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Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

Mosquitoes are most active at times of low sunlight, dusk and dawn. During the day, they prefer to hang out in shaded areas. Whenever they’re out looking for a host, mosquitoes use light to find their hosts, but these insects do not see light the same way we do.

Mosquitoes navigate using the moon and stars’ low natural light. This means that artificial lights can be used as a mosquito deterrent when placed around our homes. The jarring light source throws them off of their usual patterns of navigation. 

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Are Mosquitoes Drawn to Ultraviolet or LED Lights?

Many of the mosquito traps that you can find in stores make use of a light source that’s meant to draw in insects. However, these traps don’t work to attract mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes aren’t inclined to explore light sources, they only use them to navigate and search for hosts. Additionally, most traps use LED lights that give off less warmth than is required to attract mosquitoes.

Do Any Colors Attract Mosquitoes?

One proven way to keep mosquitoes away is to wear bright colors. Clothes with darker colors like black, red, and gray will make it easier for mosquitoes to find you. This is because dark clothing traps heat in your body, creating an amplified signal of warmth and natural body odor. White and khaki colored clothes can keep you cool and keep mosquitoes away by reflecting sunlight. 

How You Can Repel Mosquitoes Using Light

While light can be used to throw off mosquitoes in some cases, light itself neither deters or attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes simply use light as a navigational aid. This means that many of the bug lights and light-based mosquito deterrents you’ll find in stores will not solve your mosquito problems. Always consult a professional mosquito exterminator for advice on the best mosquito control methods for you.

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