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Insect Bites - Why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I've been Paleo for close to a year and a half now and for some reason I've been getting tore up by bugs this summer.

Is there something about the Paleo way that makes my tastier?

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on September 06, 2013
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alligators prefer rotted meat to fresh meat. must we assume all animals are the same as humans?

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on September 05, 2013
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Sick animals generally are covered with insects though.

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on September 05, 2013
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Its been a very moderate summer with plenty of rain water. This creates a decent breeding ground for insects. I'd imagine its a combination of:

1) More insects increasing exposure risk

2) More time outdoors increasing exposure risk

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:46 PM

A few possible reasons, at least in the case of mosquitoes:

  • You are exercising more. The more carbon-dioxide respiration, the easier for mosquitoes to find you. Protein-intake can also be inferred from carbon-dioxide; which female mosquitoes like.
  • More (natural) steroids or cholesterol on the skin; possibly due to increased sunlight or an improved endocrine system. Apparently mozzies like this too.
  • More lactic acid. Either from exercise or diet. Unclear to me if ketosis also increases pyruvates and thus lactic acid secretion. In any case, mozzies really love lactic acid.
  • Wearing dark coloured clothing. This both traps heat for IR detection and infers moisture (foliage or shade) to most insects. In an arid country, a dark t-shirt is an invitation for all flies. Oddly, it seems that Blue is extra attractive for mozzies.
  • There may simply be more insects during a good breeding season.

The best in-depth article I've found is this one.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:09 PM

Not to rule out that you taste good Jason. :) I saw a post on the galvestondailynews.com that stated this is the worst mosquito break out in 15 years!

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:57 PM

I'm not sure how to answer your question but in case you haven't thought of it: eat more garlic, onions and other spices. I think citrus helps too. Bugs haven't been bugging me much this summer.

In an attempt to guess though, increased salt and other tasty minerals might make you more attractive to bugs.

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I think that insects are more attracted to healthy people in general. It makes sense, you would prefer to suck the blood of a healthy creature than a sickly one.

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Sick animals generally are covered with insects though.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:06 AM

alligators prefer rotted meat to fresh meat. must we assume all animals are the same as humans?

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