But Don’t Forget About The Tiny Bugs Crawling All Over You!
Come again? So they’re not really bugs, but buddy, believe me when I tell you that there are literally millions of different microbial species living their lives in, on, and around every surface of your body.
Like most things that have to do with human health, every snowflake is different, and no two people will share the same combination of surface microbial composition. And get this — you know how certain mosquitos will be attracted to certain bodies because of the chemical odor it gives off? Microbial bacteria acts the same way. It’s the microbial bacteria that chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter! (I’m sorry, also not sorry for the HP reference).
OK, OK, so you’re following me, but what the heck does this have to do with why you’re being bitten by mosquitos and none of your friends are? Keep reading to find out!
It’s Truly A Match Made In Heaven
Microbial bacteria will contribute just as much, if not more to the way you smell, as your genetic code does. So that means that mosquitos are attracted to the little buggies crawling all over your skin, too.
So between your natural body odor and your 10 million closest microbial bacteria friends, the reason you’re getting bitten so much is literally because you smell so freaking delicious to those mosquitos! Can you blame them? 7 billion uniquely scented meals to choose from, they’re obviously going to go for the ones that give them “smells like chicken” vibes! Duh!
Wow, So… Did You Tell Me All Of This Just To Tell Me That There’s Nothing I Can Do?
Far from it, my friend, far from it! Remember, I, too, am from the woods, and I know the struggle. There’s good news and there’s bad news.
Bad news first (always do bad news first, why wouldn’t you). The bad news is that you unfortunately can’t do much to change the microbial bacteria that crawl inside and all over you, and you also can’t change our natural body odor. Mosquitos can smell you through that Axe you spray all over you. Sorry, bro.
The good news, however, is that now that this research has been done, it unlocks a whole new slew of possibilities in the insect repellant industry. Some animals naturally produce chemical odors that keep insects away, and chemists are working to pinpoint and extract specific chemicals that could make the ultimate, all-natural mosquito repellant.
Oh, and there’s also the fact that the debate over whether to eradicate the mosquito altogether would be beneficial to the natural ecosystem. And many biologists would argue that nixing the species altogether really wouldn’t have any detrimental effect. So maybe start a Change.org petition or something. Power to the people!
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