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How Mosquitoes Suck Your Blood

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We all know mosquitoes suck your blood, but most people don’t know exactly how they do so. The answer is a bit more complicated than you may think. Scientists recently discovered that the proboscis, what mosquitoes use to pierce your skin, is comprised of 6 thin needle-like structures called stylets’. Each of these needles has their own job. Let’s start with the maxillae. The maxillae both have tiny teeth. These teeth are incredibly sharp, which is one reason why you rarely ever feel mosquitoes bite you. Another set of needles, called mandibles, hold the tissues apart while the mosquito sucks blood. The other two needles are the labrum and the hypopharynx. The labrum and the hypopharynx work together. While the labrum is the most important, as it is houses the receptors that allow the mosquito to actually find the blood vessel, it wouldn’t be effective without the hypopharynx. The hypopharynx lays over the gutter-shaped labrum to form a straw-like mouthpart. The hypopharynx is also the piece that allows the mosquito to inject their saliva into our body. This saliva allows the blood to keep flowing and not coagulate once it is exposed to the air. Mosquito saliva is also the cause of the itchy bumps that appear on our skin once we are bitten.

Who would have thought those little insects would have such an interesting and intricate anatomy?! Luckily, there is a way from preventing mosquitoes from sticking you with those 6 little needles! The answer? DynaTrap! Get yours today!

Reasons to be Thankful for the DynaTrap

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With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, we thought it would be the perfect time to list some of the reasons we are thankful for the DynaTrap!

The DynaTrap is a SAFE solution. No chemicals or pesticides are needed! Therefore, there is no need to worry about the trap harming your family or the environment. The DynaTrap is also odor free, making it perfect for both your yard, garage  and even inside your home.

The DynaTrap is SILENT. The powerful, whisper-quiet fan vacuums the insects down into the retaining cage where they dehydrate and die. No annoying “zapping” noises necessary!

The DynaTrap is SIMPLE to use! Simply plug in your trap, turn it on, leave it running 24/7, and dispose of the dead bugs every 1-2 weeks, or as frequently as needed.

If you don’t already have a DynaTrap, try it for yourself and we guarantee, you’ll be thankful for it too!

From all of us at DynaTrap, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Future of Mosquito Habitats

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As the poles and the planet begin to warm, the habitats that are suitable for mosquitoes are beginning to change. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, tropical climates. As the temperatures rise across the globe, regions that were once too cold for mosquitoes will turn into ideal habitats for mosquitoes. On the other hand, regions that were once the perfect climate for mosquitoes will become too warm for them. The map below shows the projected change in suitable habitats for mosquitoes by 2050. While many parts of the world are not expected to see much of a change, there are several regions, such as North and South America, that are predicted to see a drastic shift in their mosquito population. So, what exactly does this mean for us? This means more exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus.  Diseases that were once confined to Africa and Asia are now spreading to places like North America due to the climate change that is occurring. The good news is that since we have knowledge of this, we can prepare. One thing that is going to become a necessity for relief from mosquitoes in the next few years is the DynaTrap. While bug sprays and wearables may provide temporary relief, the DynaTrap is the most simple and effective solution for all of your mosquito problems!

Life Cycle of a House Fly

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Just like their friend the mosquito, house flies are high-volume reproducers. Good news for us is that those pesky flies don’t live forever! The average lifespan of a house fly is around 28 days. House flies develop in four distinct stages, or complete metamorphosis. These four stages are: egg, larva, pupa, adult. Let’s take a closer look


Female adults lay eggs a couple of days apart and lay up to 150 eggs each time. Females lay their eggs in dead or decaying organic material where there is enough moisture for the eggs to develop properly. The egg stage of a fly’s life cycle lasts around 24 hours.


House fly larvae are eggs that have emerged from their egg state. Larvae immediately begin to feed on the organic material in which they were laid. This stage of development usually lasts between 3 to 7 days. Towards the end of this stage, the larvae will begin to venture out in search of a cool and dry place to begin the pupal stage.


The pupal stage takes place inside of a hard, outer shell that protects the pupae as it changes to a fly. The actual change from pupae to fly only takes about an hour, while the total amount of time spent in the pupal stage is 4 to 6 days.


The lifespan of a house fly depends greatly on a variety of conditions such as temperature and humidity. House flies can live for up to 40 days in the adult stage if the conditions are right. Between 4-12 hours after emerging from the pupal stage as an adult, females will begin laying eggs, and the cycle starts all over again!

If you have problems with house flies in your home, check out our variety of indoor pest control solutions like the Flylight and the DynaZap here!

Flylight Insect Trap Facts & Features

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Did you know that most flies carry diseases and other nasty pathogens on their bodies? So gross! But good news is, there’s a way you can protect your home from those pesky flies! The award winning DynaTrap Flylight Insect Trap protects up to 600 sq/ft of your home without zapping, odor, or pesticides. Plug the Flylight  into any outlet and let the catching begin! The AtraktaGlo™ light lures in flies and other bothersome insects. They are then quickly and discreetly trapped by the replaceable StickyTech™ Glue Card. The replaceable UV bulb in the trap is rated for 3,000 hours of continuous use. The effective sconce design and different outlet options make it the perfect fit for any room. See below to find out which Flylight is right for you!

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3009

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Model #: DT3019

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3019

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Two (2) AC pass-through outlets
  • Model #: DT3019

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3039

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Two (2) AC pass-through outlets
  • Two (2) USB pass-through outlets
  • Model #: DT3039

A few other tips for Flylight use….

  • Replace StickyTech™ Glue Card as needed
  • Replace AtraktaGlo™ UV bulbs every 3,000 hours, roughly 3-4 months
  • Keep the Flylight plugged 24/7 for maximum effectiveness

Happy Trapping!

Entomologist Dr. Karen McKenzie

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Did you know that DynaTrap has it’s very own Bug Doctor? That’s right! We want to remain ahead of the curve with industry knowledge and design effective new products, so we brought in Dr. Karen McKenzie, a respected Entomologist!

Dr. McKenzie received her doctorate degree in Medical and Veterinary Entomology from the University of Florida in 2003. She strives to develop better repellents, as well as more effective attractants and traps.

Dr. McKenzie and her staff reside in Melbourne, FL at our Dynamic Entomology Research Center. Here they test our products and work on developing better ways to control mosquitoes and other biting arthropods.

In the video below from the National Hardware Show, Dr. McKenzie demonstrates how and why attractants, such as humans, draw mosquitoes to them.

Mosquito Species in the United States

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How many different species of mosquitoes are there in the world today? If your answer was too many, that’s correct! There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes in the world. However, only about 176 of those species can be found in the United States. Of those 176 species, the three most common are from the Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex genera.


Aedes mosquitoes love water and moisture. They lay their eggs on moist soil, old tires, and pretty much any other area that has standing water. Aedes mosquitoes are most common in tropical and subtropical climates. There are two species in the Aedes genera that are more troublesome than others as they are the carriers of dangerous diseases. Those two species are Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are carriers of dengue fever and eastern equine encephalitis. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are carriers of both the dengue and yellow fever.


Anopheles mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in cleaner and more natural bodies of water such as marshes or swamps. An interesting trait of the Anopheles mosquito is that as larvae they do not have breathing tubes, so they must breath the holes on their sides called spiracles. Anopheles mosquitoes cause more than one million deaths a year due to the fact that they carry and transmit the parasite that causes malaria.


Culex mosquitoes lay their eggs at night on any body of standing water. Typically, Culex mosquitoes don’t travel further than a couple hundred yards from the location that they hatched. While Culex mosquitoes do prefer birds to people, the female mosquitoes still feed on humans and other mammals in order to get the protein that they need to develop and lay eggs. The most common species of Culex is Culex pipiens, which is the main carrier of the West Nile Virus.

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Mosquitoes and the Weather

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Nearly every region in the United States was affected by or is still being affected by, the vast amounts of mosquitoes that took over this year. But, why was this year so bad for mosquitoes? The answer: the weather. Spring of 2018 was particularly wet. More rain means more standing water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. A female mosquito lays eggs in batches of 100 to 200 eggs and needs only about an inch of water in order to do so.

After spring, of course, comes summer, and the summer of 2018 was a hot one. Mosquitoes begin to breed and remain active as long as temperatures are above 45°F, and become even more active as temperatures rise. Not only does warmer weather increase mosquito activity, but it also increases their ability to spread viruses such as Zika and West Nile. The warm air allows for the viruses to incubate in the mosquitoes for a longer period of time, allowing them to infect more people.

While some people may consider fall and winter to be “mosquito-free”, this is not necessarily true. If temperatures do not fall below 45°F, the mosquitoes will survive. If temperatures are above 45°F they will keep breeding and multiplying. If temperatures do fall below 45°F, some mosquitoes go dormant and wait for warmer weather, while some are unable to withstand the colder weather and die. The map below shows the months that are considered “mosquito season” for each region.

In order to prevent mosquitoes during these seasons make sure your DynaTrap is up and running about a week prior to the start and continues to run throughout the entire season!

North Carolina’s Massive Mosquito Problem

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Residents of North Carolina just can’t catch a break. First came Hurricane Florence, then came the floods and the swarms of monstrous mosquitoes that came along with them. The stagnant flood waters that resulted from the 8 trillion gallons of rain that were dumped over North Carolina have become home to mosquito nests that hatch mass amounts on a daily basis.

One species that has become especially prevalent is the Psorophora ciliata, also known as “gallinippers.” This species is not an ordinary species. Gallinippers can be up to 3 times larger than the average mosquito and have the ability to easily bite through 1-2 layers of cotton. They are most commonly found in the eastern part of the United States near bodies of water and areas with damp soil. Once flooding occurs in these areas, the eggs then hatch and can grow from larvae to adults in just 6 days. Since Hurricane Florence flooded areas that had not been flooded in years, the eggs that hatched may have lied dormant for years waiting for these flood waters to allow them to hatch.

Not only are these mosquitoes a huge nuisance for residents, but they can also cause illnesses like La Crosse encephalitis (inflation of the brain due to the La Crosse virus), eastern equine encephalitis (inflammation of the brain due to the EEE virus), and West Nile virus.  In order to help combat the large population of mosquitoes that have emerged, the governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper has ordered that 4 million dollars be spent on mosquito control “in counties under a major disaster declaration.”

The video above is of a North Carolina resident filming the mosquitoes that are swarming her car after picking up her son from school. Due to their size, her son mistakes the mosquitoes for wasps!

Hopefully, with the funding that the governor has allocated to combatting the mosquito epidemic, residents will soon be able to go outside without being bothered by these giant pests! In the meantime, entomologists and other government officials have urged people to take precautions when heading outdoors, such as wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and use repellent that contains DEET to keep the mosquitoes away.

Mosquitoes Are Eating More Than Just Us

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We all know that the list of detrimental effects of pollution is an extremely long one. A recent discovery just added another one to that list: mosquitoes eating plastic. But how and why does that impact the rest of the environment? Mosquito larvae develop in water, which is more often than not, polluted. The larvae then feed on small pieces of plastic, or microplastics, that are in the water. Microplastics are less than 5 millimeters in diameter but still manage to pose a very large threat. The contamination begins when they are eaten by animals living on land. The animals that eat the larvae, or even the adult mosquitoes, are then contaminated with the plastic that was in the mosquitoes..

Having the plastic in their system is a huge threat to their health, as well as the health of other animals that are part of that food chain. Author of the study that uncovered this epidemic Amanda Callaghan stated that “For larger animals, plastics can block their guts. Plastics can have nasty chemicals sticking to the surface and concentrating on the plastic and then exposing the animals to chemicals of a higher concentration.” Because the animals that eat them are often lower on the food chain, the plastic pollution is then spread to the rest of the ecosystem and even environments that were previously not exposed to plastic. In order to combat some of this pollution, some countries and regions within the United States have banned microbeads that are found in toothpaste, face scrubs, and shower gels. While the results of the study are alarming, the good news is that it is highly unlikely that the mosquitoes could transfer the microplastics to humans.