4. They Love the Color of Your Clothes

Clothing

In addition to finding you by smell, mosquitoes can detect you more easily by sight if you’re wearing clothes that contrast with the color of your skin or your background. Wearing dark clothes against light skin is one example of why you might be more attractive to mosquitoes than someone wearing camouflage.

Though wearing camouflage-print clothing might be an extreme means to avoid mosquito bites, there are other ways to make clothing less of an issue. When outside during mosquito seasons, simply wear clothing that more closely matches your skin tone. Or if you’re spending the day golfing on the green, wear a green outfit to blend in with your surroundings a little better.

3. They Love Your Cologne

Perfume

Does your perfume or cologne smell like flowers? Then don’t wear it outside around mosquitoes! Two things mosquitoes love are flowers (males eat flower nectar) and blood. Eliminate the smell of the first and you’ll be bitten less often for the second.

Palmetto Pest Control reminds us that many of our skin and hair care products could be attracting mosquitoes too, because of their lactic acid and floral scents.

2. They Love You More If You’re Pregnant

Pregnant

A study of mosquitoes and the spread of malaria showed that pregnant women were bitten more often than non-pregnant women. This is believed to be because of the significant changes in physiology and behavior during pregnancy.

For example, pregnant women (in advanced stages) exhale more often than non-pregnant women, creating more mosquito-attracting carbon dioxide and moisture from their breath.

Also, pregnant women have higher body temperatures than non-pregnant women, especially in their abdomens. This heat and the chemicals that release from it could be helping mosquitoes detect pregnant bodies more often than others.

1. What to Do When Mosquitoes Love You?

Mosquito Bites

Even if the mosquitoes love you best, you can still take measures to minimize your exposure to their bite. Avoid being outside at peak hours of mosquito activity, like at sunrise and sunset. When you do go outside, consider first applying a safe and effective mosquito repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. If mosquito bites are a significant concern, invest in some mosquito netting for extra protection.

Related: 11 Plants That Help Keep Mosquitoes Away
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