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The likelihood of being bitten by a mosquito in your lifetime is high. But knowing what might be attracting them can help you take action to reduce your chances of becoming the target of these blood-sucking pests.
What are the signals that mosquitoes are most attracted to? Breath — specifically the carbon dioxide (CO2) you exhale, the smell of your body, the temperature of your skin, and now, according to a 2022 study conducted by the University of Washington in Seattle, the color red.
In addition to being attracted to the color red, the mosquitoes in the study also showed an interest in orange and cyan (a shade of blue). While they completely ignored violet, blue, green, and yellow-green.
This discovery is important because it can help with innovative solutions that assist in reducing the spread of malaria and other life-threatening, mosquito-borne diseases. However, until a sure-fire solution becomes readily available, take a look at what signals attract mosquitoes and how you can decrease your attractiveness.
For more information on mosquito bite prevention, visit the CDC.
When it comes to protecting yourself, your family, and your pets from mosquitoes, hiring a certified mosquito control expert is your best line of defense. Not only can regular mosquito treatments significantly reduce mosquito populations, they can help prevent mosquitoes from returning by targeting eggs, larvae, and adults.