Are you plagued with mosquito bites? Some people insist that they can step outside for just a few minutes and they’ll be covered in bites in just a few minutes. While others may roll their eyes, science backs them up. Some people really are more attractive to mosquitoes than others are.

Scientists have identified several proteins found in mosquitoes’ antennae that detect odorants that we emit from our skin. These odorants are produced by our bodies’ natural processes and work as a neon sign that flashes out “Hot meal here!” to mosquitoes. And while you can’t change the chemistry of your body to keep mosquitoes away, there are a few steps you can take to make yourself a little bit less attractive to the next mosquito that comes along looking for a snack.

* Shower before you head outside. This one is a no-brainer if you understand how the mosquito works. The female mosquitoes (only females will bite you, Males feed exclusively on nectar and other sugary substances) detects your carbon dioxide in the air long before she’s able to visually locate you. Carbon dioxide is expelled by all breathing creatures and when she senses it, she knows that food is nearby.

* Pest Control Experts who know how to get rid of mosquitoes insist that the best way to do so is to prevent them from breeding on your property. Because mosquitoes require water in order to reproduce, you can eliminate many of them by taking steps to ensure that there is no stagnant water anywhere in your yard. Some mosquitoes are able to successfully reproduce in only a few tablespoons of water, so it’s important to check for even the smallest amounts of liquid and then get rid of it.

* Avoid heavy perfumes, especially floral scents. Although females require a blood meal to nourish their eggs, they also enjoy the nectar. If you plan on going outside, it’s best to not smell like a flower.

* If you’re planning on having a few drinks, make sure that you’re near a citronella candle or other device. Studies have shown that people who drink beers are more susceptible to bug bites. Not only does the alcohol that you’re consuming change your physical odor, but it can also cause you to forget to reapply your repellent as frequently as you should.

* Wear light colors. A mosquito is typically drawn to a group by the carbon dioxide that they expel. Once she has detected your scent, she will use visual cues to locate her prey. Mosquito experts say that dark colors are most attractive to her because they remind her of a warm-blooded animal. For some reason, blue is the color that she likes the most, so avoid blue jeans at all costs!

* Try not to run around too much. As I just said, the female mosquito uses her sense of sight to pick out her victim once she’s closed in. A host who is moving around will attract her visually as a healthy specimen.

* Try not to work up a sweat in mosquito-ridden areas. Mosquito control professionals say that perspiration delivers the perfect combination of mosquito attractants. They look for odors and moisture and sweat delivers on both of those. Additionally, even the best mosquito repellent wears off quickly when it’s exposed to water or perspiration. If you plan on engaging in a physically demanding activity, remember to reapply your repellent regularly.

* Don’t overdress. Even if you don’t draw mosquitoes with your perspiration, an increased temperature lures mosquitoes into checking you out. Try to stay cool to keep the mosquitoes away.

* Wash your feet. Believe it or not, entomologists insist that smelly socks and stinky shoes actually work as a mosquito lure. If you want to keep mosquitoes off of you, toss those old Crocs out.

* Watch your diet. Pest Control Experts say that people with higher than average levels of cholesterol attract more mosquitoes than normal folks. The reasoning for this is that people with high cholesterol levels are more efficient at processing it and the byproducts remain on the surface of your skin where they’re easily detected by mosquitoes.

Of course, there are other traits that attract mosquitoes, including blood type and carbon dioxide expression that can’t be changed. However, these 10 tips will go a long way toward keeping you from becoming a mosquito buffet this summer. Good luck!

Author's Bio: 

Adler Conway is a professional writer and blogger. I live in Melbourne.