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      Are you more prone to mosquito bites?

      I always thought the reason I got so many mosquito bites during the summer was because I was so sweet -- hey, that's what my mom told me!{} Apparently, it's a bit more scientific than that.{}

      A new study suggests 20% of people are more "delicious" to mosquitoes.{} Mosquitoes are lured by sight and smell, says Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida in Vero Beach.{} So what are the sights and smells these pesky bugs thrive off of?{}Well, believe it or not, one of the{}triggers is blood type.{} 85% of people secrete a chemical signal that indicates what blood type they have.{} In a controlled setting, mosquitoes tended to land on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as those with Type A blood.{}{} The reason mosquitoes bite us is because they harvest protein from our blood.{}{}

      http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/blood/bloodtypes.cfm

      Another factor has to do with the amount of carbon dioxide we emitt from our breath.{} People that exhale more gas have been shown to attract more mosquitoes.{} That is one reason why adults get bit more than children.{}

      There are many other elements that play into your "mosquito attractiveness factor" such as excercise, metabolism, and genetics.{}{}{}Bugs tend to gravitate towards people who relase certain substances expelled from sweat; as well as those with a higher body temperature.{}

      And whether you like it or not, beer can also "up" a mosquito's tendency to bite you.{} The ethanol your body releases in your sweat can attract the biting bugs.{}

      Read the full list of mosquito bite factors from Smithsonian magazine.{}