Camping season is the best time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately for most campers, mosquitos like to make camp on your skin and leave you and your tent-mates with bites or itchy skin. So what exactly makes you more tasty than your neighbor and how can you avoid those nasty bites on your next outdoor excursion?
Several reasons may be a factor in attracting a mosquito to you.
Here are some of the most common reasons:
- Dark Clothing
- Carbon Dioxide
Mosquitos have a keen sense of vision and colors that stand out such as black, blue, red, or yellow, make it easier to locate you.
Another sense mosquitos use to locate their targets is smell. A mosquito can smell carbon dioxide from 164 feet away. If your camping crew has someone that is exhaling more deeply, this may be an attractor for mosquitos.
Believe it or not, mosquitos appreciate the extra body heat and carbon dioxide found in pregnant women. According to Scienceline, pregnant mothers exhale 21 percent more carbon dioxide and are an average of 1.26 degrees Fahrenheit warmer around their midsection because of the amniotic fluid.
If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage during a backyard barbecue, this may be an attractant for mosquitos. The consumption of 12 ounces of beer increases your body temperature (similar to the pregnancy attractant) and mosquito appeal.
Although mosquitos love to be warm, they also enjoy smelling lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, and other sweat substances. Exercise increases lactic acid buildup and heat within the body, setting off the tracking beacon for mosquitos.
Whether it’s playing the backyard or in the woods, you should consider applying an insect repellent to protect you from mosquitos. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they recommend using a repellent that has the following active ingredients:
• plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus