As the weather warms up a lot of us can’t wait to get back outside and start enjoying the spring weather. The best part of having a yard in Kansas is being able to enjoy it by hosting barbecues, graduations, or just a get-together with friends. But no matter how much planning goes into these events, the one thing we usually forget about is relentless mosquitoes. Luckily you can bring down the population of mosquitoes in your area with effective mosquito control.
Mosquitos aren’t always trying to get into your home, but if you have an outside light on, you could be attracting them unnecessarily close to your house. When they hang around this close to our homes, they can find tiny holes in our window screens and gain entry without notice. We usually learn of the silent intruders when we wake up with little red bumps on our bodies. So before mosquitoes find their way in, make sure all of your screens are in good shape and don’t keep doors open for too long.
During these strange times we are living in, a lot of us are finding new projects to do as a family. What better way than working on a DIY insect trap made from common household materials?
Soda Bottle Trap
A common DIY mosquito trap is a soda bottle trap. You probably have all the materials you need already lying around the house. For a two-liter soda bottle mosquito trap, you’ll need:
- A large soda bottle
- Masking tape
Once you have all your material gathered, start by cutting the soda bottle in half, then fit the top, upside down, into the bottom half and fasten them together with the masking tape. Next, we will need bait items. For the bait add:
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of yeast
Mosquitos will be attracted to the smell, enter through the funnel at the top, and become trapped at the bottom where they will eventually drown.
Every insect has natural predators, and mosquitoes are no exception. Several animals feed on mosquitoes, and you should make them feel at home in your yard. Predators that eat mosquitoes include:
Mosquitoes don’t travel too far in search of food, so if you notice a large number of mosquitoes bothering you, they are probably breeding somewhere in your yard. Mosquitoes only need the tiniest bit of water to lay eggs, which can be almost anywhere on your property. Ideal mosquito breeding zones include birdbaths, gutters, rain barrels, flower pots, patio furniture, rotting stumps, ditches, discarded tires, ponds, and other water features. To help control the mosquito population in your yard, dump out all standing water and change the water in birdbaths regularly.
Get Professional Help
At Quality All Care, our perimeter mosquito treatments don’t just eliminate these annoying insects but keep the population down all season long so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces in peace. Call us today at 913-894-9250 to speak to one of our professionals.