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Following Up: Mosquitoes, Why Me?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jonathan Day, professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida, follows up on the question of why mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others.

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Comments [4]

GreenTerry from Outside near two ponds

The very best repellent I have ever found is Greenbug for People which uses cedar as the active ingredient. Just like cedar chests and closets where there are never bugs, cedar will repel as well as kill mosquitoes every time. My daughter has always been a mosquito magnet and Greenbug for People works great for her.

Jul. 30 2011 10:55 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

My daughter is skinny as a rail and EXTREMELY active and hardly attracts mosquitoes (even w/o bug spray). She has friends that are over weight and get chewed up.

Why is that?

Jul. 29 2011 11:00 AM
Johnnjersey from nj

I have a theory on why it seems that women are bitten more than men. Women shave their legs. A mosquito can land on a woman's leg and there is no indication to the clean shaven woman. Whereas a man with a hairy leg will feel the mosquito and swat it before it settles down and bites.

Jul. 29 2011 11:00 AM
Daniel

I've heard many people say that mosquitoes are drawn to potassium, and that when one eats foods rich in potassium it comes out of the skin and attracts mosquitoes. Is this true?

Jul. 29 2011 10:49 AM

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