While insect repellent sprays applied directly to the skin are among the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites, natural — and entirely home-made — mosquito traps that do not contain dangerous poisons also play a highly effective role in ridding your environment of mosquitoes. Here’s how you can make them.
The CDC calls them “the world’s deadliest animal” for good reason. Although statistics vary, some suggest that mosquitoes indirectly cause the deaths of over two million people a year — a figure that is only bound to rise as climate change broadens the geographical horizons of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, the West Nile virus, Zika, and chikungunya.
Even if you don’t live in an area where these deadly diseases are endemic, however, it’s safe to say that you feel exactly the same way about mosquitoes as almost every other person on the planet. Nobody relishes the thought of having a natural, saliva-carried, anesthetic injected into their skin and their blood sucked out by a hungry mosquito.
With as little as a two-liter plastic bottle and some common household ingredients, you can make a simple, effective, and completely natural mosquito trap.
This trap uses a combination of yeast and sugar to produce carbon dioxide — the same compound that humans and other mammals breathe out. The carbon dioxide will attract mosquitoes, drawing them into the trap. The funnel shape of the trap prevents the mosquitoes that went into the trap from leaving, and the pests accumulate in the bottom.
This should take you no more than about 10 minutes from start to finish.
Here’s a video showing the full process:
This ingenious trap stops mosquitoes in their tracks at their very source.
As you probably know, mosquitoes lay their eggs near stagnant, dirty water. Some types of mosquitoes exclusively do so in lakes, but many will also happily lay their eggs around temporary water sources like muddy puddles or stagnant buckets of water in your garden.
Ovitraps — literally meaning “egg traps” — are clever and highly effective mosquito traps that recreate the perfect breeding ground for these pests.
There’s a twist, of course. Once mosquitoes lay their eggs around an ovitrap, the larvae that hatch naturally fall down into the water, where they begin to grow. By the time they’re ready to come out, they’re too big to pass through the top of your trap. Those mosquitoes will never bother anyone!
To make an ovitrap of your own, all you need to do is:
Now, all you have to do is hang the ovitrap in a shady and wind-free place where no more water can accumulate — like somewhere near your porch.
Scientific research has proven these home-made egg traps to be very effective against the most dangerous types of mosquitoes, which are most likely to spread diseases. Don’t forget to change the water out every two weeks to renew the trap’s mosquito-killing potential.
Here’s another video showing you the full process: (instructions begin at 0:28)