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Old 05-02-2013   #1
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Homemade Mosquito Trap

Just found this on FB this morning and you know everything on FB is the truth so wondering if anyone has ever tried this. Seems like a great measure for some of our favorite river camps...

Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
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Old 05-02-2013   #2
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From Lifehacker (because everything on Lifehacker is true too)

The idea is apparently from a school class in Taiwan. They invented the trap through trial and error. Here is a link to the class's website. Many commenters have noted that this DIY mosquito trap doesn't work in all areas (or on all species of Mosquitos).

For the cost and materials needed, it would be worth a shot testing out on your own.

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Old 05-02-2013   #4
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There are various C02 traps like that ranging from diy to propane setups. The real question is, will it matter? I dare say in some places you'd have to deploy like 50 of those and it still won't make a dent. But it is cheap and, if you're real desparate, once it stopps bubbling you have a mildly alcoholic mosquito cocktail. Bottoms up!
On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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Tried it - it didn't work. Made a heck of a stink when it fermented or whatever. My husband said to throw the thing out and buy some *$3&ing DEET.

If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh
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