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Are You a Mosquito Magnet?
7/8/2013 1:56:42 PM

Apparently mosquito evasion calls for blending into the crowd.

"Mosquitoes are attracted to contrasts,” said Robert Soileau, manager of the Lake Charles location of J&J Exterminating, a Louisiana-based pest control company. "It can be movement, colors or smells; if it calls attention, it will attract the female mosquito, and that’s the one who bites.”

Because contrast attracts them, a person with red or blonde hair in a group of mostly dark-headed people will tend to get the lion’s share of mosquito attention. Someone wearing brightly colored clothes will stand out more than someone wearing earth tones or muted colors. Blending in with the surroundings has been proven to detract mosquitoes.

Limiting the amount of movement also helps. "Even though it’s natural to swat at mosquitoes, swinging your arms to swat at them only draws attention,” explained Soileau. "And, if it’s hot, just the effort of waving your arms might make you sweat little more, and sweat draws mosquitoes in, too. The movement, combined with additional sweat is like a magnet for them.”

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, the chemical element exhaled by humans. People who have a higher metabolism, those who are overweight, and also women who are pregnant expel more carbon dioxide, thus inviting the potential for more mosquito bites.

Outdoor parties often feature a backyard volleyball, badminton or tether ball game. Because mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, Soileau said it’s like an open invitation for them. "If you want to have games in your back yard or at an outdoor event, plan them for early afternoon,” he advised. "Mosquitoes are most active in the late evening and early morning hours.”

The most effective way to repel mosquitoes is to utilize the services of a qualified pest control service. "Our treatments are effective; homeowners and business owners say they’ve seen a dramatic reduction in mosquitoes on their property with our mosquito control systems and treatments,” Soileau said. "It’s peace of mind, especially for families with young children who want to play outside.”

Knowing what attracts mosquitoes can help people know how to hopefully avoid them.

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