Do you ever feel like mosquitos are out to get you personally?
Do you feel like at every BBQ you leave covered in annoying red bumps while your friends skate by with one, maybe two? Do you get Mosquito bites in weird places like inside your belly button or on your lip?
Up until now there were two ways to look at being singled out by mosquitos. Both say a lot about a person’s character.
The first is that an excessive number of rashy red bumps is evidence that world is indeed out to get you. You are wearing the same cut-off jean shorts as your friends, eating the same hot dogs, standing equidistant from the tiki torches. The only possible explanation for the bites is bad luck. This point of view tends to come from the drunk, shirtless guy at the party with a painful looking sunburn who can’t understand why nobody has touched the three cases of Natty Ice he brought.
The second interpretation is that you are so sweet and juicy that even mosquitos prefer you over everyone else. The bites are just the small price to pay for having delicious, superior-tasting flesh. This usually comes from the drunk girl in a biki top and cut-offs who thinks it’s funny to try to push people into the pool.
Both perspectives are wrong.
According to MSNBC’s Odd Body blog, being favored by mosquitos has a lot more to do with how much beer you’re drinking.
“Mosquitoes are more attracted to people after they drink a 12-ounce beer. It could be that people breathe a little harder after a cold one or their skin is a little warmer,” Joseph Conlon, a medical entomologist and the technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association told MSNBC.
Unfortunately, this third theory includes the drunk guy with the natty ice, the annoying drunk girl in the bikini top—and probably you, if you’re having any fun at the BBQ.