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6 Ways to Avoid Being a Mosquito’s Dinner

Don’t be a hyperactive old dirty obese beer drinker with Type O blood sporting dark-colored swag.

Seriously though, there was a research study that found that 20% of people have the propensity for Mosquitoes Bites. This was linked to a person’s blood type and genetics, among other things. In addition, mosquitoes are attracted to certain body odors, body temperature and even clothing color.

Mosquito bites are annoying and itchy but, most importantly, they transmit serious and life-threatening Illnesses like the Zika virus, yellow fever and malaria. In fact, the World Health Organization reported 429,000 malaria deaths in 2015 and the National Institute of Health reported 1 million deaths annually. You may be at risk if you live in or travel to areas known to harbor disease-carrying mosquitos.

Tips to Avoid Being a Mosquito Magnet

When genetics and other factors for which you have no control are at play, it can difficult to avoid mosquito bites. There are many reasons why mosquitoes might be attracted to you but here are a few tips that might help you to avoid being a mosquito magnet:

Tip 1: Never Grow Up for Skeeter’s Sake!

Some studies have found that Mosquitoes Detect People who emit higher levels of carbon dioxide. This is common in people with a high metabolism or are overweight, as well as pregnant women. Kids emit smaller amounts of carbon dioxide so they get bitten less frequently than adults.

My Recommendation: If you’re overweight, you can workout but let it be known that mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid produced by your body when exercising. If you have a high metabolism, you may just have to wear a gas mask. If you’re old, maybe someone will find the fountain of youth before it’s too late.

Tip 2: Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friend

Mosquitoes are also attracted to warm bodies and it’s speculated that having a cold brewsky makes you warmer. It’s also believed – but yet to be proven – that ethanol in beer attracts mosquitos. Either way, ncbi research shows that you’re more likely to get bitten if you drink beer.

My Recommendation: You probably love your beer, so it’s probably best to stay inside of your man cave. Otherwise, sideline it just like the Most Interesting Man in the World. (Beer tastes nasty anyway, IMO!)

Tip 3: Be a Type A

Pubmed research study found that, of all blood types, people with Type O were twice as likely to attract mosquitoes than Type A. Type B was moderately attractive. It’s believed that certain blood types emit different chemicals that mosquitoes can sense.

My Recommendation: If you’re Type A like me, you’re in luck (unless you travel to the rain forests of Belize or the savannahs of Guyana – I literally got “to’ up from da flo’ up”)…or, you could opt for a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Tip 4: Revoke Your Man Card

In addition to body odors, mosquitoes are attracted to certain colors and movement. If you wear clothes that are dark blue, red or black and you can never sit still, you might be setting yourself up as a moving mosquito target. They have good aim!

My Recommendation: I hate to say it but, I’d suggest revoking your ManCard and going for whitey-whites and pastels. Besides, real men wear pink, right?

Tip 5:Rub a Dub Dub

Our bodies are naturally covered with all kinds of microorganisms that make up the skin microbiome. Although mites are the creepiest, it’s actually certain types of bacteria that you need to worry about. Mosquitoes are drawn to you if you’re covered with a select few types of bacteria, which are most often found around the ankles.

My Recommendation: If you have large numbers of different bacteria on your skin, you’ll actually repel mosquitoes. To be on the safe side, I’d stock up on antibacterial soap and wear knee socks.

Tip 6: Make Yourself Unpalatable

Well, dousing yourself and clothes with mosquito repellant is the obvious deterrent.DEET is typically considered to be the most effective way to stop mosquito bites, although they may still land on you. Repellants containing picaridin has been found to be the Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting and coming near you. Permethrin can be applied to clothing and lasts through multiple washes (as many as 25).

My Recommendation: Unfortunately, researchers have also found that mosquitoes are able to become Immune to DEET After Just a Few Hours of Exposure.Not sure about picaridin. For a chemical-free, eco-friendly and long-lasting approach, oil of lemon eucalyptus works wonders. It’s a great stain remover for clothes too.

So… depending on where you stand for all factors related to being a mosquito magnet (I only covered several of the most common ones), you just might be screwed!

Sorry.

 

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Earth Expeditions Registration Open Through January 28, 2014

2014_EarthExpeditions_Flyer_Online-1I have had the most unforgettable experiences through the Earth Expeditions program. I traveled to Costa Rica, Belize and Guyana while pursing a master’s degree in biology with a focus on global ecology and environmental education. My personal studies and missions delve into insect conservation. It helped me to become motivated and have a vision for Green Matter. I highly recommend the program for anyone that wants to see the world, learn about conservation and find ways to make an impact.

Earth Expeditions offers global conservation and education programs through courses, degree programs and collaborations with other organizations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The aim of the program is “to build an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding.”

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“Entomology Inspires” at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

USA Science and Engineering FestivalInsects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet. They are a critical part of the global ecosystem as well as nearly every aspect of biotechnology from agriculture to biomedical science. Also, insects are one of the best tools for inspiring an interest in science and nature in children and the general public.

Aaron T. Dossey, PhD, biochemist, post-doctoral entomological researcher and founder of All Things Bugs, is bringing together entomological organizations and institutions from across the country to show off everything that entomology and insects have to offer at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C. from April 27-29, 2012. This is the first entomology section at what is considered to be the nation’s largest celebration of all things science and engineering!

Read about our ento section on SCIENCE BLOGS!

Over the past year, Green Matter, along with The Entomological Foundation, Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug and others, has partnered up with All Things Bugs in its search for entomology contributors, sponsors and volunteers… and we still need any help we can get. Donations of any kind – time, monetary, entomological and educational materials, brochures, etc. – are welcome and encouraged! 

>> CLICK HERE TO DONATE <<

Some of the sub-topics that will be covered by the themes of our booths include the following.

  1. Bees and Pollinators
  2. Insect Zoos and Live Insect Displays
  3. Cutting-Edge Insect Technology (cyborg beetles, genomics, biomedical science and agriculture)
  4. Insects as Human Food
  5. Biodiversity, Systematics and Taxonomy
  6. Entomological Education and Outreach

Share this information with other bug lovers and then plan that road trip to see all the cool bug stuff! To offer assistance or for more information, feel free to contact Michelle Harris at michelle@greenmatter.org.

 

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