Man cuts off the top of a soda bottle, shows off nifty summer gardening hack

As the sun begins to warm up the world, summer brings along the joys of outdoor activities, picnics, and relaxation. However, it also invites unwelcome guests - mosquitoes and other pesky bugs. These tiny insects can quickly turn a pleasant summer evening into an itchy nightmare. While commercial bug repellents and sprays are readily available, why not opt for a natural, budget-friendly solution? In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a mosquito trap using a simple household item: a soda bottle.
Creating Your Mosquito Trap
Materials Needed:
One empty and clean plastic soda bottle (2-liter size works well)
Sharp scissors or a utility knife
A marker or pen
Masking tape or duct tape
Step 1: Preparing the Soda Bottle
Start by washing and thoroughly drying the soda bottle. Any remaining soda residue might deter mosquitoes from entering the trap.
Remove the bottle cap and label, leaving only the clear plastic portion.
Step 2: Cutting the Bottle
Use the marker or pen to mark a line approximately two-thirds of the way up the bottle. This will be the point where you'll make your cut.
Carefully cut the bottle along the marked line using the scissors or utility knife. This will create two separate pieces: a bottom section and a top section with the bottle neck.
Step 3: Preparing the Bait
In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of sugar with warm water. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature.
Once cooled, add a small amount of yeast (about 1/4 teaspoon) to the sugar water. Yeast produces carbon dioxide as it ferments, which attracts mosquitoes.
Step 4: Assembling the Trap
Take the bottom section of the bottle and pour the sugar water and yeast mixture into it. Fill it up to about 1-2 inches deep.
Invert the top section of the bottle and place it into the bottom section, forming a funnel-like shape. The bottle neck will point downward into the bottom section.
Seal the edges where the two sections of the bottle meet using masking tape or duct tape. This will prevent mosquitoes from escaping.
Step 5: Placing the Trap
Find a suitable location for your mosquito trap. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by the yeast, so placing the trap near areas where people gather is a good idea.
Position the trap away from your seating area but within the mosquito's flight range.
Why Does It Work?
This DIY mosquito trap works on the principle of luring mosquitoes through a combination of scent and visual cues. Here's how it functions:
Carbon Dioxide Attraction: When yeast is added to the sugar water mixture, it ferments and produces carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide, as it indicates the presence of potential hosts (humans and animals).
Visual Attraction: The funnel shape of the soda bottle creates a visual cue that further attracts mosquitoes. Once they enter the trap, they struggle to escape due to the downward-pointing bottle neck.
Sugar Bait: The sugar water mixture acts as a bait, enticing mosquitoes to enter the trap. Sugar is a natural carbohydrate source that mosquitoes feed on.
Effective Yeast Fermentation: Yeast fermentation ensures a steady release of carbon dioxide, maintaining the attraction over an extended period.
Safe and Eco-Friendly: Unlike chemical mosquito repellents, this trap is safe for humans and pets, and it doesn't harm the environment.