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  • Certain compounds you naturally secrete, including 1-methylpiperzine, inhibit mosquitoes’ability to detect odors
  • Certain people seem to secrete more of these natural substances than others, making them essentially invisible to mosquitoes; this may explain why some people get more mosquito bites than others
  • Insect sprays containing 1-methylpiperzine are still in the works, as so far scientists haven’t been able to figure out how to keep the substance from evaporating off of the skin, as naturally occurs over time
  • You can avoid many mosquito bites by staying inside around dawn and dusk, or wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, hats and socks when outdoors

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be attacked by mosquitoes the moment they step outdoors, and others rarely get a bite? This may be because certain compounds naturally secreted by humans inhibit mosquitoes’ ability to detect odors.


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