Scientists have discovered four new DEET-like mosquito repellents. Three of them are safe to eat. Courtesy of Pinky Kai/University of California, Riverside hide caption

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The mosquitoes that feed on people are attracted to over 300 gases and other compounds emitted by human skin. CDC Public Health Image Library hide caption

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Many criteria — from blood type to body temperature — can play a role in affecting who attracts mosquitoes. abadonian/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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