Finally! With the Memorial Day weekend, summer finally arrived here in the Northeast—warm weather, summer dresses and… mosquitoes.
But while there weren't many mosquitoes (yet), if you're anything like me, then you were already eaten alive. I'm not saying a few bites here or there, but completely devoured.
It's always been like this for me. When I was a kid, my legs would be covered in bites all summer, while my friends would only have a few itchy spots. And even as recently as December when I was in Mexico, sitting outside at dusk I was attacked so badly I had to run to my room, while my friends were barely bitten.
So why am I eaten alive while others are barely affected? My mom always said it's because I'm so sweet. But while I would love to believe that, I think it may have just been an expression of her maternal affection. However, it's not just in my imagination, there are reasons some people are bitten more than others.
According to , mosquitoes are attracted first and foremost through sight, and since they usually strike at dusk, dark colors are most appealing.
Secondly, they are attracted to people who have a higher metabolic rate, and therefore produce more carbon dioxide. Then there are other smaller factors, smells that they are attracted to, including lactic acid, acetone (a chemical from your breathe) and estradiol (a breakdown of estrogen).
The article then goes on to discuss more facts and fiction about mosquitoes. So if you're like me, you should definitely read "Beat the Bugs This Summer" to find out how you can stop the onslaught of blood suckers.
- Alexandra Gekas, Associate Editor