Everyone knows that person who can't set foot outside without coming back with at least one mosquito bite, either because they have a friend like that or because they are the friend like that. Not understanding why you're being swarmed by seemingly every mosquito and their mother, while your friends are getting off scot free, can get to be a bit frustrating after a while. And trust me, I understand.

Some people, myself included, like to just say that we weren't "made for the outdoors," but as it turns out, that actually might be true. Most of what goes into how frequently you get bitten by mosquitoes has to do with your genetics and body composition - things that are essentially out of your control.

What makes your more likely to get bitten:

  • Having type O blood (they get bitten nearly twice as much as type A)
  • According to one study, being a beer drinker will up the amount of bites you get
  • Some people's sweat produces higher amounts of skin bacteria which attracts mosquitoes
  • Having higher concentrations of steroids, uric acid, and cholesterol
  • Being a larger person (they have more carbon dioxide, which mosquitoes are attracted to)
  • Being pregnant (again, more carbon dioxide)
  • The more you move and the hotter you are, the more attracted mosquitoes will be to you
  • You may actually just be more sensitive to their saliva (many people get bitten just as frequently as you do but don't react to the mosquito's saliva, so they don't notice the bites)

While you can't exactly change your genetic predisposition to getting more mosquito bites than the average person, there are a few easy things that you can do to lessen your chances:

  • Despite what you may have heard, eating things (like garlic) doesn't actually work, so don't waste your time with that
  • The most obvious solution is bug spray, but make sure to use ones that say "clean" or "dry" feel - they work the best for mosquitoes
  • It might sound weird, but wiping yourself down with a dryer sheet really works
  • Wear light-coloured, tightly-woven clothing
  • Using essential oils like peppermint and lemongrass will keep them away for at least few minutes
  • Avon's Skin So Soft Bug Guard  (I swear by this one, it's amazing!)
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