Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me And Not My Husband​​​​​​​?

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me And Not My Husband​​​​​​​?

This is a question we hear constantly and, to be honest, there is not an easy answer to this. However, I am going to try and answer this question the best I can.

I think the actual question should be:

why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?

I don't think that a mosquito can differentiate between a husband and wife.

Table of Contents

Mosquitoes are definitely attracted to certain people, they tend to like substances that some people secrete from their skin. These secretions are almost like an indicator that this person has the type of blood the mosquito prefers.

Mosquitoes are attracted to certain types of body odours. They are attracted to a smell called Carbon Dioxide and they also prefer people with Type O blood. Your husband is not producing these smells and maybe has different blood type, which is why mosquitoes do not bite him or bite you more than him. . If you want to reduce the attraction of mosquitoes, then shower more and make sure you are not sweating or try and keep sweating to a minimum.

Insects are attracted to a smell called carbon dioxide which is produced by your body when it breathes out.

Mosquitoes Prefer Warmer Bodies

If you have a body temperature that runs hotter than your husband, then a mosquito will opt for your blood over your husbands.

Not because your blood is any better but the signals that a mosquito uses to locate victims will guide them towards you. Over short distances, mosquitoes are attracted by warmth.

Mosquitoes are attracted to people who are warmer than the ambient temperature of the environment.

This is because mosquitoes use infrared radiation to locate their prey and people with a higher body temperature emit more IR than those with lower body temperatures.

Mosquitoes Are Attracted To Certain Blood Types

It is a fact that mosquitoes are attracted to certain blood types and if you are this blood type the mosquito would prefer you over your husband.

Studies have shown that mosquitoes will bite people with the blood type O over other blood types.

The reason for this is thought to be the proteins that different blood types contain and that the mosquito prefers the proteins in blood type O.

Some further reading regarding this can be found at the following link: Mosquitoes blood type preferences 

Mosquitoes Search Using Carbon Dioxide Levels

Research shows that when female mosquitoes are searching for a blood donor, they use a specific sensor to search carbon dioxide levels, in the local vicinity, as an indicator of human or animal presence.

So if you breath faster than your husband, it would increase the co2 levels around you and make you a bigger target for the mosquito.

The Real Reason Why Mosquitoes Seem To Bother Some People More Than Others

Mosquitoes are a nuisance for everyone. But not everyone is equally bothered by them.

Some people seem to be more prone to mosquito bites than others. Why?

The answer lies in the fact that some people have a higher concentration of carbon dioxide in their breath and sweat, which attracts mosquitoes more than others.

The 9 Tips To Avoid Getting Attacked By Mosquitoes

The tips mentioned in this article are a few of the many ways that you can avoid being attacked by mosquitoes.

  1. Use insect repellent
  2. Wear light-coloured clothing
  3. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  4. Keep your yard clear of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding
  5. Use window screens to keep mosquitoes out
  6. Get rid of any stagnant water on your property
  7. Avoid perfumes, colognes, and scented lotions as they attract mosquitoes 8. Dress children in long sleeves and pants
  8. Cover up bare skin with clothing or apply mosquito repellent

Mosquito Attraction: The Science behind the Buzz

Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous animals to humans. They transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. Mosquitoes also have a very powerful sense of smell and are attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by mammals.

The mosquito’s sense of smell is so good that they can detect human breath from up to 100 meters away. They use their antennae and proboscis to search for a host, which is why they are attracted to CO2-rich environments like swamps or forested areas.

Mosquitoes have the ability to detect certain chemical compounds such as lactic acid in human sweat and octenol in animal urine that help them find their hosts. They also use temperature changes in water vapor as well as infrared radiation

5 Reasons Why Mosquitoes Are Attracted to You

Mosquitoes are attracted to certain people more than others. There are a number of reasons why mosquitoes are attracted to you, but we'll go over five of the most common reasons.

  1. Body heat - Mosquitoes can detect your body heat and use it to track where you are. This is why they're often more attracted to people in warmer climates or if they've been recently exercising outside.
  2. Carbon Dioxide - Mosquitoes can sense your exhaled CO2 from up to 50 meters away, making this one of the most common ways that they find you.
  3. Pheromones - Mosquitoes also use pheromones to find their next meal and they're especially drawn to people who have a higher level of these chemicals in their sweat .
  4. Light - Mosquitoes are attracted to the brightness of movement and light.
  5. The smell of blood - Although not all mosquitoes are drawn in by the scent of blood, it is a powerful attractant that many mosquitoes will follow from up to half a mile away using their sense of smell.

 

Why Some People Are More Likely To Get Bitten By Mosquito?

Mosquitoes are attracted to the human body because of the carbon dioxide that we exhale. This is a result of our breathing. It also has to do with the heat and moisture that we emit.

Some people are more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes than others because they emit more carbon dioxide than others. This is a result of their breathing pattern, sweat production and skin temperature. .Carbon dioxide is a by product of human breathing.

When a mosquito bites a person, it draws in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide as it feeds. The carbon dioxide that the mosquito exhales attracts other mosquitoes to that area. Mosquitoes are attracted to the human body because of the carbon dioxide that we exhale. This is a result of our breathing pattern , through the mouth and nose, and they can sense the carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is what is commonly referred to as ‘the gas of life’ because it is the first gas exhaled by living organisms.

You should also read: