(CNN) – Did you get bit by mosquitoes more than others around you? Scientists say the reason could be in your genes.
If you work out a lot, are pregnant or had something to drink at that backyard barbecue, mosquitoes might find you more attractive than the person sitting next to you.
Your blood type might also be the reason for the bites, according to research cited by Smithsonian.com.
The site points to one study that found mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as people with Type A. Folks with Type B reportedly fell somewhere in the middle.
It’s reported that the reason mosquitoes find pregnant women and regular exercisers more attractive is partly because they have a higher body temperature
And just one bottle or can of beer can also make you more attractive, though scientists haven’t yet figured out why.
Smithsonian.com reports that ultimately, scientists say that an estimated 85 percent of the reason why mosquitoes find some people more attractive than others can be blamed on your genes, something you can do nothing about.
Lastly, what you wear might have something to do with it.
Smithsonian says not only are mosquitoes attracted to people with higher body temperatures and certain blood types, but also to people who wear certain colors, like black, dark blue or red.
A medical entomologist at the University of Florida says colors that stand out attract mosquitoes because they use vision as well as scent to locate humans and those colors might just make you easier for them to find.
Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.
- Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)