Are you the one at any outdoor gathering who always gets bitten by a mosquito while everyone else says they’re fine? There may be a scientific reason. Up to 20 percent of us are highly attractive to mosquitoes, and researchers have discovered some surprising reasons.
“Both your metabolism and your unique body chemistry—which is as distinctive as a fingerprint—play an important role in determining whether or not you’re a mosquito magnet,” says University of Florida entomology professor Dr. Phil Koehler. “Also, there’s evidence that your degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes can change over time.”