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Mosquitoes Prefer Fitness Freaks?

I now know why I attract mosquitoes, and my dear husband does not. It has nothing to do with "taste." Mosquitoes bite people that are easiest to find. The insects hone in on their victims through signals people emit that are scent and heat related. Body temperature, the amount of carbon monoxide in the breath, and certain skin chemicals like lactic acid all help mosquitoes locate their next meal. All three of those factors are increased with exercise, making you more vulnerable to bites during and immediately after exercise. Simply put, I exercise more than my husband and I have the bites to prove it. I am not tastier, just hotter literally and probably more stinky, at least to the mosquitoes.


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tjzchouse tjzchouse 9 years
Oh,yeah -- I'm like a Happy Meal for mosquitos. And, I just hate the smelly/sticky aspect of bug spray, but the alternative is to spend eternity scratching.
cahill cahill 9 years
that makes so much sense... bugbites are the worst
tidesong tidesong 9 years
Lol I was opposite of a fitness person when I was younger and I was mosquito bait. Now I exercise regularly and I'm still mosquito bait.... so well, I have no idea...
Anais18 Anais18 9 years
LOL, thanks fitsugar for clearing that up! :-)
lauraxtc lauraxtc 9 years
That means I have hot skin... Every time I go camping or visit El Salvador, they literally devour me. I have to sleep with a mosquito net although I like to, I feel like I am a princess. lmao!!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
Fit2aT I love Avon's Skin So Soft mosquito repellent. I've been using it for years.
Fit2aT Fit2aT 9 years
A great way to deter those pesky beasts without a lot of chemicals and smelling horrible is Avon's Skin So Soft. I've been a runner all of my life and would get eaten alive, until I discovered this. Use it you will not only smell good, but you won't have nasty bites! Mosquitoes HATE this product.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
by the way that is 115lbs lol not yrs
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
lol good thing im no fitness fool. lol, im 115 and i sit around all the time and dont gain an ounce, i know that'll change but for now i'm just chillin being lazy! lol
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Hmm interesting idea. I've always been a mosquito magnet, even before I worked out, so I don't know why they loved me so much back then!
arista arista 9 years
I am a misquito magnet! It's insane! I always tell people, but they never believe me until they're with me and I get like 30 bites. The bites swell up bad, too. I f'ing HATE misquitoes. :(
catgirl1 catgirl1 9 years
I was out in my back yard for a little while yesterday evening, rescuing some baby birds whose nest had fallen out of a tree. I ended up counting over 20 mosquito bites on my legs and arms! I always seem to be tasty to the mosquitos, regardless of whether I've been exercising...
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