I will tell you how to make a mosquito trap. We live in mosquito-ville (two, count 'em two, nasty varieties). ... the spotted-legged ones are the
I use empty drywall buckets. The container can certainly be something more attractive if one chooses.
There are two kinds of mosquito traps that we use: 1) For mosquitos seeking to drop eggs and 2) for those that are hunting to suck blood. We use
more of #1 than #2 -- about 4:1
Simple. Bucket about half-full of water, add 1 tsp. liquid soap per 2 gallons of water. Mix and allow the bubbles to pop. Set the bucket out in
the mosquito zone. What happens is this: the liquid soap (I use apple-scented Joy 'cause it smells purty, but almost anything will do) acts as a
surfactant, decreasing the surface tension of the water. Female mosquitos land on the water to drop eggs and fall in and drown. Regrettably, this
will also trap moths and some small beetles, but not the pollinators. You don't even need to change the water very often -- they just keep comin'.
Trap #2: A tad more elaborate and expensive. Water/bucket as before, however with the lid on and a hole about 1 inch in diameter cut in it. Per
gallon of water, add 1/4 cup of sugar. Add the liquid soap as before, and 1 tsp. baking yeast. What happens is this: The yeast consumes the
sugar, releasing alcohol and CO2 as a by-product. Mosquitos are attracted to the CO2, as their hosts expell it. They land on the water as in #1
Our third layer of mosquito defense: Bat Boxes.
Now, these take a while for the
bats to find them, and occupy them. They need to be up off the ground -- on a pole, somewhere where cats and such can't get to them, or they'll
never become tenants.
Bats like a fairly snug harbor, and you're wanting to attract (for your area) fairly small bats, such as the
Eastern small-footed bat, or the long-eared bat.
. For us, it is the small
Temperate bat. Good to have bats with good attitudes.
So, if you make vertical channels with wood inside the roost, say 1 1/4" that should give you a good opportunity for bat tenants. Many people
don't like having bats around them. People will say "They're dive-bombing me!!!" No, they're after what is after you. Some bats will eat
nearly their own weight in flying insects per night.
Good luck SDog. Oh, and for those of you like myself that are allergic to DEET, there is a good product that actually works better than Avon
Skin-So-Soft (which sorta kinda worked)........Repel Lemon