Work out on holiday? You're more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes

Why does exercising attract more mozzies?


Work out on holiday?  You're more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes

Are you the type of person who likes a run along the beach or a morning yoga session on holiday? While you should be rewarded for your endeavours, what you might get instead is a whole lot more mosquito bites.

Apparently, mozzies particularly like us when we sweat a lot.

See also: How to stop yourself being bitten by mosquitoes on holiday

See also: Mosquitoes: Why do some people get bitten more than others?

According to the Metro, in a recent study scientists found that mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, both of which increase when you're exercising and sweating.

Some people are generally more attractive to mosquitoes thanks to their skin odour. In fact, scientists believe that genetics account for up to 85 per cent of our susceptibility to insect bites. But the recent study found that exercising also makes you more tasty to mosquitoes.

Lactic acid, the organic compound that is produced when we exercise, and a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism, could be attracting more bites.

According to the Express, the study, published in the journal Chemical Senses, said: "Addition of lactic acid markedly increased the degree of attractiveness of formerly less attractive human odour samples and they were preferred over those which were originally the most attractive."

A great excuse to laze on a sun lounger and do absolutely nothing all holiday if ever we heard one!

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