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Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, which is when the sun is at its lowest. When they are active in the daytime, mosquitoes prefer to stay out of the sun. This is why mosquitoes are frequently found in heavily wooded or marshy areas. However, mosquitoes use natural sunlight to find their hosts.

Mosquitoes do not see light the same way we do. They typically navigate by using natural light from the moon and stars. Artificial lights from lamps or otherwise, then, can work as a natural deterrent to mosquitoes by disorienting them.

Are mosquitoes attracted to light? - Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen in the North & East Bay Area CA

Do Ultraviolet or LED Lights Repel Mosquitoes?

Insect traps in stores often contain a light source that supposedly draws insects toward them. Unfortunately, these types of traps do not work on mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not attracted to ultraviolet or LED light any more than they are to normal lights. LEDs in particular put off less warmth than other bulbs, making them even less attractive to mosquitoes.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Colors?

One of the most reliable ways to repel mosquitoes is to wear brightly colored clothing. This is because darker clothes—black, gray, or red-colored items—will make it easier for insects to find you. Wearing darker clothing traps heat in your body, resulting in more output of your natural scent. Wearing white, khaki, or white-colored clothing, on the other hand, can help to repel mosquitoes. Brighter or lighter colors will deter mosquitoes and help keep you cool by reflecting sunlight away.

Keep Mosquitoes Away With Light

Although light can help repel some types of mosquitoes, lights neither deter or attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes simply use natural light to travel. Therefore, using bug lights or light bulbs you may find in the store may not be effective in solving your mosquito problem. It’s best to always consult a professional pest control expert to determine the best ways to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes in the North and East Bay.

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