Homemade Mosquito Trap

Full Recipe for Homemade Insect Repellents and Traps

Achieve a bug-free home with these simple and effective DIY solutions. Follow these recipes to repel and trap flies, mosquitoes, and cockroaches using natural ingredients.

1. Homemade Mosquito Trap


  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 empty 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Tape
  • Cardboard or fabric (to cover the bottle)


  1. Prepare the Sugar Solution:
    • In a pot, mix 1 cup of water and 5 tablespoons of sugar.
    • Heat the mixture over low heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Add Yeast:
    • Remove the pot from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of yeast to the sugar solution. Stir gently.
  3. Prepare the Bottle:
    • Cut the top off a 2-liter plastic bottle just below the shoulder.
    • Invert the top portion and place it inside the base of the bottle, forming a funnel.
  4. Assemble the Trap:
    • Pour the sugar and yeast mixture into the bottle.
    • Seal the cut edges with tape to secure the funnel in place.
    • Cover the outside of the bottle with cardboard or fabric to create a dark environment inside.
  5. Place the Trap:
    • Position the trap in areas where mosquitoes are commonly found, such as corners of rooms or near windows.

2. Bay Leaf and Clove Spray


  • 1 cup water
  • 15 bay leaves
  • 20 cloves
  • Spray container


  1. Simmer Ingredients:
    • In a pot, combine 1 cup of water, 15 bay leaves, and 20 cloves.
    • Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes to release the scents.
  2. Cool and Transfer:
    • Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
    • Strain the liquid and transfer it to a spray container.
  3. Apply the Spray:
    • Use the bay leaf and clove spray in areas where cockroaches, flies, and mosquitoes are a problem.
    • Spray around windows, doorways, and any entry points for insects.

3. Insect-Repellent Spray


  • 1/2 cup shampoo
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Spray bottle


  1. Mix Ingredients:
    • In a container, combine 1/2 cup shampoo, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
    • Stir or shake the mixture thoroughly until well combined.
  2. Transfer to Spray Bottle:
    • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application.
  3. Apply the Spray:
    • Spray the solution in areas where insects are commonly found, such as kitchen corners, under sinks, and around windows.
    • Reapply as needed, especially after cleaning or when the insect activity is high.

Most 20 Popular Questions and Answers

  1. Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar in the mosquito trap?
    • Yes, brown sugar can be used, though it may slightly alter the effectiveness of the trap.
  2. How often should I replace the mosquito trap solution?
    • Replace the solution every 2 weeks or when you notice it is no longer attracting mosquitoes.
  3. Can I use essential oils in the bay leaf and clove spray?
    • Yes, adding a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus or lavender can enhance the repellent effect.
  4. Is the insect-repellent spray safe for pets?
    • The ingredients are generally safe, but avoid direct contact with pets and ensure the spray is dry before allowing pets in the treated area.
  5. Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar in the repellent spray?
    • Yes, apple cider vinegar can be used as an alternative.
  6. How long does the bay leaf and clove spray last?
    • The spray can last up to a week when stored in a cool, dark place.
  7. Do these solutions work for all types of insects?
    • They are primarily effective against mosquitoes, flies, and cockroaches but may also deter other pests.
  8. Can I use these solutions outdoors?
    • Yes, they can be used on patios, porches, and other outdoor areas.
  9. What can I use instead of shampoo in the insect-repellent spray?
    • Liquid soap or dish soap can be a substitute for shampoo.
  10. How often should I apply the insect-repellent spray?
    • Apply as needed, typically once a week or after cleaning the treated area.
  11. Can I make larger batches of these solutions?
    • Yes, simply scale up the ingredients proportionally.
  12. Will the bay leaf and clove spray stain surfaces?
    • It is unlikely to stain, but test on a small inconspicuous area first.
  13. How do I dispose of the used mosquito trap?
    • Dispose of the contents in the trash and rinse the bottle before recycling or reusing.
  14. Can I add more pepperoncini juice to the bay leaf and clove spray?
    • Yes, if you prefer a stronger scent, you can add more pepperoncini juice.
  15. Are these solutions safe for use around children?
    • Yes, they are made from natural ingredients, but keep them out of reach of young children.
  16. What type of oil can be used in the insect-repellent spray?
    • Any vegetable oil like olive oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil can be used.
  17. Can I store the bay leaf and clove mixture for later use?
    • Yes, store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.
  18. How effective are these solutions compared to commercial products?
    • While natural, they can be highly effective for light to moderate insect problems but may not replace commercial products for severe infestations.
  19. Can I add citrus peels to the mosquito trap solution?
    • Yes, citrus peels can enhance the attractiveness of the trap for mosquitoes.
  20. What’s the best way to apply the insect-repellent spray indoors?
    • Spray along baseboards, windowsills, and entry points where insects are likely to enter or hide.