Easy Step By Step DIY Mosquito Trap
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No one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes when you are trying to have fun at an outdoor summer party, but there’s no need to resort to harsh chemicals to keep them at arm’s length. Here is a DIY solution in the form of an inexpensive trap that you can easily make from a plastic bottle and a few other household items.
People are shocked how easy and effective it is to keep these pesky bugs under control with this environmentally friendly alternative. You also should have the most of the necessary bits and pieces lying around your house.
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- 1 2 Liter Plastic Bottle
- 1/4 Cup Sugar/Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 1 Gram Yeast
- Black Paper/Black Plastic Bag/Black Cloth
- Cut the plastic bottle in half.
- Mix sugar with hot water, let cool, then pour into the bottom half of the bottle.
- Add the yeast. No need to mix, this creates carbon dioxide, which attracts the mosquitoes.
- Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
- Wrap the bottle with something black like black paper, black cloth or plastic bag, leaving the top uncovered. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black)
- Place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area.
- Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
How The Trap Works
The yeast produces a small but continuous amount of CO2, that when mixed with the high sugar amount in water, creates a smell that is irresistible for mosquitoes. The pests fly inside the small hole of the bottle cap and get stuck, with no way out except for the hole itself, and the percentage of mosquitoes that fly out again from the trap is ridiculously low.
The completed trap can be covered with cardboard before hanging, or you can put it in a liquor container. The container makes the trap easier to hang, and also makes it easier to change the bottle when needed. You should find that these traps last for around two weeks, making it highly cost-effective.