landel at helios
Tue Aug 23 10:09:46 EST 1994
>In article <shelvey.13.000ED1BC at uk.co.pcr.snd01>, shelvey at uk.co.pcr.snd01 (Rob Shelvey) writes:
>> I have a question concerning Mosquitoes. Why is it that some people get
>> bitten many times, while others in the same vicinity get away with no bites at
>> all ? Is there a natural repellent given off by some people ? Can anyone
>> suggest any decent nautral replellents I could use as I am not one of the
>> lucky people who don't get bitten. Sorry if this subject has already been
I too have pondered this question, especially since I am one of those
people that mosquitoes seem to love.
Observation has convinced me that part of the answer is that I am
unusually sensitive to mosquito bites--they are instantly painful and
result in large welts. I have quietly watched mosquitoes bite companions
of mine, fill up with blood, and depart without the victim noticing and
without leaving a welt. I think that maybe in some cases my compatriots
are being bitten as much as I am, but they are not noticing it.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, my sensitivity varies with mosquito
PS Although I seem to be unusually sensitive to mosquito bites, the
trade-off seems to be that I am unusually insensitive to poison oak:
my worst case ever was a *very* mild rash when my companions were
hospitalized. Immune systems are cool but weird.
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