How to Make a DIY Mosquito Trap




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I hate mosquitos they are buzzing and biting. We have to fight but the weapons are limited...
You can use chemicals, candles, insecticides, nets etc. They effectiveness are not enought in every situation but here is another solution to stand well in the fight against these bastards :)

If you want to learn about the enemy read these Mosquito facts:

- Mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”

- There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes

- Only female mosquitoes bite people - Mosquitoes don't have teeth

- A mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood

- Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time

- Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water

- Mosquitoes hibernate - The average mosquito lifespan is less than two months

some more on the link ;) (from:

Step 1: Watch the Video!

It only take 10 minutes to make one!

Step 2:

As you can see on the picture the tools and ingredients are:

  • a soda bottle (any size usable but bigger is always better)
  • yeast
  • sugar
  • lukewarm water
  • knife (or a scissors)
  • any kind of adhesive tape

Step 3: #1

Take the knife and carefully cut the top third of the soda bottle!


Step 4: #2

When the cutting is done push back the top inversely into the bottle.

Don't forget to take off the cap ;)

Step 5: #3

You can skip this step if the top stay tight in the bottle.

But if it's not just take some tape stuck together the two parts.

Step 6: #4

Here comes the soul of the trap! The mixture!!!

Put the yeast the sugar and the lukewarm water into the bottle trap.

Mix it well.

The mixture emits carbon dioxide which attract mosquitoes. They thinks it's food in the bottle and once they flew in they couldn't get out anymore!

Step 7: #5

You can place it where ever you want inside-outside near or far. Try to put it next to the most infected areas.

Step 8: The End

This trap is also effective against flies, bugs etc. So it's a must try project!

I put it out to the terrace! I hope it's as effective as it mentiod everywhere!

I will try to make some picture and update this instructable with my results.

If you like this projekt just do it and give my feedback about your results!

Thanks for reading this article!

That's the ShiftyWay ;)

Step 9: +1

At this site you can find some other tips to prevent mosquito bites



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67 Discussions


1 year ago

I made one of these once and it didn't work at all, not a single one flew in and the thing started smelling awful after a couple of days and had to throw it away


2 years ago

Does it really work?


3 years ago

I wish this worked. The Mosquitos are thick where I live so I made a few last summer and set them in an area where I get bitten constantly. I don't think a single mosquito went in after a full day. While I was checking the trap I got bitten 3 times. Maybe I have a different breed of mosquito around here but this is ineffective in GA.

3 replies

Reply 3 years ago

these traps would only catch males and not females. females are the only ones who bite and drink blood


3 years ago on Introduction

Mosquito is a Spanish word and means mosquito.

Fly in Spanish is mosca.

When I was child we made this traps in school but whit fruit, to trap flys.

6 replies

Reply 3 years ago

The literal translation is "little fly", mosca = fly, ito = little.


Reply 3 years ago

Litte fly is translated "mosquita" because "mosca" is a feminine word. Castilian has gender.

From the royal spanish academy of the language:


Reply 3 years ago

Yes, but the same dictionary says "Del dim. de mosco." just on the page your refer to. DIM = diminutivo = diminutive = characteristic of little

I think ShiftyTips is talking of etymology, there is a word mosco, and latin musca, so yes, it comes from "little fly" more or less, so he is right. At the other hand, MarcS1, you are right in saying to bhagan1 there is a word in spanish for them = it is mosquito. It is specific and not used for other insects, like real little flies. To bhagan1: there are other coloquial spanish words too, like Zancudo, and the scientific ones.

En fin, está bien que seas detalloso y exacto, pero el lenguaje no solo tiene un ahora, tiene un devenir y áreas imprecisas (¿acaso hay una diferencia exacta entre mosco y mosca en todas sus acepciones?), por ello en el sentido de de donde viene el término, el autor tiene razón. por cierto : vaya off topic :)

Thank you for the instructable, I am trying it right now. A similar one, with pictures instead of video and some more detail in measures (and other stuff, like saying why you have to tape around), is

best greetings


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I'm Spanish. We call them mosquitos. And the link explains it clear. English adopted the word in 1580s, from the Spanish word mosquito.


Reply 3 years ago

meh, mosquito sounds spanish to me, here in these parts some callem, miskeeters, others just plain skeeters.


3 years ago on Introduction

First of all i'm sad about your negative experiences...

A really hoped it works. Maybe the trap idea is not bad just have to figure out a mixture which attracts the mosquitoes better.

We have a very windy and rainy weather here so can't really test out the trap because the mosquitoes are gone...

I try to search for a new recipe and if i have a new a mixture i will share it with you.

Thanks for all of you ;)

4 replies

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Try putting a russian dwarf hamster with a protection metal screen of course :)


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Wait, you never tested this? Why would you post it if you haven't tested it to make sure it works? Or at least asked someone else to test it for you first?