Mosquitoes are more than just annoying pests in your yard or garden. Mosquitoes carry many diseases including West Nile, encephalitis and malaria.
There are many commercial products to rid your landscape of these dangerous insects. Most of these products are quite expensive, however. A homemade mosquito trap is a simple, cost effective way to protect your yard and family from unsafe mosquitoes.
How it Works
Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide (CO2) that we exhale. Commercial mosquito traps work by generating CO2 and broadcasting it into the air. Mosquitoes are attracted by the gas, fly to the trap and are sucked into a net bag where they die of dehydration.
Your homemade mosquito trap will use yeast to create CO2. Yeast is an organism that eats sugar and exhales CO2. (We use this feature of yeast all the time when we bake bread.)
To build your homemade mosquito trap, you'll need:
Putting it Together
Using The Trap
Your homemade mosquito trap will work indoors or out. If you're placing it indoors, put it in spot where it will not be disturbed. If you put your mosquito trap outdoors, avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Too much heat will kill the yeast.
You'll need to replace the yeast mixture about every two weeks.
The trap can be made more effective by taping an Octenol or Lurex mosquito lure to the inside of the bottom section of the bottle before sealing. Mosquito lures area available in larger hardware stores.
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