5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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  • Published: 17 June 2019
  • 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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Comments • 2 289

  • SciShow
    SciShow   1 months back

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    • Tony Williams
      Tony Williams  2 weeks back

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

    • Dave Jan
      Dave Jan  2 weeks back

      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%.

    • Greg Newell
      Greg Newell  2 weeks back

      New genuine guy. New sub here

    • ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО?
      ПРИ ЧЁМ ТУТ ЭТО?  4 weeks back

      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?

    • David Rice
      David Rice  1 months back

      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 YouTube 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

  • William Cyparski
    William Cyparski  12 hours back

    Hank for President!

    • Erin Gittins
      Erin Gittins  2 days back

      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.

      • kimmisoo morris
        kimmisoo morris  4 days back

        why in the FK would they make genetically modified mosquitoes!!!

        • Tyler T
          Tyler T  5 days back

          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!

          • T-Bone
            T-Bone  5 days back

            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?

            • Magdalie Mexile
              Magdalie Mexile  5 days back

              I know it would damage the ecosystem to eradicate mosquitoes but.... I don’t care

              • Dude Mcjerry
                Dude Mcjerry  5 days back

                Guess why I always sit by my mom at the bonfire

                • Cynthia Kuykendall
                  Cynthia Kuykendall  6 days back

                  A sample size of 4 is ridiculous. It is way too small to prove anything. This is entertainment.

                  • 666laughingtarget
                    666laughingtarget  6 days back

                    just constantly smoke. insects hate smoke.

                    • shawn mendrek
                      shawn mendrek  6 days back

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

                      • Kalman Linietsky
                        Kalman Linietsky  6 days back

                        For Malaria- could biologists engineer a virus that attacks plasmodium protists?

                        • KatJaguar1122
                          KatJaguar1122  1 weeks back

                          Just take Boswelia. And lower sugar intake. Being on keto diet helps. And take extra vitamin b1, or eat liver regularly.

                          • vTHExUNKNOWENv
                            vTHExUNKNOWENv  1 weeks back

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

                            • Kaotiqua
                              Kaotiqua  1 weeks back

                              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.

                              • david unmint
                                david unmint  1 weeks back

                                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.

                                • Guerbage Adventures
                                  Guerbage Adventures  1 weeks back

                                  Didn’t address the biggest question....why do mosquitoes always fly into my ear?

                                  • Katie Whitehouse
                                    Katie Whitehouse  1 weeks back

                                    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?

                                    • Ruger Shooter
                                      Ruger Shooter  1 weeks back

                                      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.

                                      • Endorphin Rider
                                        Endorphin Rider  1 weeks back

                                        CO2 to a mosquito is like blood to a shark.

                                        • Gigi Gewgaw
                                          Gigi Gewgaw  1 weeks back

                                          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?

                                          • David Parkell
                                            David Parkell  1 weeks back

                                            One thing mosquitoes hate is garlic. End of story. You won't get laid, but you won't get bit.

                                            • Yeah ok
                                              Yeah ok  1 weeks back

                                              U didn’t mention that mosquitos prefer type O blood im O negative and a mosquito magnet

                                              • Anthony Delfino
                                                Anthony Delfino  1 weeks back

                                                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.

                                                • Steve Kissane
                                                  Steve Kissane  1 weeks back

                                                  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

                                                  • Glaceon the ICE Type WOLF Pokémon

                                                    When ever Female Mosquitos see me they suck my blood.

                                                    • The Pearl
                                                      The Pearl  1 weeks back

                                                      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.

                                                      • Satan
                                                        Satan  1 weeks back

                                                        Think: *trillions of females actually want your sweaty ass*

                                                        • Tim Travasos
                                                          Tim Travasos  1 weeks back

                                                          So why aren't scientists altering mosquitos to not "like humans.

                                                          • Tim Travasos
                                                            Tim Travasos  1 weeks back

                                                            How can a mosquito "sense" CO2 from a distance. It has to reach their organs to be sensed.

                                                            • B Green
                                                              B Green  1 weeks back

                                                              That’s it !
                                                              No more drinkin outside.
                                                              Not !
                                                              Slap ! Slap slap slap
                                                              Slapping still

                                                              • Parke Stanley
                                                                Parke Stanley  1 weeks back

                                                                Excellent channel!!! I liked and subscribed

                                                                • Ash Wednesday
                                                                  Ash Wednesday  1 weeks back

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

                                                                  • elwynbrooks
                                                                    elwynbrooks  1 weeks back

                                                                    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

                                                                    • Amber Wendt
                                                                      Amber Wendt  1 weeks back

                                                                      My right leg too!!!!

                                                                      • Elizabeth Torres
                                                                        Elizabeth Torres  1 weeks back

                                                                        So wear light colored clothing, no alcohol and decreased the amount of sugar intake? 🤔

                                                                        • Aaron E
                                                                          Aaron E  1 weeks back

                                                                          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!

                                                                          • DmedZWN
                                                                            DmedZWN  2 weeks back

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

                                                                            • Scott Day
                                                                              Scott Day  2 weeks back

                                                                              You mean the baby growing inside of you not a fetus

                                                                              • Tyrone Howard
                                                                                Tyrone Howard  2 weeks back

                                                                                Basically everything I do outside....

                                                                                • SummoningLemons
                                                                                  SummoningLemons  2 weeks back

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  • Liliana and Allison WE DO ROLEPLAYS

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

                                                                                    • Scott Elmore
                                                                                      Scott Elmore  2 weeks back

                                                                                      You keep using that word "DISTANCE" I do not think it means what you think it means..... please define "DISTANCE"

                                                                                      • Atie Kitkat
                                                                                        Atie Kitkat  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Only thing in this world that loves and desires me

                                                                                        • jp grumbach
                                                                                          jp grumbach  2 weeks back

                                                                                          They prefer females so get one for the summertime.

                                                                                          • Cammie x
                                                                                            Cammie x  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Mosquitoes are racist

                                                                                            • Donovan Wisdom
                                                                                              Donovan Wisdom  2 weeks back

                                                                                              This video made me itch. Explain that Smarty Pants!

                                                                                              • Luna
                                                                                                Luna  2 weeks back

                                                                                                10:03 because the mosquitos want to get tipsy