5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

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  • Published: 17 June 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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Comments • 2 481

  • SciShow
    SciShow   5 months back

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    • 이윤희
      이윤희  2 months back

      69 likes
      *nice*

    • funzjag
      funzjag  2 months back

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

    • funzjag
      funzjag  2 months back

      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  2 months back

      @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  4 months back

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

  • Brackwen
    Brackwen  5 days back

    The bastards love me and I hate them right back.

    • konkuringu
      konkuringu  1 weeks back

      Who's the poor SOB participating in these studies??

      • Douglas Hanson
        Douglas Hanson  1 weeks back

        @ 13:30 (ish)
        Saving millions of people is a terrible idea. Overpopulation is the root of every other global problem.
        Saving people is like giving a death sentence to All Life, though the exact date of that sentence isn't clear.

        • Douglas Hanson
          Douglas Hanson  1 weeks back

          11:20 (ish)
          There's no way that we (or any other organism) has been drinking alcohol long enough for mosquitoes to incorporate this behavior into their evolution.
          Now, if entire populations of the little vampires were completely dependent upon humans as their sole food source, for 10's of thousands of years, okay... then maybe.

          • Kevin Msxwell
            Kevin Msxwell  1 weeks back

            No test on blood sugar? Check diabetics vs. Non-diabetics. Would love to see those results!

            • Jose Sandoval
              Jose Sandoval  2 weeks back

              Hank: Ah summer!
              Me: Pffft! It's not summer, SiLLy...(realizes that I'm four months behind on Scishow videos) Oh...

              • scott spratt
                scott spratt  2 weeks back

                Type O blood gets bitten 6 to 8 times more often then other types of blood

                • Umara Sow
                  Umara Sow  2 weeks back

                  skin color?

                  • cniknik98
                    cniknik98  2 weeks back

                    This is interesting because as a kid, I was always getting bitten. Everywhere at anytime. But now that I am an adult I rarely get bitten if ever.

                    • Spencer Fox
                      Spencer Fox  2 weeks back

                      Maybe the mosquitoes are attracted to a rise of blood sugar because of the alcohol

                      • SmokeystarOriginal
                        SmokeystarOriginal  3 weeks back

                        People are cooler after drinking because it brings the heat up to the surface of the skin, allowing for the air to cool you faster (scishow, survival myths episode), so would it not be more attractive to the mosquitoes since the heat is brought to the surface?

                        • Kitti McConnell
                          Kitti McConnell  3 weeks back

                          I used to be that person. It got better when I quit eating refined sugar.

                          • InciniumVGC
                            InciniumVGC  3 weeks back

                            Live where it's cold and you only have to worry about mosquitoes one season per year as opposed to all year long

                            • larsj1
                              larsj1  3 weeks back

                              Maybe give them a non calorie sweetener instead of sugar? They get into egg production and run out of calories then die. Just have to find the right sweet thing they will buy into I guess.

                              • Star Pic
                                Star Pic  3 weeks back

                                As for the beer being a mosquito attractant, for years I have used yeast to attract gnats to a common area so I can spray them all at once in a safe area of my choosing to spray bug spray in the home. Maybe it's the yeast that attracts the mosquitoes to beer drinkers. It sure does attract gnats.

                                • Star Pic
                                  Star Pic  3 weeks back

                                  I can stand next to a mosquito magnet person and I won't be bitten even once. And onions don't make me cry, at all, ever. My dad is the same in both instances. I remember watching mosquitoes fill w/my blood as a child but am past 50yrs old and noticed 20yrs ago that I no longer get bitten. Don't think it's linked to the onion thing. Just another thing that makes me unusual. Any hypothesis anyone?

                                  • Hyrum Erdman
                                    Hyrum Erdman  4 weeks back

                                    Offer mosquitoes a different snack, you say? Just tell your friends to do the opposite of everything Hank said and, voila, you're no longer the popular one... to mosquitoes or humans

                                    • André Räbel
                                      André Räbel  4 weeks back

                                      Mosquitoes being attracted to dark colored surfaces is also a surviving skill. Every time I try to pursue and kill a mosquito in my room that has white colored walls, they fly towards the door witch is dark colored brown, so it is almost impossible to see them. The mosquitoes that do so escape and survive.

                                      • & Leo
                                        & Leo  1 months back

                                        So... Mosquitos are racists.

                                        • lana cooper
                                          lana cooper  1 months back

                                          Ok... so i either get stung by bees wearing bright clothes or wear dark clothes and get bit by mosquitoes.

                                          • Alexis Kende
                                            Alexis Kende  1 months back

                                            Thanks so much!

                                            • James Rogers
                                              James Rogers  1 months back

                                              Me, a band child: haha I'm in danger

                                              • One Eyed Ember Tetra
                                                One Eyed Ember Tetra  1 months back

                                                I'm just gonna sit inside my ring of anti mosquito traps, which is inside the humming bird feeder ring that is covered in spider webs in my bio hazard suit

                                                • Mr Lion
                                                  Mr Lion  1 months back

                                                  why did I not hear any theory about the possible connection between bug repellent and what makes them come to you. like how venom something used to kill or incapacitate has been reversed to do the opposite. why not look into bug repellent and see how it keeps them from finding us possibly showing us how they find to begin with

                                                  • FlameFlamedramon VA
                                                    FlameFlamedramon VA  1 months back

                                                    Mosquitos ussually stay away from me

                                                    • Toadie Roadie
                                                      Toadie Roadie  2 months back

                                                      The carbonation in beer is produced by CO2 so my guess is that is the attractant

                                                      • Mace Universe
                                                        Mace Universe  2 months back

                                                        Tired of being human? Become a plant!

                                                        • Extensive Enterprises
                                                          Extensive Enterprises  2 months back

                                                          So what do you do for a living?


                                                          I place bowls of sweat in a wind tunnel and then watch to see if mosquitoes will fly toward them. Somebody pays me to do this.

                                                          • that one rock cool You dropped as a child

                                                            I'll stop breathing then

                                                          • Lapis Lazarus
                                                            Lapis Lazarus  2 months back

                                                            Last mosquito that bit me had to check into The Betty Ford Clinic

                                                            • Jack of all trades Master of none

                                                              THEORY of Evolution

                                                              • The Seleuf
                                                                The Seleuf  2 months back

                                                                What if they land on darker objects because they themselves are a dark colour? Less about their target being visible and more about the mosquitoes themselves being camouflaged while doing their thing?

                                                                • Tuki nieves
                                                                  Tuki nieves  2 months back

                                                                  why cant we extinct them?

                                                                  • Pain Seth
                                                                    Pain Seth  2 months back

                                                                    Nice to see someone sympathetic for women for a change.




                                                                    And for christs sake, stop farting

                                                                    • Magena The wolf
                                                                      Magena The wolf  2 months back

                                                                      Is it possible to make all mosquitoes extinct ? I’d prefer for them to all just die, I don’t see their purpose

                                                                      • Nathan M.
                                                                        Nathan M.  2 months back

                                                                        Having a blood filled circulatory system is probably a big attraction.

                                                                        • Daniel Jordan
                                                                          Daniel Jordan  2 months back

                                                                          wha- the scrap job I have requires us to wear dark colors 😭😭😭😭😭😭 FML

                                                                          • Brendan Richter
                                                                            Brendan Richter  2 months back

                                                                            Pro tip: just don't breathe and mosquitos won't bite you

                                                                            • danny obrian
                                                                              danny obrian  2 months back

                                                                              Some day modified mosquitoes will kill a lot more people than anything ! Hopefully just the evil ones

                                                                              • Aarstyn Vlogs' Dad
                                                                                Aarstyn Vlogs' Dad  2 months back

                                                                                Hank, you are, by far, my favorite scishow host!

                                                                                I am glad to hear that modified mosquitoes are being created, lol.

                                                                                You all should do a video on starlings, and how to eradicate them :)

                                                                                • Woko100
                                                                                  Woko100  2 months back

                                                                                  In thailand mosquito season is every season

                                                                                  • daveslow84
                                                                                    daveslow84  2 months back

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

                                                                                    • Constance Huntsman
                                                                                      Constance Huntsman  2 months back

                                                                                      🙏

                                                                                      • Bleikr Sound
                                                                                        Bleikr Sound  2 months back

                                                                                        My skeeter dodge . . . stay inside.

                                                                                        • rafaelborbacs
                                                                                          rafaelborbacs  2 months back

                                                                                          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  2 months back

                                                                                              *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*