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Mosquitoes hate me!

  1. Sep 16, 2011 #1
    Why is that? I can't really complain, but it has been like that all my life. Last weekend we were up in the mountains, and my daughter came home with about a dozen mosquito bites. I had none. She was wearing jeans, I was wearing shorts. She even had bites on her legs, so obviously they were so tempted by her blood that they somehow went through her jeans, while they left my bare legs alone.

    Okay, jokes about my not being sweet enough and whatever are very welcome, I truly enjoy the humor. But I really would like to understand why, so please make sure there are at least a few plausible answers amongst the jabs. I feel like I am either superior, or damaged goods.
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2011 #2

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    Ms Music,

    I was told that mosquito's are attracted to people who give off too much carbon dioxide.
    Yep, I looked it up, that and other reasons listed below: Here is what http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/are-you-mosquito-magnet" [Broken] had to say:

    No comment on whether you are superior or damaged goods...
    Rhody... :wink:
     
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  4. Sep 16, 2011 #3
    Mosquitoes don't hate you, they just really like your daughter.

    http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/pubhealth/west_nile/wnv_repellent.html [Broken]
     
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  5. Sep 16, 2011 #4
    Yeah, its carbon dioxide and sweat.

    Of course, all the mosquitoes that bite are females....
     
  6. Sep 16, 2011 #5
    BAHAHA! :devil:

    That is interesting that I may just be better at processing cholesterol and acids than her. Her body type is definitely NOT from my side of the family, and may have the health genetics of her dad's family.
     
  7. Sep 17, 2011 #6

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  8. Sep 17, 2011 #7

    Janus

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    Are you sure that you are not being bitten, or are you like me, I just don't react to the bite; No bump, no itch, no evidence that I had ever been bitten.
     
  9. Sep 17, 2011 #8
    Wow Janus, I never thought of it like that. I definitely DO get bitten at times (and the itchy bumps), but not at the rate that others do. Do you never get the itchy bump?
     
  10. Sep 18, 2011 #9

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    They also really, really like octenol (1-octen-3-ol):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1-Octen-3-ol

    During the summer, I would work in the cafeteria of my building a lot. Unfortunately, mosquitoes seemed to swarm me (there, and even in the lab!) I ended up buying and lighting citronella tea lights, which worked really well (without setting off fire alarms or sprinklers).
     
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  11. Sep 18, 2011 #10
    By any chance, are you diabetic? I know someone who used to claim similar thing, and we found eventually that she wasn't just sensing the bite. She was diabetic.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2011 #11

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    Never. My wife, however is very sensitive to their bites. One bite can cause a raised welt several inches across, that itches horribly. If we go camping, she has to constantly be applying insect repellant and brings a supply of antihistamines.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2011 #12
    I am not diabetic, but I AM hypoglycemic? Not sure if I was at a young age though, but definitely a possibility if hypoglycemia would make you unattractive to mosquitoes also.

    The octenol thought is interesting. Would that mean I might be lower in linoleic acids? That could explain some of my health issues...
     
  14. Sep 20, 2011 #13

    Lisa!

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    How luck you are...
    I wish they hated me as well! :sigh:
     
  15. Sep 20, 2011 #14

    Lisa!

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    How luck you are...
    I wish they hated me as well! :sigh:
     
  16. Oct 7, 2011 #15
    They're not so bad. What I hated were the biting black flies. Fortunately, one doesn't have to sail far from shore before they stop bothering you.

    Don't have much of either up here.
     
  17. Jul 14, 2012 #16
    They attack the back of my calves. Once one bites, do all the rest smell the bite to attack the same area. Almost never do I get bit on the front; shins.
     
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