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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.

West Nile Virus In The United States

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The West Nile Virus was first discovered in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. Shortly thereafter, West Nile was found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Fast forward 81 years and the virus is running rampant throughout nearly every region of the world today, even the United States.

The West Nile Virus is not new to the United States. The first reported case of the West Nile Virus in the United States was in Queens, New York in 1999. So, why has the virus spread like wildfire in the past few months if it has been around since the 90s? The weather. This year, the weather throughout the United States leading up to the most mosquito-infested months created the perfect environment for mosquitoes. Humidity keeps mosquitoes active for longer hours during the day. Rain leaves puddles and standing water for mosquitoes to breed. Heat helps mosquitoes grow and speeds up their ability to spread viruses. All of these aspects combined created the perfect storm.

With all of these infected mosquitoes not only living but thriving on the weather patterns, the West Nile Virus may be more common than we know. Most people who are infected do not display any symptoms. Approximately 1 in 5 people with the West Nile Virus develops some sort of symptom(s) such as fever, headache, body ache, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. According to the CDC, these symptoms appear within 2-15 days of contracting the virus. Most people will recover completely without any treatment, while less than 1% of people infected will suffer serious, sometimes fatal, illnesses.

Diagnosing West Nile requires a blood test, and in some cases a spinal tap. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the virus once an individual is diagnosed. In some cases, medication is given to patients to help relieve pain and help fight off the infection. However, once you have been infected with West Nile, it is believed that you are then immune to the virus for the rest of your life.

Most cases of the West Nile Virus are diagnosed between August and October, so we are not in the clear quite yet. Of course, any time mosquitoes are present there is a chance of the virus being spread. In order to reduce your risk of infection, be sure to protect yourself from those blood-thirsty pests by wearing pants and/or long-sleeved shirts, applying insect repellent, and most importantly running your DynaTrap throughout the day!

New Technologies to Take Care of the Mosquito Problem

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Technology is changing the way we do nearly everything in our lives. Technology has also changed the way we look at the problems in the world today. One of those major problems is mosquitoes. They are the deadliest animal on earth. Fortunately, there are many new technologies being developed to help eradicate this problem. Here are some examples of those very promising new technologies:

Photonic Fence

Sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, right? This technology was introduced in a 2010 TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft CTO. The photonic fence detects mosquitoes by the sound of their wings flapping. The system then zaps the mosquito in the air with a low-power laser. Although this is some pretty cool technology, it has not yet taken off as a major solution to the mosquito problem.

CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing

Malaria resistant mosquitoes may soon be released in various parts of the world where malaria treatments are not easily accessible. Using CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing, scientists from Johns Hopkins University have pioneered mosquitoes that are resistant to malaria. By eliminating a gene in the mosquito that allows malaria to survive within them, the mosquito becomes resistant.

Thunderstorm Simulating Wristband

Mosquitoes are not particularly fond of thunderstorms. They will cease their blood-sucking ways to find shelter from the storm. Knowing this, Nopixgo came up with the idea for a thunderstorm simulating wearable. The device you wear on your wrist emits weak electromagnetic signals that simulate an approaching storm to mosquitoes. This product was created in Switzerland and is still in the very early stages of growth.

Genetically-Engineered Killer Mosquitoes

We know it sounds scary but don’t worry, it may actually help dramatically reduce the mosquito population! MosquitoMate, a Kentucky-based biotech company, has genetically modified male mosquitoes (the non-biting gender) by injecting them with poisonous mosquito insecticide. These males then mate with the females. Once the females lay their eggs, they do not hatch due to the pesticides.

Last but not least, we come to the award winning DynaTrap technology! The DynaTrap Insect Traps release CO2 that mimics human breath. The AtraktaGlo™ UV Light then lures mosquitoes, and the whisper quiet fan traps the insects in the catch basket. This safe, silent, and simple solution is a must-have for anyone who has any kind of insect problem!

Mosquito Hideouts in Your Home

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As the summer comes to an end, it is important to know the threat of mosquitoes does not end with it! Mosquitoes and other insects often make themselves guests in your home to escape harsh conditions such as rain or snow. Just as there are areas outside of your home that attract mosquitoes, there are spots inside that attract them as well.

 

Shower and Sink Drains

Mosquitoes flock to stagnant water. Drains, especially those that are not used often, are a haven for them!

Tip: Rinse unused drains with hot water and bleach or vinegar if they become problem areas.

House Plant Water Trays

Plants that require a substantial amount of water provide mosquitoes with the moist environment they prefer.

Tip: Be sure not to over-water your plants. Not only is it harmful to the plants, but it leaves more standing water that attracts mosquitoes and other insects.

Pet Water Bowls

Fido may be sharing his water with bugs! The still water in your pet’s bowl is a prime destination for mosquitoes.

Tip: Change the water frequently and empty bowls when they are not being used.

Basements

The damp and dark conditions in basements are the perfect hideout for mosquitoes.

Tip: Use your air conditioner as much as possible to reduce the humidity inside your home.

 

As always, remember these are all short-term solutions to your pest problems. For a long-term solution, consider using DynaTraps and Flylights within your home. Not only are these long-term solutions, but also stylish additions to any room in the house! Click here to view our line of indoor products.

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: