Could This Be Why I Get Invited To So Many BBQs?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

MosquitoI am a mosquito magnet.  A beacon of light capable of attracting practically any mosquito within a 50-mile radius.  Perhaps more appropriately, I am a tasty, human snack for anything that flies and bites.  Sometimes, I wonder if this could be the reason why I get invited to so many summer parties as a means of keeping biting insects away from all the other guests.

Why me?  I don't know.  I’ve been like this since I was a kid.  My grandmother used to tell me it was because I was ‘sweet as sugar.’  Grandmothers always know just the right thing to say, don't they?  But seriously, I can hang out with a group of people and be the only one who gets bitten.  I’ve already spent a fair amount of time trying to determine what it is that makes me so irresistible.  Even so, as a precaution, I've ingested garlic pills, stuck fabric softener sheets in my pockets, worn light-colored clothes, eliminated the use of fragranced beauty products and in the past, even doused myself with dozens of chemically-infused, bug sprays. 
The West Nile Virus is no joke.  Typically, by this time of year, I can see the light at the end of the 'mosquito biting' tunnel.  However, the threat of West Nile Virus is in full swing and quite frankly – it is freaking me out!  I'm fully prepared, though.  I've accumulated an arsenal of insect repellent and spray myself incessantly throughout the day.  In the meantime, I have learned to accept the fact that insects will always have a lifelong, love affair with me and my skin.  Now, if I could only bottle this intense, power of attraction.

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Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Poor thing!  I've been vey fortunate - apparently I don't taste very good as I'm rarely bitten by misquitos but my poor husband sure knows how to attract them!  Neet is STILL the best thing I know of to fend them a way.  Spray yourself up and go enjoy those BBQ's!

May 27, 2012 02:50 AM #1
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie~ I am also a victim of the bug bites!! I guess we are the same flavor?? oh that sounds a bit weird! I can be the only one in a crowd and have huge welts from those bites!! and then i itch all summer. I have already had a few bites.. and a dose of poison ivy last month.. It's an early summer of itching...BUT.. I prefer this to winter and snow any day!! =)

May 27, 2012 03:48 AM #2
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Maybe it is your blood type, are you O? I believe that mosquitos can sense your bllod type from a mile away and they have a favorite, O.

May 27, 2012 03:55 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I feel your pain on this one.  If there's a mosquito, it's going to bite me.  Long pants, long sleeves.  It finds a way to get to me.  It's unreal. 

May 27, 2012 04:36 AM #4
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

If you ever find the solution or the source of the reason, let me know.  I get bit just sitting in my own living room by no see-ums.  Big welts. Intense stinging and itching.  And I know it's not cause I'm so sweet.

May 27, 2012 05:34 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carie, Every party needs the designated skeeter target.  As long as the skeeters have a choice between me and Liz, I'm safe :)   Bill

May 27, 2012 07:13 AM #6
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Your grandma sounds like SHE was a sweetie - and look on the bright get invited to LOTS of barbecues!! :)
May 27, 2012 08:50 AM #7
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jenny:  You are lucky!  And your husband ... not so much.  I know the feeling :)

Janis:  LOL!  Yes, we must be the same flavor ... I knew we already had so much in common :)

Bud & Beth:  No, I'm not Type O, so it must be something else :)

Chris Ann:  Yes, it is unreal how they get through, isn't it?

Leslie:  Okay, I will be sure to let you know :)  And, the no see-ums ... those are the worst!!

Bill:  So Liz and I share the same designation, I see .... :)

Nancy:  She was a real sweetie!  And, I like your look on the bright side :)


May 27, 2012 09:45 AM #8
Michael Murphy
Bienvenidos Real Estate - Parksville, BC

Hi Carie, try eating ginger and or drinking ginger tea.

May 27, 2012 10:16 AM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Michael:  I've tried that too ... just makes me ginger-flavored to them :)

May 27, 2012 11:09 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730
Carie, I think some people's body chemistry attract mosquitoes. Luckily they don't bother me much.. They must think you smell pretty.
May 28, 2012 01:19 AM #11
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Carie...If I knew this, I would have invited you to my BBQ this evening. 

May 28, 2012 09:15 AM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Debbie:  Yes, they think I smell AND TASTE pretty :)

William:  Well, maybe next time :)

May 28, 2012 10:36 AM #13
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I think it is because you are as sweet as sugar.  Years ago, when I drank Scotch..I never got bitten.  But, I don't recommend that as a repellent, either.  LOL.

May 28, 2012 10:40 PM #14
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Suzanne:  Awww ... thanks!  And, as far as the scotch is concerned ... I could always try rubbing it on my skin instead of drinking it :)

May 29, 2012 02:20 AM #15
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Carie, Avon Skin So Soft has worked for me and I, like you, seem to attract mosquitoes in quantity. As to the reason... I agree with your grandmother and mine... I'm just sooo sweet :-)

Jun 01, 2012 03:38 AM #16
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Try rubbing yourself with unused dryer sheets and keep one tucked in your pocket or waist. Then let me know if it works!

I think your grandmother was a wise woman.



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