You are trying to sleep and keep hearing these loud buzzings right up near your face, so you swat blindly at nothing, hoping you don't whack your nose, you just want that annoying mosquito to go away.
Then you wake up the next morning with bites and then your sweet children wake up covered in bites too and you decide that enough is enough.
Welcome to my life!
As if the usual mosquito influx isn't enough, we recently removed the fish we had in the turtle tank and this morning I found a ton of mosquitoes breeding in there.
YUCKKKKKKKKKKK! Makes my skin crawl.
So I set to work, got the tank all cleaned out, all the water removed and refilled and spent hours with the net in my hand catching them individually.
I did a good job, but I still see one or two in there and it's bugging me. I mean really bugging me. I returned one of the fish to the tank and hopefully the little fellow will help get this under control.
BUT, I'm not just going to walk away, and in my quest to use as many homemade products as possible, I have decided that instead of spending money on nasty chemical full products, I would use homemade traps which have worked great for me in the past.
And then I realized that there are those out there who are probably going through the same problem and figured that you would benefit from this post and this recipe, or how to. I found these a few years ago on Wise Bread.
So here is an easy Bottle Trap for Mosquitoes:
Homemade Mosquito Bottle Trap
Start with an empty plastic bottle. It can be as small as a 500ml bottle, or as large as a two-liter soda bottle. Discard the cap.
Cut the top third of the bottle off. It is important to make your cut in the area below the top of the main shaft of the bottle (where it is widest). You should now have a bottle top in the shape of a funnel, and the cylindrical body of the bottle.
Invert the bottle top (funnel) into the bottle. It should be a snug fit (given the equal diameter of the funnel top and bottle shaft), but if necessary, secure it with tape.
Wrap the bottle with black paper to create a warm dark place for your mosquitoes to go.
Inside the bottom of the bottle (either before you secure the inverted funnel, or poured into the bottle through the spout), place the following:
- 1 tablespoon of yeast (for a 2-litre bottle, reduce proportionately for smaller bottles)
- water to fill the 1/3 of the bottle
- 1/3 cup sugar
Place the bottle a short distance away from where you are.
This mixture is good for up to a couple of weeks. Change as necessary.
How it works: The mosquitoes will be attracted to the CO2 generated by the yeast and will fly into the bottle. The sugar and water mixture will make them sticky, and they will be too disoriented to escape.
I usually just make one, but since these mosquitoes are getting on my nerves, I made 3, one plastic and then just used some empty coffee bottles I had laying around.
But let's not stop here, I may as well give you a few more ideas for other insects and creepy crawly annoying things.
For general insects:
STICKY PASTE ON PAPER
Find some old paper bags, plastic bags, or even just pieces of cardboard. (Don't be afraid to find creative ways to reuse things you would otherwise throw away).
Make a paste of sugar, corn syrup, and water by heating it together. When the mixture cools, spread the paste on the paper bags (or equivalent) and place strategically around the house. They are ideal if hung.
How it works: The insects will be attracted to the sweet smell, but will get stuck in it as soon as they land on the bag.
STICKY LIQUID IN BOTTLE
Start with a large clear plastic bottle or milk jug.
Attach some string around the mouth of the bottle so it can be hung later.
Make a thick sticky liquid with sugar and vinegar.
Pour this sticky mixture into the bottom of the bottle.
Chop up some appropriate bait into small enough pieces to put it inside the bottle. Fruit is usually a good bet.
Poke some additional holes in the jug to give bugs greater access to the bait inside.
Hang the trap in a “high-traffic” area for bugs.
How it works: They will be attracted by the fruit and fly inside, only to get stuck in the vinegar and sugar mixture.
Follow the instructions above to make your own plastic bottle trap.
Add a ¼ cup of vinegar and a ¼ cup of sugar to the bottle.
Finish filling the bottle to just below the funnel bottom (which was formerly the bottle top) with water.
Using the same bottle trap technique, apparently all fruit flies need is vinegar to get in and get stuck.
Alternate method to the Bottle Trap:
If you don't have a plastic bottle handy, you can use a glass jar and poke holes in the lid large enough for your pest of choice to get in.
Now go pull out your bottles and get to work, it's time to push these buggers out of our homes.