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Tom 365 – June 25, 2015

The mosquitoes chased me away early from my walk, but not before I took a few pictures of the damp wooden boards of the bridge in the back of our neighborhood.  The wet wood really looks interesting in black and white. 

Drunken Mosquitoes

As if things were not bad enough, it turns out that mosquitoes are more attracted to beer drinkers than non-beer drinkers.  Great!

This is not some old wives tale unfortunately, theses are the facts as being reported by Smithsonian.com and are backed up by a lot of data including studies from the University of Florida and the National Library of Medicine just to name a few.  In other words, a whole bunch of really smart people got together, and they all figured out that mosquitoes are more likely to land on and bite someone who has just ingested a beer, than someone who has not had any alcohol at all.  And yes, as little as just one 12 oz hop and barley beverage can be the difference between a clear night or an itchfest.

Now, beer has not cornered the market on mosquito attraction, most any other alcohol will also produce an added attraction, but beer does have an added bonus that really seems to drive those little buggers crazy.  A little something called Uric Acid.  Just ask any gout sufferer about the stuff.  They will let you know it can be a real pain in the, well, foot.

Forget all the medical mumbo jumbo.  The very simplest explanation is that Uric Acid is pee.  Or rather, Uric Acid is a human waste product that is excreted in pee.  But, it can also be excreted right through the skin, and it just so happens that our tiny blood seeking friends can smell this acid, drawing them more quickly to someone who might have more of an uric smell to them.

Now, obviously there are other factors that also can attract mosquitoes, such as carbon dioxide and body heat, and since most of us are living, breathing humans, we are almost all subject to being bitten from time to time.  But if you find yourself being devoured more often than the other warm-blooded mouth breathers in the area, perhaps you should take a closer look at that beverage in your hand.

For those who are not drinkers, and still find themselves being an easy target to the vampire bugs, the Smithsonian report did point out one other unexplained pattern to these itchy pests, and that would be blood type.  The two most common blood types are O positive and A positive, and it seems that a person with type O blood is twice as likely to be bitten by a mosquito than someone with type A blood.

Guess who just happens to be a Type O beer drinker?

But the news isn’t all bad.  There are those who swear that a few shallow bowls of beer located just outside the area you are sitting, will help draw the dreaded suckers away from a crowd.  I guess it makes sense.  If mosquitoes are attracted by beer, use beer to draw them away.  But for gods sake, please don’t use any good beers for this purpose.

This would be a good use for Budweiser.