Why Mosquitoes Bother SOME people more than others

If you are seemingly eaten alive by mosquitoes, while your friends are hardly bitten, there is reason: You smell good -- at least to the skeeters. Molecular vector biologist L.J. Zwiebel, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville told The Wall Street Journal, "Mosquitoes are attracted to our human odor, and that is largely a consequence of the bacteria on our skin." So, what can you do to keep the mosquitoes away?

  • Wash with an antibacterial soap to remove mosquito-attracting bacteria from your skin.
  • Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most plentiful and active.
  • Use an outdoor fan to shoo away the mosquitoes.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves if it's not too hot.
  • Spray your clothing with an insect repellent that contains DEET.

What doesn't work to keep mosquitoes away?

  • Having high cholesterol.
  • Having diabetes.
  • Taking vitamin B supplements.
  • Eating garlic.
  • Taking certain medications.

What can you do if you have been bitten by mosquitoes?

  • Try not to scratch the bites no matter how itchy they are. This really does make it feel worse.
  • If you swell up badly after a mosquito bite, talk to your physician about taking an over-the-counter daily antihistamine as a precaution.