WebMD 1:01: Can You Really Be a Mosquito Magnet?
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NOAHEver wonder why sometimes at a backyard party, the person next to you is getting bitten by mosquitoes, but not you?
LeahNow we'll answer the question Noah. Are some people mosquito magnets?
NOAHBut also ever wonder why sometimes at a party women will make out with the guy next to you, but not you?
LeahWe're not discussing chick magnets, Noah, we're sticking to mosquito magnets.
NOAHOK, mosquitoes now, chick magnets later.
LeahOr not. Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters. One of the things they're drawn to is carbon dioxide. So if you're a taller or larger person, or a breathing heavy because of physical activity, you're producing more CO2.
NOAHSo that big guy who made out with my date at the party is more likely to get bitten. That's awesome.
LeahUnfortunately, pregnant women are more prone to bites because they also give off more CO2.
NOAHThat's not awesome.
LeahAnd just moving around or wearing colors that contrast the background will draw more mosquitoes to you too. So if it seems like you're the only one getting bitten, it might not be your imagination. You just might be a mosquito magnet.
NOAHAnd I guess it's not my imagination that I'm not a chick magnet.
LeahNope, that's a quantifiable fact.
NOAHWell at least mosquitoes like me.
LeahAlways looking for the silver lining, this guy.