Q. What Food/Drink Cut the Odds of Mosquito Bites?

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    Jun 25, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    NYT: “Some mosquitoes have been shown to be attracted to Limburger cheese odor,” Dr. Harrington said.

    The attractant lies in the chemicals emitted by bacteria in the cheese, the same bacteria found on human feet, which might explain why mosquitoes are attracted to foot odor.

    Drinking alcohol may also increase attraction to some degree, Dr. Harrington said.

    Finding out who gets bitten and who does not has important implications for mosquito control and disease prevention.

    “Mosquitoes are attracted to more than 300 different compounds that we emit as humans in signature blends,” Dr. Harrington said. These include carbon dioxide, lactic acid and ammonia, as well as odors from resident flora.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/science/mosquito-bait.html?ref=health
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:48 PM GMT
    Mosquitos love me for some reason. I can be in a crowd of people and I'm the only one that gets bit. What's up with that?
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    Jun 25, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
    Drink a gin and tonic (the quinine in the tonic water).
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    Jun 25, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNY
    “Mosquitoes are attracted to more than 300 different compounds that we emit as humans in signature blends,” Dr. Harrington said. These include carbon dioxide, lactic acid and ammonia, as well as odors from resident flora.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/science/mosquito-bait.html?ref=health

    Exhaled carbon dioxide is a key way that mosquitos locate warm-blooded mammals. Mosquitos aren't attracted to standard bug zappers, that require a carbon dioxide gas dispenser accessory for maximum effectiveness against them.