Where I live, we have some woodland just at the back that the mosquitoes seem to love. The problem is that they also tend to invade our place and they don’t hold back when biting.
We have tried many commercial products that may work but not very well. We have also tried many homemade products that are the same. The method described below is the only DIY mosquito trap that actually works for us, and it works incredibly well.
Mosquitoes follow the carbon dioxide trails which are caused when we exhale. I obviously don’t want to stop breathing just to keep them away so we need to make something that will create carbon dioxide trails and lure the pesky things in.
This trap is incredibly easy to make and you probably already have the required materials around the home.
DIY Mosquito Trap that Actually Works
You will need the following items:
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 gram of yeast
- Empty 2 liter bottle
And here is the method for putting it all together:
- Start off by cutting your empty bottle in half
- Mix your brown sugar in hot water and then let it cool (it’s very important that you let it completely cool). Once it is cold, pour it into your bottle
- Add your yeast which will create carbon dioxide which we mentioned earlier. You don’t need to mix the yeast in
- Turn the top part of the bottle upside-down and place it into the bottom part of the bottle. Tape the two parts together where they meet
- Wrap something dark around the bottle being sure to leave the top uncovered. You could just paint the sides of the bottle black but I think it’s a waste unless you plan on reusing the bottle again.
- Place your mosquito bottle trap in a shady area outside and wait for the blood suckers to start building up inside.
- Change the mixture every two weeks if you want to reuse the bottle.
The mosquitoes will eventually get tired once they know they can’t escape and will fall into the liquid to drown.
Although this is an effective mosquito trap, it isn’t going to kill every single mosquito in the yard, no trap will and you are still going to receive a few bites. These are however, cheap to make so you could make a few of them and set them up at different areas around the garden.