Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?
Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, which is when sunlight is low. In the daytime, mosquitoes are most common in shadier areas. Especially at dawn and dusk, mosquitoes use light to find their hosts.
However, mosquitoes do not see light the same way we do. They typically navigate by using natural light from the moon and stars. Artificial lights, then, can be a natural deterrent to mosquitoes who may be disoriented by lights near our homes.
Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Ultraviolet or LED Lights?
Many insect traps you see in stores contain a light source that supposedly draw insects toward them. However, this is not the case for 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.
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What Color Attracts Mosquitoes?
One proven way to repel mosquitoes is to wear brightly colored clothing. Darker clothes in tones of black, gray, or red, 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. Lighter colors will deter mosquitoes and help keep you cool by reflecting sunlight away.
How to Repel Mosquitoes With Light
While light can help repel some types of mosquitoes, lights neither deter or attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes simply use light sources to travel. Therefore, using bug lights or light bulbs you may find in the store may not be effective in solving your mosquito problem. Always consult a professional pest control expert to determine the best ways to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes in Central Florida.