Mosquitoes love me, and I have the bites to prove it. Whenever I venture into the backyard, I have to cover myself with a thick layer of repellent that drives away both bugs and people with its terrible odor. So this weekend, I'm going to try to build a bug trap, thanks to some advice from Roxanne Connelly, an entomologist at the University of Florida, and Ty Ashcraft, an exterminator at Holistic Pet Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to Popular Science: "Not all mosquitoes are attracted to the same bait. Connelly suggests a low-tech “ovitrap,” which uses standing water to lure Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, two common breeds. First, cut off the top of a two-liter plastic bottle, and spray-paint the outside a solid black. Then drill two 3/8-inch overflow holes below the brim. Cover them, and the top, with fine mesh. Secure a wet cloth around the brim (soak it once a day) and fill the trap with water. Eggs, laid on the fabric, will hatch, fall through the mesh, and grow too large to escape."