Along with sunburns and excessive sweating, mosquitoes are one of the unpleasant realities of summer. But have you ever wondered if you were doing something that might actually be drawing them to you? You might have believed it had something to do with your blood type, but the reality is, it’s actually a few other factors that lead to mosquitoes biting you. According to the health care company UnityPoint Health, while some reasons are outside of your control, there are actually a few things you can do to help cut down on all those bug bites. So grab your insect repellent and learn about what attracts mosquitoes to take a bite out of you. And for more ways to stay safe, check out 27 Genius Products That’ll Keep Bugs at Bay All Summer.
1You’re wearing red, black, or dark blue.
Bad news for those who swear by an all-black wardrobe: The shade of clothing you’re wearing can definitely bring the bugs a-flocking. “Wearing black, dark blue, or red clothing can make you a mosquito magnet,” Nicole L. Baumann-Blackmore, MD, said in an interview with the UnityPoint Health blog LiveWell. Luckily, all of your white and light-colored duds won’t be off-limits until summer ends on Labor Day!
2You’ve been drinking beer.
For many of us, there’s nothing better than enjoying a summer evening by cracking open a nice, cold beer on the porch and watching the sunset. Unfortunately, that refreshing brew is going to make mosquitoes more thirsty for your blood. “One study showed that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have been drinking beer,” Baumann-Blackmore says. Maybe opt for a glass of wine instead? And for more reasons to choose some pinot over a pint, check out 80 Amazing Benefits of Wine.