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Why Do Mosquitoes Like Me So Much?

By July 12, 2010

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Yesterday, a friend of mine complained that mosquitoes always seem to choose her in a crowd. She can't go outside without becoming a human pincushion for bloodthirsty mosquitoes. I told her that her feet stink. She didn't appreciate that.

Mosquito biting human.
Photo courtesy CDC/Robert S. Craig

I wasn't just hurling random insults at my friend, though, as I tried to explain to her. Entomologist Daniel L. Kline actually conducted research on what lures mosquitoes, and he found stinky feet are irresistible to them. Kline experimented with using dirty socks as a mosquito lure, and found his 3-day-old socks made the best mosquito magnets.

If you're the sacrificial lamb at barbecues and picnics, you might want to learn what attracts mosquitoes. You can't stop breathing (CO2 attracts mosquitoes), but you can avoid using certain skin care products or eating foods that will make it easier for mosquitoes to find you.

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Comments

July 12, 2010 at 8:56 am
(1) Nancy says:

Who Knew!! I feel better now knowing I can change some products (or change my socks) instead of putting more chemicals on myself. Once again…Thanks Debbie!!

July 12, 2010 at 8:58 am
(2) Nancy says:

Who knew!! I feel better now knowing I can change a few products or my socks rather than put more chemicals on my body and in the air.
Once again….Thanks Debbie!!

July 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm
(3) Rashmi says:

sorry to contact u so late.Is there only stinky feet or something more that attract these blood suckers? m really happy of being a part of the insect world.

March 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(4) Patty says:

Sorry but you are way off. Atleast as far as me. I have attracted mosquitos my entire life and I don’t have stinky feet or use any of the products you talk about very often. It doesn’t matter. Four of us went to a camp ground in central Florida and whatever was in the sand ate me alive. Not one bite on the other three. NOT ONE!! I had atleast 50 bites and they were in my hair line, neck and all over my feet. I don’t think you know what you are talking about!! If there is one mosquito in Florida, it finds me. And that is whether I use any of the products or my feet are stinking. Which they don’t.

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