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Erica Norman

Male Mosquitoes vs. Female Mosquitoes: What’s the Difference?

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It may surprise you since they are so small, but there are many differences between male and female mosquitoes! Here are just a few of those differences…

Size:

Believe it or not, female mosquitoes are actually larger than males!

Appearance:

Female mosquitoes have more of a needle-like proboscis, which is what they use to pierce the skin and feed on the blood of humans and animals. Male mosquitoes a have larger, feather-like proboscis which is used to help them hear and locate female matesMale mosquitoes a have ‘plumose’ antenna, think two tiny feather dusters attached to his head, which are used to help them hear and locate female mates. Female mosquitoes have less ‘feathery’ antenna that are more fine tuned to search for human and animal hosts on which to feed.

Diet:

While female mosquitoes feed on our blood, male mosquitoes feed primarily on nectar from plants. Female mosquitoes will occasionally feed on nectar, but they start feeding on the blood of humans and animals after they have mated in order to obtain the protein and iron needed to reproduce.

Purpose:

The sole purpose of male mosquitoes is to mate with females. The sole purpose of female mosquitoes is to reproduce. As I mentioned earlier, males use their long, feathery proboscis to listen to the sound of the wings of other mosquitoes so they can find a female to mate with. Males are able to determine the difference between other males and females by the frequency of the wing beats. Female’s wings beat at a rate of about 500 times per second! Male’s wings beat at a lower frequency. The sole purpose of female mosquitoes is to reproduce.

Lifespan:

Male mosquitoes have a very short lifespan of about 2 weeks. Females have a longer lifespan of a month or more. Some females can live up to 6 months depending on when they emerged and the weather conditions.

There’s one thing that both males and females have in common…they can’t resist the DynaTrap! Visit our site to get yours before it’s too late!

5 Reasons to LOVE DynaTraps

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1. DynaTraps are Safe

Unlike other insect traps, the DynaTrap doesn’t harm the environment or humans. Our technology produces harmless CO2 to mimic our breath and UV light to attract insects, which is completely non-toxic. No additional lures or attractants required. Other alternatives to pest control such as spraying or using propane to attract insects has a greater impact on the environment.

2. DynaTraps are Easy to use & Maintain

Simply plug in your trap and leave it running 24/7. The only maintenance required is the occasional emptying of the basket once it gets full and periodically changing the bulbs.

3. DynaTraps are Inexpensive

Our ½ acre traps have an electrical cost of approximately $2/mo when operated 24/7. Other traps require repeat lure or propane purchases and can be costly to operate.

4. DynaTraps Allow you to Enjoy the Outdoors

The trap will begin to catch mosquitoes and other flying insects immediately. It will gradually reduce your mosquito population and within 6 weeks you will have successfully broken the mosquito’s life cycle. We guarantee you will see results and provide a 1-year warranty for all of our traps!

5. DynaTraps can be Used Indoors

All DynaTraps can be used indoors, which, for health reasons, can’t be said for zappers and propane traps. No odors, whisper quiet operation, and no chemicals make the DynaTrap the perfect solution for indoor pest problems!

Groundhog Predicts Early Spring!

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You may have heard that last week the legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his own shadow, therefore predicting an early spring! While this occurrence is rare, (this is only the 19th time in 133 years that the groundhog has predicted an early spring!) it comes as a relief to those who endured the chilling polar-vortex mother nature gifted last week. Here at DynaTrap, we know spring means MOSQUITOES, and according to Punxsutawney Phil, they’ll be coming early this year! In order to be prepared, it is important to get your trap up and running as soon as temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees. Don’t be late to the party and end up suffering all summer long! Stop the suck and greet those mosquitoes with the DynaTrap!

Mosquito Predators

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Although mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world, they do have a few natural predators. Let’s take a closer look at some of these predators

Bats can eat 600+ mosquitoes in an hour. Pretty impressive, right?! Bats also consume beetles, wasps, and moths which are all non-beneficial insects. Smaller bats are the most effective mosquito hunters due to their small frame and agile body.

Sometimes referred to as “mosquito hawks”, dragonflies are known for their appetite for mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Midges and mosquitoes make up the majority of the adult dragonfly’s diet/

Fish do not feed on adult mosquitoes, but rather mosquito larvae that rest on the surface of the water. One fish species, in particular, the Gambusia Affinis, is known as the “mosquito fish”. Gambusia Affinis fish were given this name because a large portion of their diet is mosquitoes. An adult female can consume hundreds of mosquitoes a day.

Frogs are a natural insect and pest control provider to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are not a large portion of their diet. However, tadpoles feed on the mosquito larvae that lies on the surface of the water, therefore helping to decrease the mosquito population as well!

We all know spiders love to feast on any insects that get trapped in their web, which is why they are a predator of the mosquito! When a mosquito flies into a web and gets caught, spiders have a feast!

Let’s not forget about one of the most effective mosquitopredators”….the DynaTrap! Learn more about the DynaTrap here!

Mosquito Control Methods: Mosquito Repellent Wrist Bands

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Another trending method for keeping mosquitoes at bay are mosquito repellent wrist bands. These bands are typically made with natural plant oils such as citronella, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint, which claim to repel insects. Like the citronella candle, these bands rely solely on their scent to keep the mosquitoes away which is makes them attractive to some people. Unfortunately, some of these scents attract mosquitoes and other insects rather than repel them. There are thousands of different variations of this product that all produce similar results. Even when the bands do successfully repel mosquitoes, they only do so in environments with low risk for mosquitoes for a short period of time, and do not protect the entire body.

While mosquito repellent wristbands do have their limitations, they are a viable solution for those looking for an inexpensive, chemical-free way to limit the mosquitoes near them for a short period of time. When planning to be outdoors for longer periods of time and in higher-risk areas, more effective methods of mosquito control should be used to ward off mosquitoes that may potentially be carrying dangerous viruses such as Zika or West Nile. The good news is that the DynaTrap can provide this protection for you! The DynaTrap is the safe, silent, and simple solution to mosquito and other flying insect problems. Learn more about the DynaTrap here!

Mosquito Season is Almost Here!

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The beginning of the dreaded mosquito season is almost upon us! That means it’s almost time to get your DynaTrap set up and running! It is important that you have your trap running as soon as temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, which is when mosquitoes will begin to come out from hibernation. The time of the year that this happens differs by region. The map below shows the average start of mosquito season for each state.

In order for your trap to be effective, it is important that you follow these guidelines for the placement and use of your trap:

Other tips for preparing for mosquito season:

  • Remove any objects that collect standing water such as buckets and old tires
  • Repair damaged windows and screens so mosquitoes can’t sneak into your home (they like to find any small openings to get inside your home)
  • Clean clogged gutters that mosquitoes may use as a breeding ground
  • Use spray repellents while out and about

Mosquito Control Methods: Insect Repellent Sprays

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One of the most commonly used mosquito control methods is insect repellent spray. These sprays are a combination of different chemicals and other substances that help reduce the effects of mosquitoes.  While these sprays are effective, they are only effective for a short period of time and also contain some harmful chemicals. Let’s take a closer look.

A pesticide that is found in almost every bug spray, and probably the main reason for their effectiveness, is DEET. DEET is “the most common synthetic insect repellent. Chemically known as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide; also called N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide. Because of these scientific names it is better known by its acronym, DEET.” (www.BugOff.com) The concentration of DEET in the spray determines how long it is effective for. For example, sprays that are 10% DEET are effective for about 2 hours. Scientists suggest not using products with over 50% DEET concentration and avoiding use of higher concentrations of DEET on children.

While insect repellent sprays are a great solution for short-term protection, they do not solve insect problems in the long run. Fortunately, there is a product that does take care of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs long-term, all without the use of chemicals! That product is the DynaTrap! Learn more about the DynaTrap here!

Mosquito Control Methods: Bug Zappers

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In this week’s post, we are going to talk about another popular method of mosquito control: bug zappers! Bug zappers use UV light to attract insects to the zapper, where they are then killed by the electricity from the high voltage power grids surrounding the light. While bug zappers may sound like a viable solution to those pesky mosquitoes and other insects, there are many risks and hazards associated with them.

One of the most concerning and perhaps least known facts about bug zappers is that the insides and other small parts of the insects that are zapped are sprayed around the area surrounding the zapper. Studies have shown that some zappers spread this mist 7 feet from the device. These particles can transmit many germs and even diseases to nearby food, drink, and people.

Another danger associated with bug zappers is the risk of children or animals being harmed by the trap. Young children may be intrigued by the zapper and get their fingers caught, which could result in a shock. The germ-ridden particles that are spread from the machine are also harmful to children and pets. Bug zappers are also not safe for use indoors, or during wet weather conditions. This makes them only useful for a select amount of time and only in a select few places.

The DynaTrap is the safe, silent, simple solution to all your flying insect troubles!

Mosquito Control Methods: Citronella Candles

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Outbreaks of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases in the United States have sent people desperately searching for effective ways to keep the mosquitoes away. While there is no lack in products available to do so, there is indeed a lack in products that actually work. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular products, citronella candles.

Many research studies have found that citronella candles do the opposite of what they claim. Instead of repelling mosquitoes, the actually attract them. In other studies, it has been noted that citronella candles are no more effective than any other candle. “One study found that people with a citronella candle burning right next to them received an average of six bites instead of 10 over an 80-minute period, but a regular candle offered about the same level of protection.” (Inverse, 2017)

Not only are citronella candles not very effective, but they can also be harmful to our furry friends. The smoke from the candles can cause pets to have breathing issues. Ingesting the citronella oil, or any part of the candle can cause a number of dangerous side effects as well.

It is clear that citronella does not hold a “candle” to the DynaTrap!

DynaTrap Gift Guide

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DT2000XLP – For the person with a BIG yard

A bigger design for a bigger catch! This DynaTrap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 acre. The durable, all-weather construction makes it perfect for any condition,

DT600 – For the person with chic yard décor

Stunning design for our already outstanding line of DynaTrap insect traps. The DT600 comes in a sturdy and rugged stainless steel with three handsome colors, making for an attractive, yet fully functional approach at trapping and ridding your yard of mosquitoes and other biting insects.

DT1775 – For the person with a major bug problem

Catch more with our brightest bulb ever! Extend your range of protection with a more powerful UV fluorescent bulb and a light enhancing diffuser.

DT150 – For the person without a yard

The insect trap that won’t weigh you down! This travel size trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other nuisance flying insects including biting flies, wasps, stink bugs and, and Asian beetles.