Step 1. Start with your everyday 2-liter bottle. Drink the contents if you haven't already. :-)
Step 2. Cut the top off the bottle right along the top of the label.
Step 3. Remove the lid and recycle it. You won't need it.
Step 4. Add 1 tablespoon sourdough starter and 2/3 cup water or, if you don't have any starter, use this recipe:
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 cups of cool water
- 1 tablespoon of dry active yeast
- Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and remove from heat. Immediately pour in the cold water and stir well. Then pour in the yeast and stir again.
Step 5. Invert the upper half of the bottle and insert it into the lower half. The top of the bottle will now be pointing down. Either staple the plastic together so that it stays in place or use duct tape.
Step 6. Cover the bottle in dark colored paper (or paint the outside). Mosquitoes love dark places.
Step 7. Poke 2 or 3 holes evenly spaced around the rim and use string or wire to create a hanger.
The best place for these is in the corner of your porch or patio. The CO2 from the yeast mixture will attract the mosquitoes and they'll be unable to figure out how to get out of the bottle. The mixture in the bottle will stay good for a couple of weeks. Trust me...the bottle will be full soon. And, with 80 degrees in late March when it outta be in the 60's, mosquitoes are already out in full force.