Why you’re more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes than other people

If you’ve ever suspected that mosquitoes are particularly “drawn” to you more than the next person, science has proven you
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If you’ve ever suspected that mosquitoes are particularly “drawn” to you more than the next person, science has proven you could be right.

A combined team of scientists from Britain and America have determined that mosquitoes are attracted to certain people more-so than others, due to tiny microbes (or bacterias) which live on the surface of our skin.

“Female mosquitoes display preferences for certain individuals over others, which is determined by differences in volatile chemicals produced by the human body”, the study stated.

A brave pair of twins volunteered with this study. They were each bitten by mosquitoes the same number of times, when compared to other individuals. Matching DNA shared by each twin indicates there are genetic reasons why mosquitoes bite some people more than others.

“The results demonstrate an underlying genetic component detectable by mosquitoes”, scientists explained. This is “evidence that the likelihood of getting bitten is inheritable”.

The way we smell to mosquitoes can also determine whether we become a mealtime target. “Human odour is known to be controlled, at least in part, by genetic factors”, the scientists explained.

“It is possible that variation in our attractiveness to mosquitoes is also
modulated via the same mechanisms”.

Do you regularly get bitten by mosquitoes? Do you think genetics are to blame?

  1. I don’t get bitten by many other people at all. And mossies don’t like me so much either!

  2. I don’t get bitten by many other people at all. And mossies don’t like me so much either!

  3. I used to be a magnet to mozzies, midges and sandflies. Then I started taking vit B1 every day and now I don’t get bitten.

    • Starts at 60 I have no idea. 5 years ago I was going to Tahiti with my daughter for a week to celebrate her 21st. I was worried about the insects. I went to a local chemist and the lady told me to take Vit B1. I did and still am. It works.

    • Mary Anne Ciantar I can’t remember how long I took them before I noticed a difference. From memory I think I took them for about a month before we left for Tahiti.

  4. I used to be a magnet to mozzies, midges and sandflies. Then I started taking vit B1 every day and now I don’t get bitten.

    • Starts at 60 I have no idea. 5 years ago I was going to Tahiti with my daughter for a week to celebrate her 21st. I was worried about the insects. I went to a local chemist and the lady told me to take Vit B1. I did and still am. It works.

    • Mary Anne Ciantar I can’t remember how long I took them before I noticed a difference. From memory I think I took them for about a month before we left for Tahiti.

    • I haven’t been as attractive to mosquitoes since I went onto blood thinners. I have no idea if that’s the reason but it seems a coincidence!

    • I used Vitamin B1 the second time I went to Darwin. It does work. The first time I went I was bitten badly. Before I went the next time I consulted the Pharmacist and he told me to take B1.

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