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2008-07-04 01:03:10 AM
Additionally, when I was a child, my doctor suggested supplementing with B12 vitamins. Something about them makes mosquitos turn the other direction (and you can bet that if there's a mosquito in Texas, it's trying to figure out how best to get into my apartment as we speak).

/mosquito magnet
//Vitamin B12 pills were totally nasty, even when crushed into soda or ice cream
///has more scars from mosquito bites than anything else, because I can't farking stand those horse pills, and I'm allergic to those damn bugs to boot.
 
2008-07-04 01:37:45 AM
Those little shiats love me like a fat kid loves cake.
 
2008-07-04 02:15:56 AM
You mosquito magnets out there should do like my old grandpappy. Get yourself a propane torch and go out "Black Widder" hunting.

Every night he walks around the property torching anything that doesn't have feathers or fur. Bugs don't bite grandpa.
 
2008-07-04 03:04:31 AM
All I know is that my wife and I can sit next to each other and she'll get covered in mosquito bites and they won't touch me.

I can't remember the last bite I got.
 
2008-07-04 04:22:32 AM
"Larger people and pregnant woman, for example, have higher levels and are more likely targets."

Well, duh...fatties are easier to catch.
 
2008-07-04 07:35:16 AM
dillenger69:All I know is that my wife and I can sit next to each other and she'll get covered in mosquito bites and they won't touch me.

I can't remember the last bite I got.


Probly around when you two started hanging out together.
 
2008-07-04 07:35:29 AM
My friends and I figured this out a long time ago. It's the curse of the youngest sibling. Me, my youngest nephew, my mother, and three of my friends all experience mosquito magnetism.
 
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2008-07-04 07:36:41 AM
PacManDreaming

I came here to make a fatty joke, but I guess it has been covered already. Sigh.
 
2008-07-04 07:37:31 AM
Mosquito Magnet = Me.
Seriously. Any time I go back to India, the mosquitos there wreak havoc on me. I sat there and counted approximately 80 bites total on my arms and legs. I was lucky I didn't get sick.
 
2008-07-04 07:39:45 AM
People who are mosquito magnets just have rotten meat.
 
2008-07-04 07:40:34 AM
I'm a live and let live kind of guy, but mosquitoes are a step beyond my limit for useful creatures.
 
2008-07-04 07:42:03 AM
(It's worth noting that when a female mosquito latches on to you, she's not looking for food; instead, she sucks out blood to help fertilize her eggs... that's why males don't "bite").

Say what?
 
2008-07-04 07:45:53 AM
I get bitten at least 6 to 8 times a night in summer but don't have a single bite mark on me.(fat farkers flying arroung my room every morning)

Apparently you are allergic to the spit it injects into you to stop the blood clotting I must be immune to that stuff.
 
2008-07-04 07:46:55 AM
I have always wondered what it was that attracted them - I never get bitten, ever, even when the guy next to me was casevac'd by helicopter with 100+ bites.
 
2008-07-04 07:47:11 AM
Sweet blood. I thought everyone knew that.
 
2008-07-04 07:49:05 AM
Those bastards love me.
 
2008-07-04 07:53:26 AM
Bumjube:Those bastards love me.

me too

stupid mosquitos
 
2008-07-04 08:00:53 AM
I was always told that higher-than-average potassium levels were the mosquito equivalent of a dinner bell. Also, they love us redheads.
 
2008-07-04 08:04:11 AM
Once I got a can of bug spray and went medieval at the drainage ditches and the underbrush across the road from my house. The mosquitoes billowed out of their hiding places like a cloud. I know it was a futile gesture in the grand scheme of things, but it was satisfying.

At the end of it all, although I was bitten quite considerably, hundreds of dead carcasses of the things carpeted the ground.

Good times.
 
2008-07-04 08:06:30 AM
I could be in a crowd, and be the only one being bitten; folks seem to think I'm imagining the bites.
It really sucks that the only females attracted to me are mosquitos.
 
2008-07-04 08:06:56 AM
PacManDreaming:"Larger people and pregnant woman, for example, have higher levels and are more likely targets."

Well, duh...fatties are easier to catch.


That's the only reason I got a prom date...well, that and alcohol. Those were the days. Me and my fat, drunk, mosquito bitten babes.
 
2008-07-04 08:08:02 AM
Aboleth:Once I got a can of bug spray and went medieval at the drainage ditches and the underbrush across the road from my house. The mosquitoes billowed out of their hiding places like a cloud. I know it was a futile gesture in the grand scheme of things, but it was satisfying.

At the end of it all, although I was bitten quite considerably, hundreds of dead carcasses of the things carpeted the ground.

Good times.


You should have sprayed the shrubs around your house too. They need higher humidity through daylight hours. Best bang for the buck is to get rid of dense planting beds, and thick evergreen shrubs.
 
2008-07-04 08:12:24 AM
Fatties and Pregnant *woman* ?

Also, I didn't know that sweat contained Carbon Dioxide in high concentrations. I guess that's "good to know"

Who writes this crap?
 
2008-07-04 08:18:30 AM
In the end, you can't change your body chemistry.

Horse hockey.

SOMETHING has changed. I'm not sure if it's cuz i switched my diet up, or quit smoking (and i've lost weight since last year, too, thankewverymuchthelineformshereforthebackpatting) but for some reason, the little needlenosed farkers just LOVE me this year.

The only female i want drawing and storing my blood is this one:

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2008-07-04 08:22:07 AM
Reebok02:I get bitten at least 6 to 8 times a night in summer but don't have a single bite mark on me.(fat farkers flying arroung my room every morning)

Apparently you are allergic to the spit it injects into you to stop the blood clotting I must be immune to that stuff.


I bet you've built up an immunity and don't react much anymore. I once lived in a very mosquito-ey area, and after the first month I didn't react anymore.
 
2008-07-04 08:23:03 AM
mjhughes:You mosquito magnets out there should do like my old grandpappy. Get yourself a propane torch and go out "Black Widder" hunting.

Every night he walks around the property torching anything that doesn't have feathers or fur. Bugs don't bite grandpa.


Wow, great mental image there! I can just picture the old guy looking around for anthills or wasp nests or spider webs and obliterating them with a cone of fire. Heck I may take up that hobby when I get to be an old grandpappy.
 
2008-07-04 08:23:39 AM
They don't bite me much at all, but also I don't react much to their bites. They will migrate across state lines to find my sister.
 
2008-07-04 08:24:17 AM
happyandwithnopants 2008-07-04 07:35:29 AM

My friends and I figured this out a long time ago. It's the curse of the youngest sibling.


Interesting. I too was a persecuted target for those bloodsuckers who happened to be a youngest sibling. All other magnets I can think of were also. Let's test the theory.... if you are a mosquito magnet, let us know if you are a youngest, oldest, middle or only child.

/Would get swarmed so bad at my brothers' Little League games that I would be forced to seek refuge in the car with the windows rolled up for most of the game.
//b12 supplements helped somewhat (it sours the sweat) but not enough
///grew out of it around age 20, no idea why
 
2008-07-04 08:25:22 AM
They don't bite me unless no one else is around, but then I almost never sweat.

Ticks, on the other hand, love me and I'll be covered with them while no one else sees any.
 
2008-07-04 08:28:19 AM
I inherited my mother's blood; they don't bite us at all, and that includes in places like Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in June; where the mosquito is the Territorial Bird. I've had about 3 bites my whole life and I'm pretty sure they died afterwards. It's something genetic. They should isolate the ingredient and bottle it.
 
2008-07-04 08:34:27 AM
FTA: (which has made Avon's Skin-so-Soft lotion a popular choice)

I love an article with product placement. It really enhances the credibility of the reporter and the news organization.
 
2008-07-04 08:36:26 AM
Not only am I a mosquito magnet, minnows also swarm me. The minnows stared when I gained weight, but the mosquitoes have been after me and my younger sister our entire lives. And we tend to vacation in Michigan, so I end up hiding in basements - the little buggers get in everywhere.

/The wife never gets bitten and doesn't understand what the problem is
 
2008-07-04 08:37:17 AM
towatchoverme:The only female i want drawing and storing my blood is this one:

Either her or Kate Beckinsale...rawr
 
2008-07-04 08:44:25 AM
I find a self-produced cloud of methane keeps the skitters at bay.
 
2008-07-04 08:48:58 AM
oldfarthenry:I find a self-produced cloud of methane keeps the skitters everyone at bay.

This is why you're sitting alone at the Toucan, buddy.
 
2008-07-04 08:49:55 AM
zarnik:Let's test the theory.... if you are a mosquito magnet, let us know if you are a youngest, oldest, middle or only child.

I'm not a mosquito magnet (though I go get bitten sometimes...I find that being well caffeinated seems to keep them somewhat at bay), and I am the youngest in my family. However, sometimes I think I'm a bit of a mutant or something, as I am also the only person in my family that doesn't need glasses at all and has no pollen or other allergies. :-/

So, I don't know if I should count in your survey or not...
 
2008-07-04 08:52:47 AM
They don't bother me, but they get after my wife so much that certain times of year she won't go outside at all, using the garage door opener and never getting out of the car outside. Plus she gets neurotic about using Avon SSS on the kids, and goes around scaring the crap out of them by talking about "West Nile Virus"

They used to come an spray heavily for skeeters in my area, but after consulting with a lot of the old timers we came to the conclusion that the bug spray was killing the bees, so I went to the county and asked them to stop. When Mrs Varmitydog found out, I was in the proverbial doghouse for a month, until she got them to start coming around again.
 
2008-07-04 08:56:36 AM
Welcome to 1945, Newsweek.
 
2008-07-04 08:57:05 AM
My husband gets bitten way more than I do when we're out together; I tell him it's because he's delicious.

The B vitamin thing might make sense; I take B vitamins because they're supposed to help diminish menstrual cramping. If they also drive away mosquitoes... pass the B-12, tks.
 
2008-07-04 09:02:36 AM
mamoru
However, sometimes I think I'm a bit of a mutant or something, as I am also the only person in my family that doesn't need glasses at all and has no pollen or other allergies. :-/

So, I don't know if I should count in your survey or not...

The theory is that mos. mags are youngest siblings, not that all youngest siblings are magnets...or at least that's now the theory...thanx for helping to narrow the specs.

/just curious, how's the mailman's vision?
//i keed!
 
2008-07-04 09:05:25 AM
I'm a mosquito magnet (oldest). When dining outside, I was wearing flip-flops with my jeans and ended up with 7 bites on my feet (pure torture for a few days). I just use Off spray before heading out, and it doesn't happen anymore, unless I forget (but then I have a reminder for a few days to not leave the stuff at home).
 
2008-07-04 09:08:24 AM
zarnik:/just curious, how's the mailman's vision?
//i keed!


Heh... No worries. If I didn't look so much like my father and grandfather, I'd be inclined to be suspicious as well. ;)
 
2008-07-04 09:09:23 AM
Summa Crapologica:Additionally, when I was a child, my doctor suggested supplementing with B12 vitamins.

//Vitamin B12 pills were totally nasty, even when crushed into soda or ice cream.


Vitamin B makes me vomit. I take beer yeast tablets instead, they also have vitamin B, and don't make me sick.
 
2008-07-04 09:09:27 AM
When I lived in America you could not pay a mosquito to bite me. My mother and sisters would get slowly eaten alive over the course of a camping trip while I came out unscathed.

Then I moved to Japan and because delicious.

These farking Japanese mosquitos are ruthless. Even if one gets into my apartment I have five bites the next morning. And their bites leave welts the size of fifty cent pieces. When it first happened I thought I have been raped by spiders. My coworkers seemed to think it was a normal size for mosquito bites to be.

I'm the kind of person that will catch spiders and put them outside, but mosquitos get no love.
 
2008-07-04 09:10:53 AM
Omnis_evil_twin:I'm the kind of person that will catch spiders and put them outside, but mosquitos get no love.

Leave the spiders in, they eat the mosquitoes.
 
2008-07-04 09:11:57 AM
I didn't have a problem with mosquitoes until I went on holiday to Cuba a couple of years ago. It was near the end of the rainy season, so a lot of them flying around and my whole family got bitten.. a lot.

Now, I seem to get bitten all the time. Damn commie bugs :S. Still better that farking wasps though.
 
2008-07-04 09:15:59 AM
La Fee Verte:Omnis_evil_twin:I'm the kind of person that will catch spiders and put them outside, but mosquitos get no love.

Leave the spiders in, they eat the mosquitoes.


I would, but I don't know which Japanese spiders are poisonous. I don't want to get bites. Back home I was fine with spiders being inside. I had a brown spider living in my closet for a couple weeks. Named him Jorge.
 
2008-07-04 09:21:28 AM
NakitoSweet blood. I thought everyone knew that.

Nope, it's rotten meat that attracks them.
 
2008-07-04 09:24:36 AM
Omnis_evil_twin:These farking Japanese mosquitos are ruthless.

Yeah, they are bastards. 3rd worst I've ever encountered (Thai being the worst, and Mediterranean coast of Spain being 2nd worst). I was always happy whenever I had a gecko living in my apartment in Japan.

*clicks profile*

Gunma, huh? Never been there in summer, but I bet they must get pretty bad. They weren't all that great in Nagano when I was there one summer.

Well, you have good snow for snowboarding in winter. Marunuma-kougen was one of my favorite ski areas. :D
 
2008-07-04 09:30:08 AM
But because mosquitoes drink dew, they may have a preference for artificially sweet-scented bodies.

Wait, what? Isn't dew just water, or am I missing something?
 
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