The Mosquitoes Want Your Beer Blood
If "beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" (Benjamin Franklin misquote,) then I guess mosquitoes are proof that God isn't real and we should probably drink less.
A recent study found that beer drinkers are more attractive to mosquitoes than average non-beer drinking humans. This is not really news in the same way that the NSA recording your visit to this blog post is not really news.
But seriously NSA, does that mean I should stop drinking beer this summer?! (They haven't responded to my other questions yet, so I'll have to fill in.)
Here's what you need to know...
drinking beer (or ANY type of alcohol) will make you more
suseptable to mosquito bites. Alcohol causes a slight paralysis of the
nerves which leads to a dialation of the blood vessels. More
blood reaches the surface of the body and more heat is radiated away.
Mosquitoes find your delicious blood via your radiant heat, therefore, more radiant heat = more mosquitoes!
Look, if you're in mosquito country, you're going to attract mosquitoes no matter what so just, be aware. Meaning, DON'T DRINK SO MUCH THAT YOU FORGET TO PUT ON BUG SPRAY YOU IDIOT and keep away from still pools of water. Also if you go to check out your dad's corn field, leave the truck running because the radiant heat from the engine outmatches the radiant heat from your body (even if you have had a couple beers.)
And enjoy the rest of your summer West Nile free!