A mosquito attractant works by luring the mosquitoes elsewhere. So if you are sick and tired of swatting thousands of mosquitoes in and around your house, an attractant is a great way to get rid of these pesky insects. These attractants have been developed after a lot of research and study of the complex methods that mosquitoes use to detect their hosts.
According to research, different mosquitoes react to different stimuli. While some mosquitoes would be active at dawn and dusk hours, others are active only during day hours. The only way you can make sure that you are not attracting mosquitoes is by using a repellent and a mosquito attractant.
Natural Mosquito Attractants
Given below is a list of natural mosquito attractants. While going through this list you might shout, ‘Hey I know that one!’ Yes, this list consists of very little things that can draw these nasty creatures away from you. So here we go –
- Dark clothes: Dark clothing and foliage attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use their vision to locate people who are wearing dark clothes.
- Lactic Acid: Our body releases lactic acid on a regular basis. The amount of lactic acid increases when we exercise or eat high potassium food items.
- Carbon dioxide: Our body releases more carbon dioxide when it is hot or after an exercise schedule. Mosquitoes love CO2.
- Floral fragrances: Fruity and floral fragrances used in perfumes, sunscreens, hair products, fabric softeners also attract mosquitoes.
- Moisture: Moisture found in the perspiration of your body, or even small amounts of water (in plants and mud puddles) attracts mosquitoes. In addition, all stagnant water allows mosquitoes to reproduce at a rapid pace.
So now that you know what attracts mosquitoes you can be more careful!
Now for the repellents –
Some natural repellents that effectively ward off mosquitoes are volatile plant oils that include Citronella oil, Cinnamon oil, Lemon eucalyptus oil, Castor oil, Lemongrass oil, Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil, Cedar oil, Clove oil, and Geranium oil. Spices, soybean and garlic are also natural repellents.
Pyrethrum, which is a plant-based insecticide, is another active mosquito repellent.
Use Of An Olfactometer
An olfactometer is a cage separated by a screen. Here mosquitoes are on one side of the screen and a mosquito attractant is sprayed from the other side. The sole purpose of this is to discover more mosquito attractants. Though the perfect blend is yet to be discovered, several promising blends have come to light.
The combinations of human odors and lactic acid are some ground breaking mosquito attractants. On the other hand, carbon dioxide which is known to be an effective mosquito attractant is not effective on all kinds of mosquitoes.
The main purpose of a mosquito attractant is to access the mosquito distribution and population so that ways to control them can be developed. However whether you use an attractant, a mosquito zapper or a mosquito catcher, you should ensure that the method works for all species of mosquitoes found in that area.