A mosquito bite can be an aggravating addition to any holiday, hence the value of a decent insect-repellant. However, despite popular belief, it seems women can spare themselves a third application of bug-be-gone chemicals. A recent New York Times article claims that mosquitoes are more attracted to men than women.
A study has found that size is a more compelling factor in your likelihood to be bitten than gender. Men tend to be larger than women and therefore are easier to detect for mosquitoes as they emit more carbon dioxide and have greater relative body temperatures.
Another element in your probability of a bite is the lactic acid we emit when sweating, which is why you are more likely to be bitten when enjoying the great outdoors. When talking to The New York Times, Dr. Clifford W. Bassett of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York recommended that those who react strongly to mosquito bites use not only insect repellant, but also a non-sedating oral antihistamine which will help reduce itching, before adventuring outside.