Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Black? - MosquitoNix®

February 16, 2021

Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Black?

Mosquitoes are attracted to black, as well as bright and dark colors.

In the never-ending battle against irritating flying insects, MosquitoNix® has put together a Q&A about why mosquitoes like the color black. We've also taken a look at what colors repel mosquitoes, plus some sage advice about clothing options and colors that can help protect you from mosquito bites.

Colors, Clothing and Mosquitoes Q&A

Q: Are mosquitoes attracted to black?

A: Yes, mosquitoes like the color black — although the complete answer is a little more complicated. Mosquitoes are attracted to black, as well as dark and bright colors. Since black is the darkest “color,” this shade will attract flying insects. However, other dark and bright tones will also attract mosquitoes.

Q: Why are mosquitoes attracted to dark and bright clothes?

A: When mosquitoes are looking for hosts to feed upon, it's easier for them to spot bright, dark and black clothing compared to lighter-colored clothing.

Q: Do light-colored clothes repel mosquitoes?

A: Unfortunately, light-colored clothing does not repel mosquitoes, but there is an upside to light-colored garments. Light-colored apparel is more difficult for mosquitoes to zero in on — but these colors won't stop mosquitoes from biting you once they spot you.

Q: How can I avoid mosquito bites?

A: Wearing long-sleeved, light-colored clothing is a good start. Also, mosquitoes aren't strong fliers, which means fans can blow them away.

Sweat and body heat attract mosquitoes too. Take cool showers frequently and avoid clothing that will increase your body temperature. Black and darker outfits (along with thicker clothing) absorb the sun's heat, which can make you sweat too.

Q: What colors repel mosquitoes most?

A: Light colors make you less visible to mosquitoes. And while there isn't one color that will keep them away from you forever, lighter colors are your best bet.

Q: What color are mosquitoes attracted to most?

A: As we’ve discussed, dark and excessively bright colors make it easier for mosquitoes to locate you. Avoid these hues if you want to evade these pests. Instead, opt for breathable, lighter-colored attire that makes it harder for mosquitoes to find you by clothing color or body sweat.

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