Mosquitoes aren't picking you out of the blue to feast on your blood. They have their extensive reasons and this dermatologist has revealed them.
Those little black, flying blood-sucking monsters called mosquitoes are always a cause for concern. Fortunately, a dermatologist's disclosure on TikTok of why mosquitoes pick us will have us better prepared in the future to deal with these pesky little vampires. @dermguru, a board-certified dermatologist revealed the core reasons why mosquitoes choose you over everyone else in the room for their share of meals. Her video went viral with her reasons being some of the most common yet unknown ones.
She started her video by saying, “Did you ever wonder why some people get bit by mosquitoes and some don’t? It’s like they don’t even know they exist.” The dermat then revealed that there are scientific reasons behind the same. Her first reason was sweat. "Mosquitoes are attracted to things like ammonia and uric and lactic acid so people who sweat are likely to get more bit by mosquitoes," she said. Her next reason was beer. The dermat revealed that having even one 12-ounce can of beer can make you more attractive to the little blood-suckers.
The third reason mentioned by the dermatologist was bacteria on our skin. "This explains why some of us get bit more by mosquitoes, especially on our ankles because there's more robust bacterial colonies in those areas," she explained. But this was not all, she also shared a follow-up video revealing three more reasons for being the tastier prey. In her next video, her first reason was blood type. The dermatologist said, “You may be more attractive to mosquitoes due to your blood type. Those with the blood type O are way tastier to mosquitoes than other blood types.”
The next point has a lot to do with breathing. She said, "Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide. The heavier you breathe, the more mosquitoes you’re gonna attract. She also explained this is why overweight or obese people are more prone to mosquito bites as they “breathe more often.” While blood type cannot be controlled, breathing probably can. However, not all hope is lost. The dermat revealed her third reason why mosquitoes may be attracted to you and this is one you can control.
She said, “The color of clothing you wear will determine whether or not you get bit.” She elaborated further, “Darker colors like green or black are easier for mosquitoes to spot.” So if you want to avoid being the delicious snack to the annoying creatures, opt for lighter colors like white. Her video received millions of views and comments poured in. @isseverus joked, “So, even mosquitoes have a type.” Several commenters suggested that mosquitoes probably like Type B as well, given their personal experiences. @bob_1412 said, “Me an O type and get treated like I’m their feast.”
Commenters also suggested switching to a cleaner diet to avoid mosquito bites. A homeowner Finch also shared a foolproof hack to get rid of mosquitoes that is safe and easy. "This nasty bucket of water. It's got a mosquito dunk right there and some grass clippings to make it rank. You can see all the mosquito larvae, but the dunk keeps them from maturing. The mosquitoes come, lay their eggs here and then that is the end of their line,” said Finch in a TikTok video. A mosquito dunk has sustained-release products that float on water. When the larvicide is released, it is eaten by mosquito larvae, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). Thanks to these helpful tips by @dermguru and @afinchmerely, we can finally think of getting rid of mosquito bites.