What colors attract mosquitoes into the home? 3 colors to avoid, and which will repel this unwelcome visitors

Mosquitoes are a pesky pest that love to make their way into our homes and yards. We speak to an expert about the best ways to keep them at bay

a room painted dark navy blue
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Mosquitoes are a nuisance and are carriers of disease, so it’s best to keep them as far away from our homes as possible. It’s no easy feat trying to repel mosquitoes from entering our spaces, but there are certain tips and tricks that can help.

If you feel like you’re struggling with mosquitoes in your home this time of year, did you know there are certain colors that attract them? It’s good to be aware of these and avoid them in your design as much as possible if mosquitos are proving a problem for you. 

Here's what you need to know: mosquitoes rely on heat, movement and scents to locate food and hosts as their eyesight is extremely limited. With that in mind, try to avoid saturating your homes with certain colors to avoid their presence - it's a simple idea for how to get rid of mosquitos naturally

1. Red

a living room with red walls

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The color red is easily detectable by mosquitoes and it is very appealing to them. The same goes for similar hues such as bright pinks and oranges, as they cannot distinguish individual colors. These particular shades on the color wheel imitate the color of human skin for mosquitoes so they are naturally attracted to them.

‘Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow can attract mosquitoes because they might mistake these hues for sources of heat or body heat from potential hosts’, confirms Vincent Luca, owner of On Demand Pest Control. 

2. Navy blue

a niche painted in dark blue

(Image credit: Dustin Halleck. Design: Devon Grace Interiors )

Darker colors such as navy blue replicate shadows, which are more likely to absorb and retain heat meaning that mosquitoes can easily locate a host. ‘Mosquitoes are drawn to certain colors because of the way they absorb light and emit heat’, explains Vincent. 

If this is something that worries you, perhaps avoid paint ideas such as painting your entire space a darker tone such as navy blue and opt for a feature wall or darker accessories instead. 

3. Black

a black bedroom with a gothic style

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Black will always make a bold statement and be at the heart of gothic-inspired interiors. However, it is definitely a color to stay clear of when taking mosquitoes into consideration. The origin of this is that mosquitoes need to avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause dehydration and even death. Therefore, black is a color that they’re naturally going to be compelled to be near.

Consequently, this is why we often come into contact with the little creatures at dusk because they avoid daylight. Experts even used ‘black traps’ when trying to investigate mosquitoes as they are so drawn to it.

What’s also important to remember is that mosquitoes use scent as well as sight to locate a host, so deterring them from your home with spray repellent and by planting mosquito-repellant plants is a good idea to keep them at bay. 

Which colors repel mosquitoes?

In contrast to darker colors attracting mosquitoes, lighter colors can repel them. Pale colors such as white, light blue and pastel shades are less appealing to mosquitoes. ‘These colors reflect both light and warmth, making it more challenging for mosquitoes to detect potential hosts’, confirms Vincent.

Additionally, neutral hues such as beige and khaki are also less prone to attracting mosquitoes compared to darker warmer tones. And although not as enticing as darker or warmer colors, it’s advisable to avoid vibrant green as certain species of mosquito are attracted to this bold shade, too. 

Becca Cullum-Green
Freelance writer

Becca Cullum-Green is a freelance interiors content creator and stylist. She fell in love with interiors when she landed her first job as an editorial assistant at a leading UK homes magazine fresh out of university. You can find her renovating her 19th-century cottage in the Suffolk countryside, consciously trying not to paint every wall with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Pitch Black’. Her signature style is a mix of modern design with traditional characteristics. She has previously worked for House Beautiful, Grand Designs, Good Housekeeping, Red, Good Homes and more.