How to Trap a Mosquito

You can make an effective mosquito trap from common household items.
You can make an effective mosquito trap from common household items. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Mosquitoes cause itchy welts, ruin even the best outings with their hungry whine and carry viruses that may be transmitted to you or your family. Constructing a homemade trap -- with ordinary ingredients found in your home -- will attract the mosquitoes to it instead of to the people in your home. Make a mosquito trap in less than two hours. By adding yeast to a mixture of sugar and water in the trap, mosquitoes will be drawn to the carbon dioxide that is produced during fermentation.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-liter bottle
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • Measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Black paper

Cut the 2 liter's top off about an inch above the label with a knife. Set the top of the bottle to the side, for it will be used later on.

Measure out 7/8 cup hot water with the measuring cup, then add 1/3 cup sugar. Mix the sugar and water together. Let cool to lukewarm.

Pour the contents of the measuring cup into the 2 liter bottle, then add the tablespoon of yeast. It is not necessary to mix the yeast into the sugar water.

Take the top of the bottle that was removed earlier, turn it upside down, then insert it into the 2-liter bottle. Push it down enough to seal the edges, without having the mouthpiece touch the liquid.

Wrap the 2-liter bottle with black paper, then place it in a dark corner of the yard for two weeks. The mosquitoes will be attracted to the darkness that the trap provides, not to mention the carbon dioxide from the fermenting mixture. Once inside, they'll become stuck in the sugary mixture and not be able to escape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the yeast and sugar water every two weeks for optimal results.

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