5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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  • Published on Jun 16, 2019
  • 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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  • SciShow
    SciShow  Month ago +57

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    • Crystal M
      Crystal M 18 hours ago

      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 12 days ago

      My blood type is O negative! Mosquitoes feed on me! I hate it!

    • Dave Jan
      Dave Jan 13 days ago +1

      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 14 days ago +1

      New genuine guy. New sub here

    • ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО?
      ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО? 29 days ago +1

      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?

  • Paul I
    Paul I 2 hours ago

    Everybody: *Breaths*
    Mosquitos: 👀

  • khanhalee
    khanhalee 3 hours ago

    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 9 hours ago

    All those talkings about breathing got me on manual breathing mode😠

  • William Cyparski

    Hank for President!

  • Erin Gittins
    Erin Gittins 3 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    why in the FK would they make genetically modified mosquitoes!!!

  • Tyler T
    Tyler T 5 days ago

    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
    T-Bone 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    I know it would damage the ecosystem to eradicate mosquitoes but.... I don’t care

  • Dude Mcjerry
    Dude Mcjerry 6 days ago

    Guess why I always sit by my mom at the bonfire

  • Cynthia Kuykendall
    Cynthia Kuykendall 6 days ago

    A sample size of 4 is ridiculous. It is way too small to prove anything. This is entertainment.

  • 666laughingtarget
    666laughingtarget 6 days ago

    just constantly smoke. insects hate smoke.

  • shawn mendrek
    shawn mendrek 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    For Malaria- could biologists engineer a virus that attacks plasmodium protists?

  • KatJaguar1122
    KatJaguar1122 7 days ago

    Just take Boswelia. And lower sugar intake. Being on keto diet helps. And take extra vitamin b1, or eat liver regularly.

  • vTHExUNKNOWENv
    vTHExUNKNOWENv 8 days ago

    I read that a certain blood type a person has something to do with them liking you as well.

  • Kaotiqua
    Kaotiqua 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago +1

    Didn’t address the biggest question....why do mosquitoes always fly into my ear?

  • Katie Whitehouse
    Katie Whitehouse 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago +1

    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 9 days ago

    CO2 to a mosquito is like blood to a shark.

  • Gigi Gewgaw
    Gigi Gewgaw 10 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    One thing mosquitoes hate is garlic. End of story. You won't get laid, but you won't get bit.

  • Yeah ok
    Yeah ok 10 days ago +1

    U didn’t mention that mosquitos prefer type O blood im O negative and a mosquito magnet

  • Anthony Delfino
    Anthony Delfino 10 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    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
    Satan 10 days ago

    Think: *trillions of females actually want your sweaty ass*

  • Tim Travasos
    Tim Travasos 10 days ago

    So why aren't scientists altering mosquitos to not "like humans.

  • Tim Travasos
    Tim Travasos 10 days ago

    How can a mosquito "sense" CO2 from a distance. It has to reach their organs to be sensed.

  • B Green
    B Green 10 days ago

    That’s it !
    No more drinkin outside.
    Not !
    Slap ! Slap slap slap
    Slapping still

  • Parke Stanley
    Parke Stanley 10 days ago

    Excellent channel!!! I liked and subscribed

  • Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday 11 days ago

    Well...being goth, I'm going to enjoy mosquitoes landing on my black clothes...just another reason to be a hermit, I suppose.

  • elwynbrooks
    elwynbrooks 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago

    My right leg too!!!!

  • Elizabeth Torres
    Elizabeth Torres 11 days ago +8

    So wear light colored clothing, no alcohol and decreased the amount of sugar intake? 🤔

  • Aaron E
    Aaron E 11 days ago

    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
    DmedZWN 11 days ago +5

    " 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 11 days ago

    You mean the baby growing inside of you not a fetus

  • Tyrone Howard
    Tyrone Howard 11 days ago

    Basically everything I do outside....

  • SummoningLemons
    SummoningLemons 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago

    You keep using that word "DISTANCE" I do not think it means what you think it means..... please define "DISTANCE"

  • Atie Kitkat
    Atie Kitkat 11 days ago

    Only thing in this world that loves and desires me

  • jp grumbach
    jp grumbach 11 days ago

    They prefer females so get one for the summertime.

  • Cammie x
    Cammie x 12 days ago

    Mosquitoes are racist

  • Donovan Wisdom
    Donovan Wisdom 12 days ago

    This video made me itch. Explain that Smarty Pants!

  • Luna
    Luna 12 days ago

    10:03 because the mosquitos want to get tipsy

  • Tomas Beblar
    Tomas Beblar 12 days ago

    This video makes me itchy

  • Brett Foster
    Brett Foster 12 days ago

    Im a prime meal . dark shirt cold beer and Im cool . lmao . good video, Young Man .

  • Michael Parylak
    Michael Parylak 12 days ago

    All the mosquitoes I've swallowed my life, mystery solved!

  • Victoria Louise
    Victoria Louise 12 days ago

    I only got bitten by mosquitoes when I was a vegetarian. Now I might get one bite but not multiple like I used to.

  • R. Coffman
    R. Coffman 12 days ago

    Beer has always increased attractiveness 🤣 LOL

  • antiisocial
    antiisocial 12 days ago

    I hate mosquitoes. I work outside...stupid mosquitoes.

  • wildnight5556
    wildnight5556 12 days ago

    When me and my friends go camping we take dryer sheets we put in the notes it we don’t get bit or irritated by any insects so that is one way of taking care of the ants that problem.And we also use Listerine mint flavor we spray yourself down and we go in the words not one mosquito bites us rainy bugs bites as we also take some put it in her mouth to kill the carbon coming out of her mouth so dry

  • Saru Matsu
    Saru Matsu 12 days ago

    Dark colored surfaces are more attractive to a mosquito cuz they think it's water. Water looks dark when its deep. So my mum says that that's why mosquitoes hover over your head in the evening. I'm a brunette.

  • corey merrill
    corey merrill 12 days ago

    Hahaha yeah . ill wear my dark colors...you deal with the black flies and biting gnatts("no-seeums") in your light colored clothing. Eat a banana , wear heavy long clothes and use bug spray.
    Methyl-butal attracts mosquitos...yet they dont know why booze attracts mosquitos...

  • Cyril Perry
    Cyril Perry 12 days ago

    Lmfao mosquitos are racist

  • lightandnightEQUINOX
    lightandnightEQUINOX 12 days ago

    When you live in the tropics, where everyday is mosquito season...

  • Neil Sumanda
    Neil Sumanda 12 days ago

    the dark clothes help explains why during late afternoon to early evening, when we are outdoor there mosquitoes circling around our head....

  • Jennifer O' Really
    Jennifer O' Really 12 days ago

    Hmmm...
    I don't drink alcohol.
    I swear very little, even in hot weather.
    I've seldom ever used deodorant because I don't have much body odor.
    I wear lots of light-colored clothes.
    Still, I am mosquito repellent for everyone around me!
    Maybe it's CO2 or lactic acid?

  • itsalljones
    itsalljones 12 days ago

    I saw a report that said people with O-neg blood type, like me, are more apt to be bitten by mosquitos.. you didn't mention that..

  • General Zod
    General Zod 12 days ago

    Mosquitoes deserve to die!

  • Ken Call
    Ken Call 12 days ago

    3 things that annoy me flies mosquitoes,
    And annoying people.

  • fMix Things
    fMix Things 13 days ago

    People in the alcohol test were drinking beer..... Did they try any other alcohols like wine or mixed drinks? How about people drinking straight shots?
    If it was just beer then the reason appears very clear, at least to me. Beer and pop are carbonated. CO2 is a factor in finding subjects. Come on scientists.

    • fMix Things
      fMix Things 12 days ago

      Also people tend to talk more in social gatherings. Therefore releasing more of that lovely CO2.

  • MSuyay
    MSuyay 13 days ago

    I hate your voice so much and I have to listen to you in all the science channels I like

  • Ben Tv Howman
    Ben Tv Howman 13 days ago

    Alcahol depletes Vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 reduces Lactic Acid build up and in sweat attracts Mozzies

  • Jordon Wu
    Jordon Wu 13 days ago

    I think the people who definitely would feel this...is athletes, my club uniform is red and black, I doing a sport, sweating a lot, breathing heavy...and after competition...no better way to celebrate, than going a party and drinking! MOSQUITO MAGNET!!!

  • Luna Amore
    Luna Amore 13 days ago +2

    Basically this also helps prove scientist can genetically modify and manipulate insects. Including creating new species. Plus releasing them into public domain.🤔

  • TheDetailsMatter
    TheDetailsMatter 13 days ago

    The information page given out with dry ice purchases at the ice house mentions that dry ice (frozen compressed CO2), in addition to quick-freezing meats, carbonating beverages, and putting disco fog on dance floors, attracts and kills mosquitoes. Intense co2 as an attractant to the far end of the yard, extreme cold freezing them solid as they light on it. It also helps to pour a little Clorox into long-standing water puddles.

  • Rick HatesMisleadia
    Rick HatesMisleadia 13 days ago

    the color of your cloths doesn't matter! I was born and raised in mosquito country and they feed on my white cloths as much as any other color.

  • Karol Kupec
    Karol Kupec 13 days ago +1

    All you have to do is take B complex vitamin and mosquitos will not bite you. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💘💘💘you. God loves you.

  • Mike Becket
    Mike Becket 13 days ago

    Its you're exhale stupid so just stop breathing. Never get bitten
    anymore

  • grumpy old fart
    grumpy old fart 13 days ago

    Maybe I should start taking a bath once a month, whether I need it or not.

  • grumpy old fart
    grumpy old fart 13 days ago

    I'm going to invent DEET chewing gum.

  • rydag11
    rydag11 13 days ago

    Mosquitoes eat me alive

  • Ron Christianson
    Ron Christianson 13 days ago

    Noob alert

  • fawn farly
    fawn farly 13 days ago

    Are sick or your body's vibrational stance is lower than normal you will get attacked (all these negative influences cause our vibration patterns to falter and slow cellularily thus making us a slow meal for them, law of least resistance"

  • fawn farly
    fawn farly 13 days ago

    It is co2 and lactic acid mainly but it is not breathing it out and thus getting rid of it that attracts them but the holding it in hence it conning thru the skin pours as an alternative route that causes the temptation so any thing you can do to not become stagnant such as deep breathing sunshine water proper sleep and even happy thoughts will all work together to quall the tempting chemicals that will pool upon the skin albeit unseen by humans , if you become non active grouchy depressed or eat non nitrite food stuffs

  • IrineuEvangelista
    IrineuEvangelista 13 days ago

    What about vitamin B

  • perrie james
    perrie james 13 days ago

    Those skeets attack me when I step outside after a shower. I haven't had much time to break a sweat. I do have O+ blood.

  • Athena
    Athena 13 days ago

    Pro Tip: whenever someone on USclip begins a video saying things everyone already knows like "There's mosquitos outdoors!" I skip the first two minutes. 90% of the time the list of whatever starts about two minutes in. You're welcome.
    Not sure how to use the info about how breathing attracts mosquitos.

  • junior third
    junior third 13 days ago

    My huge twig and berries makes me a mosquito magnet.

  • Boof
    Boof 13 days ago

    Here in Colorado springs we have zero mosquitoes

  • Doctor Music
    Doctor Music 13 days ago

    If you light up a joint or a ciggy....bye bye mozzys..

  • H. Collier
    H. Collier 13 days ago +1

    Could be... might... may be... potentially... possibly. Could be 14+ minutes of garbage.

  • Bryan Aitken
    Bryan Aitken 13 days ago

    I listened to a cast that indicated blood type played a large part in mosquito attraction, with A- being the most succulent meal. I can't cite a source for this hypothesis.

  • April Pinkard
    April Pinkard 14 days ago +1

    I appreciate how much work you put into this video! Thank you!

  • sylvia sleyski
    sylvia sleyski 14 days ago

    My spirit animal is totally a mosquito

  • Helpful Ideas
    Helpful Ideas 14 days ago

    YOU HAVE THE MOST ANNOYING VOICE ON USclip....shut up !!!

  • Erin Thesystem
    Erin Thesystem 14 days ago

    *ONE THING I HAVE NOTICED: This makes sense (natural selection), but I haven't heard it explicitly mentioned: I think the noisy, "singing" mosquitoes which announce their presence have been dying out, or at least are becoming more rare. (It makes sense that these are less successful, as they are easier to locate and avoid or kill.) I almost never hear the damned things anymore, but they definitely have NOT gone away!!! (*fyi- I am on the Central Eastern Coast of U.S.A.; obviously this might only apply to certain types of mosquito.) ~ Some vape juices probably interest these guys (gals) too: they contain ethylene glycol along w/flavor. ~ Also: DEET has NOT been found to be harmful to humans.

  • Dońa Marie
    Dońa Marie 14 days ago

    Lawyers? Easy. Just say you have no money. They will avoid you.

  • Jackie Herring-Prescott

    Thank you for your video! I have been the mosquito magnet since I was born....in a room of 300 people, I would be bitten first. The only thing that helps keep them at bay is Off with Deet. I have rubbed pepper on my skin, lemon juiced my skin and ate loads of garlic. No success. I will try these ideas, to see if I can at least make me less edible to the blood sucking females.
    I wonder if women who are on their periods are more likely to be bitten than a woman who isn't?

  • James Scoggins
    James Scoggins 14 days ago

    The sugar thing is wrong for me... At least.. Im a diabetic and i dont get bitten

  • Morgan Smith
    Morgan Smith 14 days ago

    I’ve only been bitten 5 times in my life so far

  • Brenda Chown
    Brenda Chown 14 days ago

    Are mosquitoes attracted to
    people with higher blood sugar ? Do they like diabetics?

  • BFF
    BFF 14 days ago

    BUG Asalt. My son gave me one, comes out, loaded for M at barbeques. Too much fun.