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2 handmade mosquito traps that really work

2 handmade mosquito traps that really work How to make mosquito traps (photo: Pixabay)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Warm weather means a huge number of mosquitoes that can ruin your vacation. There are methods that will help you get rid of insects easily, as reported by the Martha Stewart website.

Yeast and sugar trap

Preparing a mixture of sugar, yeast, and water is an effective way to catch mosquitoes. After a few hours, the yeast begins to release a steady stream of carbon dioxide, which is attractive to mosquitoes.

You need to cut off the top of an empty plastic bottle. At the bottom of the bottle, mix the sugar and yeast solution. If you use a 2-liter bottle, mix 1 cup of warm water, 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/3 teaspoon of yeast.

Insert the top of the bottle with the neck down to form a funnel. The distance between the neck and the water level should be 1-2 cm. Use tape or glue to hold the funnel in place.

Leave the top open to allow mosquitoes to fly in.

The water method

When mosquitoes try to land on the surface of the water to lay their eggs, they will not be able to stay afloat and will drown.

Only mosquitoes that have already fed on blood will actively seek stagnant water.

Fill a bowl or bucket with water. Add a few drops of soap or liquid detergent and mix gently without creating bubbles.

What smells do mosquitoes hate?

Essential oils
The most famous mosquito repellents are essential oils. Mosquitoes hate the smell of clove, lavender, geranium, lemongrass, mint, thyme, basil, and orange essential oils.

Lemon and eucalyptus
A combination of lemon and eucalyptus is considered to be the most effective mosquito repellent. Mix 10 ml of eucalyptus oil with the juice of one lemon.

Apply the product to the exposed skin.

Cinnamon has a strong scent that also repels insects. You need to dissolve a small amount of cinnamon in warm water and put the container nearby.