Mosquitoes, like Braves fans, love beer, according to a new study from University of Florida scientists.
But that doesn’t mean you have to confront nature sober.
As summer begins, here’s a few tips to help keep you from becoming a mosquito magnet:
* Stay indoors at all times. If this is not possible, continue reading.
* Mosquitoes are not color blind, and seem to like dark colors. Wear white clothing instead of black, navy blue or red. Wear long sleeves and pants to expose less skin.
* Mosquitoes home in on carbon dioxide, which living creatures exhale. Certain people emit more carbon dioxide than others, including those who are overweight, pregnant or have a high metabolic rate.
* Higher body temperatures attract the airborne vampires, which may explain why those who drink alcohol get bitten more often. Try to stay cool.
* Some species of bugs like to bite your feet because of stinky bacteria there. Consider bathing, but avoid strongly-scented soaps, they can attract mosquitoes too.
* Don’t bother eating bananas or taking vitamin B-12 pills. That preventative is just an old wives tale, researchers say.
If none of that works, consider an overnight soaking in DEET, the U.S. military’s second finest invention after the Internet.