How to Make a “Home Made Mosquito Trap” Against Dengue and Malaria?
- Get a large 2 liter Coke/Pepsi, etc plastic soda bottle. This is the kind that takes two hands to hold onto. Empty the bottle by drinking or draining the content. Take the plastic cap off and throw it in the trash can.
- Just below the point where the neck of the bottle straightens out into the body of the bottle, cut it across. So now you gave a funnel and a cylinder.
- Invert the funnel into the cylinder. It should fit tightly. A piece of tape will seal it but may not be necessary.
- Wrap a piece of black paper or plastic around the cylinder to make a nice warm comfortable place for mosquitos to hide.
- Fill about 1/3 of the cylinder part with a mixture of dry yeast, warm water and sugar. Use 1 tablespoon of yeast (which can be brought at the local grocery). Make the water just at the temperature where it is only warm to your soft skin like babies milk. Use 1/3 cup of sugar. Mix all together and pour into the funnel/ cylinder.
- Place it at dark corner inside or around the house. Making several traps increases its effectiveness.
- The trap works by creating CO2 with the sugar and yeast mixture. This gas escapes and is seen by mosquitoes as attractive. They will fly through the funnel and then get stuck to the sugar-coated sides or just wear themselves out trying to find an exit.
- Change the yeast, sugar, water mixture for about every two weeks or so.
Please, care to share to your neighbor, friends and relatives. Let’s all fight the carrier of these deadly diseases.