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Curious? Ask Chris: Why do mosquitoes bite some people, but not others?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) --It seems to be the buzz every summer. The invasion of mosquitoes.

"They were everywhere," June Rollings said.

The Lexington woman's back yard is so bad this year that University of Kentucky entomology students are making a laboratory of it.
They study behaviors, trends, and what it is about her home that has the blood sucking insects swarming.

"I'm bitten all of over this shoulder and this shoulder," Rollings added.

People across Kentuckiana can feel her pain.

WDRB viewer,Tyler asks, "Why does my wife get eaten up by mosquitoes, but I don't?"

To get the answer, WDRB enlisted the help of a person who's willing to get bitten in the name of science.
Dr. Grayson Brown is UK's mosquito man.

"The principle driving variable are the chemicals that are released by people's skin," he explained.

Those chemicals vary from person to person.
It's partially genetic related, and part of those genetics are gender-linked.

"That's why women tend to have that problem more than men," he said.

What's the solution? What will get you relief?

"Getting back in the house," suggested Rollings.

If you don't want to do that, deet based sprays will do you a solid.
Otherwise, you better keep that swatting and scratching hand strong because the pesky insects aren't officially going away until the first freeze of the year.

Thanks to Tyler for the question.

If you have something you're curious about, and want to ask Chris Sutter-- here's how you can get in touch:

Email: csutter@wdrb.com
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