Homemade Mosquito Traps

Homemade Mosquito Traps
Homemade Mosquito traps

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Homemade Mosquito Traps

A great way to cut down on the mosquitoes in your backyard is to use mosquito traps. Mosquito traps can be costly if purchased, but they are easy to make. At Homemade Mosquito Larvae Traps there is a great article about how to make your own traps.

From the article: “Mosquito larvae traps and controls can save you from having large populations of mosquitoes in your backyard. Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in cool dark places, they aren’t going to lay their eggs out it full sun. They can lay eggs in as little as a teaspoon of water. Mosquito larvae, commonly called “wigglers,” live in water from 4 to 14 days depending on water temperature. Larvae of almost all species must come to the surface at frequent intervals to obtain oxygen through a breathing tube called a siphon. Because the mosquito larvae have to come to the surface to use their siphons for air, you can collect them off the top of your container. You just need to dump them out where they will dry out and die, like in the full sun in a dry place. You can put out jars of water with rotting leaves to attract the larvae. The rotting leaves release CO2 and attract the mosquitoes.”

There is also a video showing how to make the mosquito traps. It isn’t mentioned in the video, but if you are going to have water collecting in your landscape, like under an air conditioner condensation pipe, you should put mosquito dunks that contain Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis, which will kill the larvae. Collecting the larvae and dumping them out is labor intensive and the dead larvae put out a terrible smell.

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