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08/18/2018 / By Zoey Sky
Summer usually means going camping or hiking, but pesky mosquitoes can take the fun out of these activities. (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.net)
Aside from feeding on your blood and causing itchy bites, mosquitoes also spread diseases like encephalitis, malaria, and West Nile fever. Only female mosquitoes require blood and they are attracted to body heat, carbon dioxide, dark clothing, and sweat.
However, instead of buying mosquito traps or repellents with harmful chemicals, you can keep these pests out of your garden or homestead with these DIY mosquito traps. (Related: Natural solutions to halt mosquitoes.)
You can get the best results with these traps by keeping them in two specific spots on your property: near low-lying wet areas (like near the woods) and where you’re busy with outdoor tasks or activities (like your garden or yard).
This plastic bottle trap is effective, but it has to be refilled regularly. Since the neck of a plastic bottle is a carbon dioxide pathway, mosquitoes will be lured in but they’ll be trapped inside.
There’s also a separate set of instructions for the bait, which requires sugar and yeas.
Plastic bottle trap bait instructions:
An ovitrap is designed to mimic the ideal breeding ground of mosquitoes. Ovitraps catch mosquitoes that have already bitten people and are carrying eggs that they’re about to deposit.
The trap includes a net placed into a bottle. The mosquito enters from one side, and it climbs over the ramp then enters the bottle. Once it’s inside the bottle, it can’t escape.
You may need to test the traps first to see which works best for you. Monitor them regularly to keep these pesky bloodsuckers at bay while you’re gardening or resting in your front porch.
You can read more articles about natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes at Preparedness.news.
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