Non-Toxic Options to Reduce Mosquitoes in Your Backyard

With temperatures climbing and the hours of Vitamin D-rich sunlight getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere, you're probably feeling the pinch from mosquitoes and searching for ways to protect your family from them. Because you know how much I love gadgets as well as practical low-tech solutions, here's some interesting ways to keep your yard and home bug-free.

  • Spend $200 on a high-tech electric mosquito trap called the Mega-Catch from Hammacher Schlemmer that disperses a scent from a strip of octenol that smells like a human's breath that attracts and collects bugs in a mesh bag.
  • Use the very same concept described above to create your own low-tech carbon dioxide yeast brewing machine, using a 2-liter soda bottle, 50 grams of sugar and 1 gram of yeast.
  • Install a bat box that attracts the little critters. A bat eats about 2,000 insects every night.

If you're not as handy around the house or don't have a yard to contend with, you may want to consider an easier, natural solution: Neem-based Botanical Outdoor Gel I sell in my Web store.

BoingBoing June 2, 2006

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