5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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

      Tony WilliamsTony WilliamsΠριν 9 ημέρες
    • 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%.

      Dave JanDave JanΠριν 11 ημέρες
    • New genuine guy. New sub here

      Greg NewellGreg NewellΠριν 11 ημέρες
    • 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?

      ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО?ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО?Πριν 27 ημέρες
    • Hi love the videos. I've been watching Alec Steele a blacksmith who works with Damascus alot and he explains that he used ferric chloride to etch the damascus and because there are different ammounts of carbon in the layers one turns dark and the other one not so much, and I've been looking around google and GRvisions for a video explaining this and I haven't been able to find one maybe you could be the first to make a video on it

      David RiceDavid RiceΠριν 29 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Erin GittinsErin GittinsΠριν 11 ώρες
  • why in the FK would they make genetically modified mosquitoes!!!

    kimmisoo morriskimmisoo morrisΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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!

    Tyler TTyler TΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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?

    T-BoneT-BoneΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • I know it would damage the ecosystem to eradicate mosquitoes but.... I don’t care

    Magdalie MexileMagdalie MexileΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • Guess why I always sit by my mom at the bonfire

    Dude McjerryDude McjerryΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • A sample size of 4 is ridiculous. It is way too small to prove anything. This is entertainment.

    Cynthia KuykendallCynthia KuykendallΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • just constantly smoke. insects hate smoke.

    666laughingtarget666laughingtargetΠριν 4 ημέρες
  • Ok so if mosquitoes don't like white clothes why do still like to bite me when I myself am white... hmmm

    shawn mendrekshawn mendrekΠριν 4 ημέρες
  • For Malaria- could biologists engineer a virus that attacks plasmodium protists?

    Kalman LinietskyKalman LinietskyΠριν 4 ημέρες
  • Just take Boswelia. And lower sugar intake. Being on keto diet helps. And take extra vitamin b1, or eat liver regularly.

    KatJaguar1122KatJaguar1122Πριν 5 ημέρες
  • I read that a certain blood type a person has something to do with them liking you as well.

  • 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.

    KaotiquaKaotiquaΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • 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.

    david unmintdavid unmintΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • Didn’t address the biggest question....why do mosquitoes always fly into my ear?

    Guerbage AdventuresGuerbage AdventuresΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • 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?

    Katie WhitehouseKatie WhitehouseΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Ruger ShooterRuger ShooterΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • CO2 to a mosquito is like blood to a shark.

    Endorphin RiderEndorphin RiderΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • 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?

    Gigi GewgawGigi GewgawΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • One thing mosquitoes hate is garlic. End of story. You won't get laid, but you won't get bit.

    David ParkellDavid ParkellΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • U didn’t mention that mosquitos prefer type O blood im O negative and a mosquito magnet

    Yeah okYeah okΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Anthony DelfinoAnthony DelfinoΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • 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

    Steve KissaneSteve KissaneΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • When ever Female Mosquitos see me they suck my blood.

    Glaceon the ICE Type WOLF PokémonGlaceon the ICE Type WOLF PokémonΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • 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.

    The PearlThe PearlΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • Think: *trillions of females actually want your sweaty ass*

    SatanSatanΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • So why aren't scientists altering mosquitos to not "like humans.

    Tim TravasosTim TravasosΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • How can a mosquito "sense" CO2 from a distance. It has to reach their organs to be sensed.

    Tim TravasosTim TravasosΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • That’s it ! No more drinkin outside. Not ! Slap ! Slap slap slap Slapping still

    B GreenB GreenΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • Excellent channel!!! I liked and subscribed

    Parke StanleyParke StanleyΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • Well...being goth, I'm going to enjoy mosquitoes landing on my black clothes...just another reason to be a hermit, I suppose.

    Ash WednesdayAsh WednesdayΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • 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

    elwynbrookselwynbrooksΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • My right leg too!!!!

    Amber WendtAmber WendtΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • So wear light colored clothing, no alcohol and decreased the amount of sugar intake? 🤔

    Elizabeth TorresElizabeth TorresΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • 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!

    Aaron EAaron EΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • " Mosquitoes like dark colored things " Welp I guess us African / Brown people will be getting munched by mosquitoes forever then SMH! 🙄

    DmedZWNDmedZWNΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • You mean the baby growing inside of you not a fetus

    Scott DayScott DayΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • Basically everything I do outside....

    Tyrone HowardTyrone HowardΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • 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.

    SummoningLemonsSummoningLemonsΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • Me lying i loooooveee mosquito season (later at night)(*scratching my 10 mosquito bites*)

    Liliana and Allison WE DO ROLEPLAYSLiliana and Allison WE DO ROLEPLAYSΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • You keep using that word "DISTANCE" I do not think it means what you think it means..... please define "DISTANCE"

    Scott ElmoreScott ElmoreΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • Only thing in this world that loves and desires me

    Atie KitkatAtie KitkatΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • They prefer females so get one for the summertime.

    jp grumbachjp grumbachΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • Mosquitoes are racist

    Cammie xCammie xΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • This video made me itch. Explain that Smarty Pants!

    Donovan WisdomDonovan WisdomΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • 10:03 because the mosquitos want to get tipsy

    LunaLunaΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • This video makes me itchy

    Tomas BeblarTomas BeblarΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • Im a prime meal . dark shirt cold beer and Im cool . lmao . good video, Young Man .

    Brett FosterBrett FosterΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • All the mosquitoes I've swallowed my life, mystery solved!

    Michael ParylakMichael ParylakΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • I only got bitten by mosquitoes when I was a vegetarian. Now I might get one bite but not multiple like I used to.

    Victoria LouiseVictoria LouiseΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • Beer has always increased attractiveness 🤣 LOL

    R. CoffmanR. CoffmanΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • I hate mosquitoes. I work outside...stupid mosquitoes.

    antiisocialantiisocialΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • 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

    wildnight5556wildnight5556Πριν 9 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Saru MatsuSaru MatsuΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • 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...

    corey merrillcorey merrillΠριν 9 ημέρες
  • Lmfao mosquitos are racist

    Cyril PerryCyril PerryΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • When you live in the tropics, where everyday is mosquito season...

    lightandnightEQUINOXlightandnightEQUINOXΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • the dark clothes help explains why during late afternoon to early evening, when we are outdoor there mosquitoes circling around our head....

    Neil SumandaNeil SumandaΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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?

    Jennifer O' ReallyJennifer O' ReallyΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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..

    itsalljonesitsalljonesΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • Mosquitoes deserve to die!

    General ZodGeneral ZodΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 3 things that annoy me flies mosquitoes, And annoying people.

    Ken CallKen CallΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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 ThingsfMix ThingsΠριν 10 ημέρες
    • Also people tend to talk more in social gatherings. Therefore releasing more of that lovely CO2.

      fMix ThingsfMix ThingsΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • I hate your voice so much and I have to listen to you in all the science channels I like

    MSuyayMSuyayΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • Alcahol depletes Vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 reduces Lactic Acid build up and in sweat attracts Mozzies

    Ben Tv HowmanBen Tv HowmanΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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!!!

    Jordon WuJordon WuΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • Basically this also helps prove scientist can genetically modify and manipulate insects. Including creating new species. Plus releasing them into public domain.🤔

    Luna AmoreLuna AmoreΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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.

    TheDetailsMatterTheDetailsMatterΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Rick HatesMisleadiaRick HatesMisleadiaΠριν 10 ημέρες
5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet