People who follow our blog will probably know by now that I really hate mosquitoes. They are annoying and in certain parts of the world, they carry life-threatening pathogens as well. Over the past I have mentioned several eco-friendly methods for indoor and outdoor mosquito control. In a similar vein, I will enumerate how you can make a homemade mosquito lantern. A series of such lanterns can give your yard a tribal feel, making your evening even more enjoyable.
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What will you need to make your mosquito lantern?
To make your mosquito lantern, you will need the following.
- An empty glass bottle. Wine bottles are the best, but any other tall glass bottle with metal caps will work.
- A tiki-wick. In other words, this is the wick that is meant for tiki torches. They are available in any hardware store.
- Citronella oil. Please note that this is different from citronella essential oil. I suppose you could use citronella essential oil if you desired, however you would be making your mosquito lantern far more expensive than it needs to be.
- A drill.
How would you go about making your mosquito lantern?
Now that you have gathered your ingredients, you can make your mosquito lantern with the help of the following steps.
- Fill half of the empty wine bottle with citronella oil.
- Affix the metal cap. Make it as tight as you possibly can.
- Take the tiki wick and soak it in citronella oil.
- Drill a hole on the metal cap. Make it just wide enough so that you can insert the tiki wick through it.
- Put the soaked tiki wick through the hole in the metal cap. Make sure that it extends all the way to the bottom of the glass bottle.
That is it! You homemade mosquito lantern is ready for use. As stated earlier, feel free to make a series of them and light them together to give your yard a tribal look! However, make sure that you only light them outdoors. This is because citronella oil is flammable and if the bottle breaks indoors while it is lit, it can cause a serious mishap!
So did you make a mosquito lantern for your yard? How well did it work out for you? Let us know in the comments below!