Gluten Free. Mosquito Free?

I have to put this out there to see if there’s anyone else that’s finding the same phenomenon. You know that person you see at an outdoor party and they’re swatting and whapping and they have big red welts all over their body because they are somehow the only attractively tasting thing at the entire party? You shake your head and wonder how it is that one person could be such a target for all of the mosquitoes at the outdoor party.

I was that person. I couldn’t go out to start the car in the morning without getting 3 mosquito bites. I couldn’t go from the car to the grocery store without getting a couple of bites on the way in.

In October of last year I gave up gluten. My doctor theorized that it was very likely there was a wheat intolerance in my family so I gave up gluten to give it a try and see. Fast forward 6 months to now and I am not the mosquito magnet I used to be. It’s currently mid May and I have not received a bite yet this year. Now May isn’t exactly the biggest mosquito time of the year but they are out.

Is it possible that there was some connection to the gluten and mosquitoes? Now, I do have Mosquito Squad in my yard so I expect not to be bitten at home. They are already spraying for this season. But, tomorrow night I am going to my daughter’s evening softball game in a park. Evening. Bushes and trees. Me. I will post back and let you know.

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  1. #1 by Erika Kerekes on May 25, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    I’d love to know if there’s really a connection here. If there is one bug in the yard, it will find me. I’m the person with the big red welts. Would I go gluten-free to keep the bugs away? Not sure, but I’d definitely like to know whether it’s true.

    • #2 by Robin Steele on May 26, 2011 - 11:15 am

      I’m so sorry. I know exactly how that feels. So far my research is still inconclusive. My other gluten free friends say there is no credence to my theory but I’m still seeing a marked improvement. One thing I used to do before was keep a couple dryer sheets with me. I didn’t feel terrible rubbing those on my arms and legs because they don’t have the terrible harmful chemicals. But, I tell you what, spraying my yard is amazing. This is the second year I’ve used Mosquito Squad and I have free reign of my yard without bites.

  2. #3 by Quinn on July 5, 2011 - 4:20 am

    I have noticed this too! I have been gluten free for 2 years now, I used to get tons of spider and mosquito bites and I havn’t gotten one since the diet.

    • #4 by 33social on July 12, 2011 - 4:00 pm

      Hi Quinn,
      I keep expecting to be proved wrong and to go somewhere where I get a ton of bites. I’m glad to know there’s someone else in our gluten-free group that’s seeing the same thing.

  3. #5 by Derek Swingle on June 4, 2012 - 3:43 am

    And i thought i was a nutcase. I have concluded that in my case, gluten free, does in fact mean, mosquito free. 🙂

  4. #6 by Becks on June 29, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Wow, me too! I was the biggest mosquito magnet and since giving up gluten 8 months ago, maybe one or two bites, whereas people with me will be covered with bites. Not even using spray or anything! must be a connection!

  5. #7 by Rob from Ontario Canada on June 30, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    I was just like you. I was the guy wearing a space suit at camp & my wife beside me wore shorts & T-shirt but the mosquitos still found a way to bite me. Since going gluten free 5 months ago I have yet to get a bite this year & it’s now July. That’s enough proof for me. Gluten free for life !!!

    • #8 by Shauna on July 12, 2012 - 4:07 am

      Seriously, ME TOO!!!! I was covered in giant welts every summer… This is my first gluten free summer and not a single bite. At 9pm tonight I went out to cut my exceptionally long grass in a tank top and short shorts just to test this out. I stood and chatted with my neighbor for 15 min and he slapped away dozens of mosquitoes and I didnt have any even come near me!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO

  6. #9 by Cari on August 28, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    ME TOO! I went gluten free last year around… oh… October. I haven’t even seen a mosquito NEAR me!

  7. #10 by Annie on July 31, 2013 - 1:36 am

    This is so exciting! I have been gluten free about three months and thought the mosquitoes just weren’t as bad this summer (I live in Washington DC–a mosquito haven). But I was outside this evening with neighbors and EVERYONE was complaining about the bites but me–whereas I used to be that person so sensitive I couldn’t stand to be outside for more than a few minutes because I was under attack by mosquitoes. I was wracking my brain with a neighbor about what has changed and joked that maybe my blood type had switched because apparently there’s a correlation. My neighbor replied that one theory is beer drinkers are more likely to be bitten. Then it hit me: beer has wheat! Yes, I’ve given up beer but I’ve also given up all things wheat, so could there possibly be another benefit from giving up wheat? I’m so grateful to have discovered this discussion. For me as well, it seems that gluten-free means mosquito free!!!!

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