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LONG WEEKEND HACK: Easy ways to keep mosquitoes away


Nathan Coleman
Reporter

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:37 PM - The first unofficial weekend of the summer is about to kick off, and that means many Canadians will be heading outdoors -- depending on your local forecast, of course.

And being outdoors amid warm temperatures means you're likely to run into mosquitoes.

But you don’t have to break the bank to keep them at bay.

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All you need is an empty 2 litre,some tape, or oversized weather network stickers, scissors, 50 grams of brown sugar, a gram of yeast, 200 ml of water and a positive attitude.

Let the magic begin.

When you reverse the top of the bottle, it becomes a trap.

The sugary mixture attracts the mosquitos and adding yeast produces carbon dioxide – a mighty fine substitute for a breathing animal.

And now all you have to do is sit back and wait.

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Ok. You've made your mosquito trap but it’s still not enough.

These buggers are persistent

Here are a few more tips to mosquito proof your yard. No chemicals necessary!

  • Cedar mulch is a great way to keep the bloodsuckers at bay.
  • Couple that with keeping your lawn well groomed and tidy
  • No plant nectar means less mosquitoes
  • The smell of basil acts as a natural mosquito repellent.
  • You'll want to do your best to eliminate any standing water, but if you’ve got a problem area, throw on some coffee grinds. Standing water is a classic breeding ground. The coffee grinds will make the water less clear and if they go in for a landing, they may not make it out.
  • Have a fan? Turn it on outside. Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won’t be able to stand up to the breeze.

Do you have a useful tip for keeping mosquitoes away? Let us know in the comments below.

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