CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)
This is what humans exhale. This is also the first thing that attracts mosquitoes to their hosts. Female mosquitoes have long antennae’s and olfactory organs called palps. These can pick up high concentrations of carbon dioxide from 150 feet away. CO2 is the main indicator that a human is within reach for a mosquito. You may have heard that women who are pregnant, or those who are overweight, tend to get bit more. This is because they exhale larger amounts of CO2 than the average person. A study once showed that pregnant women exhaled 21% more than non-pregnant women. With all this being said, that is why DynaTrap emits CO2 from its traps to successfully trap mosquitoes.
Once mosquitoes have found their hosts location they begin smelling for lactic acid. This is produced by your body after you exercise or eat certain types of foods. When you sweat, the number of lactic acids increases in your body. If you sweat more than the average person, that might be a big reason why you get so many mosquito bites. When you sweat your body temperature increases too. The higher your body temperature is the more attracted mosquitoes can be towards you. Eating any type of salty snack also increases the amount of lactic acid you produce. Mosquitoes are attracted to potassium and salt. It may help to avoid salty snacks this Summer.
It is said that those with Type O blood have a higher chance of getting bit. In a study conducted in 2004, it showed that mosquitoes landed on Type O participants significantly more than those with Type A, AB, or B. Mosquitoes landed on the participants with Type O blood 83% of the time, Type A 47%, and Type B or AB tested unclear. If you are getting more mosquito bites compared to your friends, it might be time to check what your blood type is.
Although not confirmed, some recent studies have shown that drinking beer makes mosquitoes more attracted to you. Why? Certain studies conclude it is due to the increased ethanol in a persons sweat and skin temperature. Ethanol is the intoxicating agent found in your favorite beers, wines, and liquors. This includes raising a persons body temperature. Giving you that “alcohol blanket” that deems helpful in the colder months. During the Summer though, that raised body temperature makes you tastier to those flying and biting, little monsters.
Think about it, where are lights? They are on our porches, outside of our front doors, coming from a campfire, or simply a flashlight. When we are outside at night, we emit light. Phototaxis is the scientific term for the attraction bugs have toward light. UV light is the best light attractant for bugs. Mosquitoes and other flying insects that the DynaTrap catches are attracted to the warmth that UV lights emit. That is why a UV light is used within our DynaTrap’s catching technology.