HOUSTON, Texas -- Have you ever been standing outside, getting eaten up by mosquitoes while the person right next to you is untouched?
It turns out you might be a mosquito magnet because of your blood type.
Studies have found people with Type O blood attracted more mosquitoes than those in the other blood groups.
In a study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood twice as much as people with Type A blood. People with type AB blood were bitten the least, while people with Type B blood fell somewhere in the middle.
Blood type isn't the only factor when it comes to who gets bothered by mosquitoes more. Metabolism and genetics may also play a role.
Doctors recommend using insect repellent with DEET, which is the most effective.
If you are bitten, don't scratch. Take an oral antihistamine or apply hydrocortisone to the bite twice daily.
Why your blood type could make you a mosquito magnet