5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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  • Published on Jun 16, 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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  • SciShow
    SciShow  3 months ago +69

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    • 이윤희
      이윤희 Day ago

      69 likes
      *nice*

    • funzjag
      funzjag 14 days ago

      ALSO, CRUSH OR CHEW HARD VITAMINS , THE BINDERS SOMETIMES PREVENT COMPLETE DIGESTION WHEN TAKEN WHOLE!!!

    • funzjag
      funzjag 14 days ago

      5 mg OR HIGHER DOSE OF VITAMIN B1 EACH DAY WILL REPEL MOSQUITOES. TAKE A B - COMPLEX MULTIVITAMIN EACH DAY WITH AT LEAST 5mg B1(THIAMINE) . YOU WILL PRODUCE A SCENT THAT IS REPULSIVE TO MOSQUITOES!!! NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT SHIRT COLOR OR CITRONELLA CANDLES!!!

    • funzjag
      funzjag 14 days ago

      @Dave Jan VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN) is the key. If you take a multivitamin with B1 , you will produce a scent that is repulsive to mosquitoes and undetectable to humans. I'm "O" type blood and mosquitoes used to bite me frequently. Since I've started the B1 , nothing!

    • justicewalking
      justicewalking Month ago

      @Haley Cardoso because the right leg is the right leg.

  • daveslow84
    daveslow84 5 hours ago

    10:28 Science proves people are cooler when drinking alcohol! Ha! Take that all you naysaying teetotallers!

  • Constance Huntsman

    🙏

  • Bleikr Sound
    Bleikr Sound Day ago

    My skeeter dodge . . . stay inside.

  • rafaelborbacs
    rafaelborbacs 3 days ago

    I live in the 12th floor apartment. I was wondering how a few, but annoying, mosquitoes manage to get in as they can't fly that high and what I can do to prevent it

  • Luis Hernandez AlphAKingSupreme

    *I THINK MOSQUITOES ARE TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE SUCK OUT ANY SICKNESS BUT WE ALL MISINFORMLY KEEP SWATTING THEM AWAY RESULTING IN AN UNFINISHED JOB SO THAT'S WHY THE SICKNESSES ARE ACCIDENTALLY TRANSFERRED, WE ARE MESSING WITH THE PROCESS.*

  • Marcimo
    Marcimo 5 days ago

    *I swear everytime I'm travelling to* *country with a large population of* *mosquitoes they be all wating for me* *in*
    *The airport to give me kisses of death*

  • diggy doug
    diggy doug 5 days ago

    And that is where H1N1 and all the other bad viruses came from labratorie built them not nature

  • Podelean Mihai
    Podelean Mihai 5 days ago

    the alcohol thing can be explained easlly....the mosquitos just want to get drunk , that all folks :D

  • N R
    N R 6 days ago

    I am a mosquito magnet. However, I haven't gotten any mosquito bites this year. I'm skeetos on the endangered species list like bumblebees

  • artist_around _the_block

    Are we really that good at genetic engineering why can’t that help with diseases and conditions

  • wooseokisafrog
    wooseokisafrog 7 days ago

    im sorry but this guy- john greene who

  • John Okumu
    John Okumu 7 days ago

    14:24 minutes of carefully and comprehensively informing me of how screwed I am 😂 even possible solution come with "yes but this won't save u" 😆

  • David Inchcliff
    David Inchcliff 8 days ago

    Body soap and shampoo and perfumes and sweet food. Perfumes for clothes.

  • That One Guy With The Face

    the only thing I've found that works is to grow a very excess amount of citronella plants placing them kinda like a fence around my porch. My porch is 10x10×8 and including the hanging baskets I have 30 citronella plants 5 on the ground 5 in the air on all 3 open sides. I also have them planted in my garden but not in as much excess there is 1 garden bed to the left and right of my porch mostly comprised of lavender, marigolds, lemon balm, basil and citronella plants. All of which are mosquito repelling. My backyard is the only place I can stay outside and not get eaten alive but even still if I spend too much time tword the edge of the yard I start getting bitten again but only if I'm out on the edge for an hour or more. When the plants I can't bring in die when the season is over I juice them to make mosquito candles for the following mosquito season.

  • R G
    R G 8 days ago

    Alcohol lowers the viscosity of blood making things easier to flow, maybe causing the skin to deposit more volatile compounds than usual?

  • A possessed plague mask

    no mosquitos YOU CANT SUCC MY *LIFE JUICE*

  • Queen Terrible
    Queen Terrible 11 days ago +1

    👌I got more mosquitoe hoes then actual bros.👌

  • Annette Lu
    Annette Lu 11 days ago

    Time to put on a mirror

  • Ridzuan Ezzuddin
    Ridzuan Ezzuddin 11 days ago

    We have mosquitoes all year long🙂🙂

  • Rapid strike 87 Rapid
    Rapid strike 87 Rapid 12 days ago

    1- existing

  • Michael
    Michael 12 days ago

    Move to Hawaii - problem solved.

  • OJ Glass
    OJ Glass 12 days ago

    Number 5, Alcohol thins the blood. Easier meal for the mosquito. Maybe closet alcoholics. Lol

  • Van Rozay
    Van Rozay 12 days ago

    Finding that mosquitoes land on darker surfaces even when termperature is the same is NOT proof that they don't seek warm surfaces; they're programmed to seek dark colors after generations of such surfaces' being warmer. This is an example of how hard it can be to structure an experiment with no holes in it. "All things being equal" is tougher to achieve in biology than in physics; those darned variables, always testing your claim to empirical clarity, solid results. The cleverest ones find a way to measure better, if not perfectly, to derive important detail even as a bigger picture remains vague. We're always chasing; we'll never "catch" complete understanding, tho observation and quantum computers will take us far.

  • socali raised352
    socali raised352 13 days ago

    Thats why i love the fall and winter, I know it's cold but the good thing is no mosquitos or flies are buzzing around

  • juddwestgate
    juddwestgate 13 days ago

    Slower pace (ie walking) = more bites. Running lessens bite success.

  • Jake Snakes
    Jake Snakes 14 days ago

    Mosquitos like dark surfaces? That explains Africas mosquito problem

  • Døg Łover
    Døg Łover 15 days ago

    “Wearing dark clothing”

    *Cries in African American*

  • Harmony B.
    Harmony B. 16 days ago

    I mean if I don't touch the bite when I get it, it goes away in a few hours.
    Edit: There was this one time where I was at a mosquito infested house (someone left the door open and they got in). While we vacuumed, swatted, and burned most of them I woke dripping in sweat and pretty covered in bites. I assume there's an extent to which my body could've gained a sort of immunity to bites. I also now realize I should've maybe seen a doctor afterwards but oh well.

  • martijn van weele
    martijn van weele 17 days ago

    Can't we just exterminate them? Humans seem to be awfully good at making species go extinct, why not put that to good use?

  • Alexis Hernandez
    Alexis Hernandez 18 days ago

    I’ve been bitten so many times by these damn Asian tiger mosquitoes that I’ve become immune to the itch 😤😤

  • Jayne Davis
    Jayne Davis 18 days ago

    I can wear less black (I’ll have to go shopping but I can do that) but I can’t make myself less sweaty. I don’t have any other risk factors but I’m still a mosquito magnet

  • Kylo Robb
    Kylo Robb 18 days ago

    This clown was very careful to use language to support his radical Left-Wing agenda BUT he Fcked it up!!!!
    When talking about a pregnant woman he said _"a fetus is growing inside of you"_ instead of the OBVIOUS *"there's a BABY growing inside of you!"* but then he slipped up when talking about the mosquitoes, he said
    "They Nourishing their Eggs" then "You will be helping all the Baby Momma's out there"

  • Kylo Robb
    Kylo Robb 18 days ago

    This guy is so not funny that I want to punch him in the face!
    He is like the dude with the guitar in Animal House!!!

  • Cabra Vision
    Cabra Vision 20 days ago

    Mosquito's rock!

  • Ye Dud
    Ye Dud 20 days ago

    I used to be a mosquito magnet, but this summer i rarely got a bite... could someone explain ?

  • Bee Phenix
    Bee Phenix 20 days ago +1

    One time I got 10 (yes I counted) bites on one arm. Hell.

  • Kuchi Kopi
    Kuchi Kopi 22 days ago

    it' SUGAR! how did you guys not put this on your list? When you eat a lot of sugar, the mosquitos can smell it, and you'll get bitten way more. That's why they liked the people who had drank alcohol. it's sugar. I cant believe this wasn't on your list!

  • Jean-Simon Ruel
    Jean-Simon Ruel 22 days ago +1

    diabetic friend always attracts twice as much mosquitoss as the rest of us arround campfire, mostly when high blood sugar lvls.
    i find interesting the link with that sugary water used to attract/divert them.

  • Al Burtuqal
    Al Burtuqal 24 days ago

    I took a genetic test and it told me that I am more likely to attract mosquitos 😭 My legs are covered in mosquito bruises

  • Michael Board
    Michael Board 25 days ago

    Just wondering if drinking alcohol increases chances of being bitten, that they have lear that humans are prone to bleed more easily after consuming alchol.

    • Kuchi Kopi
      Kuchi Kopi 22 days ago

      no they are attracted to sugar, that's why

  • rjgundy
    rjgundy 25 days ago

    There’s only one thing... Being full of blood🤷🏻‍♂️

  • omnimacrox
    omnimacrox 25 days ago +1

    Maybe #5 is related to ketones

  • Direblade11
    Direblade11 25 days ago +1

    It's about time you get into leg-specificity, goddang mothertrucker

  • Bwcka
    Bwcka 28 days ago

    I come from the tropic, grannys always tell you to eat lots of carrots cause mosquitoes hate their smell on your skin. Some people grind carrots and oil and uses it as tanning lotion, whilst drinking carrot juice. Believe it or not, mosquitos will avoid landing on you.

  • Yogi Nick
    Yogi Nick Month ago

    A fan directing over your body as you sleep or relax etc...works really well for me. No skeeter can really fight that wind. Also it blows away your breath and Co2.

  • Alden Goodwin
    Alden Goodwin Month ago +1

    As far as alcohol is concerned, it could be that since it acts as a vasodilator it would cause them to be able to feed faster and be more able to wuickly escape the range of threat.

  • Mike A
    Mike A Month ago

    7:33 dark colored surfaces, literally me and never my white friends when we play badminton

  • TOCKRELL MAN
    TOCKRELL MAN Month ago

    I thought blood type could play a roll?

  • Tony Titan
    Tony Titan Month ago

    I breath, I sweat, I like to wear dark clothes and I drink alcohol. At least Im not pregnant. 😅

  • Michael Battaglia
    Michael Battaglia Month ago

    I heard that people with certain blood types also contribute to being more appealing to mosquitoes.

  • Cooper Bradford
    Cooper Bradford Month ago

    14:24 suddenly his shirt it buttoned one higher

  • Beezus C Hrist
    Beezus C Hrist Month ago

    My goddamn blood type -____-

  • Shaxuul
    Shaxuul Month ago

    "5 Things That Make YOU A Middle Finger Magnet"

  • Ramus
    Ramus Month ago

    Are you telling me to stop releasing CO2?

  • Zech Wilson
    Zech Wilson Month ago +1

    *Mosquito lands on me*
    Me: *sO YOU CHOSE DEATH?*

  • Zech Wilson
    Zech Wilson Month ago

    I knew that my summer wasn't lit when the mosquitos stop biting me

  • 3RAN7ON
    3RAN7ON Month ago

    10:29 ya hear that kids? Drinking alcohol makes you cooler!

  • Morgan
    Morgan Month ago

    id think the mosquitos have adapted a way to finally get drunk so they can smell it in your sweat

  • abdullah alrasheed
    abdullah alrasheed Month ago

    DAMN MOSQUITOES