How do mosquitoes choose their victims?

Summer is great but, if you ask me, it would be even better without mosquitoes.  The little nuisances bite your skin, suck your blood and leave you with an itchy red patch.  They seem to prefer certain parts of the body, like legs and ankles, but do they have a preference for certain people?

Mosquito Alert

Mosquito Alert (Photo credit: Travis S.)

The answer is yes.  Scientists have found that some people are more prone to bites.  It depends on the substances which are found on your skin and the carbon dioxide you breathe. Mosquitoes can smell you from a distance of 50m.  A recent study showed that chocolate fragrance can act as a repellent.  I may be misinterpreting this study, but since I am a mosquito magnet, I’m going to try to eat more chocolate.

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Read by Annette

Study the words

if you ask me- in my opinion

nuisances– pests

itchy– the feeling you get when you want to scratch

ankles– joints between the leg and the foot

prone– susceptible

misinterpreting– not understanding correctly

magnet– something that attracts something else

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