Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mosquito Trap? (Not so much.)

Mosquito Trap?
(Not so much.)

I've seen instructions for Home-Made Mosquito Traps floating around  the internet, specially Pinterest; and thought I'd give it a try.  I'm surrounded by national forest, and the mosquitoes are the worst here than they have been since I got this house 10 years ago.  They are horrible!  I don't know if it matters what kind of mosquitoes are in a location, but it didn't work for me.  I tried two of the different recipes of sugar, water, and yeast and let it set out for a total of about a week and didn't catch a single mosquito.  Supposedly, it makes carbon dioxide, which attracts the mosquitoes into the trap.  It started to attract some other kind of small fly and some beetles, so I dumped it out.  

 Two different recipes:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup warm water
1 gram active dry yeast

1 cup sugar
3 cups water (1 cup warm to dissolve yeast and then 2 cups cool)
1 tsp active dry yeast
(This was too much. The opening was below the water level, so some had to be dumped out.)

(Note, yeast is living.  You dissolve it in warm water.  Hot water will kill it.  We learned this in Home-Ec when making bread.)  :)

The instructions are to cut the top off of a 2 liter bottle.  You put the sugar water mixture in the bottom, and invert the bottle top into the top of the bottom.  The bugs go down in the hole in the middle and get trapped. 

Wrap in black paper or newspaper as the mosquitoes 
are "attracted to black" or "dark places". 

 No 'squitos.  :(



  1. Well, I've been trying and I get the same result, No Mosquitos at all!!

    Wonder how people get the results that are shown in the pictures???

  2. I don't know. Must have different mosquitoes! lol ;)

  3. Have you tried planting catnip arround?? It is supposed to repel them some. Plus it makes a great healing tea.

  4. I have catnip in the garden for my kitties. :)

  5. Yep, I tried this last summer -- I got the same results. Disappointing.