How to make a fly and mosquito trap at home: It only takes a few minutes.

We can enjoy outdoor activities, beach outings, poolside relaxing, and other summertime pleasures again when the weather is warm. But is there one thing this season that nobody looks forward to? The mosquito. Not only can these pests give us red, itching bumps, but they also carry a number of diseases. By keeping mosquitoes under control on your property, you can reduce the risk of contracting diseases spread by mosquitoes and stop the insects from laying their eggs near your house, which will reduce summertime swatting and scratching.

However, that does not mean you have to run to the market and buy repellents or mosquito traps. By creating one of these three easy-to-make DIY mosquito traps, you can successfully keep the pests at away.

How to Create a Homemade Mosquito Trap Using Sugar and Yeast

A simple yet powerful mosquito trap is to mix water, sugar, and yeast. Place the trap inside and around your property. According to Timothy Wong, technical director of M&M Pest Control, “after a few hours, the yeast starts releasing a steady stream of carbon dioxide, which mosquitoes are highly attracted to.”

  1. Slit an empty plastic bottle’s cap, stopping just below the neck.
  2. Combine a solution of sugar and yeast in the bottom of the bottle (for a 2-liter bottle, combine 1 cup of warm water, 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/3 teaspoon of yeast; use the same ratio and increase the amount appropriately).
  3. Turn the bottle over so that the opening is facing downhill and creating a funnel.
  4. Put it on top of the bottle’s lower portion. Make sure that any gaps or spaces around the edges of the funnel are sealed by using tape or glue to secure it in place.
  5. To make the bottle dark on the inside as well as the outside, wrap it with something black, leaving the top open for mosquitoes to fly in.
  6. Every several days, replenish the trap with fresh sugar and yeast.

How to Use a Box Fan to Create a Diy Mosquito Trap

Is there a box fan somewhere in your home? Use it as a mosquito trap. Ian Williams, BCE technical services manager at Orkin, states, “Most mosquito species are weak fliers and any significant wind can prevent them from getting to you.” “An overhead fan on a porch or a well-placed box fan that blows away from the area you are trying to protect can help reduce mosquito bites.” Mosquitoes will be drawn in by the air and eventually trapped if they make it to the back of the fan.

  1. Put a mesh screen on a box fan’s back.
  2. Mosquitoes in the vicinity will be drawn in by the air that is forced through the fan.
  3. Every week, take off and clean the mesh screen to make sure that any trapped mosquitoes aren’t obstructing the fan’s back.

Ways to Construct a Homemade Mosquito Trap Using Stagnant Water

Static water attracts mosquitoes, which you can take advantage of if you display it properly. “Soaps and detergents are surfactants, which reduces the surface tension of the water,” Wong explains. “Mozzies will drown when they attempt to settle on the water’s surface to lay their eggs since they are unable to keep afloat.”

Remember that this only affects specific types of mosquitoes. “Only female mosquitoes that have already fed on blood will actively look for stagnant water to lay their eggs in,” Wong explains. “So if you’re planning to use this indoors, know most mosquitoes will bite first before getting caught.” Unless you intend to use the stagnant water to trap mosquitoes, be cautious to minimize its presence on your property.

  1. Pour water into a bucket or bowl.
  2. Don’t overmix; just add a few drops of liquid detergent or soap and stir gently.