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4 Tips for Backyard Mosquito Control

Set a Trap

Modern mosquito traps aren’t your old-school bug zappers: They lure female mosquitoes via carbon dioxide, and then kill them before they are able to lay their eggs. But do they really work? The American Mosquito Control Association says that research has shown the “devices will trap and kill measurable numbers of mosquitoes,” but your results may vary: “Please be cautioned against putting too much faith in traps as your sole means of control…It’s highly unlikely that these devices, whatever their improvements, will ever fully supplant organized community-wide mosquito control problems, for there is no single silver bullet that will prove to be the ultimate answer to mosquito problems.” For a lower-tech mosquito trap, follow these directions from Mother Earth News to build your own from covered buckets, spoiled fruit, and an insecticide.

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