Mosquitoes are unpleasant irritating insects whose presence can easily ruin a perfect moment. The way they buzz and swarm all around us, waiting to land on a hot body to sting, is enough to make someone crazy.
What is more disturbing in these blood suckers are the diseases they carry, which they transmit directly by stinging you. Every year around 700 million people in the world end up contracting a disease that causes more than one million deaths. This number continues to grow and he is considered the # 1 killer.
The current public health crisis of the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is at the root of all kinds of health problems.
Many diseases are spread mainly or exclusively by mosquitoes including malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, West Nile virus, and more.
One way to reduce the number of bites is to know what attracts them in the first place. Basically, it depends on the smell that you release and the mosquitoes have excellent olfactory receptors in their antennae, they can feel any human being within 100 feet easily. Unfortunately, it is also due to genetics and in 85% of cases this is due to the genetic constitution.
This is why they bite some people and not others.
Here are some of the main factors that attract a mosquito.
1) Exercise and production of lactic acid –
The more a person perspires, the more they attract mosquitoes. People who produce more lactic acid, which is emitted by our body via the sweat glands, will tap into many of the pests in their general vicinity. In addition, the more sweat and the older it is, the more lactic acid builds up, which means that you are a tasty meal. Research has proven that fresh sweat is not as attractive to a mosquito as old sweat, so taking a shower after working hard or after playing sports can make a huge difference in the number of bites.
2) The bacteria:
Our skin is literally teeming with bacteria and the average human has about a billion on his body. The types of bacteria that live on our skin can vary considerably from person to person and some types attract more mosquitoes. For example, it has been found that if someone has Staphylococcus and Variovorax on their skin, they will probably be more stung. The reverse is also true, other types of bacteria act to make our skin less attractive to mosquitoes. Some of these bacteria include: Pseudomonas, Delftia and Actinobacteria.
3) Blood type – Your blood group plays an important role in mosquito bites.
Studies have shown that type O people are most often stung, followed by type B, then A. In fact, type O attracts mosquitoes so much that they may be bitten twice as much as type A .
4) Carbon Dioxide: Even breathing is enough to attract mosquitoes because they are attracted to the CO2 you exhale.
Most chemical repellents that we use are harmful and ineffective. Fortunately, there is an easy and very effective way to keep mosquitoes away. This video shows how to make a trap to catch them with old bottles of soda. It only takes a few seconds and you can do many for a handful of euros.
Take a bottle of 2-liter soda and carefully cut one-third of the top with a serrated knife. Place ¼ cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of hot water, and ¼ teaspoon of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Place the top of the soda bottle upside down in the bottom half of the bottle. Put the bottle of soda in the place where you want to trap them and let the magic happen. Mosquitoes are attracted by the mixture of sugar and yeast and will not be able to resist the sweet and sticky aroma. When they fly inside the bottle, they are trapped and can not escape.
Watch the video!
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