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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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SciShow
SciShow 4 months ago
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이윤희
이윤희 Month ago
69 likes *nice*
funzjag
funzjag Month ago
ALSO, CRUSH OR CHEW HARD VITAMINS , THE BINDERS SOMETIMES PREVENT COMPLETE DIGESTION WHEN TAKEN WHOLE!!!
funzjag
funzjag Month ago
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 Month ago
@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 2 months ago
@Haley Cardoso because the right leg is the right leg.
Hyrum Erdman
Hyrum Erdman 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
So... Mosquitos are racists.
lana cooper
lana cooper 12 days ago
Ok... so i either get stung by bees wearing bright clothes or wear dark clothes and get bit by mosquitoes.
Alexis Kende
Alexis Kende 13 days ago
Thanks so much!
James Rogers
James Rogers 14 days ago
Me, a band child: haha I'm in danger
One Eyed Ember Tetra
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 19 days ago
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
Mosquitos ussually stay away from me
Toadie Roadie
Toadie Roadie 21 day ago
The carbonation in beer is produced by CO2 so my guess is that is the attractant
Mace Universe
Mace Universe 22 days ago
Tired of being human? Become a plant!
Extensive Enterprises
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.
duck wizard
duck wizard 23 days ago
I'll stop breathing then
duck wizard
duck wizard 23 days ago
No I will get rid of my blood
Lapis Lazarus
Lapis Lazarus 25 days ago
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 26 days ago
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 27 days ago
why cant we extinct them?
Pain Seth
Pain Seth 28 days ago
Nice to see someone sympathetic for women for a change. And for christs sake, stop farting
Magena The wolf
Magena The wolf 29 days ago
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. 29 days ago
Having a blood filled circulatory system is probably a big attraction.
Daniel Jordan
Daniel Jordan Month ago
wha- the scrap job I have requires us to wear dark colors 😭😭😭😭😭😭 FML
Brendan Richter
Brendan Richter Month ago
Pro tip: just don't breathe and mosquitos won't bite you
danny obrian
danny obrian Month ago
Some day modified mosquitoes will kill a lot more people than anything ! Hopefully just the evil ones
Aarstyn Vlogs' Dad
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 Month ago
In thailand mosquito season is every season
daveslow84
daveslow84 Month ago
10:28 Science proves people are cooler when drinking alcohol! Ha! Take that all you naysaying teetotallers!
Constance Huntsman
🙏
Bleikr Sound
Bleikr Sound Month ago
My skeeter dodge . . . stay inside.
rafaelborbacs
rafaelborbacs Month ago
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 Month ago
*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*
diggy doug
diggy doug Month ago
And that is where H1N1 and all the other bad viruses came from labratorie built them not nature
Podelean Mihai
Podelean Mihai Month ago
the alcohol thing can be explained easlly....the mosquitos just want to get drunk , that all folks :D
N R
N R Month ago
I am a mosquito magnet. However, I haven't gotten any mosquito bites this year. I'm skeetos on the endangered species list like bumblebees
artist_around _the_block
Are we really that good at genetic engineering why can’t that help with diseases and conditions
wooseokisafrog
wooseokisafrog Month ago
im sorry but this guy- john greene who
John Okumu
John Okumu Month ago
14:24 minutes of carefully and comprehensively informing me of how screwed I am 😂 even possible solution come with "yes but this won't save u" 😆
David Inchcliff
David Inchcliff Month ago
Body soap and shampoo and perfumes and sweet food. Perfumes for clothes.
That One Guy With The Face
the only thing I've found that works is to grow a very excess amount of citronella plants placing them kinda like a fence around my porch. My porch is 10x10×8 and including the hanging baskets I have 30 citronella plants 5 on the ground 5 in the air on all 3 open sides. I also have them planted in my garden but not in as much excess there is 1 garden bed to the left and right of my porch mostly comprised of lavender, marigolds, lemon balm, basil and citronella plants. All of which are mosquito repelling. My backyard is the only place I can stay outside and not get eaten alive but even still if I spend too much time tword the edge of the yard I start getting bitten again but only if I'm out on the edge for an hour or more. When the plants I can't bring in die when the season is over I juice them to make mosquito candles for the following mosquito season.
R G
R G Month ago
Alcohol lowers the viscosity of blood making things easier to flow, maybe causing the skin to deposit more volatile compounds than usual?
A possessed plague mask
no mosquitos YOU CANT SUCC MY *LIFE JUICE*
Queen Terrible
Queen Terrible Month ago
👌I got more mosquitoe hoes then actual bros.👌
Annette Lu
Annette Lu Month ago
Time to put on a mirror
Ridzuan Ezzuddin
We have mosquitoes all year long🙂🙂
Rapid strike 87 Rapid
1- existing
Michael
Michael Month ago
Move to Hawaii - problem solved.
OJ Glass
OJ Glass Month ago
Number 5, Alcohol thins the blood. Easier meal for the mosquito. Maybe closet alcoholics. Lol
Van Rozay
Van Rozay Month ago
Finding that mosquitoes land on darker surfaces even when termperature is the same is NOT proof that they don't seek warm surfaces; they're programmed to seek dark colors after generations of such surfaces' being warmer. This is an example of how hard it can be to structure an experiment with no holes in it. "All things being equal" is tougher to achieve in biology than in physics; those darned variables, always testing your claim to empirical clarity, solid results. The cleverest ones find a way to measure better, if not perfectly, to derive important detail even as a bigger picture remains vague. We're always chasing; we'll never "catch" complete understanding, tho observation and quantum computers will take us far.
socali raised352
Thats why i love the fall and winter, I know it's cold but the good thing is no mosquitos or flies are buzzing around
juddwestgate
juddwestgate Month ago
Slower pace (ie walking) = more bites. Running lessens bite success.
Jake Snakes
Jake Snakes Month ago
Mosquitos like dark surfaces? That explains Africas mosquito problem
Døg Łover
Døg Łover Month ago
“Wearing dark clothing” *Cries in African American*
Harmony B.
Harmony B. Month ago
I mean if I don't touch the bite when I get it, it goes away in a few hours. Edit: There was this one time where I was at a mosquito infested house (someone left the door open and they got in). While we vacuumed, swatted, and burned most of them I woke dripping in sweat and pretty covered in bites. I assume there's an extent to which my body could've gained a sort of immunity to bites. I also now realize I should've maybe seen a doctor afterwards but oh well.
martijn van weele
Can't we just exterminate them? Humans seem to be awfully good at making species go extinct, why not put that to good use?
Alexis Hernandez
I’ve been bitten so many times by these damn Asian tiger mosquitoes that I’ve become immune to the itch 😤😤
Jayne Davis
Jayne Davis Month ago
I can wear less black (I’ll have to go shopping but I can do that) but I can’t make myself less sweaty. I don’t have any other risk factors but I’m still a mosquito magnet
Kylo Robb
Kylo Robb Month ago
This clown was very careful to use language to support his radical Left-Wing agenda BUT he Fcked it up!!!! When talking about a pregnant woman he said _"a fetus is growing inside of you"_ instead of the OBVIOUS *"there's a BABY growing inside of you!"* but then he slipped up when talking about the mosquitoes, he said "They Nourishing their Eggs" then "You will be helping all the Baby Momma's out there"
Kylo Robb
Kylo Robb Month ago
This guy is so not funny that I want to punch him in the face! He is like the dude with the guitar in Animal House!!!
Cabra Vision
Cabra Vision Month ago
Mosquito's rock!
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