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Mosquitoes are most active at times of lowest sunlight, dusk and dawn. They like to hang out in shaded areas in the middle of the day. When they’re on the hunt for hosts, they use light to navigate.
However, mosquitoes do not perceive light in the same manner as us. Like many other insects, mosquitoes navigate by the guide of the moon and stars’ natural light. This means that artificial lights can work to disorient mosquitoes near our homes.
Lots of insect traps you see in stores contain a light source that is said to attract insects. However, these will not work the same way for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not drawn toward ultraviolet or LED lights any more than they are to normal lights. LEDs actually emit less warmth than other kinds of lightbulbs, rendering them even less effective at attracting mosquitoes.
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You can repel mosquitoes by wearing brightly colored clothing. Clothes with black, gray, or red colors will make it easier for mosquitoes and other insects to find you. This is because dark clothes trap heat in your body, resulting in more output of your natural scent. Wearing white and khaki-colored clothing, on the other hand, will allow your body heat to escape properly. They will also keep you cooler in the summer by reflecting sunlight away.
While light can help repel some types of mosquitoes, light in general neither deters nor attracts mosquitoes inherently. Mosquitoes simply use light sources to travel, and foreign light sources can throw them off course. Therefore, using bug lights or light bulbs you may find in the store probably won’t work to keep mosquitoes away. Always consult a professional pest control expert to help you figure out the best ways to reduce mosquito numbers on your property in Lubbock TX.