Mosquitoes are not only annoying and unpleasant, but also very dangerous, because they transmit many deadly diseases. And because of this people are trying to find ways to repel them, eradicate them all together or at least find what exactly attracts mosquitoes. Unfortunately, because these observations are mainly incidental, many misconceptions arise. So lets look at some of the most common myths about mosquitoes and why they are just myths not facts.
Citronella Candles Keeps Mosquitoes away
There is a very popular misconception that citronella candles can effectively repeal mosquitoes, but there is actually no scientific evidence to this. The only way how these candles can repeal mosquitoes is by creating smoke, because insects don’t like smoke. That means that any candle will have the same effect as citronella candles. Even more so, since candles radiate heat, they can even have opposite effect to mosquito repelling. Sometimes candles attract bugs, so it might not be the best idea to burn a candle in order to scare away mosquitoes.
LED Lights Attract Mosquitoes
Many people think that mosquitoes are attracted to any kind of light, including LEDs, but actually, most LED lights don’t attract mosquitoes and any other bugs. However, mosquitoes are attracted to the heat, generated by the light sources, not light itself. And since most bulbs produce Ultra Violet or Infrared rays that create heat, insects automatically flock to the lamps. But, since LEDs don’t give off any of these rays so they also don’t produce any heat that might attract the mosquitoes, LED bulbs are the safest bet if you want to have light and an insect-free evening. Just remember, that different species of mosquitoes are attracted to different light waves, so LED lighting still might attract some mosquitoes.
Mosquitos Are Not Attracted Towards Certain Colors
Very controversial issue about mosquitoes is towards the colors they are attracted to. Many entomologists and scientists claim that colors don’t effect mosquitoes in any way. But science actually proves these mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors. As we found out before, mosquitoes are attracted to heat and they use thermal sensory information to detect body heat. So since dark colors absorbs more heat, mosquitoes will be come attracted to them, and therefore you cannot say, that mosquitoes don’t care about certain colors more than others.
Bug Zappers Are Effective to Avoid Mosquitoes
So-called bug zappers or electrical discharge insect control systems are widely used to kill mosquitoes. But they actually aren’t as effective as you might think. Bug zappers usually are UV light sources that attract bugs to an electrical grid, that is placed around the light, and when the insects touch the gird, they are killed. But there one serious flaw with this concept – the mosquitoes need to actually touch the grid to get zapped. And since most bugs just fly around the grid instead without touching it, bug zappers don’t kill as many mosquitoes as it could in theory. Only about 7% of all the insects gathering around the device are killed. On top of that, these mosquito zappers are know to kill moths, beetles and other bugs much more than mosquitoes, so if you plan on using just a mosquito zapper as your main like of defense against mosquitoes, you might want to rethink your strategy.
Insect-Repelling Plants are The Best Solution
Many people think that, by placing mosquito-repelling plants around their home, they will be able to repel all mosquitoes. But while it is true that there are some plants that mosquitoes don’t like, for example, lavender, peppermint and citronella grass, because these plants contain essential oils that mosquitoes distaste, the truth of the matter is, that just by putting these plants around your home won’t really help you. For the aroma that mosquitoes dislike to come out strong enough to drive away mosquitoes, you need to squeeze or otherwise process these plants. Otherwise you will just be giving the mosquitoes one more place to rest and hide during their inactive hours
It is clear why people are searching for ways to become less attractive to mosquitoes, nobody wants to have their time outdoors ruined by little insects. But if you truly want to have efficient mosquito repelling methods, you should search for ones that are scientifically proven. Otherwise there is a little chance that they will work, and you will have wasted your time and money on something that is useless in the fight against the mosquito population.