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Trapping Mosquitoes

I get that the small opening makes it hard to leave. But, can't they get a free meal and fly out the same way they got in?

By Jenny M

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September 9, 20120 found this helpful

They don't seem to be smart enough to fly upwards.

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

They are attracted to CO2 but feed off of blood. There is no way they would get a meal out of this contraption. *facepalm* A fair number of them would probably down in the syrup in the bottom of the bottle.

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful

Actually, mosquitoes feed off of nectar and other sugary things such as fruit juice, however the females need a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Some directions for mosquito traps call for adding a tiny bit of boric acid in the sugar/fruit juice mixture as a natural insecticide.

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They fly in, feed on the acid-laced sugar solution, and then even if they find their way out, they are still killed. The particular directions I'm thinking of came from the website for Mother Earth News.

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