MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kathleen from New Market asks, “Why are mosquitoes attracted to some people and not others?” Good Question.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, this is a serious area of research because it better helps manufacturers of mosquito repellent. Studies have shown up to 20-percent of the general population are mosquito magnets, mostly due to the scents and compounds they emit.READ MORE: Elk River Teacher's Discussion On Police Violence And Unrest Angers Some Parents
Carbon dioxide is the biggest factor when it comes to mosquito attraction, says Mike McLean, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. The bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide people exhale, so the more a person breathes out, the more a mosquito knows a person is there.READ MORE: 'Unbelievable' Pandemic Furniture Demand Causing Extreme Delivery Delays
Generally, larger people and pregnant women exhale more carbon dioxide. People drinking alcohol might as well.
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Lactic acid, a compound people produce when they breathe or sweat, also appears to be a factor.