Mosquitoes have complex methods of detecting hosts and different types of mosquitoes react to different stimuli. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, but there are also mosquitoes that seek hosts during the day. You can avoid being bitten by making sure you aren’t attracting mosquitoes, using attractants to lure mosquitoes elsewhere, using a repellent, and avoiding actions that diminish the effectiveness of the repellent.
Top 6 Mosquito Attractants
Use this list of items and activities that attract mosquitoes as a list of things to avoid or that can be used as bait to lure mosquitoes away from you.
- MoistureMosquitoes like humidy and after a good rain, mosquitoes are more prevelent. Perspiration increases the humidity around your body which mosquitoes love. They are also attracted to perspiration because of the chemicals it contains . Even small amounts of standing water, sich as in the bottom aof a bucket or plant container will attract mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.
- Dark ClothingIt’s no mystery that mosquitoes are worst at night in in the wooded areas. In other words… dark places. Mosquitoes visually locate hosts from a distance. Therefore dark clothes and foliage are mosquito magnets. Where light colord clothing.
- Skin TemperatureThe exact temperature depends on the type of mosquito. Many mosquitoes are attracted to the slightly cooler temperatures of the extremiti
- Lactic AcidLactic acid is released in the body when exercising or after eating foods that are salty or high-potassium foods.
- Fruity or Flowery FragrancesIn addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
- Carbon Dioxide
You give off more carbon dioxide when you are hot or have been exercising. A burning candle or other fire is another source of carbon dioxide.