Are you a mosquito magnet?

Are you a mosquito magnet?

Are you a mosquito magnet?

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Are you a mosquito magnet?

It may have something to do with what you eat, what you wear, and even your blood type.

The Smithsonian has come up with a list of what attracts the mosquitoes.

Number one? Beer. The little biters like it, even if you drink just one bottle.

Beer also raises body heat, just like number two: Exercise. The build-up of that lactic acid in your system attracts mosquitoes.

Number three is pregnancy. Pregnant women have higher body heat and they exhale 21 percent more carbon dioxide.

Blood type is the fourth contributing factor. People with Type O blood are twice as likely to get bit as those who have Type A. Type B blood is somewhere in the middle.

The number five factor is color. Darker colors like blue, black, and red attract more mosquitoes than white.

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