All natural low-tech mosquito killing machine

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  1. murray

    murray Junior Member

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    File this away for next summer!

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    How to build a Mosquito trap.

    Materials Needed:

    2L plastic soda bottle
    50gms brown sugar
    1gm yeast
    Thermometer
    Measure cup
    Knife
    Black paper

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    1. Cut the top of the bottle as shown

    2. Put 200ml hot water in the bottle, stir with 50gram brown sugar. Put the sugar water in cold water to cool it down til 40C (temperature).

    They use a bigger container with cold water - put the small cup that they use to make sugar water in that container and that stick is a thermometer because they want the sugar water to cool down to 40C (temperature).

    3. After cooling down, put the sugar water in the bottle then add the yeast. No need to mix the yeast with the sugar water. When yeast ferments, it creates carbon dioxide.

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    4. When you cut the bottle, dont throw the top part away because that’d be needed for step 4 - you see they put the top upside down to fit into the bottle.

    Carbon dioxide will be released from where we drink the bottle so make sure to seal the edge.

    5. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitos like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
    Mosquitos fly around the corner, so the best place to place the trap is at some dark corner.

    TIPS: Put the trap in some dark and humid place for 2 weeks, you’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.

    Here’s a link to the original Flickr photos.
     
  2. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Great idea thanks.

    Have you heard of progesterone attracting mosquitoes?
     
  3. Douglas J.E. Barnes

    Douglas J.E. Barnes Junior Member

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    I had the same idea as this but using dry ice. This method is much better!
     
  4. Michaelangelica

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    Murry,
    This is such an important idea
    When you talk to people about mosquito attractants they shake their heads and say they have enough mosquitoes thank you.
    They don't understand the concept of attracting, then killing mosquitoes. Mostly they want repellents. Attractants are the way to go. The apple rather than the stick if you like.

    I noticed my local hardware shop promoting alight attracting mosquito trap.
    unfortunately this kills ALL insect good and bad.

    The UN is now encouraging African nations to spray mosquito nets, the inside walls of houses with DDT (made by?(some multinational) in India) every 6-12 months.
    (This stuff has a half-life of 18 years and even what is breaks down into is dangerous.)
    This DDT will eventually end up in our backyards.

    Have you thought of using other attractants for the trap
    Do a google sea ch or alert and you will find many

    Malaria is THE biggest health problem on the planet and we need some inventive organic solution before Big $ destroy the environment
    --
    Michael
     
  5. Tezza

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    You dont have A mozzie Problem You hve A Frog Shortage

    Tezza
     
  6. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes,American be

    Source: University Of Mississippi
    Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 091932.htm

    And with warnings about West Nile virus and other insect-borne
    diseases out, keeping the pests away has taken on new urgency.

    "My grandfather would cut branches with the leaves still on them and
    crush the leaves, then he and his brothers would stick the branches
    between the harness and the horse to keep deerflies, horseflies and
    mosquitoes away," said Charles T. Bryson, an ARS botanist in
    Stoneville, Miss. "I was a small child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, when
    he told me about the plant the first time. For almost 40 years, I've
    grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them and rubbed them on my skin
    with the same results."

    Bryson told his supervisor about the folklore repellent, and in 2004
    the USDA-ARS at the UM natural products research center began
    investigating the beautyberry plant as a potential natural insect
    repellent.

    Charles Cantrell, an ARS chemist in Oxford, and Jerry Klun, an ARS
    entomologist in Beltsville, Md., confirmed that the natural remedy
    wards off biting insects, such as ticks, ants and mosquitoes: "I've
    rubbed the leaves on my arms, and it works," Cantrell said.

    -- Has any body grown "American beautyberry, (Callicarpa americana) please?
    What area/zone does it grow in please?
     
  7. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Aussie Frog is a mosquito repellent

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4738698.stm
     
  8. Michaelangelica

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    Killing mosquitoes

    This sounds too good to be true.
    I know male mosquitoes are supposed to suck sap from trees - so would you be only killing males?
    http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_ ... 161660B252
     
  9. Michaelangelica

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    2006 Ignobel awards

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... els_2.html
    (Australians from CSIRO won the maths prize)
     
  10. scibuff

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    DDT is not bad...

    Check it out

    http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/a ... 2/DDT.html

    The lies and hysteria spread to defend the DDT ban are typical of the irrationalist, anti-science wave which has virtually destroyed rational forms of discourse in our society. If you want to save science—and human lives—the fight to bring back DDT, now being championed by that very electable candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., had better be at the top of your agenda.

    Sixty million people have died needlessly of malaria, since the imposition of the 1972 ban on DDT, and hundreds of millions more have suffered from this debilitating disease. The majority of those affected are children. Of the 300 to 500 million new cases of malaria each year, 200 to 300 million are children, and malaria now kills one child every 30 seconds. Ninety percent of the reported cases of malaria are in Africa, and 40 percent of the world’s population, inhabitants of tropical countries, are threatened by the increasing incidence of malaria.

    The DDT ban does not only affect tropical nations. In the wake of the DDT ban, the United States stopped its mosquito control programs, cutting the budgets for mosquito control and monitoring. Exactly as scientists had warned 25 years ago, we are now facing increases of mosquito-borne killer diseases—West Nile fever and dengue, to name the most prominent.
     
  11. Michaelangelica

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    Re: DDT is not bad...

    Funny, I have found the lies and misinformation on the pro-DDT-side of the fence; with scientists just putting around doing their reseach on DDT and the environment.
    This is typical of the paranoic Conspiricy Theory approach and miss-information:-
    http://www.timesnews.co.ke/09oct06/edit ... comm1.html

    You might like to read the actual report here:-
    http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0147.htm
    Here is just a very small part of it
    The slander of Rachel Carson continues (Some of it detailed in "Since Silent Spring")

    As this thread suggests there are many ways of attacking mosquitos.
    DDT has not been shown to be the best or even the cheapest.

    You might like to join in the scientific debate here
    http://forums.hypography.com/medical-sc ... be+used%3F
    or in this forum at
    http://forums.permaculture.org.au/viewt ... hlight=ddt
     
  12. murray

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    Dr Gordon Edwards is affiliated with an organization called the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), which uses a veneer of science to obscure its anti-regulatory, pro-business position.

    ACSH. according to the Congressional Quarterly's Public Interest Profiles, receivs more than 75 percent of its yearly funding from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

    To sum up, nobody respectable has come out in support of DDT.
     
  13. Douglas J.E. Barnes

    Douglas J.E. Barnes Junior Member

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    Bingo, Murray. I always have and always will suffer from anti-public relations "hysteria."

    Hill & Knowlton and Burson Marsteller go away - there are no dupes on this site, and we know your game.
     
  14. Michaelangelica

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    The Politics of Killing Mozzies

    Good one Murray thanks for the support.
    Although I am not sure of the US Corporate links with the two major DDT producers India and China. Perhaps they are worried about the 'blow back' effect on all the other chlorinated hydrocarbons. Dieldrin , Chlordane, Toxaphene etc that make even DDT look good.

    I am not sure. . . but have I been called "respectable"?. . . I hope not! . . . It would be a first!

    I was going to print out a copy of your mosquito trap post and give it to the local hardware/horse shop that sells bulk yeast. It might help them sell more yeast. Hope this is OK with you.?
     
  15. Richard on Maui

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    michaelangelica, if you just went ahead and did it anyway, that would earn my respect!
    seriously though, great idea...
     
  16. Michaelangelica

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    An on-topic Quiz

    An on-topic Quiz
    This is from a gardening quiz at
    http://www.dailymail.com/story/Life/+/2 ... this+quiz/
    2. Which practice will help most to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs on your property?

    a) Install a bug light.

    b) Don't own a water feature.

    c) Clean rain gutters twice in spring, once in summer and once in fall.

    d) Spread an insecticide on the lawn.
    ANSWER
    2. Rain gutters are the most commonly overlooked moist sites on properties. Keep them clean for fewer mosquitoes.


    (I wonder if bug lights would work if you had some yeast and suger bubbling in front of one? Still, they do kill a lot of non-target insects)
     
  17. murray

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    by respectable, i meant "not a paid shill" for industry.

    i found this ingenious mosquito trap the other day: http://skeeterbag.com/

    nothing needed except for the bag and he has trapped up to 25,000 mosquitoes in a single night!!!

    awesome!
     
  18. Michaelangelica

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    Mozzzies are bad news.

    Keep those anti-mosquito remedies comming in
    look at this!
    http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Displa ... 075827.xml
    (India is the major world producer of DDT along with China)
     
  19. Michaelangelica

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    Some fish like mosquitos

    http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/b ... 3#continue
     
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    Bt ‘Israelensis kilss mosquitoes??

    Anyone know anything about this?
    http://gdma.be/updates/?p=562

    Related to B. thungarensis used for killing catapillers? or the same thing?
     

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