All the Strange Ways People Attract Mosquitoes: Booze, Blood Type, Pregnancy

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Aug. 27 2014 3:55 PM

All the Strange Ways People Attract Mosquitos

Your blood type is just the beginning.

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FLAMINGO, FL - AUGUST 12: The a female mosquito prepares to bite the photographer's hand at Everglades National Park August 12, 2002 in Flamingo, Florida. The female bugs use the blood protein to feed their eggs then lays the eggs in water. The itch from the bite is caused by the human body's immune system responding to the mosquito's saliva. During the summer, the Everglades closes its camping facilities almost entirely because of the onslaught of mosquitoes. Traps are put up throughout Flamingo where 250,000 mosquitoes a day are collected. (Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images

About 20 percent of the population seems to be bitten by mosquitoes more often than others. Why? Mosquitoes, it turns out, are a discriminating bunch, and several experiments have offered explanations for why some people are more enticing than others. The video above runs through the most common theories—some we can’t help, others we certainly can (looking at you, beer).

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