Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Have you ever noticed that some people are very prone to mosquito bites – while others will only attract a few nibbles?

It’s not just your imagination. Mosquitoes really do bite some people more than others. They use their acute sense of smell to locate new victims over long distances, and some human scents stand out to them more than others.

Bigger Person, Bigger Snack

The larger you are, the more likely you are to attract mosquitoes. Children and women get bitten less frequently than men. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we give off when we exhale, and larger people emit the most of the gas.

Sweating Advertises A Free Meal

Mosquitoes locate hosts by detecting chemicals we release through our sweat, including uric acid, ammonia and lactic acid. When you work out, lactic acid builds up in your muscles. A higher body temperature also attracts mosquitoes.

So, if you’re out for a jog, there’s a good chance that you’re advertising yourself to nearby mosquitoes.

Your genetic makeup also influences how attractive you are to mosquitoes. Some people naturally give off more of these chemicals when they sweat than others.

When It Comes To Blood, Mosquitoes Have A Type

People who have an O blood type (negative or positive) are twice as likely to get bitten as those with the A blood type, while people with a B blood type fall somewhere in the middle. While having a O blood type is desirable in blood donations, it also means you’re a mosquito’s preferred snack.

The same study found that 85% of people are “secretors” – they release a chemical signal through their skin that indicates their blood type. Secretors of any blood type are more likely to get bitten than the remaining 15% of the population.

Pregnant Women Should Take Precautions

Pregnant women are more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes because of their increased body temperature and increased exhalation of carbon dioxide.

Being pregnant also means that if you are affected by the Zika virus, your baby could be born with a neurological disorder like microcephaly. Pregnant women should never take chances with mosquitoes.

Getting Drunk? Get Protected

A 2002 study showed that people are significantly more likely to be targeted by mosquitoes after enjoying an alcoholic beverage.

This means it makes sense to move the party indoors. Even so, there’s really nothing like a cold beer combined with the crisp night air.

While people are less likely to make responsible decisions while inebriated, it doesn’t take much planning or coordination to apply bug spray to exposed skin.

The Only Way To Become Truly Unattractive To Mosquitoes

Worrying about mosquitoes isn’t just for pregnant women, people who exercise, or people with an O blood type. If you’re the nearest host, a mosquito will happily accept you as their next meal, so long as you have blood to give them.

Mosquito-borne illnesses like yellow fever and the Zika virus can affect anyone. If you’re going outside, take just a few seconds to prepare by spraying exposed areas of your skin with your preferred bug spray.

Get Rid Of Pests On Your Lawn – Without Killing Your Grass

A lush, green lawn is something to be proud of – and many pests will agree. The water you use to keep your lawn hydrated can attract pests, keeping them healthy and hydrated until they hitch a ride on you, your kids and pets, or sneak their way into your home. Many of these pests are perfectly content to stay in the grass, creating unsightly patches as they feast on your lawn.

There’s no shortage of poisons to put these pests to bed. However, these solutions can be toxic to your lawn, your family and your pets. They can pollute waterways as they wash away in the rain. These chemicals are expensive. And they’re totally unnecessary. 

Common Lawn Pests That Don’t Stand A Chance

Everyone has that one lawn pest that they hate the most. Who’s your mortal enemy – is it a family of moles, tunneling for grubs and making a mess of your soil? Or is it generations of fleas, relentlessly attacking your pets and making them miserable?

Chances are, you’re fighting an all-out war, battling each day to get your lawn back from multiple populations of lawn pests.

The most common types of pests that inhabit lawns include:

  • Ants – both red fire ants and black ants
  • Roaches
  • Flies
  • Scorpions
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Mosquitoes
  • Mites
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Moles, mices and other rodents

All of these pests destroy the hard work you’ve put into your lawn. They make it impossible for your kids and pets to romp worry-free. They ruin the beauty of your grass, and bring disease instead.

Step 1: Kill The Sprinklers.

In the dry heat of the summer, you might be tempted to overwater your lawn to compensate. Sometimes, you might forget to turn the sprinklers off, or you might rely on an automated timer to control your sprinkler system, leaving your grass soaked to the roots.

If you’re noticing an excessive amount of mosquitoes, mold, mildew, or worm casings, there’s a good chance that cutting back on the water can help reduce the problem.

Know your type of grass and water accordingly. If your lawn squishes under your feet, even hours after watering, or the water is running off into your driveway, unable to soak into the grass roots, cut back. You’ll see fewer pests and a reduced water bill.

Step 2: Spread Red Cedar Granules.

Red cedar granules for lawn pest control
Spread red cedar granules to control insects, grubs, snakes and rodents.

Make your lawn a less friendly place for pests to live by spreading red cedar granules across your lawn. A hand-held seeder can help you evenly distribute the granules.

Surround your home with a border of granules to discourage disgruntled pests from entering your home. Place granules directly in ant hills and mole mounds.

The granules repel pests on your lawn, in kennels, dog runs, gardens and shrubs for at least 3 months. Cedar products also eliminate odors, replacing offensive odors with a pleasant, woodsy aroma.

Step 3: Spray Nature’s Defender Cedar Oil.

Lawn and kennel Nature's Defender cedar oil concentrate keeps lawn pests at bay.
Use Nature’s Defender to refresh cedar granules and neutralize mold and mildew and reduce insects.

Treat your lawn with a natural cedar oil product like Nature’s Defender. You can use the hose-end sprayer to quickly spray your entire lawn, creating a pest-free environment.

Used in conjunction with cedar granules, you’ll build a powerful defense against pests.

The antimicrobial properties of cedar neutralizes mold and mildew, while insects like fleas, mites and mosquitoes are disrupted at all stages of their life cycles.

After the initial application, you can dampen your lawn every 15 days to keep your lawn pest-free.

When the cedar granules lose their potency, they are refreshed when you spray again. The granules help keep the cedar oil in place, continuously keeping pests from infesting your lawn.

Step 4: Have A Well-Deserved Picnic.

Have a pest free picnic on your lawn.Now that you’ve got your lawn back, it’s time to celebrate.

Grab your picnic blanket, wine, cheese and sandwiches and raise a toast to your lush, green lawn. No longer do you have to worry about getting bitten by mosquitoes, stung by fire ants, and bothered by grubs. Enjoy!

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