Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Us?
The mosquitoes are coming! The mosquitoes are coming! For many, summer means hot days and backyard barbecues. But with all that fun in the sun comes the menace of mosquitoes, along with the itchy calling cards they leave behind. So why do some people get more of this undesirable attention than others?Research suggests mosquitoes actually have discriminating tastes when it comes to their victims, choosing based on characteristics like scent and blood typeAllomonal effect of breath contributes to differential attractiveness of humans to the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Mukabana, W.R., Takken, W., Killeen, G.F., et al. Department of Zoology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. Malaria Journal. 2004 Jan 29;3(1):1.Landing preference of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) on human skin among ABO blood groups, secretors or nonsecretors, and ABH antigens. Shirai, Y., Funada, H., Seki, T., et al. Institute of Pest Control Technology, Ciel Foret, Murakami, Yachiyo, Chiba, Japan. Journal if Medical Entomology. 2004 Jul;41(4):796-9..
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