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Make a Homemade Mosquito Trap With Ingredients You Already Have

The reason that mosquitoes are attracted to humans is because they want to suck our blood.  The way that they find us is by detecting the Co2 that we breathe out.  That is why this mosquito trap works so well.  It uses Co2 for bait. Mwa Ha Ha!

1st Gather your Supplies

  • 1 2 liter soda bottle
  • Sharp knife
  • Black paper
  • Tape
  • Candy thermometer

2nd Cut the top off the soda bottle and invert it

Cut the top off right at the place before it starts to narrow.  This is important.  If you cut it too high the top can fall inside the bottom.  Once you cut the top off, turn it over and place the spout down in the bottom half.  Now, tape the seam with any tape that you have.  Clear looks the neatest.

3rd Make a simple sugar syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cool water
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast

Directions:

  • Bring on cup of water to a good boil.
  • Pour the sugar into the boiling water. (Careful)
  • Once you can see the sugar is dissolved completely, take the pan off the heat.
  • Stir in two cups of cold water.  Make sure that you stir it completely.
  • Let the solution cool down to 90 degrees F
  • Add 1 teaspoon active dry yeast, you don’t have to mix.
  • Pour the syrup into the bottle using the inverted top like a funnel.
  • The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.  You can decorate the paper if you want to make it look cute.

TIPS: Put the trap in a dark and humid place, near by where you and your family hang out, for 2 weeks. You’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.

Privacy and Your Outdoor Swing

An outdoor swing is no good if you don’t feel free to use it. Some people have large yards where they can play with their kids, entertain guests, and relax on weekends. But the closer you live to your neighbors, the more you feel that you really don’t have your own space because you have no sense of privacy in your back yard. Dividers and fences can sometimes look unattractive. And what if you don’t want to shut up your back yard completely? You can use screens, shutters, or arbors to increase your sense of privacy around your outdoor swing.
You gain several advantages by choosing a screen as your privacy device. When you compare the cost of a screen to the cost of a tall fence around your yard, you can see that the cost of a privacy screen is smaller. Plus, if you want some privacy without closing yourself off completely, a screen provides what you want. Many screens are also mobile. If you purchase a screen you can move, you can find ways to get more use from it. Use it as a backdrop for special photos or decorate it for parties and showers. A privacy screen usually consists of several panels linked together with hinges. You can adjust them to some degree. A screen offers you a lot of flexibility.
If you want to make your own screen, try this. Find some old, tall shutters. Maybe you own an old house, and you have shutters stored away in the basement. If you know someone remodeling an old house, you might be able to score some old materials for free, just for taking them off your friend’s hands. Other places you might check include yard sales, estate auctions, and construction salvage yards. Once you’ve found your materials, give them a fresh coat of paint and install hinges. Bend the hinges so the panels will stand up on their own.
You can either buy or build an arbor, a framework upon which you can grow vines and climbing flowers. Be sure to measure your outdoor swing first so you can buy an arbor of the right size or the correct amount of building materials for a do-it-yourself project. Plants that work well on arbors include ivy, sweet pea, roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, morning glories, and more. But not every plant will perform equally well in the same spot; some like shade, and some like sun. If you need help determining which plants would thrive around your outdoor swing, consult a gardening friend or a salesperson at a plant nursery.
Increasing your sense of privacy around your outdoor swing does not have to become a hassle. Choose a more intensive project like an arbor, or solve the problem quickly with screens or shutters. The nice thing about screens, shutters, and arbors is that they can become decorative aspects to your landscaping. Most people can’t say that of a privacy fence. With screens, shutters, or arbors, you can invest the level of time and money you feel comfortable with. You can enjoy private time in your outdoor swing by taking a few simple steps.

Rachel Dawson is a freelance writer who enjoys quiet getaways outdoors. She writes about outdoor swings and cushions.

Make Your Garden Gazebo Your New Outdoor Living Room

An outdoor gazebo is a roofed structure-open, latticework, or screened on all sides-that is, according to Webster’s dictionary, “built on a site that provides an attractive view,” and is sometimes used for entertaining or dining. The term gazebo can also apply to a pavilion, a bandstand, a summerhouse, a belvedere, or a cabana, even a vendor’s booth. It is a centuries old concept, the idea of making a comfortable place to relax or entertain outdoors.
Outdoor gazebos come in many shapes, sizes and materials and can be installed to be permanent structures or temporary or seasonal structures. Some types of gazebos are extremely lightweight and portable. Many styles can be bought as do-it-yourself kits.
Your new gazebo may well become your room of choice all summer long once you have designed it for maximum comfort. With any type of gazebo, the decorating options are endless. You can furnish your covered outdoor living area any way you please by installing side panels, curtains, or mosquito netting to keep out the elements and the bugs. You can install electrical wiring to your gazebo for low voltage outdoor lights and iPod speakers. You could purchase a portable patio heater to extend the season. You could create your own spa by installing a hot tub in your gazebo! Your imagination and budget are all that determines how involved your outdoor gazebo can become.
Outdoor gazebos on the market today are made from aluminum, coated steel and iron, wood, vinyl, and resin. They come in a variety of sizes, from quite large (room size) to small trellis like structures big enough only for two. Aluminum gazebos are commonly erected for special occasions or seasonal use, and there are models light and compact enough to take to the beach or use as a vending booth. Aluminum and other metal gazebos are easy to customize and can be a terrific way to create privacy for small urban rooftop or courtyard gardens. The “roofs” of aluminum gazebos are sloped and ideally made of waterproof canvas coated with UV protection.
Consider the idea of creating a stunning greenhouse using a small gazebo made out of pvc resin. You can purchase models that come with clear vinyl sides and a zippered doorway and enough room for shelves. Using a greenhouse like this is a great way to start vegetable and annual plants for an early start to the growing season.
Wrought iron gazebos, and every type of brand new garden accessory claiming to be wrought iron are actually made of other types of metal such as steel or bronze and then coated with a matte black finish. The term “wrought iron is used in a loose way to mean something that is made to resemble “wrought iron” or what we think wrought iron should look like. In reality, wrought iron is not used much today. It is quite heavy and can be very brittle. The only true “wrought Iron” around these days is old and antique, and valuable. The beautiful wrought iron fence surrounding the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts was being stolen at an alarming rate until they were forced to replace parts of the fence with chain link.
Wooden gazebos are probably what most people think of when they picture a gazebo. Wood can be carved, shaped and constructed into the decorative gingerbread gazebos that we associate with Victorian houses and gardens. But really any style, from modern contemporary to Japanese is possible with a wooden structure.
The best woods for outdoor building are Southern yellow pine (Pinus palustris), Northern white cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) and redwood, all American woods that weather beautifully without the need for staining, painting or pressure treating. There are also new products that mix wood particles and polymers to create a wood like material that is almost impervious to weather. A wooden gazebo is more likely to remain as a permanent structure in your garden or landscape and is therefore the best kind of outdoor gazebo to get if you like the idea of using it as a comfortable outdoor living area.

http://www.outdoorlightsandfurniture.com Kate Wilkins lives around Boston, Massachusetts and writes about landscape design and gardening.