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Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others – and it’s nothing to do with blood

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2016

By Mirror

Mosquito bites are often the bane of a foreign holiday, and those who are common fodder for the insects will know how horrid it can be.

But despite the oft-heard cry – “why do they always bite me?” – your biting potential isn’t down to your blood, or perfume, or whatever other reasons you may think.

It’s actually down to the types of bacteria that exist on your skin.

According to scientists, some bacteria secrete chemicals that have better smells than others, which means mossies are more likely to want to chow down on you.

The mosquito is one of the world’s most dangerous creatures, aiding the spread of zika, dengue fever , chikungunya and malaria.

Other factors the winged predators find hard to resist include carbon dioxide in our breath and the heat of our bodies

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Standard news Kenya – The Mirror

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