Itchy bites make mosquitoes a nuisance in any environment, but they’re especially aggravating when they violate your garden. And because some species transmit human pathogens, including West Nile virus, malaria, and Zika virus, these bloodthirsty bugs are more than just annoying — they can pose a health hazard. If you want to enjoy your garden without having to bathe in insect repellent, try one of these homemade mosquito killers, all of which can be made from materials commonly found around the home.
The easy mosquito trap: sugar, yeast and a 2 liter bottle
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, which they perceive as the breath of humans and other mammals. They’ll zoom in on this simple trap, thinking they’ll soon be sucking blood, but instead they’ll meet their doom! You will need one cup of hot water, 1/4 cup of sugar, one gram of yeast, and an empty two-liter plastic bottle to make this concoction.
- Cut the bottle in half around its middle.
- Heat the water, then add the sugar and allow the granules to dissolve.
- Once the solution has cooled, pour the mixture into the bottom half of the bottle and add the yeast to start the carbon dioxide reaction.
- Remove the cork, flip the top of the bottle upside down and push it into the bottom half of the bottle to create a funnel. Next, glue the two bottle pieces together.
- To increase the effectiveness of the mosquito trap, attach a black sock, cloth or piece of paper around the outside of the assembly.
Place the trap above ground in a shady part of the yard, away from gathering spaces. Mosquitoes will be attracted to the CO2, prompting them to enter through the funnel, where they will then drown in the water. Empty the bottle and add more mix every 2 weeks or as needed.
Bug Traps for Mosquitoes FAQ
If you want more information on how to keep mosquitoes from making you unhappy, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.
How to control mosquitoes naturally?
A natural mosquito control plan is to attract creatures that feed on mosquitoes. Install plantings that attract mosquito predators, including various species of birds, dragonflies and bats. Keeping your garden neatly pruned and the grass mowed will also thwart pests. And above all, make sure there is no standing water in your garden, because that is where mosquitoes breed. Check after a downpour to empty buckets, wheelbarrows, etc. If you want to make a birdbath, install one with a fountain, which will keep mosquitoes away.
What is the best way to catch mosquitoes?
Try one of the mosquito traps detailed above to catch mosquitoes. Be sure to place them in shaded areas, out of direct sun and wind, and away from places where family and friends gather.
Do vinegar mosquito traps really work?
The construction of such a mosquito trap is similar to the bottle trap described above, but instead of yeast it uses vinegar. Probably because there is no CO2 involved to attract mosquitoes, these traps have proven ineffective, disappointing people who have tried them.
What smells do mosquitoes hate?
Some of the smells you would probably find totally extinguished, like sweat and body odor, are tempting aromas for mosquitoes. But you can deter them with various essential oils that you may well find pleasing. These oils include lavender, tea tree, lemon eucalyptus, cinnamon, neem, and soy. Lemongrass is such a popular oil for banishing skeeters that it is sold in candle form for this purpose. Mosquitoes don’t like garlic either; if it’s abundant in your diet, they may not want to drink your blood.
Hot weather fun doesn’t have to be ruined by mosquitoes. Plan to use these traps and techniques before your next relaxation session or relaxation in your garden. Check container mosquito traps weekly to make sure they are still in place. Empty and replace ingredients as needed.