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.
Want to learn about plants that repel mosquitoes?
Try adding these plants around the yard.
See our other article: Repel Mosquitoes with These Plants.
Plants Help Keep Mosquitoes Away from Colorado State University Extension
Plants that Naturally Reduce Mosquitoes from NC Cooperative Extension