9 Foods That Make You Tastier to Mosquitoes

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9 Foods That Make You Tastier to Mosquitoes

Learn which 9 foods make you more appetizing to mosquitos!

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Beer

What’s a cookout without a cold one (or two)? There’s always a cooler full to the brim with ice-cold beers at backyard barbeques. A few Heinekens can give you a buzz, but even a single beer can make you a target for mosquitos. Scientists are not exactly sure why mosquitos go for beer drinkers, but they don’t think it has anything to do with the increase in ethanol in the bloodstream or the heightened body temperature caused by beer consumption. Like us humans, mosquitos may just like the taste of a good brew.

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Potassium-rich foods

Bloodsucking mosquitos are extremely attracted to lactic acid. Too bad lactic acid is constantly naturally released by our bodies, making us prime snacks. Eating potassium-rich foods, however, increases the amount of lactic acid you give off through your skin. Bananas, potatoes, prunes, raisins, lima beans, avocados, and spinach are full of potassium, so snacking on these makes you even tastier to the invasive insects. Well, there goes guacamole!

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Salty Snacks

Wiping salty potato chip crumbs on bright beach towels or on denim cutoffs while enjoying the sun is a typical summertime occurrence. Little did you know, eating a high-sodium diet also increases the amount of lactic acid you produce, and more lactic acid means more mosquito bites. Filling up on salty snacks like crispy chips, hot curly fries, roasted peanuts, or even that bacon on your burger, will make you that much more delicious to mosquitos.

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Sweets

Often picnic tables are piled high with tart cherry pies, melty ice cream cakes and sugary candies to celebrate summer. As much as we love these tasty desserts and sweet things, they have a saccharine aroma that is very attractive to most animals, mosquitos included. Not only will the sweets attract sweet–toothed friends and family, they will also act as magnets for bugs and mosquitos.

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Alcohol

A refreshing cocktail or mixed drink will definitely cool you down at an outdoor gathering, but scientists think those who drink alcohol are more likely to attract mosquitos. Not only are they sweet-smelling beverages, the alcohol increases your body temperature, which makes you a target for the little blood-suckers because they are drawn to people with warmer blood. A frozen daiquiri or white sangria sounds super good — until a pesky mosquito bites you.

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High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is not only a health hazard, but having a higher level of cholesterol in your blood increases your appeal to mosquitos. It is always important to lower your bad cholesterol if it is too high and recommended by your doctor. Eating more fruits and veggies, and opting for lean meats can help to lower cholesterol levels. Just think of it as killing two birds with one stone.

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Limburger Cheese

Chomping on Limburger cheese will transform you into a gigantic neon “Eat Me” sign for mosquitos. This variety of cheese is made with the same bacteria that cause feet to stink. This is a super bonus for mosquitos because they love smelly feet. Well that stinks!

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Pickled Vegetables

Picture a perfectly charred hot dog crowned with a heavy dose of tangy sauerkraut, tasty ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. But that sauerkraut and pickle relish can be your downfall. Pickled veggies contain lactic acid, therefore they attract those dreaded mosquitos. Kimchi is another condiment that makes human blood a little sweeter to mosquitos. Maybe a bare hot dog doesn’t taste as bad as itchy bites feel.

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Dairy Products

So many delectable summer favorites, like sweet strawberry ice cream, coconut froyo, delicious Redi-Whip, and layered parfaits, are dairy-based. Unfortunately, these desserts and other dairy goods cause the body to produce lactic acid, which reels in the mosquitos. Guess that means we’ll have eat our ice cream inside to avoid those biting bugs.

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Summer is in full swing, and that means that those pesky mosquitos are on the hunt. Sometimes it seems as if mosquitos feast even more than we do during summer gatherings after dark, since they are drawn to the smells of a typical barbecue. Sure, we have the grilled burgers, peach cobbler, and tasty frozen margaritas to enjoy, but they have an all-you-can-eat buffet: us.

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These irritating creatures come to get us when we least expect it, like when the sun is setting and the party is winding down or turning up. Their bites initially are imperceptible, especially while we are indulging in a cocktail or sweet fruit salad. But all of a sudden, you know you've been bitten — a red welt rises on your ankle and it's all you can do to resist a scratching frenzy. Not only can they be party pests, mosquitos can also be carriers of diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus.

There are a variety of reasons that certain people are far more attractive to mosquitos than others. These biting insects have an acute sense of smell, but they also rely on carbon dioxide signatures — that means they tend to flock to larger people or pregnant women. Genetics is also important. Studies have shown that mosquitos prefer those with type O blood. Body heat, movement or exercise, and sweat also draw them to certain bodies. Dark colors and fragrances can also bring mosquitos your way.

Diet is a factor as well. Some of the foods we eat, like the avocados atop your summer salad and pickle relish on your brat, make us much tastier to mosquitos, while others like strong onions and garlic repel them. The critters can smell salty snacks, sumptuous sweets, and other goodies on our skin, making us much more delicious to them.

Check out the slideshow above to see which 9 foods make you tastier to mosquitos.

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