Friday FAQ: What Attracts Mosquitoes to My Yard?

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Friday FAQ: What Attracts Mosquitoes to My Yard?

As we wrap up Mosquito Awareness Week, we’re bringing you a special edition of our Friday FAQ. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What attracts mosquitoes to my yard?” Understanding what draws these pesky insects to your outdoor space can help you take steps to reduce their presence and protect your family.

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Your Yard?

Standing Water

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and within a few days, these eggs hatch into larvae. Common sources of standing water include birdbaths, clogged gutters, flower pots, and even puddles. Eliminating these water sources is crucial in reducing mosquito populations around your home.

Overgrown Vegetation

Overgrown vegetation provides mosquitoes with cool, shaded areas to rest during the day. Tall grass, bushes, and dense foliage offer ideal hiding spots for these insects. Keeping your yard well-maintained by regularly mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and removing yard debris can help reduce mosquito habitats.

Human Scents

Mosquitoes are attracted to human scents, particularly sweat and carbon dioxide. When you exhale, you release carbon dioxide, which mosquitoes can detect from a distance. They are also drawn to the lactic acid, uric acid, and ammonia found in sweat. Wearing light-colored clothing, using mosquito repellents, and installing screens on windows and doors can help minimize mosquito bites.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Now that you know what attracts mosquitoes to your yard, here are some tips to help keep them away:

  1. Eliminate Standing Water: Regularly check and empty containers that can hold water, clean birdbaths weekly, and ensure proper drainage in your yard.

  2. Maintain Your Yard: Keep grass trimmed, bushes pruned, and remove any yard waste or debris.

  3. Use Mosquito Repellents: Apply insect repellent when spending time outdoors, especially during peak mosquito activity times (dawn and dusk).

  4. Install Screens: Ensure windows and doors have intact screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.


Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, overgrown vegetation, and human scents. By addressing these factors, you can significantly reduce the mosquito population in your yard and enjoy a more comfortable outdoor space.

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