Create a DIY Mosquito Trap
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Buying a chemical mosquito repellent on the market is not advisable nowadays, because it might be harmful to our health. You don't want to risk the health of your family with any harmful insect repellents. The problem is, you are now bothered about a group of insects flying around your house, because it can harm your family. There is a solution to your problem: You don't need to buy those chemical mosquito repellents, because you can create a DIY mosquito trap!
Mosquitoes: How Dangerous Are They?
Mosquitoes are really annoying and they are definitely dangerous to people. Many houses, when not cleaned properly from inside and outside, are perfect grounds for mosquitoes to live and multiply. Even though the entire house is properly cleaned, there are still a swarm of mosquitoes flying around you. Why is this so? Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite humans, because they need blood to breed. These insects target those who have high concentrations of cholesterol and steroids in their skin. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, as well.
When do people release CO2? When you run, stop, and breathe, you will release carbon dioxide and lactic acid from your sweat glands – and gotcha! This is where mosquitoes love to suck blood. So, the final verdict is: A clean house does not mean there are no mosquitoes. People who live in the house are what female mosquitoes crave for.
An Effective Mosquito Trap
While insect repellents are effective in killing mosquitoes, they can also be harmful to one's health, especially if there are kids and pets at home. Why do you have to spend money on an expensive insect repellent, which in fact, you can make a homemade mosquito trap? If the problem is about how to create one, then it is not a problem anymore. Below is a step-by-step method on how to create DIY (Do It Yourself) mosquito trap:
Method 1: A Homemade Mosquito Trap
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of cool water
- 1 tsp. of active dry yeast
- Cut off the top part of the empty soda bottle. When you do this, start cutting at the part where it begins to narrow to the top.
- Invert the top part inside the lower bottom of the half bottle.
- Bring the cup of water to a boil.
- Add the sugar until it dissolves in the boiling water.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add 2 cups of cool water into it. Stir well.
- Check if the mixture is not hot. It should not be hotter than 90 degrees F.
- Allow it cool for few minutes.
- Add the yeast into it. There is no need to mix.
- Pour the mixture into the bottom part of the bottle and cover the top part in. The fermentation will start releasing carbon dioxide, where mosquitoes are attracted to.
- Seal the two parts using a packaging tape. In doing so, you should seal it around the bottle, so that the two parts will not detach each other.
- Cover the bottle with black paper. Mosquitoes like dark places, so you should use black paper to cover the bottle.
- Place it in a humid place and leave it there for 2 weeks. You will see the effect later on.
Tips and Warnings:
- This is a 100% green and environmentally safe alternative insect repellent.
- Replace the solution every two weeks. A swarm of mosquitoes could stick in there, so you should make a new one again.
- Keep it away from the reach of children. The solution is toxic, so keep it away from your children.
- You can place mosquito dunks into some areas where there is water in them and mosquitoes can lay eggs. Spare tires and buckets are examples of the areas where mosquitoes can breed.
Questions and Answers
Hello! I was doing research on Lactic acid when I ran across your article?
Question: Are no-see-ums also attracted to CO2 and lactic acid.
Yes, No-See-Ums are believed to be attracted to both carbon dioxide and lactic acid. These are the substances that we emit as odors. This knowledge is used by trap makers to lure No-See-Ums into their traps.
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