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Bugs in Fall: Which Ones to Look Out For

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As the seasons are changing, the typical bugs we come across tend to change too. Mosquitoes are not the only concern anymore. As we enter the season of fall, here are some pests to look out for.

  • Ants:
    • Seek warmth as the temperature decreases
  • Bees & Wasps:
    • Fall is the time when bees and wasps feed and store up on food for the winter
  • Spiders:
    • Spiders might enter your home in the fall, but do not reproduce indoors
    • Species to look for: American House spider, cellar spider, domestic house spider, and cupboard spider
    • If there’s a spider in your home, simply move it outside and you’ll be good
  • Flies:
    • South- and west-facing walls may be attracting flies into your home that are looking for a warm place to be
    • Common flies to look for: cluster flies, fruit flies, and house flies
  • Prevention:
    • Clean Up Outdoors
      • These pests tend to find warmth in piles of leaves and the like.
      • Ensure they don’t enter your house by clearing the piles often.
    • Clean Around the House
      • Pests thrive off left-over food and water. Wipe down the kitchen to ensure there are no left-over crumbs
      • Keep garbage bins closed tightly
      • Pests will find warmth in dirty clothes piles like they would with a pile of leaves outside. Don’t accumulate piles of dirty laundry around the home.
    • Check for Holes and Clearings
      • Walk around the perimeter of your home to check if there are any holes or crevices the pests could use to enter your home.
      • Holes close to the gutters give pests a way to get into the walls of your home (they might stay there all season if you don’t catch them)

Now that you’re more familiar about the pests you might come across this season, DynaTrap has a few products that can help! From outdoor to indoor, DynaTrap has products to kill bugs without chemicals. Try DynaTrap to help take care of those pests during the fall season.

Fight the Bite!

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Lets face it, mosquito bites suck! Here’s six home remedies to help soothe the pain.

1.) ICE –

Cool it down with an ice pack. Cold temperatures help slow the rate of inflammation. Applying an ice pack to the area soon after the bite will help reduce inflammation, itching and discomfort.

2.) ANTIHISTAMINES –

Histamine is a chemical that the body releases as part of the inflammatory response to a mosquito bite.  Antihistamines help fight of this chemical and can be found in a pill or topical cream form.

3.) CALAMINE –

Calamine is a great defense for itchy mosquito bites. It has a cooling sensation that temporarily relieves itching and discomfort.

4.) SOOTHING HEAT-

A Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology study looked at the effectiveness of a device that emits concentrated heat. In most cases, the device was able to reduce the discomfort resulting from insect bites within 10 minutes of its application.

5.) ALOE VERA-

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties that can help heal mosquito bites.

6.) HONEY-

Honey has properties that make it useful for healing wounds. Applying it to bites may help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

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How to Make Yourself Less Attractive to Mosquitoes?

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Do mosquitoes come buzzing straight for you as soon as you step outside? Do you always end up with annoying mosquito bites? Mosquitoes love humans, especially our scent. They have very acute receptors in their antennae and heads that can detect human scents up to a 100 feet away.

Here are the top human scents mosquitoes are attracted to-

1.) Carbon Dioxide: Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, both the scent and the amount. Every time we exhale, we release chemicals like lactic acid, octenol, uric acid and fatty acids that combine with CO2. This combination of scents is what clues mosquitoes that there is a human target nearby. Get yourself a DynaTrap to fix this problem.

This insect trap mimics human breath allowing mosquitoes to follow the CO2 trail into the trap.

2.) Body odor:  Bacterial colonies help generate the human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless.

There are measures you can take like washing regularly to reduce body odor.

3.)  Secretions: About 80% of us are “secretors” or people who secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through their skin. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors.

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about this except seeking other preventative measures to fight off these pests.

4.) Blood type:  Different blood types give off different scents. Studies have shown that mosquitoes are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted to Type A.

Sorry Type O’s, you can’t change your blood type.

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Ouch! That Stings!

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We all know insect stings are the worst, but how much do they really hurt? Dr. Justin O. Schmidt, entomologist, and creator of the Schmidt Pain Scale Index took it upon himself to find out!

Here are some of the results so you know what to watch out for!

Index: 0 = the least amount of pain  4+ = the most amount of pain

Sweat bee: Light & fruity.  These pests will barely harm a hair on your head.

1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden & a little alarming.

2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Similar to slamming the car door on your hand.

3.0 Paper wasp: This one will leave a burn. Imagine spilling a beaker of Hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.

4.0 Pepsis wasp: A blinding electric shock that will leave you paralyzed and screaming.

4.0+ Bullet ant: An unfathomable pain that lasts more than 12 hours. According to Schmidt, it will leave you feeling “Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.”

Our suggestion? Prevent the pain & get a DynaTrap today!

Are Mosquitoes a Danger to Our Beloved Pets?

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Your dogs, cats and horses could be in danger! We adore our pets and strive to protect them at all costs but are they really safe from mosquito bites?

The answer is NO!

Summertime means insect time! While our four-legged adventurers want to have some fun, it’s important to understand that a single mosquito bite can lead to serious health complications in even the healthiest of pets.

What Can You Do?

1.) Research: Know the types of  dangerous mosquito diseases, infections and  allergies  your pets are susceptible to. For example, one of the most serious and most common disease that can be transmitted by mosquito bites to dogs is heartworm. A single bite from an infected mosquito is all it takes to infect your dog. West Nile Virus is another deadly disease that your dogs, cats or even horses could contract through mosquito bites.

2.) Spot the Symptoms:  Allergies and Infections develop when a pet excessively scratches, chews or licks at even a single itchy mosquito bite. Oh, those pesky mosquitoes! Here’s how they make our pets suffer, just like people:  raised red welts on the skin, an overwhelming urge to itch and vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy in severe cases.

3.) Take Precaution: Prevention is key especially during the height of mosquito season! Attempt to keep your dog indoors during early morning and early evening hours when mosquitoes are the most active. Keep your doors and windows closed when mosquitoes are in season and use dog-safe insect repellents.

And of course… get a pet-friendly DynaTrap to keep your beloved creatures happy and healthy!! Visit our site to get yours before it’s too late!

Don’t Rain on Our Parade!

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Do Mosquitoes Really Like the Rain?

This summer has been a wet one, especially in the Midwest! We all have heard the warnings of the rain bringing in a swarm of mosquitoes. It turns out mosquitoes don’t really like rain. They love puddles!

The female mosquito lays her eggs in stagnant water, and larvae need only ½ inch of water to survive. With so much rainfall, water gathers quickly and cannot easily evaporate or soak into the ground. This means more mosquitoes!

Here are some steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes on your property after it rains:

1.) Dump out any standing water that can collect in items such as flower pots and old tires.

2.) Clear water off pool covers after it rains.

3.) Maintain your landscape: Mosquitoes can hide under trees, bushes & shrubs.

And of course you can armor up with DynaTrap. Get one now and take precaution!

MOSQUITOES HAVE HISTORY TOO!

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MOSQUITOES HAVE HISTORY, TOO!

In 1903, a national organization of mosquito control workers under the name “National Mosquito Extermination Society” was formed in the U.S.

In 1922 cases of the dengue fever were seen along the Gulf Coast spreading from Texas to Florida and becoming one of the most serious vector-borne viruses of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. More recently in 2000, West Nile virus was reported in 12 states across the country (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia).

Today there are several mosquitoes carrying serious diseases that call the United States home. Lucky for you, DynaTrap, a fantastic mosquito trap, can help relieve your worries.

Say hello to freedom from these pests this 4th of July with DynaTrap! Learn more about the Dynatrap here!

It’s Time!

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It’s time to get your DynaTraps out! Mosquitoes hatch when the temperature reaches 45 degrees, we recommend setting your DynaTrap out as soon as the weather warms up. Make sure to follow these guidelines to ensure optimal results!

Set-Up Your Trap 20-40 ft Away From High Traffic Areas

The DynaTrap can be placed anywhere. Just remember that flying insects will be attracted to the unit so you may want to place it 20-40 feet away from your outdoor living area. For best results, place it away from other competing light sources such as spot or porch lights.

Keep Your Trap 3 to 6 ft. Off The Ground

The DynaTrap should be placed three to six feet off the ground. This can be accomplished by placing it on a table or shelf or hanging it from a shepherd’s hook or tree.

Keep Your Trap Plugged in 24/7

The DynaTrap should be left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except when cleaning) during the insect and mosquito season. In some areas of the world this might be several months during the summer, in other areas, it may be year-around. DynaTrap reaches maximum effectiveness in 6-8 weeks, but please continue running your DynaTrap 24/7 after this period for the duration of the insect and mosquito season.

DynaTrap at the International Home + Housewares Show

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The International Home + Housewares Show takes place every year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. This show is organized by the International Housewares Association. The International Home + Housewares Show is one of the top 20 largest trade shows in the United States, hosting more than 60,000 industry professionals and buyers from all around the world. This 4 day event allows buyers to discover trends, and people within the industry to connect and share their products. DynaTrap’s DT600’s and Flylights on display, along with the “How It Works” simulator had the whole show buzzing! This show allowed us to spread the word about our safe, silent, and simple solutions to pesky insect problems. To say the least, this year’s show was a success! Until next year IHHS!

Mosquitoes on a Diet?

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Did you know female mosquitoes can consume 2-3 times their weight in blood?! Fortunately, scientists may have found a way to curb their appetite – diet drugs. In recent tests, scientists found that the diet drugs made the mosquitoes feel as though they had just feasted on blood, giving them the feeling that they were full. This resulted in the mosquitoes losing interest in biting, as their main reason for doing so is to feed on blood. The reason it works is ultimately the same reason it works for humans. (Believe it or not, we share a fairly large amount of genes!) These drugs are appetite suppressants. They work by targeting hunger receptors and tricking the body into into thinking it is full. Scientists were able to replicate this occurrence in mosquitoes by feeding them a saline solution combined with the diet drugs. The goal of this experiment is not to determine a way to completely wipe out the mosquito population, but rather to reduce the number of mosquitoes and possibly annihilate the species that are responsible for the spread of infectious diseases. While these tests are still in the early stages, the results are promising.