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3 Common Things You Do That Help Attract Mosquitoes

Now that we’re getting into the start of summer, Minnesotans can expect a few things: grilling, lake trips, festivals, road trips, a ton of other fun stuff…and mosquitoes. Ever since I’ve been a kid, mosquitoes have easily been one of the biggest drawbacks about summers in the upper midwest. But did you know that there are a few common things that make you even more attractive to them? If you absolutely despise skeets, then you may want to avoid doing this things this summer:

  1. Drinking Beer

Drinking beer outside with your buddies is one of the best things about summer, but it comes with a risk (other than the slim chance that you’ll find yourself waking up in a stranger’s backyard). Apparently, mosquitoes are attracted to people with high levels of carbon dioxide. And if you’re a beer drinker, you tend to have more CO2 in your system. I’m not going to get too deep into the science of it, because I am dumb, but yeah, more beer = more mosquitoes. Is that going to stop any of us from drinking beer? Probably not!

  1. Wearing Dark Clothes

When searching for more warm-blooded victims, mosquitoes are drawn to contrasting colors. This means that your black Slayer t-shirt tends to stick out. If you want to camouflage yourself from the skeets, then you’ll want to wear yellow or light blue clothing. So basically, put down your Wild jersey and start rooting for the St. Louis Blues.

  1. Exercise…Or Anytime You’re Just A Sweaty Mess

As I mentioned before, mosquitoes get their rocks off on carbon dioxide, which is also emitted via heavy breathing. They’re also attracted to sweat, which means that exercising makes you a big target. So maybe take it a little easy when you’re outside playing Beer Olympics.

Source: KARE 11


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