What's making you a mosquito magnet?

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Are you the one who gets bitten by mosquitoes during outdoor activities, while others are untouched?   

There may be several reasons why.

Some people are mosquito magnets.

Due to all the wet weather, we're having a good old fashioned mosquito-filled summer, according to Mike McLean of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

He said the numbers of mosquitoes are, "Higher than they've been for maybe the last ten years."

The last thing you want to do is attract them. 

So what makes some of us more attractive than others? 

The Smithsonian has come up with a list.

There are a number of things that attract mosquitoes to you.  We've picked five.

Number one is beer.  The little biters like beer drinkers better, even if you drink just one bottle.

McLean said, "Your skin kind of will give off some ethanol, it will kind of come out of your pores."  He said drinking beer also raises body heat, which mosquitoes like.

So does number two which is exercise. 

McLean said, "The build-up of that lactic acid in your system will act as a really nice attractant to mosquitoes."

Number three is pregnant women.  They have higher body heat and exhale 21 percent more carbon dioxide, something else that draws mosquitoes to us.

Number four is blood type.

McLean said, "If you have type 0 blood, you're probably twice as likely to get bit as if you have type A.  If you have type B blood, it's somewhere in the middle."

Number five is what you wear.

It can attract mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes are not drawn to light colors.  But they do like darker colors like blue, black and red.

McLean said, "What I've always thought is that mosquitoes are looking for a dark shape that's moving around as the sun's going down."

He said to protect yourself, "If you are out in the evening, just make sure you wear a good repellant.  Make sure that you wear something long, light and loose."

Or simply avoid going out in the evening at all.

The New York Times published a good tip to repel mosquitoes too. 

Plug in an oscillating fan while you sit outside in your backyard.  Not only are mosquitoes weak flyers, but the wind also disperses the chemicals humans emit that attract them.

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