Tired of Mosquitoes? Learn How You May Be Attracting Them

Nobody wants mosquitoes in their home. But you may be inviting them in.
A mosquito sucking blood

Whether you’re on an all-day family outing or lounging in the backyard, mosquitoes can put a damper on summer fun. Knowing what attracts mosquitoes can mean avoiding the misery of mosquito bites—plus potential exposure to a host of mosquito-borne illnesses. Don’t let these pests spoil your warm-weather activities. Learn what draws mosquitoes so you can reclaim your fun-in-the-sun time and enjoy itch-free balmy summer evenings.

Plants That Attract Mosquitoes

You may be aware that some plants repel pests. Garlic can help keep aphids from feasting on your garden, and mums keep mice and other critters at bay. But did you know that certain plants are actually mosquito attractants? These types of vegetation can draw mosquitoes to your property:

  • Taro
  • Papyrus
  • Water lilies
  • Water hyacinths

Nectar-producing plants draw mosquitoes, and many outdoor plants fall into this category. Try planting mosquito-repelling plants like marigolds, rosemary, peppermint and lemon balm nearby.

What colors are mosquitoes attracted to?

In a 2022 University of Washington study, researchers found that scents attract mosquitoes. The carbon dioxide we emit when breathing draws the pests from about 100 feet away. Next, mosquitoes start noticing colors. During the study, mosquitoes lingered longer where these colors were present:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Black (when CO2 is nearby)
  • Cyan (a greenish-blue shade)

Avoid wearing these colors to prevent getting the wrong kind of attention! Consider changing the colors of your outdoor decor if it includes these shades and hues.

Are mosquitoes attracted to certain blood types?

If it seems like most of us are plagued by mosquito bites every summer, there’s a good reason. These pests’ favorite blood type, Type O, is also the most common. However, taking the right precautions can help counteract the alluring effect of your blood type.

Are mosquitoes attracted to light?

Some experts claim these insects aren’t drawn to light. Others say they’re attracted to any light that helps them find food. Still others say it’s the type of light that matters; many pros assert that cooler light is what draws mosquitoes, making yellow bulbs a smart outdoor lighting option. And those noisy bug zappers are ineffective because UV light isn’t actually a mosquito attractant. As a result, old-school zappers tend to kill harmless or even beneficial bugs instead of mosquitoes.

Standing Water

Mosquitoes lay eggs in water. Keeping your lawn, shed and other areas free of these standing water sources can help make it less attractive as a breeding ground for them:

  • Birdbaths
  • Pool covers
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Toys left outside
  • Poorly functioning gutters

Inspect your yard for any of these mosquito attractants and get the whole family on board with doing daily sweeps for outdoor clutter.

Get Mosquito Control from PURCOR

From wearing the right colors to creating a mosquito-repellent landscaping strategy, understanding what attracts mosquitoes can help keep you healthy and comfortable all summer long. If you’re experiencing an infestation despite your best efforts, PURCOR can help. Our integrated pest management plans eliminate existing mosquito problems and prevent them for re-occurring. Contact us online for a free quote today!

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