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Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

Last updated 4 years ago

Mosquitoes are equipped with chemical, visual, and heat sensors to determine where their prey is. These insects have also evolved to use light from the moon and other celestial bodies to allow them to navigate. When you turn on an outdoor light at night, mosquitoes can become confused during their hunt for prey. They may try to navigate closer to the light.

This attraction to light sources is called phototaxis. However, phototaxis does not apply to all spectrums of light. Mosquitoes prefer ultraviolet (UV) light. For this reason, it is commonly thought that yellow and red lights will repel mosquitoes. Although these lights do not necessarily act as a repellent, installing yellow or red outdoor lights also won’t attract them.

The most effective way to keep your home free of these pesky insects is to install a mosquito control system to kill the bugs. The experts at Platinum Mosquito Protection install state-of-the-art misting systems to eliminate localized mosquito populations. Call us today at (954) 888-9311 to schedule an installation for your home in Miami, Boca Raton, Weston, or Coral Gables.

 

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