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The Environmentally-Friendly DynaTrap

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“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” -Founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson (June 4, 1916-July 3, 2006)

Happy Early Earth Day!

Earth Day comes every year on April 22nd. This is a day created, not just for those who feel passionate enough to advocate for change at marches and rallies, but for everyone who knows that they can make little or big changes that can positively affect our environment. We’ve all heard it before, reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve all been told to plant trees, to not leave the water running when brushing our teeth, to clean up litter in our neighborhoods and lakes, etc. The number one thing people need to do is unplug from their technology and reconnect with nature. As soon as more people begin to appreciate the beauty of our National Parks, oceans, and even our own backyards, a change in our habits is bound to take place. Overall, let Sunday, April 22nd be the start of treating this world with more kindness and respect.

What Is DynaTrap Advocating For?
No More Chemicals!

Pesticides and chemicals vary in how toxic they are to humans and the environment. In 1990, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that some 79,000 children were involved in common household pesticide poisonings or exposures. Pesticides are found in thousands of household products. Large uses of pesticides can be harmful to you, your children, your pets, and our environment. DynaTrap’s products are all pesticide-free, chemical-free, and odor-free. Individuals should have no concern when placing any DynaTrap product in their homeyard or garden. All they will do is attract harmful insects by using CO2 and UV Light. The DynaTrap is one of few repellents that helps rid pests without emitting harmful toxins into our private or public spaces. DynaTrap prides itself on solving this common bug trapping issue, without using any chemicals that could further hurt our planet or customers.

The World’s Largest Environmental Movement: For those wanting to get involved, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to ending plastic pollution in our oceans. To learn more, visit this link.

It’s Hatching Season!

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Warmer Weather? Cue Mosquitoes.

For those who live in places of cold temperatures and snowy conditions, mosquitoes become a distant memory during the Winter season. Then, like magic, mosquitoes appear out of nowhere. They come out of their dormant stage, or hibernation, thirsty and ready to breed. (Click here to read how mosquitoes and other insects become dormant).

When and Why Do Mosquitoes Come Back?

Weather is the major motivator. When it comes down to it, it’s all about temperature. Mosquitoes begin to hatch, breed, and attack when the weather is at a consistent 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures. This means that they cannot make their own internal body heat. For example, when the sun is out and the temperature is at 70 degrees, cold-blooded creatures soak in that sun and stay warm. When the sun sets and the temperature drops to 40 degrees, their body temperatures become colder. Simple as that. That is why mosquitoes cannot function until it gets warmer out and stays warmer out. Usually, the temperature reaches a consistent 50 degrees around mid-April, early-May. AKA, during Spring. This is also when a lot of rain occurs. Mosquitoes love rain. They live and breed near and in water. That is why those who live closer to ponds or have a lot of standing water on their property, have bigger issues with mosquitoes.

How To Prepare
  • Remove any objects that collect water: Buckets, old tires, birdfeeders, wheelbarrows, flower pots, etc.
  • Repair damaged windows and screens: Mosquitoes like to find any small openings to get inside your home. Leave the mosquitoes outside and fix your torn screens.
  • Clean clogged gutters: Mosquitoes will use your clogged moist gutters as a breeding ground. Clean them out!
  • Use spray repellents while out and about.
  • Get your DynaTrap ready to go!

 

March Winds and April Showers Bring May Flowers…and June Bugs

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The entire saying goes something like this: “March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs.”

Depending on where you live in the world, this saying can vary in accuracy. But for now, let’s take it how it is.

March Winds

Have you ever noticed how much windier the month of March is? If so, that makes sense. March is known for being one of the windier and most unpredictable weather months of the year. One day it’s 70 and sunny, the next day it’s 30 and snowing. Why? Well, March is a transition month. We’re heading out of the cold and into the warmth and the weather always has a hard time with the change. Cold air is sitting in the north while warm air is coming in from the south. When these winds collide, things get emotional, and March throws a windy, gusty tantrum.

April Showers

In different parts of the world, April is recorded as the rainiest of months. Specifically, in the United Kingdom and Ireland. During Spring, the jet stream moves across these two countries bringing more rain than usual. Throughout this month the land starts warming up way faster than the ocean. You then take a warming land, cold seas, and a cold atmosphere, and what you are left with are growing storm clouds.

May Flowers

Flowers need a few essentials to grow. Two of these essentials are rain and sun. Like the poem goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” The sun is out in May, and the ground is wet from the April showers. Therefore, it’s time for flowers to start blooming! Depending on where you live, you could see flowers blooming before May 1st hits your calendar. Some locations heat up faster or don’t experience the same March winds as other places. But if we’re following this nursery rhyme, then May Flowers it is!

June Bugs

The March winds have stopped, the April showers have calmed down, the May flowers are in full bloom, and now this is where the poem becomes unfortunate. The June Bugs come out. Now we could take this quite literally seeing that there is a species of beetles named June Bugs. These bugs got their names by immerging from the ground when the weather became consistently warm around June. Other names for them are “June Beetle” and “May Beetle” because some do come out during May, or the month of blooming flowers. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see this menacing beetle that ends this poem in horror. It comes out near the month of June to eat your families gardens, crops, and annoy the absolute heck out of you. In general, most bugs start immerging from their dormant state once the temperature is consistently 50 degrees. These temperatures begin in May, before rising even more in June.

What’s Next?

For the poem, nothing. But for June Bug control, there is something we had in mind. Get a DynaTrap! The DynaTrap catches bugs who love to snack on gardens. The DynaTrap does this without using any pesticides, chemicals, or odors that could harm you, your garden, or the beneficial insects and harmless animals that visit your property. DynaTrap is a safe, silent, and simple repellent you would love to have this season!

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March Madness! Round 3

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They repel, they resist, they score!!!

Let March Madness Begin!

Round 3

These two competitors have played hard to get to this final round. Who will come out on top?

DynaTrap vs. Mosquito Sprays

DynaTrap: It’s been mentioned throughout the last two rounds, but now DynaTrap is here to really tell us about it. The way that this trap was made was to be a completely environmentally-friendly repellent. The market is filled with repellents containing pesticides, insecticides, and chemicals. When these products are sprayed in the air, they are hurting the environment, and at times, you. The DynaTrap emits no harmful chemicals into the air. It attracts harmful insects using UV light and CO2; that’s it. Once these insects come into the DynaTrap, they are sucked by a vacuum-like fan into a retaining cage where they become trapped. It keeps your surroundings pesticide-free and bug-free. When you plug a DynaTrap in, it eliminates mosquito colonies within the area. As the mosquitoes become trapped, they can’t go back to their wet homes to reproduce. Therefore, the DynaTrap can be a long-lasting solution.

Mosquito Sprays: Throughout the last two rounds, we’ve read how mosquito sprays are the most popular repellents around. This is due to its easy access and cheaper prices. But mosquito sprays contain harmful chemicals. Some experts say that if you do use these sprays, you should avoid breathing the spray in and remove it from your skin as soon as you return inside. Why? Think about it. These chemicals are used to kill and repel. Although it is for small beings, these sprays are powerful. Canada is actually in the process of banning mosquito sprays with high concentrations of DEET. These mosquito sprays are also temporary repellents, DEET being the longest lasting of its kind, lasting about 6 hours. These types of sprays are sprayed among communities, coating vegetation, and landscapes with these harmful chemicals. Mosquito spray is also a repellent only used for mosquitoes. If you want to repel other harmful insects, you’ll have to go out and buy an additional product.

Congratulations to the final two repellents! For these were the fiercest opponents of 2018’s March Madness. But in the end, there can only one winner…

And the champion of the 2018 March Madness is…

DynaTrap!!!

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March Madness! Round 2

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They repel, they resist, they score!!!

Let March Madness Begin!

Round 2

DynaTrap vs. Mosquito Magnet

DynaTrap: The DynaTrap is a lower-costing trap, that can be used for both indoor and outdoor trapping. In case you needed to travel with your mosquito repellent, DynaTrap has smaller versions to meet that need. Most importantly, they are 100% chemical and pesticide-free. The DynaTrap traps and kills numerous harmful insects besides mosquitoes. This includes insects that ruin gardens, have a harmful bite, or just are simply annoying. DynaTrap is constantly innovating new and effective ways to increase their catches.

Mosquito Magnet: The Mosquito Magnet is a higher-costing trap, that can be used only outdoors. It is a large and heavier unit so once it is put into place, it’s going to stay there. Because the Mosquito Magnet does run on propane it has no limitations on where it can be placed. Unlike the DynaTrap, it does contain chemicals like Lurex and Octanol to enhance their catch. The Mosquito Magnet is dedicated to their product, to the point where they haven’t changed their model in years.

Mosquito Spray vs DEET

Mosquito Spray: Mosquito sprays have a number of effective substances in them to help repel mosquitoes. Many of these substances played in this year’s March Madness. The different types of sprays included Citronella, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Picaridin, IR-3535, DEET, etc. You read correctly. This current matchup has worked together in the past. In the end, we all have one goal, to kill mosquitoes.

DEET: DEET is a very strong chemical used in mosquito sprays. It is used by almost 30% of Americans but yet is still feared by many. People have said that because DEET is so powerful, that once applied, it goes through your nervous system and can kill brain cells.  Studies have now shown that this is untrue. But because DEET is such a powerful chemical, it is hard to not be skeptical.

And the Teams moving on to Round 3 are…

DynaTrap!!!
Mosquito Spray!!!
Tune in next week for the next March Madness match-ups.

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March Madness! Round 1

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They repel, they resist, they score!!!

Let March Madness Begin!

Round 1

Citronella vs DynaTrap

Citronella: You may have seen this repellent sold in candles, wrist brans, sprays, and tiki torches. Citronella oil is said to repel mosquitoes if they are within 10 ft of where the Citronella is being emitted. But, over and over again, studies have shown Citronella to not make much of a difference with mosquito issues around peoples homes.

DynaTrap: The DynaTrap uses 3-way protection to attract, trap and kill mosquitoes, and other harmful insects. It is environmentally friendly, pesticide-free, chemical-free, and odor-free. You can use this trap in any yard or community that has a 110v or 220v outlet.

Mosquito Nets vs. Mosquito Magnet

Mosquito Nets: Mosquito nets are mostly used in parts of the world where mosquito-borne illnesses are at their worst. The nets are dip-treated with insecticides for double protection when in use. The nets are used to kill and repel mosquitoes.

Mosquito Magnet: This Mosquito Magnet attracts and kills mosquitoes and other insects. It uses CO2, warmth, and moisture to capture these insects. This mosquito repellent trap is powered by propane and can be placed anywhere in your yeard. It is much larger than most repellents on the market.

Mosquito Spray vs. Insect Repelling Plants

Mosquito Sprays: Mosquito sprays contain many different chemicals that ward off mosquitoes once applied. Repellent sprays are made to mask the different odors your bodies emit, most importantly, CO2. The spray is used to repel mosquitoes from biting you. Mosquito sprays are the most common form of bug spray used around the world.

Insect Repelling Plants: When looking at studies done on the effectiveness of this method, all points lead to it not working. But there are some studies that show they are somewhat effective. If you do find insect-repelling plants, make sure you know what they do. Some plants mask scents, some will repel insects, others have substances that are toxic to some insects.

DEET vs. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

DEET: Although DEET has been said to be a harmful chemical that could cause you damage, studies say otherwise. It is actually a very popular insect repellent used by many individuals. In many areas around the world, DEET is the most common repellent used. DEET has been shown to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses in tropical communities by 20%-50%. It is one of the most powerful bug repellents on the market.

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: Although seen as effective, there have been studies to show that oil of lemon eucalyptus has not been able to repel one of the worst mosquitoes out there, the aedes aegypti. This mosquito is the vector of many diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. What does make this method most effective is if the chemical, better known as PMD, is used with it. PMD, along with other ingredients, are what make this method a viable repellent. But, due to the oil of lemon eucalyptus lack of efficiency, it is not approved for use in disease-endemic areas.

And the Teams moving on to Round 2 are…

DynaTrap!!!
Mosquito Magnet!!!
Mosquito Spray!!!
DEET!!!
Tune in next week for the Round 2 March Madness match-ups.

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6 Mosquito Myths Debunked

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Myth #1:
Both male and female mosquitoes bite humans

Mosquitoes are so small that when you hear them buzzing in your ear, you don’t care what gender they are, you just swat! Females are actually the only ones who bit us. They cannot produce eggs without a blood-meal. A male mosquitoes main purpose in life is to reproduce with females. When it comes to food, they strictly feed on nectar. With that being said, female mosquitoes don’t just feed on humans. Like males, some feed on nectar as well. Others will choose reptiles, birds, and other mammals as hosts.

Myth #2:
All mosquitoes carry diseases

No, and thank goodness. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are more common in hotter, humid, and more tropical countries rather than those whose climates shift throughout the year. Different parts of South AmericaAsia, and Africa carry the most mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes who carry diseases are carrying a parasite that is causing the illness. If a malaria-infected mosquito bites a person, they will transmit malaria to them. If a normal mosquito without the malaria parasite then bites that infected person, they will get the malaria parasite, and the cycle continues. That is why it is so hard to control. Mosquitoes in places like the U.S., Canada, and Europe, have not yet been exposed to these parasites that cause many diseases. Therefore, people in these countries do not have to worry about this issue as much.

Myth #3:
Mosquitoes only bite at night

Some mosquitoes are more active during the day, some are more active at night. Overall, they’re an all day issue. During the high peak of the hot summer days, mosquitoes are less likely to come out. They are so small, and the sun is so hot, that they can get dehydrated and bake in the sunlight. If they get inside they’re protected by the sun, so they can cause annoyance all hours of the day.

Myth #4:
Mosquitoes prefer people with sweet blood

It doesn’t matter how sweet or bitter your blood is, what matters is the amount of CO2 you breathe and the odors you release. These odors include a chemical signal that many people give off through their skin that indicates a persons blood type. In other words, your blood has a scent. Mosquitoes pick up this chemical signal and are more attracted to those who have a stronger blood-scent. With that being said, there have been studies done that have shown that people with Type O blood are bitten more than those with other Types. It’s possible that Type O blood gives off a higher chemical signal that attracts mosquitoes more than other blood types.

Myth #5:
The mosquito dies after she bites

Unfortunately, this is untrue. You may have thought this because when BEES sting us they die. Bees don’t have the strength to pull their stingers back out after stinging. When they go to tug their stingers out they get so stuck that they leave their stinger, and some of their body, behind. When mosquitoes bite us they use that blood to go reproduce and lay hundreds of their lethal offspring. Our blood fuels their way of life. If a female mosquito bites enough hosts without getting squashed, they can live up to three weeks.

Myth #6:
Bats are a great mosquito control

Although bats do eat mosquitoes, creating bat shelters in your yard will not solve your mosquito problems. Bats eat any insect that flies: Mosquitoes, moths, beetles, and more. With that being said, the bat to mosquito ratio is outstanding. Even if bats eat 1000+ mosquitoes per day, they will most-likely barely make a long-term dent in your mosquito population problem.

 

 

Bugs For Dinner?

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If you think eating bugs is gross, you may be a part of the cultural minority.

Eating bugs is a regular delicacy in many cultures around the world.  When it comes down to it, bugs have many nutritional values. They are filled with protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and a low, but healthy, amount of fats. They actually could serve as a great alternative to meats and other protein-filled foods that are higher in fats. They even contain higher protein than some fish. Who knew eating insects could be such a great diet plan? For those of us who watched Fear Factor, we didn’t know that the disgusting insect-eating challenges were actually giving the contestants amazing nutritional benefits. Some countries that regularly eat insects are Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Thailand, China, The Netherlands, Australia, Japan, and the list goes on. Surprised? So were we. This practice of eating insects even has a name, it is called Entomophagy.

What could change?

People eat insects at all stages of life: Eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. In some countries, there has been conversation of mass producing insects for food. They say that this would be a more environmentally friendly alternative than the forms of protein production we do today. Whether that is true or not is an interesting thought, but only time will tell if insect production is the key to the future. What we can do until then is research, take a leap of faith, and possibly change what’s for dinner. Go to this link to see the different nutritional benefits of insects: https://www.edibleinsects.com/insect-nutrition-information/ 

So what do you think? Would you eat bugs for dinner?

Video courtesy of Buzzfeed.com

Check out this list of edible insects!

https://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/

If mosquitoes bite us, what bites back?

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While DynaTrap kills mosquitoes with technology, who are the natural predators that help us out?

Bats

Mosquitoes are the real Dracula in this situation. Bats are actually very friendly creatures. Do you know what makes them even friendlier? They can eat 600+ mosquitoes in an hour. That’s what I’m talking about! With that being said, mosquitoes aren’t a huge part of a bats diet. In fact, bats consume beetles, wasps, and moths-which the DynaTrap also catches. Wasps sting, beetles weaken roots of plants, and moth larvae eat away at your garden’s. Bats have the same mindset as a DynaTrap, get rid of non-beneficial insects. So don’t let bat myths scare you.  They’re really here to help.

 

Birds

Specifically, purple martins, swallows, warblers and other songbirds consume many flying insects. These flying insects include mosquitoes. Many insect-eating birds will eat their body weight in insects on a daily basis. Think about that…that’s a lot of insects. A lot of birds simply fly with their mouths open eating anything in their path. These birds will consume gnats, flies, or any other flying insects. Birds aren’t particular to just eating adult mosquitoes. They sometimes will also eat mosquitoes in their aquatic stages.

 

Fish

Fish differ from bats and birds because they aren’t predators to adult mosquitoes, but only mosquitoes that are in their aquatic stages. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on the top of the water’s surface. Giving fish easy access to a mosquito larvae meal. There is actually one fish, in particular, the Gambusia Affinis, better known as the mosquito fish, that is the real mosquito predator in the waters. This is because a large portion of their diet is mosquitoes. An adult female can consume hundreds of mosquitoes a day. This fish is great for mosquito control, but in other regards, it has become a huge nuisance in some communities. Read more here.

 

Frogs & Tadpoles

Although mosquitoes aren’t a huge portion of a frogs diet, frogs will still enjoy an afternoon mosquito snack. Frogs are a natural insect and pest control provider to our ecosystem. While tadpoles are like fish. They feed on the mosquito larvae that lies on the surface of the water. Most of the time, tadpoles are herbivores. There are a few species who will feed on small invertebrates including other tadpoles. There have been some studies where mosquito larvae and tadpoles have had to compete for food. It’s possible that this competitive spirit is what brings tadpoles to eat mosquitoes. Regardless, if tadpoles are around, there will most likely be fewer mosquitoes.

Turtles

Specifically the red-eared slider turtle, Trachemys Scipta. Lucky for the U.S., these are the most common types of turtles within their region. Many are even kept as pets. This turtle has been used for mosquito control, even with the Culex larvae. The Culex Pipien mosquito is a species that carries a number of diseases. These diseases include St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Western Equine Encephalitis, Heartworm in dogs, and bird malaria. Turtles are being used to stop these mosquitoes right at the start.

 

Other Insects

There are also many insects that consume mosquitoes. These include dragonflies, damselflies, ants, spiders, aquatic beetles, and even other mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are called Toxorhynchites. Also nicknamed elephant mosquitoes or mosquito eaters. They received this name because they not only prey on their own species, but the genus they possess makes them bigger than other mosquitoes.

To learn how the DynaTrap catches mosquitoes and other harmful insects, click this link.

 

Introducing the DynaTrap FlyLight!

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VISIT: DYNATRAP.COM/flylight-insect-trap-series

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!