If a mosquito has a soul, it is mostly evil. So I don’t have too many qualms about putting a mosquito out of its misery. I’m a little more respectful of ants.
The day that followed Post-typhoon warnings began with sunny skies as is often the case. My plants were tucked away in the outside closet, sheltered from potentially damaging winds. With clear air and sky I was ready to brings my potted plants back into the nourishing photosynthesis of the sun. Then I heard that awful familiar sound. A low but uncomfortable hum resonated as I opened the closet door.
Dozens of little feather like dots hovered and then began to move in my direction.
A few days ago we were on storm watch here in Okinawa. There appeared to be potential for quite a doozy so we were urged to take the necessary precautions. The tropical storm never hit the island, it was several hundred miles away, but that didn’t mean we wouldn’t get severe winds and rain. When anticipating this kind of weather, all outside items must be put away or secured.
What I didn’t anticipate was the way mosquitos might decide to lay eggs in the water of my plant reservoirs. I’m sure they’ve done this many times before, but I hadn’t noticed. Maybe they flew away when they hatched. I even have mosquito repelling plants on my porch; but mosquitos are difficult to deter. From the sight I encountered when opening the outside closet door, I’d say some mosquitos hatched.
Not wanting to be eaten alive, I promptly shut the door. It would have been foolish to simply go into that closet and pull each plant out one by one without having a plan of action. Not knowing what to do, I turned to the internet. My logic told me that I needed a way to control them within the closet before I started retrieving items.
I was totally immersed in a Google Search when I heard it again.
Smash! A splotch of blood was smeared on my hand and leg.
That sound again. I had to find a solution fast!
My research led me to a recipe for a trap–One that attracts mosquitos using carbon dioxide. No wonder there were so many mosquitos thriving in that closet for two days–the trapped plants were letting off tons of it I’m sure.
Here’s how I made it:
Step One: Cut a plastic jug or soda bottle about a third of the way down from the top.
Step two: Turn the top portion upside down and place inside the bottom portion.
Step Three: Secure the two pieces with tape. The whole jug had to be covered in dark color so that it would be more attractive to the mosquitos.
Step four: Pour hot water into a heat proof bowl.
Step five: Add Brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Allow to cool a little.
Step six: Place the sugar water mixture into the recycled jug and add active dry yeast to the top (no stirring necessary) which creates the carbon dioxide.
*Bonus Step* Use extra boiling water to make oneself a cup of tea.
Since I was already making a bug trap of one sort, I thought I would make a trap of another sort. We also have gnats entering the house so I used a water bottle to make a smaller trap for the kitchen. This concoction consists of apple cider vinegar and soap.
I needed to refill my multipurpose cleaner/bug repellant so that I would be prepared for the imminent attack. A few drops of lavender oil and water are all it takes.
With fresh mist of lavender all around me I took the mosquito trap outside, cracked the closet door open, quickly set it inside, and immediately shut the door. It looked like I was going to have to wait another day to let my plants get fresh air. Mosquitos can actually live in an enclosed space for a long time unfortunately (up to a month if they have food).
My research also yielded the fact that not all mosquitos bite (Hard to believe isn’t it?). Male mosquitos eat pollen and nectar while it is the females who need to feed their young that suck our blood. Perhaps Hell hath no fury than a female mosquito hungry.
Twenty-four hours later and longing to let my plants out for some oxygen, I cracked the closet door open to take a peek. I spotted five mosquitos. There definitely seemed to be a lot less mosquitos flying around than there had been the previous day. Less mosquitos, my pants and rain jacket tucked for added protection, and a good dose of insect repellant prepared me to face them. At long last, the plants were in the open air.
I had to find out if the contraption really worked. After pouring the solution out onto a paper plate, look what came floating up.
It took a special circumstance to be persuaded to ATTRACT mosquitos, but it was with their elimination as the goal. Normally, if you’re having troubles with mosquitos you want to repel them. If you use this remedy, you’ll want to have it in a place away from where you congregate so as to draw them away from you. Alternatively it can be used in a space such as indoors if they’ve come in and need to be dealt with. It’s good to know this solution works.
If you already live in a humid place that is mosquito prone, it might be a good idea to have a plan in place for water. Either leave no standing water anywhere or find a solution for the standing water. Soon I’m going to place mosquito nets over the holes of the reservoirs to prevent this from happening again.