With summer right around the corner, there are plenty of things that we are looking forward to. Although many factors play a part in our summer fun, mosquitoes are not one of them. These fly-like insects can swarm you and leave a “mark” behind.
So, who are these pests attracted to?
- Warm Humans: Mosquitoes are born with eyes that can track thermal sensory. The warmer you are, the more they will be drawn to you. Those who are more active will notice the mosquitoes around a lot more than someone who has been inside for most of their day. Since they feed on blood, any mammal is prone to being attacked by mosquitoes.
- Carbon Dioxide: Chemicals in your breath plus the CO2 we give off also attracts mosquitoes. Although the initial attraction begins with the carbon dioxide, it is the chemicals you give off that may make them choose you over someone else.
- Clothing: Mosquitoes are drawn to certain clothes, specifically the colors associated with the clothing. Because their eyesight is not the best, they go off of silhouettes. This means that the darker your clothes are, the easier it is for them to spot you.
- Want know what other traits might appeal to these insects and why? Click here!
What objects are mosquitoes attracted to?
- Mosquitoes are attracted to nectar. If you have an abundance of flowers in your yard, chances are you might get a visit.
- Standing water, such as a bird feeder, draws attention to mosquitoes.
- Anything that would likely protect them from that hot sun such as very tall grass, bushes, weeds, or any other plants will attract them to go and hide there.
- Here you can find a list of more things that can attract mosquitoes.
What can you do to decrease the number of mosquitoes paying you a visit?
To reduce the mosquitoes you see this summer, there are a couple of things that you can do. Keeping everything short and groomed is the best thing you can do for your lawn. As previously stated, mosquitoes hide in long grass and shrubs, so by keeping them trimmed you are already reducing the chances of them lingering around. Mulching with cedar has also helped keep these insects away. The scent of the cedar comes from the oils that are found in the wood serving as a repellent.
You can also purchase mosquito repellent candles that contain citronella. Also, spraying bug repellent throughout your property may be a good way to decrease the number of mosquitoes you get in your yard as well. If you are hosting an outdoor event, bring a fan! Mosquitoes hate the breeze because it throws off their senses and makes it harder for them to fly around. There are also a handful of plants that are natural repellents like these listed here !
Summer is meant to be enjoyed and not ruined by these insects. Don’t let mosquitoes hold you back! Take any and all precautions and this summer should be the best one yet.