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Introducing the DynaTrap FlyLight!

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No Pesticides/Odor-Free

Pass-Thru Power to AC and/or USB Outlets

Attracts Insects with UV AtraktaGlo™ Technology

Safe, Silent, Simple – Indoor Use Only

This DynaTrap® Insect Trap provides effective protection from disease-carrying flies and other flying insects in a discreet, quiet unit. The UV emitting fluorescent bulb produces a warm light at a
wavelength specifically designed to attract flies. Once attracted, the insects are trapped on the non-toxic StickyTech™ Glue Card which is concealed by the attractive aluminum panel.

Easy installation, just plug it in!

House Flies

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A.K.A Filth Flies

Has your at home relaxation ever been interrupted by pesky house flies buzzing around your head? Worse, how about them flying around your food? The fact that house flies are nicknamed “filth flies” should be a concern to anyone who lives in any home or apartment alike. Flies carry over 361 bacteria on their bodies and transfer that bacteria onto foods and liquids. 65 of those bacteria can translate into disease-causing cases of food poisoning, diarrhea, eye infections, dysentery, cholera, and tuberculosis. Why are they called filth flies? Because they live and feed in filth. This includes garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food.

How do bacteria get transferred?

When houseflies land on our food they regurgitate saliva onto it. That salvia can stay there after we swat the flies away, leaving us with a sandwich topping we were not expecting. This salvia is used to help them digest their food since they can only digest liquid food. Like mentioned before, flies don’t care where their food comes from. They could go eat out of the garbage and then come land on our perfectly delicious food on the table immediately after. In the meantime leaving feces where they land as well. All bad things.

Where do they come from?

Naturally, they come from the outside. They are attracted to your home for a few reasons:

  • Poor sanitation
  • Rotting fruit, veggies, or any other decaying food
  • Manure on your property

They can get into a house with unsealed cracks in doors and windows and ripped screens. Their 4 to 7.5 mm long bodies can get them through the smallest of cracks. Once inside, they begin feeding, reproducing, and leaving bacteria everywhere they land.

If only there was a product that helped with your indoor fly problems…stay tuned for what DynaTrap has to offer!

When it get’s cold, where do the bugs go?

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Hibernation, meet Insects.

The temperature drops, snow begins to fall, and ice forms across roads and water formations alike. We bundle up and turn on the heat, but what do insects do? Prepare your mind to be blown.

Dormant

This means that when the temperature drops, insects can reduce their metabolic activity and go into a state of dormancy. AKA, they can survive with less than they usually need. Insects become dormant for many reasons, not just because of the cold. If there is a lack of food, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, or a sudden change in their natural environment, they will slow their metabolism down to survive without those essentials. But this doesn’t happen often, usually, animals experience dormancy within a pattern. Winter comes annually, therefore they know to prepare for it. There are two types of dormancy:

  • Quiescence: Short-term, brought on by unexpected change. This is easily reversible and is usually used when changes in environments are short-lived.
  • Diapause: An extended period of metabolic activity. This is a triggered type of dormancy. When insects feel the weather getting colder they start to slowly prepare their bodies for “hibernation” through dormancy.

When insects go through diapause, they will seek shelter by burrowing underground. First, they will prepare their bodies for dormancy, and then find their protection from the cold.

Gross Fact: When you’re playing in the snow, there are likely thousands of dormant insects below your feet. Ew.
Antifreeze

Our cells and bodies are composed of mostly water. When the weather gets frigidly cold, that water can freeze. This can happen inside insects as well. How do they fight it? They store large amounts of sugars in their bodies that lower the freezing temperatures of liquids. Some insects also store lipids or glycogen which are sources of energy. Although this method works for many different insects, once the temperature surpasses -30 F or -34.44C, the insect’s bodies can’t keep the cold out any longer.

Unless you’re the Antartic midge…

Better known as the Belgica Antarctica, this wingless insect can survive the freezing of its body fluids and live without oxygen for 2-4 week. This 2-7mm midge is the longest purely terrestrial animal that walks the frigid floors of Antartica. It spends two full winters surrounded by snow and ice in its larvae stage. During this time it can lose up to 70 percent of the water in its body. After that long, and cold, development, it only lives for about 10 days once it becomes an adult. It fills those 10 days doing two things: Eating and mating. Between insane temperature swings, high exposure to ultraviolet light, and all other conditions that come with living on the continent of Antartica, these small insects fascinate scientists to this day.

Male Vs. Female

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Male Mosquitoes

The weather warms up and we find ourselves dreading the coming of female mosquitoes. But what about male mosquitoes? How do they play a factor?

Purpose

Male mosquitoes soul purpose in life is to mate with females. Males can seek out female mosquitoes to mate with by listening to the sounds of their wings, which beat 500 times per second. In a male mosquitoes short 1-2 week lifespan, they feed on nectar and water. Females do this as well, but their main meal comes from animal and human hosts, as we all unfortunately know. Females will only drink blood after they have mated with a male. This makes sense since they need the protein and iron from hosts blood to reproduce (scroll down to last weeks blog post to learn more about female mosquitoes). Without the male mosquitoes, females couldn’t mate, AKA couldn’t reproduce.

Appearance

Although both are some of the smallest creatures in the animal kingdom, females are larger than males. If you look through a microscope, the male mosquitoes proboscis, or antenna’s, are long and feathery. The females proboscis is smooth, acting like a needle. This makes sense since that is what they use to cut into their hosts’ skin for blood. The hair on the males proboscis is there to help with hearing. They use it to assist them in locating their female mate. Again, the female mosquitoes wings beat at 500 times per second. That is what the male mosquito is listening for. The males proboscis does not have the ability to pierce skin. This is why they can’t feed off a host. The benefit of this is if they can’t feed off a host, they can’t spread disease.

Male Mosquitoes and Science

There are numerous studies going on in the scientific community that are trying to prevent mosquitoes from spreading the harmful diseases they do. The male mosquito is the key factor in one of these studies. These male mosquitoes will carry the Wolbachia bacterium. This bacterium will make the male mosquitoes sterile. When released into the outdoors, they will compete with wild males to mate with females. If they win, procreation will fail. The hope is to reduce mosquito populations that carry yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus. The fight to end mosquito-borne illnesses could be won by the help of males.

Do they? Or do they not? Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Our blog series “Do they? Or do they not?” has finally come to a close. For our last post, we’ll focus on the most dangerous animal in the world, the mosquito.

How do Mosquitoes work?

Like most insects, only females bite us. This is because they need a blood-meal in order to produce eggs. The protein and iron found in our blood, and the blood of other mammals they feed on, are essential for them to reproduce. Their favorite location to breed is on water, where they will then lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes spend their short 2-6 week lives staying within a 1-acre radius of their birthplace, those who live by rivers, lakes, and ponds have a larger issue with mosquitoes than those who do not. Those who live far from a direct water source need to realize that any standing water in their backyard is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Once mosquitoes are born, the damage these small fighters can do is significant. That is why prevention is vital.

Mosquitoes and Disease

When Spring and Summer roll around a lot of people relate mosquito bites to the allergic reaction of a red, itchy bump. But what people don’t realize is that in many places around the world the thoughts surrounding mosquitoes are much more severe than that. Mosquitoes kill over one million people each year. This is due to the diseases they carry: Malaria, Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus, ChikungunyaYellow Fever, Encephalitis, and more. Three of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes are what cause the mosquito-borne illnesses we all are way too familiar with. These three species include the Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes actually transmit more diseases than any other creature in the world. These illnesses they carry can cause things like mild to extreme flu-like symptoms, rashes, microcephaly in infants, paralysis, joint stiffness and death. These diseases are extremely present in African and South American countries.

How does the DynaTrap catch them?

Mosquitoes find DynaTrap irresistible for these three reasons:

  1. They are attracted to the warmth of body heat, which is mimicked by the DynaTrap.
  2. They sense CO2 (which we exhale) from up to 100 ft. away, which is produced by the DynaTrap.
  3. They are drawn to different wavelengths of UV light, which is emitted by the DynaTrap.

Like stated before, mosquitoes do not travel long distances. Therefore, with every mosquito caught with a DynaTrap prevents hundreds or thousands of additional mosquito eggs from being laid on your property–effectively breaking the mosquito life cycle. Due to its pesticide-free technology, you won’t have to worry about the DynaTrap negatively affecting your yard, garden, house, or home. The goal would be to make DynaTrap a household, town or village item in those countries that are affected most negatively by mosquitoes. We want to take a stand against mosquitoes!

Click the link to see what else the DynaTrap does and doesn’t catch!

 

 

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/group/mosquitoes/

http://www.mosquito.org/page/diseases

Do they? Or do they not? Black Flies

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Black Flies

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Black Flies bite just about anything that has blood in them. When a fly is 5-15mm small but is nicknamed a “buffalo gnat” and a “turkey gnat,” you know you’re in for trouble. Unfortunately, insect repellents will not do much to rid your yards of these painful pests. That is the exact reason why DynaTrap was created to attract black flies too.

Where can you find them?

Black Flies love wet areas. Like most insects, the female black flies are the ones that seek out a blood meal. They need this to assist in their egg production. Once they have successfully done this they lay their eggs in clear running water. These flies will lay 150-500 eggs at one time. Unlike other insects, black flies have extremely short lifespans. They are only alive for 2-3 weeks but the amount of damage they can do in that time is intensive. A difference between these flies, in comparison to insects like mosquitoes, is that they seek out meals during the day.

So how much damage can they do?

Black Flies can actually do a lot of damage to a host. They are found across the U.S. and in other regions of the world, including Africa and South America. They do not transmit any diseases in the U.S., but their bites can transmit a disease called river blindness in other parts of the world. Scientifically known as Onchocerciasis, river blindness is most commonly transmitted to those living by fast-moving rivers where black flies breed. These flies pass a type of worm into you which, if not cared for, can migrate into your skin and eyes. 50% of men over the age of 40 had been blinded by this disease in West African communities in the 1970s. Other similar diseases black flies can transmit include mansonellosis in humans, bovine onchocerciasis in cattle and horses, and leucocytozoonosis in wild bird. Black flies also are known to attack in packs. Cattle have been found dead on the sides of rivers due to massive swarms of black flies that choose them as their next blood meal. Black flies like to bite their hosts near their head and face. The bites can cause minor and severe itching, swelling, and redness. They can also cause “Black Fly Fever” which causes a headache, nausea, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

In conclusion, they’re bad news.

…so let’s get them out of here! The DynaTrap emits CO2, the chemical that mammals emit when breathing out and what attracts these dangerous, frustrating and painful bugs to us. The University of Florida did a study and found that various types of Black Flies are attracted to the chemical DEET, but not all. The nice thing about the DynaTrap is that it is a safe option using no pesticides, no chemicals and is odor free. You won’t have to worry about the trap interfering with any beneficial bugs or your flourishing gardens. It’s there to simply catch these black flies, along with other harmful insects, to make your outdoor life enjoyable again.

Click the link to see what else the DynaTrap does and doesn’t catch!

https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/blackfly.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/fly-bites#black-flies

http://www.who.int/blindness/partnerships/onchocerciasis_disease_information/en/

Do they? Or do they not? Butterflies

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Butterflies

They DO NOT get caught by the DynaTrap!

These beautiful flying insects paint the skies with different colors. They are incredibly beneficial to our environment, which is why the DynaTrap does not catch them. They’re probably one of the only insects that people get excited to see. But can you blame us? They bring a positive light to the numerous other pests that surround us during the Spring and Summer months.

The Butterfly lifecycle

Butterflies go through metamorphosis. Like most things, they start as an egg. Those small eggs then turn into Larva, AKA a Caterpiller. This is not a long stage of life. When the mother butterfly lays her eggs, she needs to do it on a leaf that can be eaten when her eggs hatch. When the larvae hatch, they begin to eat the leaf they were born onto. The caterpillers stage of life is a growing period. After the caterpillar sheds its fourth layer of skin, it moves to the next stage. This stage is the Chrysalis (or pupa) stage. This is when the caterpillar makes a chrysalis and begins the transformation into an adult butterfly. Once an adult (or an Imago) emerges from the chrysalis, it begins a life of pollinating our plants and painting our skies with beautiful colors.

A butterfly drinking through its probe-like tongue.

So why are they so beneficial?

Like honeybees, they’re important pollinators. Butterflies use their probe-like tongues to collect pollen from plants. They fly from one flower to the next, stand on their long legs, and drink their pollen-filled meal. While they do this, pollen will stick to their legs and occasionally their bodies, resulting in the transfer of pollen to the next plant they fly to. When it comes down to it, bees are the top pollinators. Having smaller legs, their bodies pick up much more pollen than a butterfly does. Nonetheless, with these two pollinators working alongside each other, success is inevitable.

But are their concerns?

3 Points: Habitat Loss, Degradation, and Fragmentation. Due to agricultural development, urban and suburban development, and extraction of resources for humans and animals, our mighty pollinators are losing their sources to live. Degradation is the decline in the quality of habitat. Due to excess of cities and houses being made, we are making it harder for pollinators, especially those who are ground-nesters, to do their job. Because of this, habitats are becoming smaller, therefore the resources won’t be able to meet all the pollinators needs. Other reasons for pollinator decline includes the infiltration of non-native species, the increase of disease and pollution pesticides, and climate change. This is why the DynaTrap is a pesticide-free, environmentally friendly product. We want to keep hurtful insects out of your yards and gardens without hurting the beneficial insects, animals and plant life that also frequents those places.

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http://www3.canisius.edu/~grandem/butterflylifecycle/The_Lifecycle_of_a_Butterfly_print.html

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle

Do they? Or do they not? Sand Flies

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Sand Flies

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Flying, biting, blood-sucking dipteran species of insects. Sand Flies painful bite and annoying persistence can ruin any day outdoors.

What do they look like?

Located mostly in water-front areas, these pests are tough to spot only being 3mm long. They have a brownish, gold coloring and hold their wings in a vertical V-shape. Their six legs stretch longer than their body itself. These small savages can only jump 20-40 cm. Therefore you will rarely find bites on your upper body. Sand Flies can transmit a number of diseases from their painful bites. These include: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, Visceral leishmaniasis, Sandfly fever, Carrion’s disease, Pappataci fever, and Vesicular stomatitis virus. These diseases can cause severe problems such as ulcers on your skin and damage to your internal organs. Most symptoms will include extreme itchiness and pain.

Like most species of insects, only female sand flies bite humans. They actually cannot develop eggs until they have a blood meal. The hosts of sand flies can be different. They include humans, reptiles, horses, deer, cattle, raccoons, birds, rodents, and more. Female and male sand flies both feeds off nectar. But it is clear that the females are the most destructive. Sand Flies are mostly active at dusk and dawn. If you’re near a water source at these times, be wearing long pants and closed shoes in case sand flies are lurking around. When sand flies do lay eggs, they lay them in batches of 30-70 in moist areas. It only takes a sand fly 1-3 weeks to complete its full transformation. When it’s complete, that’s when the biting begins.

How can we prevent this?

DynaTrap’s 3-way protection will do the trick. Like mosquitoes, sand flies are attracted to the CO2 humans emit. It’s never been so easy to attract these small, but mighty, attackers. With the DynaTrap’s pesticide-free technology, we are able to trap numerous harmful insects while keeping the rest of the environment safe from harm. DynaTrap will do all it can to keep you free from harmful and annoying bites.

Click the link to see what else the DynaTrap does and doesn’t catch!

 

 

Sand Flea Bites on Humans – Pictures, Treatment and Prevention

http://www.outbackcrossing.com.au/Information/Sand_Fly_Bites_and_Prevention.shtml

Do they? Or don’t they not? Yellow Jackets

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Yellow Jackets

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Ouch! Allergic or not, we all fear the Yellow Jacket. These are said to be the most aggressive of all the stinging insects. If you get close to a hive of these agitated bugs, walk away slowly and quietly. Once far enough away, do yourself a favor, turn on your heels and head in the other direction and fast.

Fast and Furious

These black and yellow machines can fly up to 20-30mph. Although humans can usually get ahead of them in time, these insects will pursue up to a mile before giving up. They’ll be close behind you at all times so running into a building could result in a fight on the inside. Also, never run into a lake or pond. Yellow Jackets are smart, they understand that you can’t stay underwater forever. They’ll wait above you and sting when you have to take a breath. Yellow Jackets aren’t like your normal stinging bees. Their stingers aren’t barbed like normal bee stingers so they can sting multiple times once they engage. Bees can only sting once. Even if you usually aren’t allergic to stinging insects, you could still be hospitalized if you get stung by yellow jackets multiple times.

What should I not do?

Swatting or smashing yellow jackets will only make matters worse. When yellow jackets are killed they emit a chemical which then attracts more yellow jackets in the area. Yellow Jackets are the ultimate team of mini warriors, coming to the aid of their fallen soldiers. The scary part about yellow jackets is that they nest in the ground. So your daily walk in the park could be interrupted by these vicious creatures. Always make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Yellow Jackets are most active during the Fall. They are attracted to sweat and sugary substances, along with garbage. That is why they love to hang around on your deck at lunchtime and on the side of your house close to garbage day.

How do I get rid of them?

Different repellent sprays don’t always do the trick to get them to leave. If you do have a nesting issue in your yard, calmly and discretely set up a DynaTrap close to the hive. That will be your best option for getting rid of these aggressors. The DynaTrap attracts bugs through its 3-way protection. This includes the warmth and glow of the UV fluorescent bulb and the CO2 emission that insects, like mosquitoes, can’t resist. This 3-way protection is why yellow jackets are attracted to the DynaTrap. When they enter the DynaTrap they get sucked down into the retaining cage from the vacuum-like fan. Once entered, there is no way to escape. Safe. Silent. Simple. Gone. This pesticide-free trap will leave your yard and garden untouched by chemicals. But it will give you an environment free of bugs and fear of yellow jacket stings.

Click the link to see what else the DynaTrap does and doesn’t catch!

 

 

https://www.wittpm.com/blog/post/the-dangers-of-a-yellow-jacket-ground-nest

https://www.bigbluebug.com/pest-identification/profile/yellow-jackets