Homemade Mosquito (or Fly) Catcher
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Modern technology has brought us many benefits, including mosquito traps that cost hundreds of dollars, but sometimes we overlook simple solutions to difficult challenges such as mosquito control. When it comes to controlling pests, research tends to focus on chemicals or concepts that can be patented. Unless someone can make a profit from an idea, the public may never become aware of it.
HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
- 200 ml water
- 50 grams of brown sugar
- 1 gram of yeast
- 2-liter plastic bottle
Or US conversion:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- Cut the plastic bottle in half.
- Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
- Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts 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, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)
Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
I did use these last year for flies. They work well; I didn’t tape them shut to make it easier to clean since I don’t usually consume anything in that type of bottle.
Putting yeast in for mosquitoes is a great idea!
Curious, an old friend of mine tried them at her place in Kerrville and said they didn't work (for mosquitos). Did you do anything special with them? I'm kinda keen to try them myself.
I was trying to catch flies, not mosquitos. I just added sugar water, and placed several in well lit locations, but none outside. I caught oodles of flies, but no mosquitoes.
nice! I guess we still have to rely on bats and lizards to get the mosquitos.