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Tips & Tricks for a Successful Camping Trip

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Hello everyone!

My name is Elise and I am the current Digital and Social Media Marketing intern here at Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC! For today’s blog post, I am going to share my tips and tricks I have learned from my camping experience.

My family has gone on an annual camping trip to Door County since I was three years old. Since we camp so often, we have developed certain habits when it comes to packing for our trip, setting up our campsite, and our meals while we are camping.

Hope these tips and tricks will help you when you’re planning your next camping trip!

1) Create a descriptive packing list.

I am the oldest of five in my family, which means when we go camping, we have to pack for a total of seven people. Where we go camping, there is no electricity, which can create more items we need for out trip. Each year, we make a descriptive packing list to ensure we bring everything we need. We divide our list into categories which include food/cooking supplies, clothing, beach, camper/tent essentials, bedding, first aid, and miscellaneous. Having a detailed check list ensures that you are thinking of everything you might possibly need while camping.

2) Plan out your meals for the trip.

When my family goes camping, we also camp with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Since we are a larger group, each family takes turns making dinner and everyone is responsible for their own lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. Dinner is always our largest meal, and it is nice to take turns preparing so no one has to cook each night. Throughout the years, we have developed staple meals we have every year. Taking turns making dinner and creating a schedule helps specify what each family needs to bring for the trip. It also allows everyone to not have to worry about each meal and pack only what they need for their meal, snacks, and other meals.

3) Utilize tarps.

During my camping experiences, there have been some trips where there has been more rainy days than sunny days. This doesn’t stop us from having fun, but that is because we always prepare for rain. Since my family is big, we are in a tent and a camper. Over both the camper and the tent, we have tarps that we rope off to trees to help cover the majority of our campsite. This helps cover where we sleep, store our bikes, and coolers to stay dry when it rains. This can be a tedious process during set up, but is worth staying dry during storms.

4) Bring extra batteries.

Since we camp in a non-electrical site, it is important that we bring extra batteries for flashlights, lanterns, fans, radio, and other items that might run on batteries. It’s always the worst when there aren’t extra batteries to replace the old ones halfway through the trip.

5) Be prepared for the weather.

Similar to bringing the tarps, look ahead to see what the weather will be like when you are camping. This will help you bring the essentials you will need to stay warm, cool, or dry. Also, look for fun things to do in the community around the campground. We have found our favorite place for breakfast, ice cream, and shops up in Door County over the years. We are still discovering new places every year too!

Invasive Species: Making Themselves Known

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Within the past few weeks, there have been several articles addressing the different invasive species that are making their way across the United States. These invasive species can cause property and agricultural damage, and even press new health threats to Americans. Keep reading to learn more about the five invasive species that are spreading and how you can prevent and/or eliminate these pests.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

These pests are native to Asia but have been found in 44 states. Stink bugs release an unpleasant odor when crushed. To keep these stink bugs outside your home, patch holes in door and window screens and vacuum up any stink bugs that might find their way inside your home.

Asian Long-horned Ticks

This invasive pest came to the U.S. from Asia. This tick has been known to be a carrier of bacteria and pathogens associated with diseases such as Lyme disease, Japanese spotted fever, and SFTS ( Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome). To protect against ticks, use insect repellent, wear long clothing, and perform tick checks after spending time in wooded areas or overgrown, grassy areas.

Spotted Lanternflies

The spotted lanternflies have made their way across the east coast. These flies are a threat for agricultural industries as they feed on the sap that comes from many different trees and plants. They also lay their eggs on trees, rocks, and patio furniture. It is recommended that you contact your local Department of Agriculture to report a sighting and any migration of the invasive species.

Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA)

These ants are found throughout the western and southern states. They will attack humans who disturb or threaten their homes, biting and stinging their victims.  To protect yourself from these ants, seal all structural cracks and crevices to keep them from gaining entry.

Formosan Termites

These termites are particularly found across the southern states. These destructive pests chew through wood, wallpaper, and flooring. Formosan termites are the most destructive of their kind. Homeowners that live in the south are strongly encouraged to have inspections for termites annually to help prevent termite damage.

Christmas Gift Guide: Parents Edition

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Now that it is officially November, the holidays are quickly approaching When it comes to the holidays, people look forward to spending time with family and friends, drive around looking at lights, eating good food, and lots of shopping. When it comes to crossing Mom and Dad off the shopping list, DynaTrap has you covered!

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Dad

When it comes to shopping for the father figure in your life, it can be difficult to think of something you haven’t done before as a gift. When you want to give a useful gift that you know he will love, look at what DynaTrap has to offer!

1/2 Acre Insect Trap

The 1/2 acre flying insect trap is a perfect gift for those dads who like to spend time outdoors, but not the mosquitoes and other pests that might come along with that. This product would be perfect to cover the area of a backyard, patio, or deck!

1 Acre Insect Trap

If your yard is the big hang out spot in the warm months, the 1 acre insect trap will ensure mosquitoes don’t ruin your events! This 1 acre trap will cover 1 acre of space to ensure that mosquitoes are not bothering anyone while enjoying the outdoors.

ATRACKTA® Mosquito Lure

To help your dad increase his catch rates, get him some ATRACTA® to go along with his DynaTrap! This will ensure that no pests are bothering anyone when they are outdoors.

Mom

When it comes to shopping for that special mom in your life, it can be difficult to find something that you haven’t done before or something that will stand out. This year, let DynaTrap help you out!

Flylight Insect Trap

The Flylight Insect Trap is the perfect trap for inside the home. Whether it’s for the kitchen to help with fruit flies, or in the hallway, living room, or bedrooms to remove flies inside the home, this is a great gift! If you think she would not want to lose an outlet, don’t worry! The flylight comes with USB and a plug in on the sides!

DynaZap

Tired of the practical way to swat flies! The DynaZap is fully extendable to over 3 feet in length, an has a telescopic head that bends in multiple directions for hard-to-reach areas. It has a safety switch that onle works when the trigger button is on. It uses two AA batteries, which are included!

Indoor Ultralight Insect Trap

If your mom has a screened in porch that she loves, the indoor ultralight insect trap is perfect! This product is convenient for screened-in porches or four-seasons rooms.

Mosquitoes: Be Aware of What They can Do

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During the past three weeks, the blog has touched on four different mosquito borne diseases that can cause some serious harm. If you didn’t get the chance to read the other blogs, here is a summary!

West Nile

The West Nile virus has been in the United States since 1999. When infected with West Nile, symptoms include a fever, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes could occur. More severe symptoms can include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Also known as Triple E, Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been in the recent news in different areas of the United States. Symptoms occur 4-10 days after getting a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headache, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, neck stiffness, seizures, confusion, or a coma. Symptoms can differ depending on the part of the brain that is inflamed, amount of inflammation, and a person’s age and health. There isn’t a human vaccine or specific antivirus currently available but doing the necessary steps to avoid mosquito bites is always important.

Dengue Fever

Symptoms usually occur 4-6 days after being infected and can last up to 10 days. Symptoms can include a sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, skin rash (appears 2-5 days after onset fever), and mild bleeding (i.e. nosebleed, gums bleeding, easily bruising). There isn’t a treatment for Dengue but using pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoiding medicines with aspirin, which can worsen bleeding, is instructed.

Zika Virus

Zika Virus is a mosquito borne virus that can be spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Zika can also spread from a pregnant woman who’s infected, to the fetus, which can cause birth defects. Microcephaly as well as other brain defects are common. Mild symptoms or not having symptoms are typically what happen with the Zika Virus. It is encouraged to be cautious where you travel when you are pregnant or if you’re trying to get pregnant.

Reminder From Dr. McKenzie

Mosquitoes are going to be around until freezing weather hits consecutively for a few days. If you live in an area where the winter months are milder, be prepared to continue to use your flying insect trap and applying mosquito repellent. Avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn, which is the peak time for mosquitoes. If where you live has negative temperatures and snow is falling, prepare yourself for the mosquito season in spring!

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Are You Ready for Halloween?

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Halloween is right around the corner. This holiday is a fun time to get creative with your costume, spend time with family and friends, and of course eat lots of candy. Do you have your costume yet? Here are a couple last minute costume ideas that are easy to put together!

1) Nurse

Do you have a friend or family member who is a nurse? Ask to borrow their scrubs for a quick and comfortable costume!

2) Cat/Dog

It is very easy to come up with a cat or dog costume if you don’t have another idea yet. Wear brown or black, draw a nose with some whiskers on your face, and pick up some ears from the store!

3) M&Ms

Find a solid color T-shirt that is hiding in your closet and print the infamous “m” that is found on the popular Halloween candy.

4) Hippie

Find a tie dye T-shirt and a great pair of sunglasses to put together a quick hippie costume. This is a staple costume that can easily be thrown together last minute.

5) Group Costume Ideas

Finding a group costume can be fun and creative! Get together with some of your close friends to come up with an iconic and fun group costume!

Hopefully these last-minute DIY costumes can help you out if you’re stuck on what your costume to be or if you haven’t even had the time to think of a costume. Happy Halloween!

Zika Virus: Facts You Need to Know

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What is it?

Zika Virus is a mosquito borne virus that can be spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Zika can also be spread from a pregnant woman who is infected, to the fetus, which can cause certain birth defects, Microcephaly as well as other brain defects are common.

Symptoms

Many individuals infected with Zika may not have symptoms or only have a mild case of the symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and muscle pain. These symptoms can last several days up to a full week. Due to the lack of symptoms and the similar symptoms of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases, it can be difficult for an individual to realize they have been infected. Blood testing can be done to confirm if someone has been infected.

2019 Case Count

So far in 2019, there have been a total of 10 Zika cases that have been reported. All 10 cases are due to U.S. citizens returning from travelling to affected areas outside of the states. There have been 0 cases through local mosquitoes within the United States.

Is there treatment?

There isn’t anything specific to help treat those with the Zika Virus, but it is strongly encouraged to contact your health provider or doctor after travelling to a place where Zika is prevalent. This is especially important if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.

What can I do to prevent?

It is encouraged that pregnant women should not travel to areas where Zika is prevalent to not risk causing any birth defects. If travelling to areas with Zika, it is crucial to wear mosquito repellent and reapply when necessary to prevent mosquito bites at all costs.

Words from Our Expert, Dr. McKenzie

“There hasn’t been a lot of news coverage about Zika Virus this year, even though it is still a serious disease and is still being locally transmitted in the U.S. territories. In the continental U.S., there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika since 2017, this is presumably because of the increased efforts of mosquito control districts in high risk areas, such as Florida and Texas. However, some diseases don’t show up every year and when that happens people tend to forget about them and move on to the next big thing. There is a lot about Zika Virus that is unknown, it may never be a problem in the U.S. again, or it may be a big problem next year. It’s better to be prepared than to have the issues that were seen in 2016 with this serious disease. Remember mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. So, if you must go out at dusk or dawn, make sure that you are using EPA registered/CDC recommended repellents. Around your home, remove or refresh larval habitats (i.e. empty containers and bird baths) and if possible, wear long sleeves and long pants. Adding a flying insect trap to your mosquito control strategy can help protect you and your family by collecting mosquitoes that are in your yard. Stay vigilant – don’t breed these vector mosquitoes in your yard!”

To help protect your yard and your home from infected mosquitoes, check out the DynaTrap website for indoor and outdoor traps!

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The Holiday Season is Right Around the Corner…

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It’s almost time to start preparing for the holiday season. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas. During the holiday season, there are so many things to prepare: Thanksgiving plans, meal preparations, Christmas arrangements, gifts, and many other details that arise.

The holidays are an exciting time and it can also be a stressful time. DynaTrap can help you take care of one of the stressful aspects of the holidays: gifts. DynaTrap offers several indoor insect traps as well as outdoor insect traps to help get rid of mosquitoes, flies, and other pests.

Whether its for your significant other, children, siblings, parents, friends, or other special people in your life, DynaTrap has a variety of products for everyone!

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Dengue Fever: Increasing Within the United States

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What is it?

Dengue Fever is one variation of the four closely related dengue viruses that is a painful mosquito-borne disease. It is related to viruses that cause West Nile infection and Yellow Fever. Dengue fever is spread by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Where is Dengue Fever most common?

Most cases in the U.S. occur in individuals who got the infection while traveling outside the United States. However, there have been confirmed local transmission cases in Miami and in Hillsborough County, Florida. In 2013, outbreaks started in Brownsville, Texas and Key West Florida. This can be due to these states being so close to the Caribbean.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually start to occur 4-6 days after being infected and can last up to 10 days. Symptoms can include a sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, skin rash (appears 2-5 days after onset fever), and mild bleeding (i.e. nosebleed, gums bleeding, easily bruising). Having any of the symptoms listed above and a travel history in countries where Dengue Fever is common leads to a healthcare provider to suspect Dengue Fever. Doctors can diagnose with a blood test.

Is there treatment?

There is not a specific medicine that treats Dengue Fever. Using pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoiding medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding, is instructed. Along with taking pain relievers with acetaminophen, resting as well as drinking plenty of fluids is also encouraged.

What can I do to prevent Dengue Fever?

There is one FDA approved vaccine as of 2019 called Dengvaxia. This vaccine helps prevent Dengue from reoccurring in 9-16 year olds who have already been infected with Dengue. Unfortunately, there is currently not a vaccine or another type of prevention for the general public, but there are other remedies that people can do to help prevent getting bit by an infected mosquito.

  • Use mosquito repellents (even inside)
  • Outdoors: wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants that can be tucked into socks
  • Indoors: Use air conditioning when available
  • Ensure windows and screen doors are secure and free of holes or rips

Words from our expert, Dr. McKenzie

Dengue Virus is a serious disease that is more common in the United States and the Americas than most people realize. In the US, we have hundreds of travel related cases of Dengue Fever as well as some more critical Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, each year. This year marked an “outbreak” year for Florida with multiple cases of locally transmitted cases in Miami-Dade County as well as Hillsborough County. The virus is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both of which are more active during the day and use artificial as well as natural containers as larval habitats.

Remember mosquito season isn’t over because it’s fall. Mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. So if you have to go out at dusk or dawn make sure that you are using EPA registered/CDC recommended repellents. Around your home remove or refresh larval habitats (i.e. empty containers and bird baths) and if possible, wear long sleeves and long pants. Adding a Flying Insect trap to your mosquito control strategy can help protect you and your family by collecting mosquitoes that are in your yard.

To help protect your yard and your home from infected mosquitoes, check out the DynaTrap website for indoor and outdoor traps!

For more information on Dengue Fever, check out this article!

Eastern Equine Encephalitis: It’s More Common Thank You Think

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What is it?

Within the past year or so, Easter Equine Encephalitis (also called triple E) has been on the rise. Triple E is a viral illness that is transmitted into people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. One cannot get triple E from another person or animal that has triple E. There are usually only a few human cases annually reported in the U.S., which is typically 4-10 cases.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can occur 4-10 days after an individual has been bit by an infected mosquito. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headache, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, neck stiffness, seizures, confusion (disorientation), or a coma. Symptoms can differ depending on the part of the brain that is inflamed, amount of inflammation, and a person’s age and health. This is a serious virus that can lead to permanent brain damage, being in a coma, or even death. Triple E can be diagnosed by a blood test or testing spinal fluids.

Is there treatment?

There is not a human vaccine or specific antivirus currently available. Patients with triple E should be properly evaluated by a physician or healthcare provider. Severe cases are typically hospitalized and get respiratory support, fluids through an IV, and prevention of other possible infections that may arise.

What can I do to prevent triple E?

For the individual:

  • wear long sleeve shirts and pants outdoors
  • wear EPA registered/CDC recommended insect repellents
  • cover strollers and baby carriers with a mosquito net
  • avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn

For the home/outdoors:

  • remove areas with standing water (pool covers, bird baths, trash cans, tires, etc.)
  • repair screens if there are holes, keep windows and doors shut to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home
  • remove leaf debris from yard and garden areas
  • ensure roof gutters drain correctly and clean clogged gutters in fall and spring

Words from Our Expert, Dr. Karen McKenzie

“The 2019 mosquito season has been pretty bad all over the country due to weather patterns in later 2018 and earlier this year that dumped a lot of rain and snow around the country. In July, NOAA even stated that the U.S. had set a new record for the ‘wettest 12 month period’, which created prime mosquito habitats. The overabundance of mosquitoes mixed with a large number of birds hat were susceptible to both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis has created a ‘perfect storm’ situation. All the right pieces have fallen into place to allow these diseases to really bloom. This year has marked a record year for triple E, with 31 cases so far and more deaths than the average number of cases reported each year. Remember mosquito season isn’t over because it’s fall. Mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. Adding a flying insect trap to your mosquito control strategy can help you protect you and your family by collecting mosquitoes that are in your yard.

To help protect your yard and your home from infected mosquitoes, check out the DynaTrap website for indoor and outdoor traps!

20 Years of the West Nile Virus

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The West Nile Virus is a disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes. West Nile was first recorded in the United States in Queens, New York in 1999. A few years after the West Nile Virus was introduced in the United States, it spread from New York to the contiguous states, Canada, Mexico, as well as Central and South America. Learning more about this virus can bring awareness to it as well as learning more on how to prevent it.

When someone is bit by a mosquito that is a carrier of the West Nile, only 1 in 5 people will develop some type of symptom(s). These symptoms include fever, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. The more severe symptoms include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. It is very common in most cases that the symptoms are mild and go unreported, but it is important to be aware of how severe symptoms can be when infected with West Nile.

It has been twenty years since West Nile has been spotted in the United States. Several researchers have spent time digging deeper into West Nile and the different species of mosquitoes that can be infected and carry the virus. The most common way to diagnose West Nile is with a blood test, but sometimes a spinal tap is necessary to confirm in extreme cases.

There are several ways to get rid of mosquitoes to help prevent getting infected with the West Nile Virus. To lower your risk, use insect repellent, wear long sleeve shirts and pants, treat your clothing and gear with repellent, and of course use DynaTrap products inside and outside your home!

For more information on the West Nile Virus, click here.

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