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Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

timothy posted 1 year,15 days | from the at-least-I'm-highly-alluring-to-somebody dept.

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First time accepted submitter CherryLongman writes "If you feel as if every mosquito in a 50-mile radius has you locked in its sights, while your friends are rarely bitten, you could be right. Up to 20 percent of us are highly alluring to mosquitoes — and scientists have discovered some surprising reasons."

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Sweet Red Juice (2)

Rosyna (80334) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296149)

I'm guessing these people contain the sweetest of the red juice.

Re:Sweet Red Juice (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296707)

I'm the opposite. I must taste terrible. They don't leave me alone entirely, but whoever I'm with always gets them worse than me.

Re:Sweet Red Juice (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297317)

Why do you have to guess? There's a FA (and it's informative) you can read. When you need to multiply 109324*22099818333 do you get a pencil, a calculator, or do you just guess?

According to TFA, people with type O blood attract mosquitos and people with type A don't. Excersize will bring on bites, since they're attracted to sweat and CO2. Pregnant women are attractive to mosquitos. Taking a shower right before dusk will help keep you from being bitten.

There's more info in TFA. No need to guess.

Re:Sweet Red Juice (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297491)

Then the FA is wrong. I'm A+ and I attract mosquitoes like nobody's business. If there's one in the room I can just extend my arm and the sucker will land on me in less than a minute. It's so bad my family will often call me into the room to clear it of mosquitos... :(

Re:Sweet Red Juice (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297743)

Then the FA is wrong. I'm A+ and I attract mosquitoes like nobody's business. If there's one in the room I can just extend my arm and the sucker will land on me in less than a minute. It's so bad my family will often call me into the room to clear it of mosquitos... :(

Oh, well since the FA is pretty much just one sentence that says, "Only blood type matters and no other factors are involved, end of discussion", then wow your personal anecdotal experience is totally right and the FA is totally wrong.

Thanks for clearing that up!

because they are asian (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296151)

next question

Re:because they are asian (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296311)

Are you referring to the mosquitoes or the people?

Re:because they are asian (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296519)

But it says mosquitoes don't like yellow! They prefer blacks... and reds, you know, injuns...

Re:because they are asian (2)

khr (708262) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297053)

That might be if they're Asian outside of Asia...

As an American, when I lived in India the mosquitos there were quite attracted to me, more than the people around me. I figured I was just exotic, foreign food to the Indian mosquitos. A real taste treat, different than their normal, mundane local food.

C02 (2)

Xicor (2738029) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296183)

mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide... im guessing some ppl exhale more/more often than others

Re:C02 (1)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296785)

So some dry ice should not only keep you cool during summer nights but also mosquito free?

Re:C02 (1)

jellomizer (103300) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297509)

Yes they do.

If you are running, or exerting more energy you will exhale more often than other people who may not be exerting the energy.

Not every person has the same C02 per action. Some people are more efficient and others are less.

I have a similar effect on psycho women (5, Funny)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296233)

You can ask any number of my former girlfriends--if you can keep them from stabbing you, setting fire to your house, or trying to poison your dog long enough to ask.

Re:I have a similar effect on psycho women (4, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296507)

Attract bloodsuckers of one species, attract bloodsuckers of all species.

IR and CO2 attract them (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296253)

How many more reports do we need on this? It's been done to death for years. This "article" is just a womens' magazine level fluff piece, not research. Why is /. posting reddit style TIL crap?

Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296261)

If you want to avoid the bugs, don't eat foods high in iron like red meat.

It's too bad that you need iron to make red blood cells though in the first place >.>

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (5, Interesting)

Andrio (2580551) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296607)

Here's an interesting thought in regards to mosquitoes. The only ones that bite are the females when they're going to lay eggs, since they need tho protein for the eggs.

So when one bites you, and then goes off to lay eggs, the new mosquitoes that originate are created from *your protein* Like was created from your blood!

It's like you have little yous flying around :)

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (5, Funny)

shadowrat (1069614) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296821)

Here's an interesting thought in regards to mosquitoes. The only ones that bite are the females when they're going to lay eggs, since they need tho protein for the eggs. So when one bites you, and then goes off to lay eggs, the new mosquitoes that originate are created from *your protein* Like was created from your blood! It's like you have little yous flying around :)

And my blood is made out of mosquitoes that i have eaten while riding my bike! My whole existence is like a man-mosquito ouroboros!

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297793)

You are Mansquito! [imdb.com]

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

Wormsign (1498995) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297885)

MANSQUITO!!! Is that you!?

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297617)

that's like saying i'm a chicken

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297851)

Sort of, but it does explain politicians and Larry Ellison.

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296907)

I'm vegan, but my blood iron levels are always at the top end of the reference range. My wife isn't vegan, her blood iron levels are also substantially lower than mine. When the two of us go out to areas with mosquitoes, she gets eaten up, and I don't get touched. A couple that are friends of ours are similar in eating, opposite with mosquitoes. My little brother doesn't get touched, and is practically a carnivore. Our parents get eaten like mad, and are balanced eaters. I don't know the blood iron levels of anyone other than my wife and I, but hey. As to the rest of the items on this silly list - I drink beer, my wife doesn't. We're either both wearing socks, or neither of us are (well, in the situations where we're both there, and there are mosquitoes). Neither of us are type O blood. Meh.

Re:Iron in blood attracts mosquitos. (1)

cusco (717999) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297657)

My sister is generally border-line anemic, and mosquitoes follow her everywhere. My wife not only attracts mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, but has been bitten by aphids and ladybugs as well. On the other hand, not even leeches want to suck my blood.

Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296265)

I have the same problem with chicks.

Re:Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (4, Funny)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296375)

I have the same problem with chicks.

That is probably a result of the kernels of corn you scatter behind you every where you go. And is also probably an explanation for your inability to attract women.

Re:Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296467)

How did you guess that the Kernel team is also ringing me at all hours?

Re:Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (1)

DeathToBill (601486) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296383)

Suuuuure you have. Then you woke up, right?

It's only a guess, admittedly, but then this is slashdot.

Re:Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (2)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296801)

Then quit stealing purses!

Re:Chased by every one in 50 mi radius (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297045)

"Look, I know I'm not sexy. The only reason I get any girls at all is because of who I am. A rapist."

- Rodney Dangerfield

They must not use a HOSTS file (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296269)

I keep Mosquitos away with the help of a good HOSTS file! The fastest and best way to secure yourself from external pests!

Re:They must not use a HOSTS file (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296403)

I was suffering from deep depression, hosts file corruption, AND mosquitoes would bite me at all hours of the night, all night, every night. It go to bad that I eventually started abusing my characters in The Sims 3. Then I found MyCleanPC and my life has never been better!

"Zabbo tupi nobo kazoo damagadi" -Another satisfied customer!

You have got to be fucking kidding me. (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296277)

Yahoo Health? Are you joking?

Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296545)

Well, the blogger thinks that type O blood is actually type zero blood. So, yes, let's all just wander away now.

Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me. (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296663)

Well, the blogger thinks that type O blood is actually type zero blood. So, yes, let's all just wander away now.

But, but, her first published letter to the editor was at age 6! And she's been involved in writing like 8 pop-health books with people who have 'MD' somewhere in their names and apparently don't have high standards! This is a serious expert we are talking about here.

Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me. (2)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296653)

Would you prefer a paywalled version of the article instead?

This is science? (2)

Russ1642 (1087959) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296283)

One dumb lab tech sits in his underwear in his lab and reports the results?

Slashdot pageclick = Scienceish enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296411)

Tastes like Slashken.

Re:This is science? (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296523)

One lab tech smart enough to get paid to sit around in his underwear.

Fleas (2)

hoboroadie (1726896) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296307)

I start getting bitten within seconds of entering a house with fleas. Same as mosquitos, I often have trouble convincing others that there is an infestation. Good to see the scientists confirming my observations. Again.

Moquito trap (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296337)

I always thought of inventing a mosquito trap using some sort of machine. It should have a device that will emit the attractant chemicals, sweat/co2/stinky cheese chem/etc, using a mild heater. It will have a tube through which the mosquitoes will approach the source. There will be a small chamber to hold the trapped mosquitoes, which will be a lower pressure than atmosphere. When the mosquito passes through the tube, a trap door will open, sucking the mosquito into the negative pressure chamber. Never got around to it. Found a better solution, emigrated to the USA ;-)

Repeatedly trying to kill them using stronger and stronger chemicals would lead to resistance in surviving population. We should fight them by enlisting evolution on our side. One can try is to capture and sterilize the males and release them in very large quantities in regions with endemic mosquito problem. It would take a few years to make a dent. But these sterile males will compete with, and reduce the mating opportunities of, fertile natural born males.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

c (8461) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296395)

I always thought of inventing a mosquito trap using some sort of machine.

It's been done. [mosquitomagnet.com]

They do work pretty well, covering approx a 1/2 acre area without too much trouble.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

_anomaly_ (127254) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296789)

I'd doubt anyone who's commenting on this article hasn't heard of them, but the Parent does sound like they may be living under a rock.

I'd be interested in a do-it-yourself version, as those that exist for purchase are outrageously expensive IMO.

I've also always been a mosquito magnet. I just came back from a trip to the Boundary Waters up in Minneosta and let me tell you, if you are one of the unfortunate 20%, be prepared with 40% DEET spray, a head net, and long-sleeve shirts and pants. Otherwise you're miserable up there.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296981)

I did not know USA is under a rock, because that is where I am living and said so too. ;-)

Some background about my "invention". Back in 1983 I was practicing for my GRE using Barron's guide. There one of the reading comprehension passages were about how mosquitoes find their hosts. About vapor trails and C02 trails and temperature sensitivities etc. That passage triggered a train of thought and was mulling over designing a mosquito trap as a B Tech project. But went with a much more prosaic wind mill. Did some drawings of it for the Masters project, but as fate would have it, I did the project on a very run-of-the-mill, regular, very much inside the box, in fact close to the centroid of the box, subject.

I don't know how old these commercial systems being sold are. I am sure many more people, more knowledgeable than me thought about it, and some of them definitely actually did something, other than merely fantasizing about it.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

_anomaly_ (127254) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297287)

Haha, well, without any mention of the traps commercially available, and with your description being very close, I'd still say it was a reasonable conclusion ;-)

Re:Moquito trap (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297061)

I just came back from a trip to the Boundary Waters up in Minneosta and let me tell you, if you are one of the unfortunate 20%, be prepared with 40% DEET spray, a head net, and long-sleeve shirts and pants. Otherwise you're miserable up there.

Of course, when it's 90 degrees and 80% humidity in the Boundary Waters, wearing a head net, long-sleeve shirt and pants makes you miserable anyway.

Six months of winter and two months of mosquito hell sums up Minnesota pretty well.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

_anomaly_ (127254) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297237)

Haha, yeah, no doubt. I was wearing mainly Columbia clothing, very thin, moisture-wicking type stuff (both the long-sleeve shirt and pants) with ventilation. It was still hot, but fortunately it didn't go over the mid 80's while I was there and clouds provided some respite from the sun. Though, if you're tortured by them like I usually am, hot + mosquitoes is worse than mildly hotter - moquitoes, especially when carrying a canoe on your shoulders and they're swarming around your head, inside the canoe.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

c (8461) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297955)

I just came back from a trip to the Boundary Waters up in Minneosta and let me tell you, if you are one of the unfortunate 20%, be prepared with 40% DEET spray, a head net, and long-sleeve shirts and pants. Otherwise you're miserable up there.

I grew up in northern Ontario. I'm not sure we have any of the 20% left in the gene pool anymore. About the only good thing I can say about the mosquitos are that they don't carry the diseases they have in the tropics.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

nblender (741424) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297091)

If you can keep them working. I bought one used because the PO couldn't keep it working. I dismantled it, cleaned the chamber and catalytic converter and got it to work again. It worked for a few weeks and then was reporting a flame error... Took it apart again and just could not get it to work. The air intake port was clean, fan running, but just could not get the mix good enough to get it to ignite; even manually... took the nozzle out and it lit fine; just wouldn't light in the chamber.. After a few weeks of screwing around with it; off to the garbage it went. If you google them, there is no end of people having trouble with the things. Poor design.

The blu-ray mosquito laser needs to be marketed...

Re:Moquito trap (1)

mi (197448) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297211)

They do work pretty well, covering approx a 1/2 acre area without too much trouble.

I dunno... We got one six weeks ago and have mixed feelings. On one hand, the dead mosquitoes certainly do accumulate inside the trap. On the other, there are still plenty of suckers outside in the air. Tried changing the chemical attractant — we are right on the border of their "map" for deciding, which attractant to use — and things improved a little, but we still get plenty of bites.

Maybe, I should get a second one — and use the other attractant in it, but these devices aren't cheap to buy and even more expensive to keep running...

Re:Moquito trap (5, Funny)

DeathToBill (601486) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296397)

Found a better solution, emigrated to the USA ;-)

I'm not clear. Does this help because the USA has no mosquitoes? Or because you can now use assault weapons on them?

Re:Moquito trap (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296405)

Nobody has thought of anything like that yet! You should get to work on it right away.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

canadiannomad (1745008) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296453)

I think I'm one of the privileged minority that gets the most bites...

I have a racket that zaps the little buggers. Makes a satisfying snapping sound when I get one.
I've thought it would be easy enough to stick the thing in the "on" position and put it over a bowl of sugar water with yeast :-)
  -- I doubt I can find any Limburger around here...

Re:Moquito trap (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296857)

Well... maybe your racket zapper might work because you're actively hunting them... but mosquitos are not attracted to UV light, nor sugar water with yeast, and so therefore bug zappers simply do not kill mosquitos. There are those that SWEAR by the zappers and insist that the studies and Science itself must be wrong... but these individuals are the same ones that cannot tell a midge or a crane fly from a mosquito. Bug zappers actually HELP mosquitos... because many of the bugs killed by zappers will feed on mosquitos. So bug zappers are worthless (unless you just have it in for the poor moths), and what you need is a CO2 trap [google.com]

Re:Moquito trap (1)

canadiannomad (1745008) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297387)

nor sugar water with yeast

and what you need is a CO2 trap [google.com]

You do know that yeast produces CO2 right? Used that for a long time to make my plants grow greener in my fish aquarium.

What I described is a CO2 trap... that zaps the little buggers if they come to investigate the source of the C02.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297579)

What I described is a CO2 trap... that zaps the little buggers if they come to investigate the source of the C02.

The problem with your plan is that you will produce significantly more CO2 than your bowl of yeast (unless you're continuously removing the alcohol, and adding sugar). If you want it to work right, you're going to have to hang your racket zapper over your mouth.

Re:Moquito trap (1)

emag (4640) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297239)

My stepdad has (or at least had) one of those style zappers. Gnats and other flying pests small enough to get through screens are often a real problem where he lives, so he'd set it up over a bowl of vinegar in the kitchen. After a few hours, the counter around it would have dozens, if not hundreds, of formerly flying pests.

Re:Moquito trap (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296647)

It's already been done:

http://www.amazon.com/Mosquito-Magnet-MM4100-Patriot-Trap/dp/B002RMBDIM/

The verdict: For half of the reviewers, it works great; for the other half, it doesn't work at all..

Pheromones? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296371)

I'd really be interested in actual differences not "Don't drink beer". I'm the exact opposite. As long as there are other people around I'm safe. If I'm out near dusk and alone I'll get bitten but other than that they leave me almost completely alone.

Re:Pheromones? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296527)

It's easy enough (much easier than you describe) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNjyLRQutXs [youtube.com]

The problem with traps such as this (ones that use a scent) is that often they attract more to the area than they catch (this is true of the beetle trap bags anyway).

Summary of article in a few lines (5, Informative)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296379)

So people here can stop guessing:

Mosquitos prefer blood type O
Most people secrete substances that allow mosquitoes to identify blood type before they bite.

Beer drinkers beware
Swigging just one bottle of beer can significantly boost your risk of being bitten

Watch out for the full moon
The tiny bloodsuckers are 500 times more active when the moon is full

Keep your socks on
The pungent aroma of dirty feet is apparently irresistible to mosquitoes

Mosquitos know if you're expecting
Moms-to-be get bitten about twice as often as women who aren't pregnant

Running won't help you
Both the carbon dioxide we exhale and substances in sweat, such as lactic acid, help mosquitoes home in on their prey.

Dark-colored clothing can increase your risk of falling victim
Like vampires, they prefer dark clothes

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296501)

Rubbish.. Those little bastards chase me and I'm not type O, not beer drinker, I stay in when full moon (because of werewolfs), wear sock, not expecting, not running, wear light color clothing. Only thing that works for me so-far when going out is putting a hat, sunglasses and fake mustache.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296827)

And on the other hand, I'm type O, have stinky feet, wear dark clothes, and get bitten less than anyone around me.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

Wormsign (1498995) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297909)

Try not breathing

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296583)

Dark-colored clothes attracts most insects, including bees and wasps. From what I recall, dark blue is one of the biggest attractors.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296913)

One word: garlic! repels the little bastards and vamps too! But do stay out of the full moon -- werewolves love the smell of garlic!

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297097)

Not sure if this is a joke, or if I'm just clueless. I'd always heard that bright colors attract bugs, especially bees.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297415)

A quick search about colors and bees, but I've heard similar advice about wasps:

"Colors to avoid? Bold, darker colors like red and black resemble natural predators and are likely to cause our little flying friends to become more aggressive towards you. And if you do get caught in a face-off, they're probably going to go for high contrast areas like collars and cuffs. Those are the areas that resemble weak spots like the eyes and nose of predators.

Instead you want to try and stick with solid white (beekeeper suits are white for a reason) or lighter colors that have a smooth texture. What difference does texture make, you ask? Well, in addition to dark colors, corduroy and other fuzzy clothes also resemble the fur of predators like skunks and badgers, and they'll attract bees just the same."

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296599)

Give everyone else around you a banana. Just don't eat one yourself. Problem solved.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296685)

my blood type is 0 Rh+, I love beer, and I sweat a lot. I'm fucked.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297121)

Blood type O? Who cares about blood type O? A, B, AB, O, it's all the same?
What about those of us whose ancestors didn't mate with Rhesus monkeys?

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297149)

So people here can stop guessing:

Mosquitos prefer blood type O

Beer drinkers beware

Watch out for the full moon

Keep your socks on

Mosquitos know if you're expecting

Running won't help you

Dark-colored clothing can increase your risk of falling victim

Type A, don't drink, any time, clean feet with socks, male, standing still, wearing any color, and I'm still a mosquito magnet. The usual ratio is 10:1 compared to anyone else in the area. So, no, they have not discovered the reason.

Re:Summary of article in a few lines (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297295)

I have A+ blood
I drink beer
Never pay much attention to the lunar cycle
I wear only sandals in the summer
I am male, so I am not pregnant.
I sweat more than average
I wear dark clothing

According to the article, I should be a prime target, however, I never get bit, ever. Mosquitoes have always been more attracted to my sisters or girlfriends, which leads me to believe this study has some good ideas, but does not come anywhere close to finding the real reasons mosquitoes are attracted to certain people over others.

NOT allergic to mosquito bites (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44296409)

Anyone else NOT allergic to mosquito bites? I can get bit but have no reaction, no raised bump, no itching. I'm not sure when it happened but I know that when I was a kid I did have a reaction but now as an adult I do not.

Re:NOT allergic to mosquito bites (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296603)

I have to take an anti-histamine (cetirizine) every day. A side benefit is that I have absolutely no reaction to mosquito bites. It's great.

Re:NOT allergic to mosquito bites (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296617)

Skeeters are the only insect I have a reaction to. Get stung by a bee or wasp and the swelling goes down in minutes. Get bitten by a skeeter and I have a bump for a day or two. I don't know if it qualifies as an allergic reaction because the proteins in a mosquito bite are intended to have that effect. Running a spoon under hot water and then applying it to the bump should make it go down, as it breaks up the proteins that cause itchiness and swelling, although it may remain a red bump for a while longer.

Everglades (2)

Andrio (2580551) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296531)

The article caused me to experience a Flashback to the worst Mosquito related incident I've ever been through.

Basically, the wife and I were driving through the Everglades one night, when the car got a flat tire. It didn't take *that* long to change it, but between me sweating from changing the tire and the wife holding a source of light, we got MASSACRED by mosquito. And these weren't your typical, run of the mill mosquitos. These were EVERGLADES mosquitos. I even had tons of bites on my feet--how the hell did they bite my feet when I was wearing shoes + socks? A week later, we were still scratching.

The moral of the story: keep a can of mosquito spray in your trunk (Those things don't exceed 120F right?) if you're going to drive through anywhere swampy.

Re:Everglades (3, Interesting)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296657)

Most bug sprays are intended to mask you from the bugs, it does a piss poor job of actually repelling them. You're best off keeping something that you can light and put around you (flares, candles, the wife's fruitcake). Or just hold a lighter in front of the bug spray as it comes out and ward them off like that. Of course, Everglades mosquitoes are just as likely to keep biting after they catch fire.

Re:Everglades (1)

EvanED (569694) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297179)

The moral of the story: keep a can of mosquito spray in your trunk (Those things don't exceed 120F right?)

"Those things" = trunks? Ahhhahahahaha.

It's probably easy to exceed 140 degrees. I've personally measured my trunk to be off the scale of the thermometer I used (a combined clock thermometer; I don't know what it's highest temperature is but I saw it at 121 after it had been cooling off inside for a few minutes), and I live in the northern US. I wouldn't be surprised if you could hit 160 in something like Texas or Arizona.

Marmite (1)

MrNemesis (587188) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296609)

What, no mention of Marmite? Yahoo even have their own "answers" page about it, containing only slightly less information than this fluff piece.

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061113101418AAETa3c [yahoo.com]

The obvious downside is that you need to eat Marmite [wikipedia.org] , and about half of the population would rather catch malaria.

Beer and mosquitoes (1)

Derf_X (651876) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296633)

The one about beer is very simple: alcohol dilates your blood vessels, making you more attractive to mosquitoes.

Re:Beer and mosquitoes (1)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296831)

So the solution is to drink MORE. Sure, you get bitten, but you just don't give a fuck anymore.

Re:Beer and mosquitoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297131)

I wonder if the alcohol in the blood has any effect on the skeeters. Think they would fly straight after feasting at an outdoor frat party?

Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (4, Funny)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296693)

* Rub yourself down with Olive oil. Extra virgin in particular. Oh, don't stand too close to the bonfire.

* DEET. Soak your cigar in it. The combination of second hand smoke and smell of chemical burns is a bit too much for them.

* Cover all exposed areas. A scarf works great for the neck and stocking cap for the head. I find an additional two layers of sweatpants and sweatshirts keeps the buggers from reaching you. Oh, three pair of socks and rain boots for the feet.

* Pig manure. It may sound crazy, but it works. Stop by your local pig farm on the way to your outdoor event and have a quick roll in the barnyard. Be sure to cover everything. After an hour or so, the manure dries to a hard crust which will protect you from being bitten for the rest of the day. Be sure to cover your face or they'll go for that in frustration.

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (1)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296761)

Pig manure. It may sound crazy, but it works. Stop by your local pig farm on the way to your outdoor event and have a quick roll in the barnyard.

I think anybody who has ever lived near/driven past a pig farm would suggest that, while this may or may nor keep the insects away, it sure as hell will keep the people away from you.

Pig shit smells as bad as human shit.

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297015)

so, uh, you think that soaking a lit cigar with DEET (a highly flammable substance) or covering your body in olive oil were given as serious suggestions? You may want to consider the option that his suggestions were in jest.

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297337)

it sure as hell will keep the people away from you.

Fortunately, this being Slashdot, anyone following the advice won't notice a difference.

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (1)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296847)

Erh... I prefer to be bitten to ANY of those options, thank you.

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (1)

Creepy (93888) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297151)

Um, the subject line is an essential on this one.... are you a PFY?

Re:Great ways to keep from being bitten - BOFH (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297571)

* Rub yourself down with Olive oil. Extra virgin in particular. Oh, don't stand too close to the bonfire.

Fuck that. Use lamp oil and light it on fire. You'll never have a problem with the little bastards again. They don't tolerate fire very well either.

* DEET. Soak your cigar in it. The combination of second hand smoke and smell of chemical burns is a bit too much for them.

DEET is for pussies. Get some DDT and you should be set. Using an aircraft to spray it all over the place has been well proven. Don't get any cigar. Make sure you get a Panamanian cigar. You don't hear about mosquito problems in Panama ever. Make sure to inhale often. It helps mask the CO2 better that way.

* Cover all exposed areas. A scarf works great for the neck and stocking cap for the head. I find an additional two layers of sweatpants and sweatshirts keeps the buggers from reaching you. Oh, three pair of socks and rain boots for the feet.

Nobody wants to wear all that bulky clothing in mosquito weather. I recommend a diving suit. But not one of those new neoprene ones. Get one made of rubber. That will keep the heat and sweat contained better so they'll have a harder time finding you to begin with.

* Pig manure. It may sound crazy, but it works. Stop by your local pig farm on the way to your outdoor event and have a quick roll in the barnyard. Be sure to cover everything. After an hour or so, the manure dries to a hard crust which will protect you from being bitten for the rest of the day. Be sure to cover your face or they'll go for that in frustration.

You're right, it sounds crazy. How in the hell are you going to get it to stick to the oil you've already covered yourself in? Plus it's never going to form a hard crust in humid environments and people tend to look at you like you're crazy when you are covered in pig shit (don't ask me how I know this). If you want a hard protective layer, get some plate mail. The rubber suit will do a great job protecting you from chafing. Additionally, I can guarantee that nobody is going to pick a fight with you while you're wearing flaming plate mail, smoking a Panama robusto while spraying DDT everywhere. I'm pretty sure you will be the talk of the office after your next company picnic too.

Mediterranean = mosquito resistant (2)

stevegee58 (1179505) | 1 year,15 days | (#44296875)

I've seen this myself in my own family. I'm of Mediterranean extraction and my daughter takes after me with dark complexion and oily skin. Neither of us are bothered anywhere near as much as my wife and son who show more Germanic ancestry (fair skinned)
This is so noticable that we comment on it all the time in the summer.

Re:Mediterranean = mosquito resistant (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,15 days | (#44297599)

My wife is Italian-American and is a mosquito magnet. Sorry.

Nerd Solution (2)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297143)

http://www.intellectualventures.com/index.php/inventions-patents/our-inventions/photonic-fence

If patents are so good, we should have seen this on the market already. If IV puts this into the public domain, Walmart will have a Chinese mosquito laser system in stock by Christmas.

Hot peppers, and lots of them! (2)

TrentTheThief (118302) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297389)

I've been many in regions where mosquitoes thrive. I'm seldom bothered by them, however, and I attribute this to my long standing habit of snacking on hot peppers of one sort or another. Skip right by those jalapenos, though. They don't seem to work as well as some nice Scotch Bonnets, or Bird's Eyes (Thai). Habeneros work extremely well.

I eat a handful of hot peppers everyday ;-)

Thank you, now it all makes sense!!! (1)

roger_pasky (1429241) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297445)

So, my 9 year old daughter, AB blooded, must be a beer addict, her white cotton socks must be too used to get transparent, the moon at the other side of the world must keep on affecting meanwhile she stays in the daylight with no moon at all in the sky, lying down in the sofa to watch Disney Channel must make her breath a lot of lactic acid, her white summer clothes must be dirt to death and... Dammit! She must be expecting!!!

Could be worse (1)

lennier1 (264730) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297721)

At least it's not like in a colleague's case. That poor bastard attracts wasps.

Blood chemistry changed by TB medication (1)

Polybius (743489) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297795)

In February 2000 at 20 years old I was diagnosed with a lung infection called Mycobacterium Kansasii. It is in the family of Tuberculosis and treated with a nearly identical pharmaceutical regimen.

I took:
Isoniazid:
myambutol
rifadin (turns your urine orange)
vitamin B 12 (for liver health)
Pyrazinamide for about a month until they ruled out Active TB.

I was on this regimen for 18 months, a while after I was declared cured myself, my Dad and my Brother walked to a local park to watch a total lunar eclipse. My brother and Dad ended up leaving early because they were getting bit so bad but I could walk into a cloud of mosquitos and they would disperse and I did not get bitten a single time.

Fast forward to now over a decade after being off of these meds and I might get 4 mosquito bites in an entire summer.

I havent ever found documented cases from other people where this happened, but the doctor who diagnosed and treated me said he had heard it in passing a few times.

just use one of this (1)

Wormsign (1498995) | 1 year,15 days | (#44297931)

and have fun while protecting yourself from evil bites: http://www.amazon.com/Executioner-Swat-Mosquito-Swatter-Zapper/dp/B000MU2MJA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373990707&sr=8-1&keywords=zap+racket [amazon.com] If you do get bitten, try the hot spoon technique for getting rid of the itch. http://lifehacker.com/use-a-hot-spoon-to-instantly-relieve-itchy-bug-bites-615912899 [lifehacker.com]
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