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Why Some People Get Bit by Mosquitos More Than Others

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Why Some People Get Bit by Mosquitos More Than Others

Ever wondered why you get eaten up by mosquitos while someone sitting right next to you walks away with no bites? There is research to suggest that some people are “mosquito magnets” and it has to do with “individual odor variations connected to skin microbiota.” It has been demonstrated that “fatty acids emanating from the skin may create a heady perfume that mosquitoes can’t resist.” A recent study found that the participants who were bit at high levels “produced carboxylic acids at much higher levels than the less-attractive volunteers. These substances are in the sebum and are used by bacteria on our skin to produce our unique human body odor.” 

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