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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Do you ever feel like mosquitoes are biting you twice as much as they bite anyone else? It's because they are   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 42
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2013-07-15 08:48:56 PM
Yup- been exclaiming that for years


/apparently yummy
 
2013-07-15 09:03:22 PM
I am a mosquito delicacy. I usually fend them off pretty well, bug spray and whatnot. Until later in the evening when I'm too drunk to notice; I'm sweating more, talking more. It all adds up.

/but at least I snuck a semicolon in there.
 
2013-07-15 09:36:09 PM
I am also a mosquito target.  I have to be sure to coat myself in at least 20% deet... and they often find that ONE SQUARE INCH of skin that was not sprayed.
 
2013-07-15 09:53:41 PM
Beer, is there anything it can't do?
 
2013-07-15 09:55:08 PM
"Just a single 12-ounce bottle of beer can make you more attractive to the insects"

So, give up beer or give up camping?  Never camping again.
 
2013-07-15 09:56:11 PM
I haven't had a mosquito bite in more than 30 years. They just don't seem to find me appetizing.

/I camped at Assateague once. That there is weapons-grade mosquito country. The ponies sure are cute, though.
 
2013-07-15 09:56:53 PM
Unfortunately, I think I'm also classified as quite delicious to mosquitoes.
 
2013-07-15 09:57:19 PM
They're biting you because apparently I taste like ass.
 
2013-07-15 10:04:40 PM
They didn't cover diet at all.
Mosquitoes used to love me. They'd fly around people next to me to come bite me. This spring I was diagnosed as insulin resistant, so I changed my diet considerably. This summer mosquitoes are biting my husband more than me. (That is OK as his bites lasts 20 minutes where mine last 2 weeks)
 
2013-07-15 10:11:50 PM

NotARocketScientist: They didn't cover diet at all.


They said "Beer". That's about 50% of the average Farker's diet.

/the rest is Cheetos and bacon
 
2013-07-15 10:14:21 PM
Every flunking creature on this Earth apparently wants my delicious, creamy type O blood, except the Red Cross.
 
2013-07-15 10:19:14 PM
I have been bitten maybe 3 times in the past 5 years so i must be nasty to them.
/Women also hate the taste of my semen
 
2013-07-15 10:20:21 PM

NotARocketScientist: (That is OK as his bites lasts 20 minutes where mine last 2 weeks)


I'm going to guess that's because he just puts up with it whereas you scratch it a lot and spread the anesthetic around. If you learn not to scratch them they go away pretty quickly.
 
2013-07-15 10:22:13 PM
I'm immune to mosquito bites. They rarely bite me but if they do it doesn't swell up or itch. My wife is the exact opposite of me. If there is one mosquito in the tent it will bite her repeatedly and I have to hear about it all night. It's a mystery.
 
2013-07-15 10:24:21 PM
Apparently the mosquitoes are able to overlook my A+ blood because they always bite the shiat out of me. Moving someplace really dry is the only thing I've done that's been effective at keeping the damned little insectoid vampires at bay.

/now I just have to keep an eye out for black widows
//there are two that I know of living outside my bedroom window
///I have named them Ungoliant and Shelob, naturally
 
2013-07-15 10:24:59 PM
They bite me less than most people.

When you go camping, always bring along a mosquito magnet to draw off the bugs.

Some hints on reducing your attractiveness to biting insects:

Keep your mouth shut. Breathe silently and easily. They can smell CO2.

Wear white or light blue colours which they don't see as well as dark colours. I've heard that many tropical places paint their houses azure blue (or with indigo) for this reason.

Don't wear perfumes or other scents that can attract insects.

Stay where there is a breeze--it blows away the CO2 and the scent of blood.

Stay uphill--mosquitos and other insects breed in wetlands and puddles. They stick around damp foliage, especially berry bushes.

Bring somebody who is a bug magnet: a flashy dresser who sweats profusely, who wears too much perfume, complains continuously, and eats and drinks the wrong stuff is perfect. It may be hard to persuade this type of person to go outdoors but it's worth it. Trust me. The comedy value alone may pay for the trip, especially if you have a good camera or video to record it.
 
2013-07-15 10:26:47 PM
I walk through swamp land and come out with 1 or 2 bites.
 
2013-07-15 10:39:03 PM
Mosquitos used to love me....then I got West Nile virus.  Now, they don't seem to like me so much.  Anyone else notice that?
 
2013-07-15 10:48:39 PM
I don't know if it's that skeeters don't bite me, or if I just never notice. I've been aware of this for years. I've watched some, when they land on me, walk around a bit and then fly off, but I've never seen one bite me. I, also, never have any redness or itching to indicate that I have been bitten. I guess it has to do with genetics somehow.

Type O blood having, dark color wearing, large, beer drinking yet still unappetizing to mosquitoes guy.
 
2013-07-15 11:05:38 PM
Meanwhile, genetic factors influence the amount of uric acid and other substances naturally emitted by each person

Makes sense. I rarely am bitten by mosquitos, and my body likes to store all that uric acid in my joints instead of excreting it.

/f*cking gout
 
2013-07-15 11:27:27 PM

gglibertine: I haven't had a mosquito bite in more than 30 years. They just don't seem to find me appetizing.

/I camped at Assateague once. That there is weapons-grade mosquito country. The ponies sure are cute, though.


I get bit multiple times a day all the time

/never giving up beer
//or camping
 
2013-07-15 11:40:26 PM
So fat, sweaty people rate high on the skeeter list.

// whereas, as a youth, I probably inhaled enough chems from the flit trucks that I'm naturally immune now.

// if you know what a flit truck is, then what's up mon?

www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk

// wonders if the flit gun we had in the 70s was the 5% DDT version :^/
 
2013-07-15 11:49:07 PM
I rarely get a bite but when I land one they chug it like a prom date.

Which just makes it really easy to smack them to death but walking around in public with blood-soaked hands sure is awkward.

Evolution in action, really.
 
2013-07-16 12:02:11 AM

redsquid: I'm immune to mosquito bites. They rarely bite me but if they do it doesn't swell up or itch. My wife is the exact opposite of me. If there is one mosquito in the tent it will bite her repeatedly and I have to hear about it all night. It's a mystery.


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2013-07-16 01:21:20 AM
List fails without dietary factors.
 
2013-07-16 02:39:06 AM
I have type-o, wear dark colors, and drink lots of beer.

Yet, they ignore me. That's pretty cool.
 
2013-07-16 04:56:30 AM
Type o, drink beer, etc..

I have over twenty bites on each foot alone. I expect to die of west nile. My feet look worse than the legs in the picture.
 
2013-07-16 05:55:21 AM
Mosquitos love me but we don't have many of them here. (The city sprays for them.) However, we have these tiny gnats that are related to them that just find me delectable. And the kicker is, if you don't grow up with them, you can have really violent allergic reactions to their saliva so you end up looking like a speed freak with scratched open sores covering your arms and legs. It's not much fun. And seriously not attractive. They are driving me bonkers. 

It's still better than the horse flies in NE.
 
2013-07-16 08:47:35 AM
Mosquitoes don't find me very appealing either, with the added bonus that I'm not allergic to them so I don't get itchy red bumps when a few do decide to bite me.
 
2013-07-16 09:39:26 AM

TwilightZone: Mosquitos used to love me....then I got West Nile virus.  Now, they don't seem to like me so much.  Anyone else notice that?


You're bad meat now.
 
2013-07-16 09:40:28 AM
Type-O, I keep a can of Off on the back porch next to the door.  If I don't put it on, I get eaten alive just walking out to check my blueberries.
 
2013-07-16 10:20:10 AM

TwilightZone: Mosquitos used to love me....then I got West Nile virus.  Now, they don't seem to like me so much.  Anyone else notice that?


How was that? Media touts it as 'end of the world' stuff but most cases are subclinical, which means that the person either doesn't go to the doctor or doesn't even have symptoms.

When I read words like 'neuroinvasive' and 'paralysis', it makes me uneasy.
 
2013-07-16 10:30:40 AM
Gin.  Don't know how or why, but gin in a cup keeps skeeters away.  Gin inside of you prevents bites period.
 
2013-07-16 10:57:05 AM

stevetherobot: Mosquitoes don't find me very appealing either, with the added bonus that I'm not allergic to them so I don't get itchy red bumps when a few do decide to bite me.


In texas they never gave me a bump. Big honking monsters and I was like you. Hell I didn't even mind sharing my blood it was such a non-issue.

The farkers back in my home state of michigan though? Destroy my flesh.
 
2013-07-16 11:19:33 AM
Yeah, really not news to me.  In a book about macrobiotics they associated getting bitten with mosquitos a lot with eating too many "yin" foods.

In other words, mosquitos love you if you eat a sugary diet and drink liquor.

When I was kid that lived off of chocolate milk and sugary cereal and went on vacation in the carribean, I got covered in mosquito bites, I'd have 50+ at a time.  Meanwhile the natives that lived off of home-grown food were fine.

One more reason not to eat sugary crap.  There is another link just below about how sugary crap raises the chances of getting cancer.

If there is one thing to cut out of the diet, is should be sugary crap, white flour, booze, etc.  They mess with your immune system, your ability to concentrate, hormone levels, leaches calcium from your bones, ruins your digestive system and intestinal flora, the list goes on and on.
 
2013-07-16 12:13:25 PM
When I used to spend lots of time outside in the evening / at night, I could have posed for this photo.

blogs.smithsonianmag.com
 
2013-07-16 12:19:28 PM

JasonOfOrillia: "Just a single 12-ounce bottle of beer can make you more attractive to the insects"

So, give up beer or give up camping?  Never camping again.


Is there such a thing as camping without beer?
 
2013-07-16 12:22:03 PM

brantgoose: They bite me less than most people.

When you go camping, always bring along a mosquito magnet to draw off the bugs.

Some hints on reducing your attractiveness to biting insects:

Keep your mouth shut. Breathe silently and easily. They can smell CO2.

Wear white or light blue colours which they don't see as well as dark colours. I've heard that many tropical places paint their houses azure blue (or with indigo) for this reason.

Don't wear perfumes or other scents that can attract insects.

Stay where there is a breeze--it blows away the CO2 and the scent of blood.

Stay uphill--mosquitos and other insects breed in wetlands and puddles. They stick around damp foliage, especially berry bushes.

Bring somebody who is a bug magnet: a flashy dresser who sweats profusely, who wears too much perfume, complains continuously, and eats and drinks the wrong stuff is perfect. It may be hard to persuade this type of person to go outdoors but it's worth it. Trust me. The comedy value alone may pay for the trip, especially if you have a good camera or video to record it.


that light blue color is called "Haint Blue" as it was said to prevent bad spirits, Haints, from entering your home. The ceilings, of porches, landings, eves, etc were painted the color. It was said that the spirits would think that was the sky and head for it instead of the inside of the house.

it stands to reason that since those colors repelled skeeters, occupents of house holds that used it would be less prone to yellow fever and malaria.
 
2013-07-16 02:17:28 PM
MadSkillz:  How was that? Media touts it as 'end of the world' stuff but most cases are subclinical, which means that the person either doesn't go to the doctor or doesn't even have symptoms.

When I read words like 'neuroinvasive' and 'paralysis', it makes me uneasy.


Headache, muscles aches, fever, exhaustion...rather flu-like.  The giveaway was the rash, which told me there was no point in going to the doc (unless your temp goes over 103).  Three weeks later, it was gone.   On the other hand, my niece's grandfather was one of the first deaths in Southern California from WNV.   Guess it all depends on the patient.
 
2013-07-16 05:56:46 PM
Type O, tall, fat, and sweaty here. I drink too much beer and eat too much sugar. The only time I get bitten is when I'm the only mammal within 20 feet. Skeeters bite my Labrador--which I didn't even know was possible--before they'll bite me. Fleas don't care for me, nor do head lice. I've (unknowingly) shared beds, pillows, and even hats with people who had head lice, and never got a one.

Deer flies, however, find me delicious, and when they've had my essence just once, they will bring all their friends to try the new bloodstaurant, stay too late, drink too much, and pass out in the gutter.
 
2013-07-16 06:43:42 PM
Anybody else remember "Skeeter Tabs", the Bi and Niacin supplement sold in the 80's which made you emit odors from your skin that repelled mosquitoes?   The FDA outlawed them due to the risk of Vitamin B toxicity but they actually worked.
 
2013-07-16 07:38:25 PM

caddisfly: Anybody else remember "Skeeter Tabs", the Bi and Niacin supplement sold in the 80's which made you emit odors from your skin that repelled mosquitoes?   The FDA outlawed them due to the risk of Vitamin B toxicity but they actually worked.


I clearly can't trust anything you say; just look at your username. You're just another paid astroturfer for the mosquito lobby.
 
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