Repellents for mosquitoes and other insects often contain artificial ingredients that could be harmful to humans or animals. But store-bought mosquito traps can cost a fortune. On top of that, some mosquito traps that use natural products don’t always work.
There are many different approaches for homemade mosquito traps. So, let’s look at a few of the simplest ways to create your own mosquito trap.
What Are Mosquito Traps?
Mosquito traps are devices that attract mosquitoes, trapping them until they die.
Mosquito traps don’t repel insects. Instead, they attract them and then kill them. Therefore, you need to use ingredients that are going to draw them in.
So, here are some of the best, easiest, and most efficient mosquito traps that you can make yourself.
Trick Mosquitoes Into Drowning
To make the simplest mosquito trap, take a bucket or any other container, fill it with water, and add detergent to it. Since mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs in, the water you’ve provided will attract them.
But the detergent you’ve added to the water will remove the surface tension, so the mosquitoes will drown.
You can increase the efficiency of this mosquito trap by aiming any light source at the water since mosquitoes are also attracted to light.
Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap
This DIY mosquito trap is one of the most well known. You’ll need a large plastic bottle (1.5 or 2 L), water, sugar, and yeast. Cut the bottle in half, which will leave you with the top half (a funnel) and the bottom half (a container).
Mix the water with sugar, which will attract mosquitoes, and pour it into the bottom half of the bottle. Add the yeast. It will create carbon dioxide, which is especially attractive to mosquitoes. Wrap the funnel-like opening with a black cloth and put the inverted funnel into the bottom half of the bottle (like in the photo above).
The sugar water and yeast will attract mosquitoes. So they’ll find their way into the funnel, but because of the small opening and the black cloth, the mosquitoes will be unable to find their way out and die.
Spiderweb Mosquito Trap
Finally, if you’re someone who likes to make things and are willing to invest a little more money in your DIY projects, here’s a homemade mosquito trap that will require some effort but will be extremely efficient.
You’ll need a fan, fine wire mesh, and isopropyl alcohol (a.k.a. rubbing alcohol). You need to make sure the holes in this wire mesh are small enough that mosquitoes can’t fit through it. Ordinary mosquito netting can work, too.
Attach the wire mesh to the fan and treat it with the rubbing alcohol. This will work like a spiderweb: when you turn the fan on, the mesh will trap the mosquitoes, so they’ll dehydrate and die. The rubbing alcohol speeds up the process, killing mosquitoes immediately.
All in all, there are plenty of different ways to decrease the number of mosquitoes in your yard and home using materials and resources found around the house.
Some methods require more effort, while some traps can be created within seconds. But all of them will give results. Try it yourself with these DIY mosquito traps.