What colors of clothing attract mosquitoes and expose you to bites more?

2022-05-29 2022-05-29T12:59:46Z
رنا السيلاوي
رنا السيلاوي
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Weather of Arabia - I have sought a lot of research on trying to understand the behavior and preferences of mosquitoes, since mosquitoes are not just a source of nuisance, but are considered one of the most dangerous insects due to the diseases they spread.

 

Mosquitoes use scent and temperature sensors to help them locate prey, so what does this have to do with the colors of our clothes? What are the colors that attract mosquitoes more than others?

 

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The colors that attract mosquitoes the most

Mosquitoes are attracted to black color as well as dark colors more than light ones. Mosquitoes are also attracted to bright colors and clothes that contain drawings of colorful flowers from orange to red colors, the same colors from which human skin tones are classified. As for the blue, green and violet, they are not considered attractive to mosquitoes.

 

 

Relationship of clothes colors to mosquitoes

Studies have shown that dark colors attract mosquitoes more than other colors, and there are several theories behind this. Mosquitoes use special temperature sensors to identify their next prey, and because black and other dark colors trap heat, these insects are more likely to be attracted to people who wear these colors.

 

Wearing dark colors also increases body heat, exhalation and sweating, especially with exercise, and mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that is released when you exhale and sweat.

 

Another possible reason why mosquitoes prefer dark colors is that these mosquitoes avoid daylight, because excessive exposure to direct sunlight leads to dehydration and early death of mosquitoes, which is why we see it more during dusk and dawn, and therefore it is possible that mosquitoes feel the difference between dark and light. He prefers dark colors over light ones because light colors are a threat to him.

 

Colors that help keep mosquitoes away

Now that we know what colors to avoid during mosquito season, what can you wear?

There are plenty of options out there if you don't want to become a craving for mosquitoes. Try wearing lighter, calmer colours, such as white, beige, khaki, pastel yellow and even soft grey. You can also wear green, blue and avoid black, red and orange. But remember that wearing these colors does not guarantee that you will never be bitten, especially given the clear differences in color preferences between mosquito species, but the color can be used as a tool to reduce mosquito bites.

 

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Some more tricks to keep mosquitoes away

Although wearing light colors reduces mosquitoes' attraction to you, it is not always enough to prevent bites. Here are some other ways you can prevent mosquitoes from spoiling your mood when sitting outside:

  • Spray mosquito repellent around the area.
  • Keep your citronella candle lit while you're outside.
  • Plant lemongrass, mint or garlic in your garden.
  • Make an insect repellent from the essential oils of rosemary, lavender, or peppermint.

 

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This article was written originally in Arabic and is translated using a 3rd party automated service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors whatsoever.
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