lifelong Minnesota resident, he has yet to leave the continental 48. Travis loves to play basketball and tennis, stream movies, play video games and listen to music (or go to shows). He aspires to write a book, he just isn’t sure what about. He also aspires to be Dikembe Mutombo, he just isn’t sure how.

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