Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears?

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When you go outside during the evening, you’re sure to hear more than a few pesky mosquitoes flying around. Yet it seems that there is one area they are particularly drawn to: your ears. Here’s a little background on why mosquitoes seem so focused on buzzing in our ears.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz People’s Ears

So, why do mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears? There are several explanations as to why.

First, mosquitoes are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide, which we’re constantly creating with our breath. This is how they are able to hone in on you. The heavier you’re breathing, the more heat and carbon dioxide you produce. That means you’re likely to attract even more mosquitoes if you are exerting yourself and breathing heavily.

Second, faces are often the most exposed part of our bodies as they are rarely covered by clothing, providing an easy target for those troublesome critters.

Moral of the story? Mosquitoes aren’t so much attracted specifically to our ears as they are to our heads in general.

Does Your Blood Type Matter?

Dark clothing and blood type are other factors that can draw more mosquitoes to one person over another. Yes, this means some people really do have “sweeter blood” than others. Research has found that people with type O blood are more attractive to mosquitoes than other blood types.

These vital fluid suckers can tell what type of blood most people have because 85% of humans produce a secretion telling which blood type they are. Mosquitoes can speak that “language” and predict whether a person has their favorite blood type. Fascinating, right?

Why Do Those Pesky Blood Suckers Make A Buzzing Noise?

The sound of a mosquito buzzing is one we’re all a little too painfully aware of. Did you know that the buzzing sound that you hear when a mosquito is near actually comes from their wings? Mosquitoes beat their wings so quickly that it creates the characteristic buzz, foreshadowing a bite to come.

Both female and male mosquitoes create the iconic buzz of a mosquito, but females actually create a higher-pitched sound than males. While you could hear the buzz of a male mosquito, most humans never do. This is because male mosquitoes feed off nectar and plants, so they don’t zero in on humans in the same ways as their female counterparts. That means that male mosquitoes are also not a threat to your defenseless skin!


If you’re sick and tired of being buzzed by mosquitoes while trying to enjoy your backyard, it’s time to take it back! Give the pros at Mosquito Joe a call today at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online and enjoy your lawn once again!

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