How to build a mosquito kill bucket

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two images: one of an empty bucket on the grass, the other of a pack of mosquito dunks
Making a mosquito kill bucket is simple. Images: Debbie Wolfe/Popular Science


  1. Prepare the container
    Place the bucket in a sunny spot to keep it warm, accelerating the fermentation process.
  2. Add organic material
    Add a handful of organic matter, like leaves, grass clippings or hay to the bucket. This organic material begins to ferment, producing a scent that attracts female mosquitoes.
  3. Add Water
    Fill the bucket with water. If using tap water, let it sit for 24-48 hours to allow chlorine to evaporate, or use rainwater.
  4. Let it ferment
    Allow the mixture to sit for a few days until it starts to ferment, creating an irresistible breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  5. Add Mosquito Dunk
    Once mosquitoes have laid their eggs in the water, add a Mosquito Dunk to the mix. The Bt-i in the dunk will kill the mosquito larvae but leave other insects unharmed.
  6. Place in a shady area
    The bucket should be placed in a shady area, or any area where there are frequent issues with mosquitoes.
  7. Maintenance
    Regularly check the trap and add fresh water as needed to maintain the level. Replace the dunk every 30 days or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Optional enhancements

  • Covering: To prevent pets or wildlife from drinking from the mosquito kill bucket, cover it with chicken wire or a similar mesh.
  • Camouflage: If the bucket’s appearance is a concern, consider using a decorative cover or placing it discreetly under bushes.
orange bucket in bushes covered in chicken wire
Cover your bucket to prevent pets or kids from taking a sip. Image: Debbie Wolfe/Popular Science

Environmental impact and safety

Utilizing mosquito larva traps as described substantially diminishes the necessity for extensive chemical spraying. These traps are deemed safe for areas frequented by children and pets, though it is recommended that they be covered to prevent accidental ingestion of the water or drowning.

Mosquito larva traps offer a targeted, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional mosquito control methods. Concentrating on the larval stage, these traps effectively reduce mosquito populations without the negative impacts of chemical insecticides.

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