We live in south Florida, a place known for it’s bugs. We have a ton of mosquitos, and we have tried many ways to get rid of them. We have a bug zapper, which does work, but not nearly enough. We would need about ten of them to really make the outside a comfortable place to hang out during the summer months. At about $100 a pop, plus having outlets put in around the house to run them, well, that would get expensive very quickly. We’ve tried yard sprays – and they work, for about 10 minutes, when the neighbor’s mosquitos decide to fly over. I’ve considered buying a bat house, but I’m not quite there yet.
So, when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I figured I would give it a try.
Unfortunately, many of these pins were linked to spam sites, so I just Googled it and came up with this website. http://v7brown.hubpages.com…
1 empty two liter bottle
1 cup boiling hot water
1 cup of sugar
2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon active yeast
black (or in my case, dark colored) paper
I cut the top off the bottle, and inverted it back into the base. Then I mixed the boiling water with the sugar, stirred until it was all dissolved. Then added the cool water. It said to make sure the water was 90 degrees, but since I didn’t have a candy thermometer, I just made sure it was lukewarm. Then I added the yeast, mixed slightly. I poured the mixture into two bottles that I had set up (the recipe makes too much for just one bottle). Then I taped the lid to the top, and taped a piece of dark scrapbook paper to the outside to make it all mosquito friendly. They love a dark, humid place.
I put the bottles behind some bushes in my yard and waited a few days. Each day, I would run out to check them. And each day, I was disappointed that they weren’t working. They did seem to attract this guy though…
He stuck around for two days. Didn’t move. Ewww… Where we live, we have tons of these guys. One lick of this bufo toad can possibly kill my dogs. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anything to get rid of them, either.
Okay, back to the mosquito trap… All that’s been caught so far are a few gnats and some grass clippings.
This is one of the bottles this morning.
For the sake of science, I’m going to try this one more time. But, I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed in the dismal outcome.
Have you tried any new pins lately?? Were they a success? Or a big-time FAIL?
Come back soon!