I 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.