DIY: How to make a Mosquito Trap

It's pretty simple to keep those pesky skeeters from bothering you!

It is hot outside and you know that means, MOSQUITOES! Those pesky flying insects come when the weather is hotter and moister. Instead of having to use bug spray or sticky traps. Why not make a mosquito trap out of household materials? Here is a DIY material and instruction list on how to make and trap those mosquitoes.

Materials:

  • Empty 2-liter bottle
  • Blade or razor knife
  • Duct tape
  • Black spray paint
  • Brown sugar
  • Hot water
  • A package of dry active yeast

Instructions:

1. Make the Mosquito Bait

  • Boil 2 cups of water into a pot. Once boiled, add the 2/3 cups of brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Take pot off the stove and let cool. If using a thermometer, the mixture should be between 120°F – 130°F.
  • Once the mixture is cooled, gently pour the package of active yeast into the pot and stir until mixed well. Then, pour mixture into your trap.

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2. Cut the bottle

  •  Get your two liter bottle and blade or razor knife to cut the top of the bottle. Be careful with the knife and use common sense to avoid an accident. You will cut the top section of the bottle right above the paper on the bottle.

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3. Assemble the trap

  • After cutting off the top part of the bottle, there should be two pieces to assembled your trap. (bottom cylinder and bottle neck).
  • Remove the cap from the top part of the bottle, turn it upside down, and inverted into the bottom part of the bottle. This resembles a “funnel.” (Don’t push the top of the bottle to much into the bottom one because there must be air between the liquid and the bottom of the bottle.)

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4. Seal the Trap

  • Use the duct tape to seal and secure your funnel. This will keep the funnel in place and seal the edges of your trap. So there will be no bugs in or out as they are getting trapped or lured in by the bait inside.
  • Then get your black spray paint (or black construction paper) and spray the bottle. This will let less light in so the active yeast will not spoil and so the trap can camouflage with outdoor surroundings.

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5. Set Out the Mosquito Trap

  • Lastly, set your trap out where the mosquitoes are active. The most common areas are under or shaded tree or area in your yard. It is not recommended to put close to your sitting area or deck but place it around it.
  • Carbon dioxide is what trails the bugs to come and they will smell the mixture inside the trap. Once, the are hook on the smell and try to get into the bottle of the trap, they will drown in the mixture inside. Bye mosquitoes!

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That is how you make a DIY or homemade mosquito trap. For extra protection if chilling outside, you can also mosquito repellent. Happy trapping and letting those pesky bugs know who’s boss. For more information on how to get rid of mosquitoes, click here.

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