Summer is easily my favorite time of the year. The sun’s out, the weather is warm, the days are longer, and there’s so much more to do out there.
However with summer come mosquitoes, which are intent on making you miserable when you should be enjoying yourself most. Plus, with the array of diseases that they seen to be carrying lately, they’ve gone from annoying to down right dangerous!
So how do you get rid of them without spraying dangerous chemicals all over the place? Well, I’m going to tell you how to build an excellent and easy home made mosquito trap that is cheap to make, and actually works.
- Empty 2 liter pop bottle
- Duct Tape or Electrician’s Tape
- Dry Yeast
- Honey or Sugar
- Black Paper
First, rinse out the pop bottle real good. Then just below the point where the neck straightens out onto the body of the bottle, cut it across with your scissors.
Make sure you keep both parts of the bottle. You should now have a funnel and a cylinder. Place the funnel into the cylinder. It should fit snugly, however if it doesn’t, use a peace of tape to seal it.
Next, fill about 1/3 of the cylinder with a mixture of dry yeast, warm water, and honey (or sugar). For this, you’ll need 1 packet of yeast, 1/3 a cup of sugar, and two cups of warm water. After you have this concoction mixed up, just pour directly into the funnel.
Now, take your piece of black paper, wrap it around the trap, and tape it. This creates a dark, comfortable, and inviting place for the mosquitoes to come to. Now you’re done!
The reason that this trap works so well is because the sugar and yeast mixture creates CO2 gas. This gas escapes through the top of the trap and looks very attractive and inviting to mosquitoes.
Once the mosquito is lured into the trap, it will either get stuck in the sticky sugar mixture, or it will wear itself out by flying around the trap to find an exit.
Be sure to check your trap about every two weeks, empty it, wash it out, and then fill it with a fresh yeast and sugar mixture.
Last but not least, mosquitoes like to fly around corners, so for best results, place the trap in a corner somewhere near your house or on your property.
Happy mosquito hunting!