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What are mosquitoes attracted to?

Close-up Picture of a Mosquito

Close-up Picture of a Mosquito

Mosquito Attractions

Like most insects, mosquitoes are attracted to sources of food, moisture, and places that provide them protection. They also need favorable climatic conditions such as rainfall and warm temperatures in order to reproduce and survive. Since neighborhoods offer all these things during the warmer months, the pests often live in yards and surrounding areas.

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans?

Knowing what attracts mosquitoes can help residents avoid an infestation. The pests lay their eggs in pools of still water, so residents can take steps to prevent the eggs becoming flying adults. Anything that removes mosquito developmental sites can help prevent their development. This can include unclogging gutters, emptying flowerpots, disposing of old tires, keeping play toys picked up, and removing or emptying anything that holds water.

Since mosquitoes are blood feeders, humans and pets also attract mosquitoes. These insects can detect carbon dioxide and body heat, which they use to locate people and pets. There are many “testimonials” from people who claim successful results when using home remedies. While some of these may be beneficial, the best advice is to check with your local county extension agent or university website for reliable information.


Not attracting mosquitoes is crucial for both peace of mind and avoiding illness. In addition to itching and swelling, mosquito bites can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus to people and pets.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Using EPA homeowner approved, registered mosquito control products, insect repellents, and wearing protective clothing can help deter these pests. However, repellents and many other control products are only temporarily effective, so rather than settle for a short-term solution, contact Orkin for a free pest control estimate. Pros know what attracts mosquitoes as well as how to keep the pests under control. Mosquito treatment can also help deter other bugs such as the invasive spotted lanternfly that can create havoc on the landscape.


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