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Happy 4th of July!

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Today is a day that we celebrate our independence from annoying, pesky, frustrating, disease-carrying mosquitoes and flying insects! They shouldn’t get the satisfaction of ruining our days off. Here are the 4 big reasons why DynaTrap won’t let them!

  1. It intrigues them with CO2
  2. The UV light mesmerizes them
  3. The fan catches them
  4. The retaining cage doesn’t let them out!

Mosquitoes love the CO2 humans emit. The more we breathe it the more attracted they are to us. That is why it is a key component in our DynaTrap technology. The CO2 is released from organic matter by the photo-catalytic reaction of Titanium Dioxide treated surfaces…say that 10 times fast! What we’re trying to say is, we’ve done our research and we’ve backed this up with science!

Mosquitoes and other flying insects are always buzzing around light polls and other light sources. This is because many insects navigate the air with transverse orientation. This is when insects fly at a constant angle relative to a major light source, aka the moon or sun. When there is a competing light source, such as the UV light of the DynaTrap, it confuses these insects and they fly into the light. The heat of this light is also a big attractant aspect.

Once the mosquitoes and insects find their way to the trap, the fan vacuums them into the retaining cage. Its strong movement sucks them down before they even realize it.

Once they enter the retaining cage, there is no way out, and they begin to dehydrate and die.

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DynaTrap is here to add to the freedom we all deserve. The freedom from unwanted bugs. We hope you enjoy a wonderful day with families and friends! Have a great 4th of July!

Mosquito Breeding Spots Around Your Home

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Mosquito breeding areas are more common then you’d think. Your yard could currently be covered in them. The more you get rid of these problem spots the less likely mosquitoes will be breeding in them.

Pools

Pools are a great luxury to have during the hotter months. They also are a manmade mosquito breeding pond.

Tip: When you aren’t using your pool, make sure to cover it. Also, be sure to use the proper chemicals to keep the pool clean and mosquito-free.

Tires

Tires collect water like it’s their job. Due to their shape, once the water is in, it’s difficult to get it out.

Tip: Drill holes in the bottom of the tire to allow drainage.

Bird Baths

We get it, birds need a place to cool off too!

Tip: Change the water out on a regular basis. If there are any mosquito eggs floating around, they won’t have time to reach their final adult stage.

Gutters

Keep your gutters clean! Leafs and other debris create a build-up of water. This is a perfect and cozy place for mosquitoes to make a home.

Tip: Make sure to clean your gutters out so water can move through easily.

Baby Pool

Small pools are a fun and great way for kids to cool off during the hot Summer.

Tip: Once the kids are tired and playtime is over, make sure you completely drain the pool of all its water.

Trash Cans

Trash cans collect water at their base if left open. The lids also can easily catch water if flipped upside down.

Tip: Make sure your garbage cans have lids and that the lids are secured on tight.

Flower Pots

Your flowers need water, but make sure not to overdo it.

Tip: Get rid of any excess water floating at the top of the surface of the soil. Also, dump out any water collected on the plant saucers.

These are all short-term prevention tips. If you want a more long-term solution, check out the DynaTrap. This mosquito repellent uses CO2 and UV light to attract, trap, and kill mosquitoes and other pesky insects in your yard. It eliminates the mosquitoes in the area, preventing them to go back to the listed breeding spots to reproduce.

3 Words DynaTrap Products Live By

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Safe, Silent, Simple.

These 3 words are used a lot in DynaTrap’s vocabulary. Safe, Silent, Simple are 3 core components of our products. That is why we want to explain them further to you!

Safe

Pesticidechemical, and propane free products are hard to come by these days, especially in the lawn and garden market. That is how the DynaTrap separates itself from the rest! Our product will bring no harm to your family, pets, plants, or the air that surrounds them. It also provides no odors. There is no bug spray or bug repellent stench or residue left behind. With how fragile our environment is, we are happy to provide products that do their job with no strings attached.

Silent

You shouldn’t have to be annoyed by a product that is trying to help you. Our DynaTrap and Flylight product lines are not meant to be abrasive. They are meant to blend in with your surroundings. That is also why we try and make our models attractive, providing different colors and designs. The vacuum-like fan is designed to be whisper-quiet, while still being powerful and getting the job done.

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Turn it on. Empty it. Repeat. It really is that easy. When you receive your trap we want the process to be, dare I say, simple! There are certain recommendations we make for where to place your traps (20-40 ft from your living area and 3-6 ft off the ground), but once you figure that out, the rest is easy. All you do is plug it in and the process begins. You won’t be glued to the instruction manual for hours or need to put it together when it arrives. The DynaTrap is completely assembled in the box. Just take it out, plug it in, empty the cage when needed, and repeat. (And don’t forget to replace the bulb every 4 months!)

3 words DynaTrap lives by. If you have any questions after reading this, click HERE to visit our FAQS. We hope you continue to experience a safe, silent, and simple mosquito and insect trapping season!

Important Things To Know When Setting Up Your DynaTrap

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42010-Shepherds Hook-OutdoorsKeep it 20-40 ft away from outdoor living space

The DynaTrap can be set-up anywhere in your yard. That is, as long as it’s 20-40 ft away from your direct living space. Think about it. The DynaTrap attracts mosquitoes and other flying insects. If you put it on your porch, you are right next to the device attracting bugs. Due to this closeness, mosquitoes get to choose between you and the trap. Humans will always be projecting the most CO2, therefore the mosquitoes will always choose the humans. By placing the trap far away there will be no issue with this.

Keep it 3 to 6 ft. off the ground

The goal is to catch flying insects. By having it 3-6 ft off the ground, that puts the DynaTrap in the insect’s direct space. Simply set it on a table, chair, or purchase one of our shepherd’s hooks, pictured on the left.

Keep it plugged in 24/7

For your DynaTrap to be most effective, keep it running 24/7. Mosquitoes will begin getting trapped immediately. The goal of the DynaTrap is to have long-term effects. Each time a mosquito is trapped, it can’t go back to the water source it came from to reproduce. It’ll take around 4-6 weeks before the main mosquito source, on or near your property, is no longer inhabited by these pests. That is when you will begin to feel the best results.

There are both outdoor and indoor traps

There are indeed! What differs is the coverage. They all are made with the same 3-way protection: Indoor traps only cover 300-1290 sq ft. The Flylight Insect Trap reaching 600 sq ft. Outdoor traps range from 1/4 acre, 1/2 acre, to 1-acre coverage.

It IS weather-resistant

There have been concerns in the past about leaving DynaTrap’s out during rainstorms. Don’t worry! All of our traps, both indoor and outdoor, are constructed of durable, all-weather material.

It will not harm your pets

Not even a little bit! DynaTrap uses zero pesticides or chemicals. All of our products are 100% environmentally-friendly. Your family, furry friends, and our planet will not be harmed by the way our traps work.

For more FAQS, click HERE. If you have any additional questions left unanswered, reach out to our amazing Customer Care Representatives HERE.

Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Me?

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CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)

This is what humans exhale. This is also the first thing that attracts mosquitoes to their hosts. Female mosquitoes have long antennae’s and olfactory organs called palps. These can pick up high concentrations of carbon dioxide from 150 feet away. CO2 is the main indicator that a human is within reach for a mosquito. You may have heard that women who are pregnant, or those who are overweight, tend to get bit more. This is because they exhale larger amounts of CO2 than the average person. A study once showed that pregnant women exhaled 21% more than non-pregnant women. With all this being said, that is why DynaTrap emits CO2 from its traps to successfully trap mosquitoes.

Lactic Acid

Once mosquitoes have found their hosts location they begin smelling for lactic acid. This is produced by your body after you exercise or eat certain types of foods. When you sweat, the number of lactic acids increases in your body. If you sweat more than the average person, that might be a big reason why you get so many mosquito bites. When you sweat your body temperature increases too. The higher your body temperature is the more attracted mosquitoes can be towards you. Eating any type of salty snack also increases the amount of lactic acid you produce. Mosquitoes are attracted to potassium and salt. It may help to avoid salty snacks this Summer.

Blood Type

It is said that those with Type O blood have a higher chance of getting bit. In a study conducted in 2004, it showed that mosquitoes landed on Type O participants significantly more than those with Type A, AB, or B.  Mosquitoes landed on the participants with Type O blood 83% of the time, Type A 47%, and Type B or AB tested unclear. If you are getting more mosquito bites compared to your friends, it might be time to check what your blood type is.

Beer

Although not confirmed, some recent studies have shown that drinking beer makes mosquitoes more attracted to you. Why? Certain studies conclude it is due to the increased ethanol in a persons sweat and skin temperature. Ethanol is the intoxicating agent found in your favorite beers, wines, and liquors. This includes raising a persons body temperature. Giving you that “alcohol blanket” that deems helpful in the colder months. During the Summer though, that raised body temperature makes you tastier to those flying and biting, little monsters.

Light

Think about it, where are lights? They are on our porches, outside of our front doors, coming from a campfire, or simply a flashlight. When we are outside at night, we emit light. Phototaxis is the scientific term for the attraction bugs have toward light. UV light is the best light attractant for bugs. Mosquitoes and other flying insects that the DynaTrap catches are attracted to the warmth that UV lights emit. That is why a UV light is used within our DynaTrap’s catching technology.

See how the DynaTrap uses CO2 and UV light to attract mosquitoes and other flying insects:

What We Catch!

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The 1st of June is just around the corner. In some places, like DynaTrap’s home base of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Winter likes to stay way longer than welcomed. The one thing we can always bet on is that by June the weather should finally emulate Summer. Another thing we can bet on by June is that the bugs are all out. The small ones, biting ones, hungry ones, and annoying ones, they are all accounted for. DynaTrap’s job is to help take bugs out of your Summer equation. These are some of the ones we can help with!

Mosquitoes

Obviously! These annoying, disease-carrying, pests need to be taken care of. They transmit diseases such as Malaria, Zika, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever. Female mosquitoes are not only attracted to our blood but need it in order to produce eggs. They feed off of humans and animals and are becoming a growing and serious issue worldwide.

Moths

It isn’t the moths themselves, but the caterpillars, or larvae, they lay that devastates gardens. The caterpillars eat through the leaves they are born onto. Once that food source runs out they move on to the next set of leaves. After a while, they can cause major destruction.

Black Flies/Horse Flies/Deer Flies

These flies have a nasty bite! Different species have different hosts. That is why some have acquired names after what they bite (ex: horse or deer flies). Black Flies specifically tend to go after anything with blood in them. While they prefer to bite outdoors and during the day, Horse Flies and Deer Flies prefer to bite around dusk or dawn. Stay aware when outside!

No-See-Ums

Otherwise known as biting midges, these little guys are 1/8 of an inch small. They hide out in shrubs or dead leaves on the ground and often go unseen when biting you.

Sand Flies/Fleas

These insects are also so small that they go undetected until you feel their bite. They are often found along the waterfront, in seaweed washed up on shore.

Asian Lady Beetles

These are a large nuisance when they find their way into your home. When killed, they release a yellow fluid that can stain walls, fabrics and has an unpleasant smell. Most importantly, the released fluid attracts more Asian Beetles and can cause an infestation.

Japanese Beetles

The larvae are incredibly damaging because they eat grass roots, causing large brown spots in your lawn. On top of that, their predators will tear up your lawn trying to reach these small beetles. As adults they eat all types of leaves and petals, destroying gardens and vegetation.

Yellow Jackets

Wasps and yellow jackets are extremely aggressive when they feel provoked. They have a painful sting and have the ability to repeatedly attack. When you smash yellow jackets they let out a chemical that attracts other yellow jackets. That is why the DynaTrap’s catching method helps avoid that.

The DynaTrap catches other insects that are attracted to either UV light or CO2. Feel free to reach out and ask if you are having pest issues that aren’t listed! Sometimes insect repellents just don’t cut it. That is why customers change to the DynaTrap. Click HERE to learn more about our products.

NOTE: DynaTrap does not catch any beneficial insects. These include honeybees, butterflies, and dragonflies.

 

DynaTrap Got The 2018 National Hardware Show Buzzing!

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The 2018 National Hardware Show kicked off on Tuesday, May 8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. DynaTrap’s entire Sales & Marketing Team packed their bags, traps, and mosquito and insect knowledge and headed to Sin City.

Who were the sinners, you ask? The pesky, annoying, disease-carrying mosquitoes and insects DynaTrap is trying to get rid of!

DynaTrap’s Dynamic NHS Team!

The DynaTrap team raved about their experience at the 2018 National Hardware Show. They walked away feeling like they made great connections, and got the convention buzzing about the company and its products! John Rocha, leader of New Market Development explained, “My favorite addition this year was the mosquito demonstration display from Dr. Karen.” DynaTrap has recently hired their very own Director of Entomology, Dr. Karen Mckenzie. Karen will be located in Melbourne, Florida at the DynaTrap Entomology Research Center (DERC), but came to Las Vegas to be apart of the fun! In the picture on the bottom left, Dr. Karen demonstrates how quickly mosquitoes react to her hand when she puts it in their environment. By exposing her body warmth and scent, she was able to show how attracted mosquitoes really are to us.

DynaTrap also had the amazing opportunity to interview and showcase their products throughout the show. These products included the Flylight Insect Trap, DT600, and the Atrakta Pods. They had a wonderful time interviewing with DIY Network, Make48, WeekendHandyman.com, and Welcome Home. Below are just a few of the interviews they had!

DynaTrap not only received great coverage but also great awards! The Flylight Insect Trap won The Hardware Retailing Award. It was also the New Product Launch Bronze Award winner for the “Most Innovative Product, presented by Amazon! DynaTrap feels honored to receive these awards. It gives them an extra ZAP of energy to continue to innovate within their marketplace.

See you next year NHS!

The Deadliest Animals in the World

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The worlds deadliest animals carry disease, venom, and anger. They attack to protect, to survive, or out of pure vengeance. After researching the many animals that cause harm to humans, these are the most consistent results.

1. Mosquitoes: 725,000

Mosquitoes carry diseases such as malaria, Zika Virus, yellow fever, dengue virus, West Nile Virus, and chikungunya virus. Malaria alone caused 446,000 deaths in 2016. 91% of those deaths happened in Africa. Many of the other diseases listed are most common in Latin America. There is a yellow fever epidemic in Brazil right now, while Zika continues to affect pregnant women in many South American countries. Mosquitoes-borne illnesses are becoming a world issue as each day passes. Things such as mosquito repellents, insecticide covered bed nets, and large amounts of research are a huge part of the mosquito-borne illness resistance.

2. Humans: 475,000

Humans are the most dangerous mammals in the world. Homicide rates in inner cities grow daily. Terrible instances of school and church shootings and fatal acts of terrorism are what put the human to human-caused deaths so high up on this list. Countries within Latin America and states within the United States have the highest rate of homicides within their cities.

3. Snakes: 50,000-100,000

If you live in North America, Australia, or Europe this isn’t a huge concern of yours. If you live in places such as India, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, or Southeastern Asia, it’s a totally different story. Snake venom comes in three different forms. The first is Hemotoxic venom. This venom attacks your cardiovascular system. Then there is Cytotoxic venom. This venom attacks your muscle groups. Lastly, there is Neurotoxic venom. This venom attacks your brain and nervous system. No matter which venom it is, it can cause fatal results instantly, or if not treated quickly. The scary part of being bitten is that there is very little antivenom accessible in places that have high rates of snake bites.

4. Dogs: 25,000

Man’s best friend isn’t always friendly. Don’t panic though, your beloved golden retriever down the hall isn’t going to turn on you. It’s specifically dogs infected with rabies that cause this number of deaths. Rabies is a contagious and fatal virus. You’ve most likely heard of raccoons carrying this disease. It is spread by the animal’s saliva. The symptoms it includes are fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis, and mental confusion. Once these symptoms appear it is almost always fatal.

5. Teste Fly & Assassin Bugs & Freshwater Snails: 10,000

These three animals are small but frightening. Starting with the Teste Fly, this bug carries a parasite called trypanosomiasis. This is also called the “sleeping sickness” due to it disturbing a persons sleep patterns. This disease is most common in the sub-Saharan Africa. The scariness of this disease is that it can often go undetected until it is too late. Then there is Assassin bugs or the “Kissing bugs.” These bugs carry a parasite that causes major damage to organs that can be fatal. Finally, Freshwater Snails. These snails carry parasitic worms that infect people with a virus called schistosomiasis. This causes abdominal pain and blood in the stool or urine. It is said that the death rate due to schistosomiasis could be much larger than recorded.

6. Roundworms: 4,500 deaths

Roundworms carry an infection called ascariasis. This is an infection in the small intestine. It is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions, such as Latin American and sub-Saharan Africa. People get roundworms by accidentally ingesting their eggs. Roundworms lay their eggs in soil that is usually contaminated by feces. Children are most commonly affected by ascariasis by playing in the soil and then putting their hands in their mouths that have the soil infested eggs in them. Most people do recover from ascariasis, but if the infestation gets out of hand then the symptoms caused can take someone’s life.

Other notable animals:
  • Crocodiles are responsible for 2,500 deaths
  • Hippopotamus are responsible for 500-1,000 deaths
  • Elephants and lions are responsible for 100 deaths
  • Sharks are responsible for 6 deaths

***All numbers were gathered by multiple resources. The numbers used here are the most common results found.

 

What Mosquitoes Spread What Diseases?

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Mosquito-borne diseases are everywhere. They are putting countries in epidemics and bringing concern to others who fear their spread. Below are 3 mosquito species that transmit some of the worlds worst mosquito-borne illnesses.

Aedes aegypti

Also known as the yellow fever mosquito. This mosquito originated in Africa, and like most insects, were spread around the world by human travel. Today, this mosquito is more popular in tropical and subtropical regions. Yellow fever has now become a country epidemic in Brazil. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now advised all travelers to get the yellow fever vaccine before traveling there or to just skip the trip altogether. Both Europe and the United States are being told that this disease could be heading their way. The Aedes aegypti also spreads the Zika Virus. The Zika Virus is not only a large issue in South America but is now causing concern in the southern parts of the United States, specifically Florida. Zika causes a disease called microcephaly. This disease deforms newborns sculls and slows their brain development. It occurs when their mothers get Zika during their pregnancies. If Zika and yellow fever weren’t enough, some Aedes aegypti transmits viruses such as chikungunya, dengue fever, West Nile fever, and eastern equine encephalitis as well.

Anopheles gambiae & Anopheles stephensi

These mosquitoes are the largest transmitters of the malaria parasite in the world. The Anopheles gambiae is found in Africa, while the Anopheles stephensi is found throughout the Middle East and South Asia, the main vector being in urban India. The Anopheles stephensi not only feeds on humans but feed on a large number of cattle as well. These malaria parasitic mosquitoes are most active at night. That is why the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets are a huge help in countries who are fighting malaria. In 2016, 90% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths were spread out among 15 sub-Saharan African countries. This issue was brought to the 2018 Commonwealth Summit in London. At this conference, a large sum of money was committed to helping end malaria. Click here to learn more.

Anopheles albopictus

Also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, Anopheles albopictus is now listed as one of the top 100 invasive species of mosquitoes. One of the reasons being that these mosquitoes are not picky. They transmit yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue fever, West Nile fever, eastern equine encephalitis, Zika virus, and some roundworm parasites, such as dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). This mosquito is scary because it is very adaptable. It originates from Asia but now is spread throughout the entire world.  It even is showing signs of adaption in colder climates.

Mosquito-borne illnesses are becoming a worldwide concern. Using mosquito-repellents are the best way to fight mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. But mosquitoes have already started to adapt, as most creatures do. Scientists and researchers are working endlessly to find a larger cure for these diseases. Stay up to date with all mosquito-borne illness news and research through DynaTrap’s social media pages.

What Happens After You Get A Mosquito Bite?

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You got him!

…but you were too late.

This tiny terror had already sucked your blood and left its mark before you even noticed it was there. So now what?

This is what actually happens to your body when you get bit by a mosquito.

During the bite

Mosquitoes are stealthy creatures. I doubt anyone would disagree with that from the number of “where did those come from” mosquito bites people receive in the Summertime. If you think about it, mosquitoes are only 3mm-6mm long and weigh about 5mg. It’s hard to believe that such small insects can create such large problems. When a mosquito lands on you they immediately begin to look for a thin layer of skin, preferably close to a blood vessel. Once they find the perfect spot, they inject their long probe-like tongue into your skin and pump a numbing saliva into your body.

After the bite

Once the mosquitoes saliva has entered your body it’s game over. Your body detects this unwanted and foreign content and rushes to the scene. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell used to attack any unwanted bacteria, viruses, or toxins that enter your body, come to the rescue to annihilate the mosquito’s saliva. Although these cells are helpful, the mixture of the saliva and the white blood cells are what cause the itchy sensation. DON’T ITCH IT. It only makes it worse (easier said than done, we know).

Fun Fact: A mosquito could be on your body for 4+ minutes if undetected. As mosquitoes drink, red blood cells rush to their probe-like tongues quickly. Sometimes mosquitoes can suck the blood so hard that they will explode.

Unfortunately, the aftermath of mosquito bites can hang out for a few days. Some people only have symptoms for 24 hours, some will have them up to 2 weeks. It just depends on how your body reacts to the saliva. The main symptoms include itchiness and swelling.

What if the mosquito has the malaria parasite?

When a mosquito injects this parasite into its host’s skin, the parasite attacks the liver cells. Once these get to the liver, they burst open and travel throughout the body. They attach to red blood cells, kill those cells, and then move onto other red blood cells and do the same. Mosquito parasites that cause illnesses like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika, are extremely vicious and persistent. Those initial white blood cells can’t handle the push from these parasites, which causes the spread of the diseases throughout a persons body.

Prevention

As you’re out and about this Summer, utilizing mosquito sprays and repellents are key. Those who reside in areas where mosquito-borne illnesses are prominent should be using insecticide covered bed nets, and other repellents available to them. Research is being done every day to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. DynaTrap hopes to make a greater impact in the countries that bug bites cause much more than an itchy red bump. DynaTrap is a mosquito relief and insect repellent you can trust.