5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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Every summer it seems like there’s that one person who always gets a lot of mosquito bites. But what makes people mosquito magnets?
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16 Jun 2019

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Crystal M
Crystal M Dia atrás
First - how do you genetically modify a cell in a mosquito??? Second - those poor poor lab assistants and students that have sacrifice their arms and legs for SCIENCE! May they not itch in vain.
Tony Williams
Tony Williams 13 dias atrás
My blood type is O negative! Mosquitoes feed on me! I hate it!
Dave Jan
Dave Jan 15 dias atrás
Im hypermetabolistic & eat LOTS of sugar. AM a magnet. Have been told its the SUGAR they go after most. Taking garlic & Vit B12 daily helps but only DEET works 100%.
Greg Newell
Greg Newell 15 dias atrás
New genuine guy. New sub here
For No. 4: Why wouldn't assume, blood suckers just find dark closes more secure for not being visually noticed and killed by their catch?
walking away man
walking away man 5 horas atrás
bring back DDT.
Sophia Laird
Sophia Laird 10 horas atrás
... mosquitoes but me all over my right foot last month (among other places) when I dwelt on a boat for a week. Lets make a poll. Like if you’re also getting bitten there?
Paul I
Paul I Dia atrás
Everybody: *Breaths* Mosquitos: 👀
khanhalee Dia atrás
I'm a mosquito magnet...i get bite everywhere! I'm also O negative blood group and I read somewhere that can be a factor.
Yossi Awaka
Yossi Awaka Dia atrás
All those talkings about breathing got me on manual breathing mode😠
William Cyparski
William Cyparski 2 dias atrás
Hank for President!
Erin Gittins
Erin Gittins 4 dias atrás
Mosquitoes eat me alive. When I first moved to Louisiana, whenever I would make my bed, I would find tons of dead mosquitoes in my blankets and sheets from them trying to get after me at night.
kimmisoo morris
kimmisoo morris 6 dias atrás
why in the FK would they make genetically modified mosquitoes!!!
Tyler T
Tyler T 6 dias atrás
Time to pull out my fortress of Black Bug Zappers and put some dry ice and sugary cotton balls in them. I'll expect a mosquito dead zone in no time!
T-Bone 7 dias atrás
Do you think there could ever be a vaccine you can give to someone to prevent mosquito bites all together. And eventually if everyone has this vaccine the mosquitoes would die off and go extinct?
Magdalie Mexile
Magdalie Mexile 7 dias atrás
I know it would damage the ecosystem to eradicate mosquitoes but.... I don’t care
Dude Mcjerry
Dude Mcjerry 7 dias atrás
Guess why I always sit by my mom at the bonfire
Cynthia Kuykendall
Cynthia Kuykendall 7 dias atrás
A sample size of 4 is ridiculous. It is way too small to prove anything. This is entertainment.
666laughingtarget 7 dias atrás
just constantly smoke. insects hate smoke.
shawn mendrek
shawn mendrek 8 dias atrás
Ok so if mosquitoes don't like white clothes why do still like to bite me when I myself am white... hmmm
Kalman Linietsky
Kalman Linietsky 8 dias atrás
For Malaria- could biologists engineer a virus that attacks plasmodium protists?
KatJaguar1122 9 dias atrás
Just take Boswelia. And lower sugar intake. Being on keto diet helps. And take extra vitamin b1, or eat liver regularly.
vTHExUNKNOWENv 9 dias atrás
I read that a certain blood type a person has something to do with them liking you as well.
Kaotiqua 9 dias atrás
I've found that if I reduce my consumption of potassium-rich fruits like bananas and cantaloupe, I get bit a whole lot less. Used to be a serious mosquito magnet, too! It's weird, but it really seemed to help. Probably another one of those sweat-smell factor things.
david unmint
david unmint 9 dias atrás
Lavender oil is a better mosquito repellent than deet, or anything else that i have tried. i live in Alaska, we have many different kinds of mosquitoes here...., Lavender works on them all.
Guerbage Adventures
Guerbage Adventures 9 dias atrás
Didn’t address the biggest question....why do mosquitoes always fly into my ear?
Katie Whitehouse
Katie Whitehouse 9 dias atrás
Hey! I tend to get less eaten than those around me...could the fact that I am vegetarian have anything to do with it? Any scientific data on food consumption affecting attraction? There are also the old wives tales about garlic...scientific opinions about that?
Ruger Shooter
Ruger Shooter 10 dias atrás
My father, 2 brothers, and myself eat onions and get very few bites including fleas. My mother, 2 brothers, wife, do not eat onions and get ate up.
Endorphin Rider
Endorphin Rider 10 dias atrás
CO2 to a mosquito is like blood to a shark.
Gigi Gewgaw
Gigi Gewgaw 11 dias atrás
I've heard that mosquitoes are not strong flyers, and therefore ceiling fans on your porch are enough to keep them at bay if you want to sit out on your rocking chair of an evening. Is this true?
David Parkell
David Parkell 11 dias atrás
One thing mosquitoes hate is garlic. End of story. You won't get laid, but you won't get bit.
Yeah ok
Yeah ok 11 dias atrás
U didn’t mention that mosquitos prefer type O blood im O negative and a mosquito magnet
Anthony Delfino
Anthony Delfino 11 dias atrás
this might be entirely anecdotal, but I remember when I lived in the swampy area outside of Houston a couple things we observed were that people who ate more fruit, especially bananas, tended to attract more mosquitos, but when those people started taking garlic pills, they became a less attractive meal. This might all be related to how they're attracted to sugar and repelled by certain smells. But it also might just be coincidental.
Steve Kissane
Steve Kissane 11 dias atrás
Mosquitoes do not like mint so if you apply mint oil to your clothes not recommended for skin, or lavender oil should keep those pesky parasites at Bay
Glaceon the ICE Type WOLF Pokémon
When ever Female Mosquitos see me they suck my blood.
The Pearl
The Pearl 11 dias atrás
All adult mosquitoes feed on the nectar or honey dew of plants to get sugar, and that provides enough nourishment for both males and females to live, but females also need to produce eggs. To create eggs, females need protein, which they get from the blood of animals.
Satan 11 dias atrás
Think: *trillions of females actually want your sweaty ass*
Tim Travasos
Tim Travasos 12 dias atrás
So why aren't scientists altering mosquitos to not "like humans.
Tim Travasos
Tim Travasos 12 dias atrás
How can a mosquito "sense" CO2 from a distance. It has to reach their organs to be sensed.
B Green
B Green 12 dias atrás
That’s it ! No more drinkin outside. Not ! Slap ! Slap slap slap Slapping still
Parke Stanley
Parke Stanley 12 dias atrás
Excellent channel!!! I liked and subscribed
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday 12 dias atrás
Well...being goth, I'm going to enjoy mosquitoes landing on my black clothes...just another reason to be a hermit, I suppose.
elwynbrooks 12 dias atrás
can't we just do the thing where we release a whole bunch of attractive sterile males and kill them all off in a few generations please
Amber Wendt
Amber Wendt 12 dias atrás
My right leg too!!!!
Elizabeth Torres
Elizabeth Torres 12 dias atrás
So wear light colored clothing, no alcohol and decreased the amount of sugar intake? 🤔
Aaron E
Aaron E 12 dias atrás
The last science on this that I heard was if you eat apple cider vinegar like cucumber slices soaking in vinagar; there is something about it that makes you less attractive to the blood suckers!
DmedZWN 12 dias atrás
" Mosquitoes like dark colored things " Welp I guess us African / Brown people will be getting munched by mosquitoes forever then SMH! 🙄
Scott Day
Scott Day 12 dias atrás
You mean the baby growing inside of you not a fetus
Tyrone Howard
Tyrone Howard 12 dias atrás
Basically everything I do outside....
SummoningLemons 12 dias atrás
i wonder if mosquitos are a bit like dolphins and their puff-puff-pufferfish-pass highs... they can learn that alcohol-laced blood will get them buzzed, so they go for the person that smells of alcohol.
Liliana and Allison WE DO ROLEPLAYS
Me lying i loooooveee mosquito season (later at night)(*scratching my 10 mosquito bites*)
Scott Elmore
Scott Elmore 12 dias atrás
You keep using that word "DISTANCE" I do not think it means what you think it means..... please define "DISTANCE"
Atie Kitkat
Atie Kitkat 13 dias atrás
Only thing in this world that loves and desires me
jp grumbach
jp grumbach 13 dias atrás
They prefer females so get one for the summertime.
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