What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Noun Challenge: July 15, 2014

Today’s noun: Blood

This word was a little harder for me to find a topic for. What could I talk about, relating to blood, that wouldn’t gross people out?

So I figured, since its summer, and, at least in my area, humid outside, I could talk about mosquitoes. What actually attracts them, and whats just a myth.

A lot of people will try to tell you that mosquitoes are attracted to certain blood types. Don’t listen to them! They are lying to you! They will probably also tell you that certain foods you eat will make you a larger target for those little pests. This is also a lie.

So what actually attracts them?

Motion, heat, and carbon dioxide. When you’re at an outdoor party of some sort, you will be less likely to get bitten if you are sitting still, rather than running around. So, at your next cookout, grab a drink, sit back, and relax. Let those suckers playing volleyball pull the mosquitoes away from you!

The whole “pregnant women attract mosquitoes” thing is also a myth, though not really. They do attract mosquitoes, it just has nothing to do with the hormones of pregnancy. It actually has to do with the amount of carbon dioxide they release. Women will exhale more carbon dioxide when they are pregnant than when they are not. However, if someone else is running around a lot, they will most likely be producing more carbon dioxide than the pregnant woman.

Another thing to keep in mind is that larger people also produce more carbon dioxide. Sorry, but, the bigger you are, the more the mosquitoes will just eat you up!

In summary, to avoid mosquitoes, sit still and don’t breathe too much.

As always, I apologize for typos and grammatical errors. Have a fantabulous day and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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