Warm weather is here, you're out working on your garden, the barbeque is ready to cook burgers and hot dogs to perfection, and you are ready to enjoy summertime in New Jersey.

That is until the !%@$#%$! mosquitoes start flying around.

Sure, you've tried bug spray, you've scattered half a dozen citronella candles around your patio (do they actually do anything?), you've invested in a huge bug light that would make Tim "The Toolman" Taylor proud  — but those pesky bugs seem to always find you.

So what can you do?

Grilling time!

Researchers say you can avoid having mosquitoes targeting you by not wearing four specific colors.

More Than Just a Bug Bite

First, keep in mind that mosquitoes aren't innocent little pests that'll just give you an itchy bug bite.

Here are just some of the diseases that can be transmitted by these bugs:

  • West Nile Virus
  • La Crosse Encephalitis
  • Jamestown Canyon Virus
  • Western Equine Encephalitis
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • Chikungunya Virus
  • Dengue Fever
  • Malaria
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zika Virus

Mosquitoes Hate These Four Colors

According to research conducted at the University of Washington, a common mosquito species flew toward these four specific colors:

  • Red
Mosquitoes are attracted to red clothing - Photo: Canva
  • Orange
Mosquitoes are attracted to orange clothing - Photo: Canva
  • Black
Mosquitoes are attracted to black clothing - Photo: Canva
  • Cyan
Mosquitoes are attracted to cyan clothing - Photo: Canva

Mosquitoes were found to ignore other colors, like purple, green, white, and blue.

Your Skin is a Magnet to a Mosquito

Researchers believe these findings help explain how mosquitoes find victims since skin, regardless of overall pigmentation, emits a strong red-orange look to their eyes.

In other words, your glowing skin is like a giant neon sign for mosquitoes that says "Bite me."

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