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Groundhog Predicts Early Spring!

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You may have heard that last week the legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his own shadow, therefore predicting an early spring! While this occurrence is rare, (this is only the 19th time in 133 years that the groundhog has predicted an early spring!) it comes as a relief to those who endured the chilling polar-vortex mother nature gifted last week. Here at DynaTrap, we know spring means MOSQUITOES, and according to Punxsutawney Phil, they’ll be coming early this year! In order to be prepared, it is important to get your trap up and running as soon as temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees. Don’t be late to the party and end up suffering all summer long! Stop the suck and greet those mosquitoes with the DynaTrap!

Mosquito Predators

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Although mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world, they do have a few natural predators. Let’s take a closer look at some of these predators

Bats can eat 600+ mosquitoes in an hour. Pretty impressive, right?! Bats also consume beetles, wasps, and moths which are all non-beneficial insects. Smaller bats are the most effective mosquito hunters due to their small frame and agile body.

Sometimes referred to as “mosquito hawks”, dragonflies are known for their appetite for mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Midges and mosquitoes make up the majority of the adult dragonfly’s diet/

Fish do not feed on adult mosquitoes, but rather mosquito larvae that rest on the surface of the water. One fish species, in particular, the Gambusia Affinis, is known as the “mosquito fish”. Gambusia Affinis fish were given this name because a large portion of their diet is mosquitoes. An adult female can consume hundreds of mosquitoes a day.

Frogs are a natural insect and pest control provider to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are not a large portion of their diet. However, tadpoles feed on the mosquito larvae that lies on the surface of the water, therefore helping to decrease the mosquito population as well!

We all know spiders love to feast on any insects that get trapped in their web, which is why they are a predator of the mosquito! When a mosquito flies into a web and gets caught, spiders have a feast!

Let’s not forget about one of the most effective mosquitopredators”….the DynaTrap! Learn more about the DynaTrap here!

Mosquito Season is Almost Here!

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The beginning of the dreaded mosquito season is almost upon us! That means it’s almost time to get your DynaTrap set up and running! It is important that you have your trap running as soon as temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, which is when mosquitoes will begin to come out from hibernation. The time of the year that this happens differs by region. The map below shows the average start of mosquito season for each state.

In order for your trap to be effective, it is important that you follow these guidelines for the placement and use of your trap:

Other tips for preparing for mosquito season:

  • Remove any objects that collect standing water such as buckets and old tires
  • Repair damaged windows and screens so mosquitoes can’t sneak into your home (they like to find any small openings to get inside your home)
  • Clean clogged gutters that mosquitoes may use as a breeding ground
  • Use spray repellents while out and about

DynaTrap Gift Guide

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DT2000XLP – For the person with a BIG yard

A bigger design for a bigger catch! This DynaTrap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 acre. The durable, all-weather construction makes it perfect for any condition,

DT600 – For the person with chic yard décor

Stunning design for our already outstanding line of DynaTrap insect traps. The DT600 comes in a sturdy and rugged stainless steel with three handsome colors, making for an attractive, yet fully functional approach at trapping and ridding your yard of mosquitoes and other biting insects.

DT1775 – For the person with a major bug problem

Catch more with our brightest bulb ever! Extend your range of protection with a more powerful UV fluorescent bulb and a light enhancing diffuser.

DT150 – For the person without a yard

The insect trap that won’t weigh you down! This travel size trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other nuisance flying insects including biting flies, wasps, stink bugs and, and Asian beetles.

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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: