Reason Four: You just exercised.
That’s right. If you’ve recently exercised, mosquitoes are going to find you irresistible.
Apparently, mosquitoes have the ability to detect lactic acid, uric acid, and ammonia — all of which are emitted in human sweat. And if you’re exercising, you’re sweating. Take this as a sign to put your feet up and relax!
Reason Five: You have the wrong blood type.
…or the right blood type depending on how you look at it.
Another study concluded that mosquitoes are more attracted to people with blood Type O. So, your blood is super valuable because you’re a universal donor, but unfortunately, it’s also super tasty to the winged beasts we all hate.
Reason Six: It's just in your DNA.
There are a number of genetic factors that could cause mosquitoes to seek you out in a crowd. In fact, scientists have determined that genetic factors account for 85 percent of reasons why certain humans are more susceptible to mosquito bites.
One of these factors is your cholesterol metabolism rate. Scientists think that people with faster metabolisms are more likely to attract mosquitoes than those with slower metabolic rates.
Reason Seven: You have bacteria on your skin.
In yet another study about human attractiveness to mosquitoes (because apparently everyone is sick of being bitten), scientists concluded that certain types of bacteria are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.
If you happen to have those specific kinds of bacteria, congratulations! You’re an ideal mosquito meal.
Reason Eight: You've been drinking beer.
Apparently, even just one 12-ounce beer can make you more attractive to mosquitoes.
Scientists don’t know exactly why, though. The researchers behind this study assume it has something to do with either the amount of ethanol secreted in your sweat or a raise in body temperature. However, neither of these factors alone seemed to affect how often mosquitoes landed on the participants in the study. Maybe the bugs just need a drink.