Protecting the home with mosquito traps is very important to avoid being bitten by these annoying insects. This will serve to prevent diseases transmitted by this plague and keep the whole family protected. Discover how to make a trap with yeast and get rid of mosquitoes through a homemade trick.
Building mosquito traps doesn’t require expensive materials or anything like that. It is a home trick that can be used to complement the insect repellent that you use at home.
What do you need to make mosquito traps?
Among the insects most hated by people are mosquitoes, especially because of their unpleasant bite. This can cause a lot of burning in the affected area, pain, discomfort and there are even diseases that are transmitted by the bite of these insects.
Although it is true that today it is possible to find a wide variety of mosquito repellents and traps on the market, these are usually not sustainable. In addition, many are usually quite expensive and in terms of results, very ineffective, so in the end they end up being a bad purchase.
Currently, there are many ways to eliminate and drive away mosquitoes and other insects from the home. Being the insect repellents made naturally and the homemade mosquito traps, the most used options. In fact, here you will learn how to make a trap with materials that you surely have at home.
The materials you need to make this mosquito trap are the following:
You may notice that these are very easy to get materials and that you probably already have at home.
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Yeast mosquito trap step by step
If you already have everything you need to make one or more mosquito traps, now is the time to follow the steps to make it.
cut the bottle
The first step you must do is cut the plastic bottle right in half, for this you will have to use a cutter, scissors or some sharp tool. It does not matter if the cut is not perfect, remember that it is a homemade trap, which means that you will only place it in a corner of the house.
Once the bottle is cut, make sure you keep both parts, since both are essential parts for the mosquito trap.
Prepare the mix
Next, you must heat the 200 ml of water for at least 10 minutes. This is necessary to eliminate any product of chemical origin that may be in the water, such as chlorine.
Remove the water from the heat and add the 50 grams of sugar while the water is still hot. Stir with the help of a spoon until the sugar dissolves completely and let it rest.
Once the mixture has cooled, you can pour it into the bottom of the bottle that you previously cut off. Now it’s time to add the 10 grams of yeast to the water and sugar mixture, make sure it’s baker’s yeast and not powder. Otherwise, the result will not be as effective, and the trap will work for a very short time.
Also, you should not stir the yeast when you add it to the previous mixture, you should just leave it inside the bottle and leave it that way.
build the trap
To start making the mosquito trap, take the top part of the bottle that you had previously cut off and insert it upside down into the bottom part where you prepared the mixture. In other words, the top should funnel into the bottom of the bottle.
The next step will be to wrap the mosquito trap with the black cardboard, sticking it with the adhesive tape and covering any opening, except for the upper part, which must be free. Since this will be the entrance where the flying insects will access and be trapped.
If you are wondering why the cardstock has to be black, the reason is simple, this is to protect the inside of the trap from UV rays. Thus allowing the device to capture mosquitoes to work properly.
set the trap
If you have already completed the steps to make the mosquito trap, what remains is to place it somewhere in the house. The most advisable thing is to place it in the darkest places or in those, where the degree of humidity is higher. Because they are the preferred places for these flying insects.
In general, this type of mosquito trap works for about two weeks. Once this time has elapsed, it is important to check that the trap has fulfilled its function. After reviewing it, the ideal is to clean its interior and replace the previous mixture with a new one so that it continues to fulfill its purpose.
How do yeast mosquito traps work?
To know how this type of mosquito trap works, the first thing is to know what attracts these insects. The obvious answer is blood, but why are some people more prone to mosquito bites than others?
Although many people think that the cause of this is the “sweetness” of the blood, this is not true, the mosquitoes are attracted by the purity of the blood. However, how do they find out if one person is pure blood and the other is not?
The answer to this question is quite simple, people expel carbon dioxide every time they exhale. CO2 is just the way mosquitoes detect blood purity. In other words, a mosquito only has to pay attention to the breath to know if the blood is pure and thus feed on it.
When a person breathes faster or more times than is considered normal, they expel larger amounts of CO2. This allows an oxygenation process to take place in the blood which, in turn, causes the purity of the blood to rise. This is the moment that mosquitoes wait to bite and suck blood.
Now, mosquito traps that use yeast, in addition to being natural, are very effective. The reason is quite simple, yeast has the ability to release CO2 continuously and in small amounts.
This occurs when yeast is mixed with sugar water, causing a chemical reaction to take place that releases an aroma that mosquitoes cannot resist. This smell serves to guide these insects into the trap.
When the mosquitoes perceive the aroma, they go to the trap, accessing it through the upper part of the bottle. Once inside, they will no longer be able to free themselves, so they are trapped and are no longer a nuisance.
This type of mosquito trap only needs about 10 grams of yeast, which will be enough for the trap to work for two continuous weeks. Remember to clean the trap and add a new mixture to continue capturing and eliminating these insects.
4 natural repellents to drive away mosquitoes
Though mosquito traps (like the one you learned how to build in this article) are more effective. There are also other insect repellents that, in addition to being homemade, are 100% natural. Which is ideal to use at home and not harm family members or pets. Some of the most popular options are as follows:
1. Cloves and lemon
Apart from mosquito traps, cloves and lemon are another of the best options to drive away these insects. What you need to do is cut a lemon in half and then prick it with some cloves. You can place it on the windows, especially when bedtime approaches.
Mosquitoes hate garlic, which makes it an effective and natural insect repellant. You just have to peel a few cloves of garlic and let them soak in water for an hour. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use it to get rid of annoying mosquitoes in the home.
When it comes to natural mosquito repellents, chamomile is, without a doubt, one of the best allies. Place about 200 grams of chamomile in a container with a liter of water and let it boil for half an hour. Let stand and when the mixture has cooled, spread it directly on the body to repel mosquitoes.
In addition to being one of the best cleaning products for the home, vinegar also serves to repel mosquitoes from the home. Pour a quarter of vinegar in half a glass of water, stir it a little and place it as close as possible to the windows. Mosquitoes do not tolerate the aroma of vinegar, which makes this product a natural repellent.
Sources: Sports World, Ecoinventos, Espacio Ciencia.