Mosquitos on the Boat

I live with someone who does not get bitten by mosquitos nearly as much as I do.  I have been told that I have “sweet blood” and that is why they are more attracted to me than other people.  While I am never one to turn down a compliment, I had to get to the bottom of this.

This is a bit Cliff Clavin but bear with me.  My research taught me that only female mosquitos bite as they are looking for protein to lay eggs.  There is no nutritional value in blood, their main diet consists of sugar from plants.  This is where the misconception of “sweet blood” originated.  The basic fact is, mosquitos like people who smell.  They are attracted to a combination of body odour, skin bacteria, genes and especially your breath as it reflects your blood-sugar level.  Another thing that attracts mosquitos is beer.  Evidently, beer changes your body odour and these pesky bugs can’t get enough of it.  Continue reading