Are mosquitoes at the backyard cookout or in the garden attacking you? Even if you follow the “get rid of mosquito guidelines” they can still be nuisance. Make sure they aren’t attracted to your clothing. Yes, clothing!
Colors of Clothing That Attract Mosquitoes
Most of us are aware that mosquitoes are drawn to certain odors (for example, perspiration and carbon dioxide), and are repelled by others, like citrus and geraniol. As it turns out, they feel the same way about some colors.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the heat retained by dark clothing: black, browns, dark blue and the like are especially appealing. Lighter-colored clothing is more likely to reflect heat, so mosquitoes are less likely to notice it. That’s not to say that you’ll go completely unbuzzed, but if you wear white, beige, or yellow, the mosquitoes will nibble on your friends in the darker duds first.
Here’s an interesting video of other attractants. Pregnancy, blood type and beer drinking are factors.
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Plants Help Keep Mosquitoes Away from Colorado State University Extension
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Dee Walker says
Nope , sorry you have it a bit wrong on the colour that repels mosquitos -there’s only one and it is pale blue as it is very cold looking to the mozzie.
if you look in asian homes they all go for pale blue mosquito nets and the same for net curtains at the windows and doors.
Quinnine in Tonic water is also supposed to be a repellant hence the british drank their gin and tonics at 5pm every evening as thats the magical hour the come to life and feed between 5-7 both morning and night .
Dixie Burge says
Well, I always wondered why people who visit South American rain forests or Africa wear tan-colored clothing, and now I know. It’s to repel mosquitoes. Don’t know about the light blue.
I was wearing Neon Orange and it felt like I was getting raided with mosquito bites
I don’t know about blue, that makes sense, but quinine is an old malaria treatment; however, today’s tonic water contains little quinine: https://www.quora.com/Does-tonic-water-quinine-deter-mosquitoes-from-biting-you