Controlling Mosquitoes/Incidence of Dengue

Simple Mosquito Trap

Simple Mosquito Trap

HEALTH and Wellbeing – Learn to make a simple Mosquito Trap and fight back against DENGUE carrying mosquitoes.

Items needed:

  • 2-liter plastic bottle (Coke, Mt Dew, Dr Pepper, Etc…remember, mosquitos can’t read!)
  • 50 grams of brown sugar
  • 1 gram of yeast (common bread yeast –  packaged yeast found in any supermarket)

How to:
Cut the top of the plastic bottle off about 2/3 up from the bottom. Set aside the top portion.
Dissolve the brown sugar in 200ml of warm water and when cool, pour into the bottom half of the bottle. Add the yeast. No need to mix.
Insert the top 1/3 of the bottle (funnel part) upside down into the other half of the bottle with about one inch exposed above the top edge of the bottom part. Secure with black electricians tape (or other tape that may be available).
For best effect, wrap the bottle with something black leaving the top funnel part exposed.

Mosquito trap 2

Over time, the brown sugar and yeast mixture creates carbon dioxide and attracts mosquitos into the funnel and down into the bottle which they have a difficult time escaping. In about two weeks, you will see hundreds of mosquitoes that died inside the bottle.

In addition to clearing your home and other breeding sites of mosquitoes, this method can be very useful in schools, nurseries, hospitals, ranches, farms,  etc.

Do not forget that just one mosquito carrying Dengue can kill! This simple method can help control the breeding mosquito population around the home and can help reduce the occurance of contracting Dengue.

Thanks to my friend John C. who brought this simple idea to our attention. This contraption has not been utilized by me personally therefore I cannot vouch for it’s validity, function, or effectiveness.  Sounds like a plan though!

10 thoughts on “Controlling Mosquitoes/Incidence of Dengue

  1. Thanks for the great tip! Mosquitos are a fact of life in Southeast Asia. You’ve shown a zero-cost (nearly) Malaria or Dengue prevention technique.

    • Hey JonM, Just passing on something I learned to do but I have not tried it yet. I’m sure some readers, along with myself, would like some feedback from anyone who has tried this mosquito trap to learn how well it works. And if you have ever been to Minnesota and Northwards into Canada in the summer months, you might be wishing you were in SE Asia as I think they might win some of the mosquito population awards up there!

      • I’ve never been farther north beyond British Columbia but I know that here in the PacNW, I’ve seen mosquitos rivaling the size of an ultralight! Thank goodness they don’t bite.

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