Make Your Own Mosquito Trap
Posted on July 20, 2012
We are all looking for different ways to keep the mosquitoes at bay, we use grass fogger, bug spray and candles.
But how about trying this one using items and ingredients you already have at home…
- 1 2 liter soda bottle
- a sharp knife
- black paper
- candy thermometer
Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut off the top right below where it starts to narrow for the top, invert and place inside the lower half.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups cool water
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast
Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well.
Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle, using the cut off neck piece, leave in place.
Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
Tip: Keep the bottle in a dark humid corner outside, close enough to you but far enough away, don’t worry about it for a few days but after 2 weeks you should have seen a significant change. Just remember, you have to replace the sugar water mixture about every 2 week.