13 DIY Mosquito Traps for Garden and Home that Really Work!

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Install these DIY Mosquito Traps for Garden and Home to spend an itch-free time with your family! And yes! They really work!

Try these simple yet effective DIY Mosquito Traps for Garden and Home to keep the area free from these pesky insects.

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DIY Mosquito Traps for Garden and Home that Really Work

1. Sugar and Yeast Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup of hot water
  • 1 gram of yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • A clean, empty 2-liter plastic bottle

Steps to Follow:

  1. First, cut the bottle in half around the middle.
  2. Heat the water and add sugar to it. Allow the sugar to dissolve in it completely.
  3. Once it cools down, pour the mix into the bottom half of the bottle.
  4. Add yeast to start the reaction for carbon dioxide.
  5. Remove the cap, flip the top part of the bottle upside down, and push it inside the other half to make a funnel.
  6. Now, apply tape to the two bottle pieces to put them together.
  7. You can also secure a black cloth, paper, or a sock around the trap to increase the effectiveness.
  8. Place the trap in a shaded corner of your garden or an isolated corner of your home and watch them drown in this trap and die.
  9. Do not forget to empty the bottle every 10-14 days and replace it with a fresh mix if needed.
  10. Details are here.

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2. Mosquito Killing Ovitrap

Things You’ll Need:

  • A clean, empty plastic container with a pint of yogurt
  • Mesh screen
  • A drill
  • Glue
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Old long black sock

Steps to Follow:

  1. Drill 2-3 holes big enough to fit in some thin-gauge wire on the opposite sides of a container
  2. Then, drill two bigger holes below the hanger holes for drainage. It will stop the water from reaching the screen that traps the mosquitoes.
  3. Now, glue the sock’s toe to the bottom part of the container.
  4. Once the glue dries up completely, pull the remaining sock up to the edge of the container. It will keep the outside of the container covered and the sock in place.
  5. Cut out a fine mesh screen to fit the top of the container and place it at the opening. It should sit above the overflow holes.
  6. Feed wire through the smaller holes to make a hanger at the top of the container.
  7. Pour some stagnant water into the trap and the sock to moisten it. Stagnant water is a homemade concoction of dog kibble or grass clippings added to fresh water.
  8. Now, hang this trap in a shaded place by trees or shrubs. Remember to place it away from sunlight and strong winds or in an empty corner of your home. Refill the container with stagnant water every time you notice the sock drying up.
  9. Details are here.

Check out some Homemade Mosquitoe Repellent Ideas here

3. Fan Mosquito Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • Metal-Frame Box Fan
  • Metal mesh
  • Magnets

Steps to Follow:

  1. Rotate the fan to make it blow away the other side.
  2. Then, cut out a mesh screen the same size as the fan. Even tulle fabric or mosquito nets will work fine.
  3. Press the metal screen against the fan’s face and use magnets to secure it. You can even use duct tape, glue, or zip ties for the same. 
  4. Place the fan near such spots with a higher population of mosquitoes and turn it on. 
  5. Watch the mosquitoes get drawn in by the sound or motion and die in this trap. 
  6. Check out the DIY here.

4. Vinegar and Baking Soda Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 liter soda bottle
  • 1 cup of baking soda.

Steps to Follow:

Place the soda into the bottom part of the bottle and keep it in a place that witnesses heavy mosquito traffic in your yard or home. Then, pour the vinegar on top of it and let it do its job for 24-30 hours. Repeat the application if necessary. 

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5. Amish Flying Insect Trap


Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1-2 liter soda bottle
  • 1 or 2 banana peels

Steps to Follow:

  1. Use a soda bottle as a container and tie a string to make it easier to hang it from a tree or nail at home. 
  2. Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, and banana peels and hang the trap up. 
  3. Allow the trap to show its effectiveness in 24-48 hours. 

6. Vinegar & Dish Soap Bottle Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 2-liter soda bottle
  • One tablespoon of regular dish soap

Steps to Follow:

  1. Cut out the top portion of the bottle and invert it. Place it inside the bottom of the bottle. 
  2. Add the dish soap and vinegar and shake well. 
  3. Now, place it in a mosquito-active spot to watch them get trapped.

Check out some Incredible Apple Cider Vinegar Uses in the Garden here

7. Dish Soap & Light Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • A slim, tall container 
  • One light source
  • One teaspoon of regular dish soap
  • Water

Steps to Follow:

  • Fill 1/3 of the container with clean water. 
  • Then, add dish soap and mix well. 
  • Now, place this trap in a chosen spot. 
  • Suspend the source of light (LED flashlight) 3-4 inches on top of the container. 
  • The mosquitoes will drown and die in 24-50 hours and make your place mosquito-free!

8. Beer Trap


Things You’ll Need:

  • 2-4 cups of beer
  • A small can or container

Steps to Follow:

  1. Take a clean small container or a shallow dish and place it in a high mosquito-active spot. 
  2. Pour 2-4 cups of beer into the container and allow it to sit there. 
  3. Watch them drown and die in this effective trap. 

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9. Citrus Trap

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1-2 lime or lemon
  • A bunch of whole cloves

Steps to Follow:

  1. Cut the lemon or lime in halves. 
  2. Stick a bunch of cloves inside the lemon halves. 
  3. Place the fruit halves in your home or garden. Keep them at a distance of 2-3 feet in a row. 
  4. This simple but effective trap will keep mosquitoes at bay. 


10. Camphor

Leave 2-6 pieces of camphor in different corners of your yard or home to allow them to evaporate on their own. It will instantly kill the mosquitoes and also keep them away.

If you want to make it more effective, burn some camphor for 20-30 minutes. Remember to keep the windows and doors shut, and you should stay out of the house.

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11. Eucalyptus Oil


Spray eucalyptus oil in and around your home and garden to keep mosquitoes at bay. Mix it with moisturizer and use it as a mosquito repellent.

Learn about Growing Eucalyptus Indoors here

12. Grow Carnivorous Plants


Grow some carnivorous plants in the corners of your home and garden to use them to kill mosquitoes and other pests. Don’t worry, it does not eat humans as they show us in the movies.

13. Fabric Softener Sheets


This is not a trap but more of a hack yet effective. If you do not want mosquitoes to land in any particular places, stick dryer sheets in those areas. 

Mosquitoes cannot stand the smell of fabric softeners and stay away. 

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