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The Mississippi River and warm summers are two big reasons the Bluff City has a mosquito problem. The Mississippi River and warm summers are two big reasons the Bluff City has a mosquito problem.
There are a few things you can do to keep the mosquitoes away. There are a few things you can do to keep the mosquitoes away.
If you're one of the people who think mosquitoes target you, you might be right. If you're one of the people who think mosquitoes target you, you might be right.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Memphis ranks as the 14th worst city in America when it comes to mosquitoes.

The Mississippi River and warm summers are two big reasons the Bluff City has a mosquito problem.

There are a few things you can do to keep the mosquitoes away.

First, avoid drinking beer. The Smithsonian Institution says mosquitoes love beer. If you're drinking a beer, the mosquitoes are sure to bite.

"Your skin will give off some ethanol," said Mike Mclean a mosquito expert. "It will kind of come out of our pores."

Second, keep your body heat low. This means exercise is not a good idea if you're trying to avoid bug bites.

"The buildup of that lactic acid in your system will act as a really nice attractant to mosquitoes," said Mclean.

Third, don't be pregnant. Sorry, expecting mothers. Add mosquito bites to the list of things your bundle of joy is forcing you to live through.

Pregnant women have higher body heat, and they exhale 21 percent more carbon dioxide, all of which attracts mosquitoes.

Fourth, wear bright colors. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors like blue, black, and red.

If you're one of the people who think mosquitoes target you, you might be right.

If you have type O blood, you're twice as likely to get bit as someone with type A blood. People with type B fall somewhere in the middle.

Of course, wearing bug spray is always a good way to repel the bloodsuckers, or you could just stay inside.

WMC Action News 5 is wishing you a great summer with as few mosquito bites as possible.

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