100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 51 – How to Make a Mosquito Trap

Mosquitos are a nuisance but they are more than that, they are a common cause of disease. If they are a major pest in your area, you will look for many ways to mitigate the problem.

Planting mosquito repelling plants and keeping standing water sources away from your home can only do so much if you live in an area plaqued by this blood-thirsty insect.

To make traps, you will need two-liter plastic bottles, packing tape, black paper, sugar, and packets of yeast.

First, cut the top third off of the plastic bottle and turn it upside down, fitting it into the cut top of the other side of the bottle. Tape both pieces together.

Then, glue black paper around the outside of the contraption.

Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 cup of sugar, stirring until completely dissolved.

Add 2 cups of cold water to the sugar water and allow it tocool to 90 degrees F.

Then add 1 Tsp. of active dry yeast.

Pour the sugar/yeast mix intothe trap and place it outside to catch mosquitos. If you have a porch you can rig up wire to the trap and hang it from the overhang.

What other things have you tried to get rid of mosquitos? What worked and what didn’t?

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