Buggin’ out over mosquitoes? A new study might explain why

Mosquito photo

By Ron Kaspriske Published on April 29, 2015 in Golf Digest For years scientists have said that mosquitoes are more attracted to certain people because of their, well, body odor. But a recent study published in PLOS One said that it had more to do with DNA than a specific smell. The paper concluded that 62 percent to 83 percent of a person's attractiveness to mosquitoes is determined by their skin cells (DNA). This is interesting news considering the increasing amount of encephalitis cases—such as West Nile virus—reported in the U.S. Golfers are among the highest-risk groups in America thanks to...
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Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Man itching mosquito bite in white shirt

Why do mosquito bites itch so badly? And why do they swell?! If you are wondering how such a small insect can cause such incessant itching and swelling, the first thing to know is that mosquitoes don’t actually bite you. Instead, mosquitoes have a long tube attached to their mouth called a proboscis that they stab into their host and use to suck out blood like straw! Mosquitoes also have special hematophagous arthropod saliva in their proboscis. Hematophagous arthropod saliva is a scientific way of saying “spit from a blood-sucking creature with an exoskeleton.” This specific type of saliva has...
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