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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I shake my legs all the time when I'm sitting down. It drives my brother nuts!

No wonder I'm destitute at 26!

12. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

What has Hien said are absolutely correct (about the chinese's thoughts), but I do not shake whenever and wherever I am UNLESS jungle-trekking - will shake a bit tho hands shake more!!! (even my head)

Another dilemma is: I read an article years ago and it says mosquito is more attracted to darker clothes and the latest of what to my knowledge, scientist discovered some people with certain biological throughout our body are prone to mosquito (the scent which is beyond our sniffing sense)

So, which fact is more reliable?

Years after today, there will be another research saying mosquitos are more attracted to dark colour's stimulation than of aspect of biological...

<emoticon: I just don't know and shrugging>

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yes, I'm sure it probably has more to do with body chemistry than anything else Lee;)

Reading the links that Isa posted, it said that the reason why you shouldnt wear black is because one of the ways mosquitos detect you is by movement, so if you are wearing darker colours you are easier to spot. It recommeded yellow, orange or red clothing...

I think I need to go shopping!

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Reading the links that Isa posted, it said that the reason why you shouldnt wear black is because one of the ways mosquitos detect you is by movement, so if you are wearing darker colours you are easier to spot.

Hmm... what about at night, though? Wouldn't logic dictate that it's better to wear black to blend in? Mosquitoes come out here in the summer at around dusk. It can get so bad in June in the country that you'll be bitten silly in 5 minutes.

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Oh good point T! Hadn't thought of that actually.

16. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Yes, I'm sure it probably has more to do with body chemistry than anything else Lee;)

Reading the links that Isa posted, it said that the reason why you shouldnt wear black is because one of the ways mosquitos detect you is by movement, so if you are wearing darker colours you are easier to spot. It recommeded yellow, orange or red clothing...

I think I need to go shopping!

But... but... but why do mosquitoes hide in dark places?!

17. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Hmm... what about at night, though? Wouldn't logic dictate that it's better to wear black to blend in? Mosquitoes come out here in the summer at around dusk. It can get so bad in June in the country that you'll be bitten silly in 5 minutes.

5 minutes?! That's long!

During "mosquito season" in Malaysia, you'll be bitten in virtually no time! And by the time you realised it, you'll find a few bite marks on your body. Some species are small and their bites are very itchy. Another type is huge and you can know when it's biting you. Different seasons produces different species.

At its peak, I can find more than 20 dead mosquitoes on the ground, thanks to the mosquito zapper!!!

Hien
Your Mosquitoes Expert

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Quoting samsara2

Reading the links that Isa posted, it said that the reason why you shouldnt wear black is because one of the ways mosquitos detect you is by movement, so if you are wearing darker colours you are easier to spot.

Hmm... what about at night, though? Wouldn't logic dictate that it's better to wear black to blend in? Mosquitoes come out here in the summer at around dusk. It can get so bad in June in the country that you'll be bitten silly in 5 minutes.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Their eyes are "designed" in such a way that the dim light is perfect for seeing movement. The bright light of full day is more blinding to them. They are also more active in the cooler temps of dawn and dusk. Midday is too warm in full sun. During midday, they congregate in the shady areas that foliage plants and grass provide. They are also not as active in full darkness, unless there is a light source nearby to create the appearance of dawn/dusk. During midday, you may stir up a patch of them hiding in the shade of the grass, but they aren't usually prevalent in areas clear of bushes and shrubs. Mosquitoes are biting at all times of the day, but their "hunting" hours are those of dim light and cool temps. Midday heat also disquises body heat - you are a much easier target at cooler times of the day because they can sense the differences between ambient and body temps.

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