LED Lights: Why Mosquitoes Aren’t Attracted to Them

Mosquito and LightRemember the days before the invention of the LED lantern, when camping trips were underscored by the hiss of a propane lantern and the buzzing of mosquitoes around it? Things have changed a bit since then. Now you can turn on your LED lantern with the flip of a switch, no matches or pumping required, and mosquitoes don’t swarm you every time you light it up.

Wait, what?

That’s right. In addition to the many other benefits of using an LED lantern – including energy efficiency, lack of noise and safety – it’s a notable fact that unlike other light sources, LED lights don’t attract mosquitoes. Here’s a look at why:

It’s All about the Heat

Mosquitoes prefer temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which means on cool summer nights, they’re naturally attracted to sources of heat. Propane lanterns, incandescent flashlight bulbs and other traditional sources of outdoor light all emit ultraviolet rays, which generate heat and attract mosquitoes.

An LED lantern, on the other hand, burns much cooler than a traditional lantern. Without the extra heat, mosquitoes have no reason to be attracted to that particular light source. This is good news for campers and hikers looking to minimize their exposure to these bloodsucking and disease-bearing pests. And it’s especially good news for LED headlamp users – the last thing you need is a swarm of mosquitoes around your face every time you turn on your LED headlamp.

Other Uses for LED Lights

Using an LED headlamp or lantern is a great way to reduce the number of mosquitoes that plague you in the wilderness, but LED lights are also useful around the home. By replacing your exterior lights with LED bulbs, you can reduce the number of mosquitoes that are attracted to your house, as well.

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