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Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

And Other Things That Attract Them

mosquitoes attracted to light

We’ve all experienced those summer evenings when the sun goes down, the lights go on, and bugs begin to flock to the bright lights. They do that because many bugs use natural light to help them navigate, and the artificial light tricks them into thinking they are going to the right place. Moths are easy to spot doing this behavior because of their big wings, but tinier pests are harder to pick out. Are mosquitoes attracted to light? Read on to find out.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

Like other pests, mosquitoes are phototaxis insects and love light. However, they’re much more attracted to you than they are to light sources, so don’t count on a light to protect you from a bite. Some lights work better than others. They are most attracted to UV lights, which have a blue tone. They are less interested in yellow lights, so this is the best color if you would like to keep the attraction to a minimum.

Other Things That Attract Mosquitoes

Standing Water

Mosquitoes search out standing water because that’s where they lay their eggs. There are many places in your yard that may be holding stagnant water including:

  • Birdbaths
  • Reservoirs in pots
  • Toys
  • Tires
  • Fish ponds without pumps


Mosquitoes look for blood sources, including you, because they need blood to develop fertile eggs. They know where you are because of the carbon dioxide and heat you release. In theory, they are more attracted to people with type O blood, pregnant women, and people drinking beer.

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