This step by step tutorial of how to build a homemade mosquito killing trap draws them into their death. Mosquitoes carry many different diseases that can be transferred to humans, horses and even dogs.
If there’s one thing pretty much anyone can agree on, it’s that mosquitoes are annoying and can be distracting. In places like America, they’re just pests and don’t cause any real damage. But for places like Malaysia, they can carry deadly diseases. The best way to not worry about mosquitoes? A killing trap.
How does it work?
This trap lures the mosquitoes to lay eggs using their smell, and the fact that there’s water inside them. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae go down to the water, eventually growing into full mosquitoes, at which point they’ll be too tall to climb out through the screen, and will die. The dead bodies will fill up, but you can empty and reuse these traps pretty much indefinitely.
How can I make one?
The materials are simple: Cheap black plastic containers, largest you can find, black socks, silicone based glue, metal screen, 18 or 20 gauge wire, a drill, wire cutters, scissors, and chalk.
Drill two holes into your container, one near the top just wide enough to fit your wire
though, and directly below that hold approximately 20% of the way down from the lip, drill another ¼” hole. Now put a dab of your glue on the bottom of your container and press the toe end of the sock into it and wait for it to dry. If you’re making many, do the gluing all at once to save time.
While waiting for the glue to dry, start making the screens. Use the top of one of the containers as a template and trace it onto your metal screening using the chalk. Trace them all at once if you’re making many traps. Once they’re traced, use your scissors to cut them out. Then cut some pieces of wire, a couple of feet each to hang the ovitrap.
Once your glue is dry, Pull the sock over the mouth of the container and around the bottom and trim any excess you have, then glue it to the bottom. Once that glue is dry, carefully press your metal screen into the top of the container until the lowest point is just above your ¼” hole. When they’re all in, insert your wire into the upper holes and twist like twist ties to keep in place.
Get stagnant water from a pond and dip your traps into them, lifting them out by the wire. Make sure the water level is below the bottom of the screen. If not, fix that.
You’ll need 4-6 for every acre of land, but once you hang them up, you’ll get results within a few week. Good luck.
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