Mosquito Magnets?

Whenever assaulted by that annoying high-pitch whine of a mosquito fly-by, I’ve recently taken to gesturing vaguely towards my wife and whispering to the orbiting insect, “..pst…hey buddy, she’s tastier.” I meant it as a joke, but as it happens, my wife might really be tastier to a mosquito. According to this article on WebMD, one in 10 people are “highly attractive to mosquitoes.” The chemical attractants include high concentrations of either steroids or cholesterol or uric or lactic acid on the skin. (and that is after being drawn from over 50 meters away by carbon dioxide and motion.

I think I’ll make sure to take my wife along on my next backpacking or canoeing trip!

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