It sometimes becomes quite essential to control mosquitoes not only because they are pests but also because they are known to spread many diseases and viruses including the deadly West Nile virus. Mosquitoes are primarily known to be attracted to humans because we emit carbon dioxide when we exhale and carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes for some reason. Human scents such as sweat and the smell of your breath also attract mosquitoes. Gross little insects.
When it comes to mosquito control, many people go for spraying themselves with chemicals. It works but it is an uncomfortable, not to mention, an unsettling control method. Why not go for mosquito killer traps considering you don’t even have to buy one, you can make your own mosquito traps at home using a few relatively inexpensive materials.
1. To make your own mosquito killer at home, you will need a 2L soda bottle, empty and clean. Cut off the top of the bottle about 3 inches down measuring from the rim of the bottle. This should be where the top of the bottle stops curving and becomes straight. Do not throw away the bottle top, you will need it later on.
2. In a separate container, mix 50g of sugar and an equal amount of water until the sugar is completely dissolved and place this mixture at the bottom of the bottle. Add 50g of yeast to the above setting and mix the whole thing by sloshing the liquid around in the bottom of the bottle. When mixed with water and sugar, the yeast will emit carbon dioxide that is a mosquito attractant, as we saw above. This is the most important part when making your own mosquito killer.
3. Remove the cap from the bottle top and discard it. Place the bottle top upside-down over the cut end of the bottle so that the screw top is actually on the inside of the bottle. Tape the bottle top in place. Basically the idea is, when a mosquito enters the bottle, it will not be able to get out again due to the placement of the hole in the bottle top.
4. Here we go. Your mosquito killer is almost ready. Now all you need to do is wrap a black construction paper around the soda bottle and tape it in place. Put the mosquito killer in an area of direct sunlight and all you have to do is sit back and let the mosquitoes die.
The above described mosquito killer trap works wonders though you need to give the whole setting time. It may take several weeks before you notice a difference in the mosquito population around your home. On a separate note, you will need to replace the water, sugar and yeast mixture on a regular basis. So there you go, now you know how to get rid of mosquitoes.