Myths and facts regarding mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying. And although it might seem like they attack whoever is around no matter what, there are actually some factors that affect who mosquitoes are likely to attack. We've all heard what mosquitoes like and what they don't like. But what are the myths and facts? Here is a closer look at what does and doesn't attract mosquitoes.

 

We'll start with the facts. What does attract mosquitoes?

  • Blonde hair: Yes, it is true. Mosquitoes are more prone to bite people with blonde hair than any other color. Maybe it's just because they want to have more fun.

  • Perfume: When you put on a flowery scent to attract people to you, you are also attracting mosquitoes to you. It seems they are just as likely to be drawn in by the lovely scents as anyone else.

  • Dark colors: When you wear darker clothing, it captures heat – and, unfortunately, mosquitoes! They like the warmth that the darker clothing can create, so they are much more likely to be drawn to you when you are wearing dark colors.

  • Larger people: Because larger people have a greater relative heat, they are also more attractive to mosquitoes. So although it is important to keep your kids free of mosquito bites, it's also important to keep yourself safe, too.

    Now, we'll look at the myths. What doesn't work on mosquitoes?

  • Bananas: Contrary to popular belief, eating bananas doesn't make you more attractive to mosquitoes. This is a complete myth. So go ahead and enjoy your favorite yellow fruit all summer long!

  • Garlic: Some people believe that eating garlic can help repel mosquitoes. Although they are bloodsuckers, mosquitoes are not the same thing as vampires. Eating lots of garlic might keep your friends and family away, but it won't keep the mosquitoes away.

  • Bug zappers: Although they sound like they're doing a lot of work, bug zappers can really only kill a handful of mosquitoes and it will not get rid of your pest problem. They are simply not enough to get the job done.

  • Bats: Bats really do eat mosquitoes, but it actually only makes up a small percentage of their diet. This means that you can't count on them to keep all of the mosquitoes away.

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