This simple bottle is the perfect trap to keep mosquitoes away

How many times have you spent an evening on the  terrace or balcony  , perhaps in the company of friends and then found yourself with a  body full of mosquito bites? I guess often!

Unfortunately, in fact, in summer,  mosquitoes really become a nightmare  , as they buzz around us,  often even disturbing sleep.

And how, then,  to keep them away? In this regard, today we present to you the  bottle trick  ! Let’s see what it’s all about!

How to prepare it

The bottle trick is really simple and  immediate to try  , because you will only have to equip yourself with:

  • 1 plastic bottle
  • 1 gram of brewer’s yeast
  • 200 ml of water
  • 50 grams of sugar
  • Scotch
  • black cardboard-dark fabric

Then start by   cutting the plastic bottle  at a distance of 5 to 10 cm from the point where it begins to shrink. We suggest using a 2 liter plastic bottle, with a tight-fitting cap. Alternatively, the 1.5 liter is also suitable.

To be clear, you can cut above the top edge of the label, making a  horizontal, even cut along the circumference.

Then heat  the water with the sugar  and boil the mixture for about  10 minutes. After that, let it cool and pour the sugar water  into the bottom of the bottle  .

At this point, also add the   yeast  , which  will trigger a reaction   capable of attracting mosquitoes. Regarding the quantities of yeast, there are two versions, because there are those who only use one gram of fresh yeast and those who, on the contrary, use a whole loaf of it.

If, on the other hand, you want to use   dry yeast  , then we suggest using the whole sachet.

Now invert and remove the   top cap from the previously cut bottle   , and insert it into the bottom one, securing it with the tape around the entire edge to  contain the reaction between the ingredients.

Finally, line the bottle on its side, using black cardboard or an  old dark cloth  , being careful   not to block the opening at the top  , securing everything with adhesive tape. And that is all !

NB   Be very careful when cutting the bottle with scissors or a cutter. Keep children away during this phase.

Why it works

The  bottle trick  is really effective in getting rid of mosquitoes and making  your evenings pleasant  without fear of being bitten.

However, we wonder why this remedy works. As we have already said, in fact, the union of sugar water and yeast   produces a chemical reaction that generates carbon dioxide   (CO2), which strongly attracts mosquitoes.

It’s no coincidence, in fact, that this is the substance that also makes  human blood palatable  to these insects.

Produced at the bottom of the bottle, the carbon dioxide will rise to the top of the inverted bottle and escape, first attracting mosquitoes into the “  trap  ” and then preventing them from exiting. To make the reaction last longer,   it is not necessary to mix the added yeast with water.

How to use

Once we have seen how to make the bottle capable of attracting mosquitoes, let’s see together  how to use it and where to place it. First of all, we tell you that this trick can be used both indoors  and outdoors.

However, it is best to place the bottle  in a dark and preferably humid place.

You can also hang it by piercing  the bottle on two opposite sides  (at the ribbon that connects the two parts) and attaching a string.

This mixture of sugar water and yeast is effective for approximately  two weeks,  after which we advise you to empty the bottle and refill it with a new mixture.