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Mosquito lure and bait

This describes a formula and chemical generator system for attracting mosquitos. It may be effective on other insects, such as bed bugs.

Commercial formulas for insect bait and insect lures

Commercial scent baits available to consumers usually contain 1-Octen-3-ol (Octenol).

Formula for Synthetic human odor for attracting insects

This was taken from Development and Field Evaluation of a Synthetic Mosquito Lure That Is More Attractive than Humans.

The following ingredients are mixed. Note that the last component, 3-methylbutanoic acid (3mC4), is optional. 3mC4 has an offensive odor so it may be omitted with only a slight decrease in effectiveness.

  1. CO2 gas generator (2 Liters of water, 500 grams molasses, baker's yeast).
  2. hydrous solution of ammonia (2.5%)
  3. hydrous solution of L-lactic acid (85%)
  4. propionic acid (C3, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.1%
  5. butanoic acid (C4, Butyric acid, BTA, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 1%
  6. pentanoic acid (C5, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.01%
  7. heptanoic acid (C7, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.01%
  8. octanoic acid (C8, Caprylic acid, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.01%
  9. tetradecanoic acid (C14, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.01%
  10. 3-methylbutanoic acid (3mC4, an aliphatic carboxylic acid) at 0.001%