Health experts believe mosquitoes prefer certain types of people

Everyone has an aunt who spends all summer claiming they're like catnip to mosquitoes.

As it turns out, health experts believe mosquitoes actually do prefer certain types of people. Here are a few factors that may make you "mosquito bait."

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1. Pregnancy

Pregnant women exhale more carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.

That's concerning because the mosquito-borne Zika virus poses a serious risk of birth defects if women get infected during pregnancy.

2. Exercise

After a run outside, expect to get a few mosquito bites. The's because the insects are attracted to lactic acid.

It's a compound produced after exercising, and mosquitoes love it.

Keep mosquitoes away:

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Lemon Balm

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Catnip

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Peppermint

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Basil

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Sage and Rosemary

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Lavender

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Marigold

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Scented Geranium

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3. Drinking Alcohol

Health experts think drinkers are more attractive to mosquitoes because alcohol raises our body temperature, and mosquitoes zero in on warm bodies.

4. Type O Blood

According to a study, people with Type O blood were 83 percent more likely to get bitten. Typically, people with Type A have the lowest risk.

So if you're more prone to bites, pick up some bug spray and keep the skeeters at bay!

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1. Stay in the middle of the path

When hiking, make sure to stay in the middle of the path. Weeds, grass and trees make it easier for ticks to crawl onto you. Don't venture out to the grass or bushes, where ticks are formidable to be hiding. 

2. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes

Protect your skin. Adding an extra layer makes it more difficult to latch on to you. It's smart to wear pants, long sleeves and hats, especially in the summer.

3. Invest in deer-resistant plants. 

Since ticks feed on and are transported by deer, try looking into deer-resistant plants. French marigolds, rosemary, mint and crape myrtle are just some of the greens deer tend to "overlook". 

See a complete list of the herbs and flowers here

4. Check your dog! 

Dogs can literally bring ticks right to your front door. Prevent ticks by keeping their coats short in the summer. Use your hands to check the fur, stopping if you feel a pea-sized bump. Favorite spots ticks like to hide include the ears, toes and under the tail. 

Dog ticks don't "harbor diseases that sicken people", but you should still be wary. 

5. Yes, repellant can help. 

According to TickenEncounter, spray with DEET does not provide "sufficient" protection. Get spray for your clothes like Permethrin, which instantly kills ticks. 

6. Dry your clothes 

The CDC recommends tumble drying clothes immediately for ten minutes after you've been outside. Ticks can easily "dry out" with high heat, but you should make sure the clothes are completely dry. 

Warning: Ticks can survive the wash. 

7. Tuck your pants into your socks.

This covers the small, easily accessible space in between your pants and ankles. Especially if you are sitting, it makes it easier for ticks to latch on. 

8. Stay in the sun.

Since ticks survive in shady, humid environments, researchers agree that staying in the sun lowers the risk for ticks. According to LiveScience, ticks "can't survive" in places with lower than 80% humidity. 

9. Invest in Permethrin socks

The chemical is successful in protecting against ticks, mosquitoes and other types of bites. Lymedisease.org estimates that permethrin-treated footwear offered 74 times the protection from bites.

10. Mow your lawn

Cut your grass, clean your yard, get rid of any extra firewood or wood chips. 

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