Exterior Paint Colors That Repel Bugs

Eddie Shekari
July 30, 2020

Have you ever noticed that bugs, especially the small, pesky sort, are always attracted to bright lights? In fact, there are even traps designed to attract bugs (mostly flies and moths) using UV light. That’s because insects are able to see light on the UV spectrum, meaning the brighter color or light, the more inviting! When it comes to choosing a color for your home, you may struggle with the idea of creating an inviting space for bugs. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you pick the right exterior paint colors that repel bugs and are least likely to attract insects to your home.

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What paint colors are bugs attracted to?

Most bugs can see the four main types of light: yellow, green, blue, and the UV spectrum. The more reflective a color is, the more attracted a bug will be to the source. If insects in your home are of concern, then you will want to avoid neon-like colors. Any bright colors or lighter colors, especially variations of white or yellow, will attract insects to your walls. 

What color paint keeps bugs away?

While it is true that green and blue are visible to insects, a dark or muted green or blue paint is actually perfect if you don’t want to draw an insect’s attention to your walls. However, this does not mean that these are colors attracting to insects on their own! Darker colors in general are always a safe bet, as is the color red due to the fact that this is a color that insects cannot detect. You can also change the color of your walls just with lighting alone. If you currently have a bright paint color on your walls, try using dim or warmer lighting to offset any bright, cool tones. Likewise, if the tones are bright and warm, try offsetting with cool blue lights.

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Other methods of repelling insects


When looking for bug spray to protect your home, make sure you are not buying the type of bug spray that is designed for skin. When it comes to the inside of a house, you need something a bit more lasting. Luckily, there are sprays designed to detract and even kill bugs on contact. 

Light Trap

Using UV light to lure an insect can be an effective way to kill insects one by one as they are drawn to the UV light. This method is not a preventative but can get the job done of catching those few pesky moths, flies, or stinging insects like mosquitoes that keep buzzing around.

Glue Trap

A glue trap is simple but effective, as the sticky substance will trap any small insect. Glue traps are especially great for the exterior of your home. They are best used in high places, like near porch ceilings, doorways, and cabinetry.

Pest Control

Sometimes the best way to handle a bug problem is to call the professionals, especially if this is an ongoing problem that you cannot seem to control with other methods. In the long run, hiring pest control is a necessary investment for positive long-term results.

Hire professionals to get the paint job done right!

Not everyone has the time or skills to get their paint job or home renovations done the right way in an efficient manner. That’s where the pros come in! We work to your home’s specifications, paying attention to detail so that your vision is executed flawlessly, and your home can retain curb appeal. Call Pro Painters for a free estimate today to get started on your next big project! We can even help you choose exterior paint colors that repel bugs.


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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.