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What Causes Your Mosquito Bite to Itch?

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Have you ever thought about why mosquito bites itch? When it comes to mosquito season, the worst part about getting mosquito bites is the itching sensation that comes along with it. Everyone tries different techniques to get rid of the itch, but sometimes those don’t work out as well as you wish. Keep reading to learn why mosquito bites itch!

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When you get bitten by a mosquito, your healthy body reacts by recognizing the foreign substance from the mosquito as an attack. The body goes into a defensive mode and releases histamine. The substance in your body is what’s making you itch the mosquito bite. Itching is an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. When the bite starts to itch, your blood vessels enlarge which results in the typical bump of a mosquito bite.

When you scratch a mosquito bite, the skin becomes more inflamed, which causes you to want to itch the bite more. This gets you stuck in the annoying cycle of itching and scratching more. This can also lead to you itching to the point of breaking the skin which can cause infection and more itching.

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10 Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can put a damper on outdoor gatherings and events. Keep reading to learn interesting facts you may not have known about mosquitoes.

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1) Only female mosquitoes bite.

Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar, but the female mosquito needs the protein found in human blood to develop her eggs.

2) Mosquitoes dislike citronella.

A citronella candle is a common way to keep mosquitoes away while you are outside. The reason mosquitoes do not like citronella is because it irritates their feet.

3) The word mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”

The word mosquito is said to be originated all the way back in the 16th century. Mosquitoes are often called “mozzies” in Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

4) Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water.

The female mosquito needs standing water to lay her eggs. Then the mosquito stays in the water for their first 10 days.

5) Mosquitoes hibernate.

When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, mosquitoes tend to shut down for the winter months.

6) Mosquitoes can’t fly very far or very fast.

Most mosquitoes fly no more than one to three miles away from where they are hatched. They also can only fly up to 1.5 miles per hour.

7) The average lifespan of a mosquito is less than two months.

Males have the shortest lives, typically 10 days or less. Females live for around 6 to 8 weeks.

8) There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes.

There are about 175 species in the United States.

9) Mosquitoes can smell human breath.

Mosquitoes have receptors on their antennae that can detect the carbon dioxide released when humans exhale.

10) Mosquitoes feed day and night.

Depending on the species, some tend to feed more during the day while others tend to feed more at night.

Cross Everyone Off the List

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1) DynaZap

A DynamicSolution to the old fly swatter! This fully extendable and bendable zapper kills those hard-to-reach mosquitoes, wasps, flies, hornets, yellow jackets, and other annoying flying insects on contact. The DynaZap extends over three feet in length and has a telescopic head that bends in multiple directions for hard-to-reach areas. It has a safety switch that only works when the trigger button is on. It also includes two AA batteries it needs to operate!

2) Flylight

This award winning DynaTrap Flylight Insect trap will make short work of the flies in your home or apartment! Many flies carry diseases and other nasty pathogens on their bodies. Keep your family, food, and property safe by attracting them with the AtraktaGlo™ UV technology and the StickyTech™ will stop them from continuing to fly around!

There are different options when it comes to the flylight. You are able to choose either black or white, as well as a flylight with or without AC and USB plug ins on the sides. Having the AC and USB plug ins allow you to keep the outlet you thought you lost by plugging in the flylight plus have USB plug ins as well!

3) Outdoor Traps

When it comes to outdoor traps, we have many options depending on the size of the space you want to be mosquito free!

1/4 Acre

The DynaTrap perfect for your urban or suburban yard! This ¼ acre trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other nuisance flying insects including biting flies, wasps, stink bugs, moths, and Asian beetles.

1/2 Acre

The DynaTrap 1/2 acre operates economically and is easy to set-up. It traps insects without chemicals being added to the environment or the surrounding area.

1 Acre

A bigger design for a bigger catch, plus style to match any outdoor décor. This Dynatrap Insect Trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 Acre.

Home Remedies to Relieve Mosquito Bites

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Is there anything worse than having an itchy, burning mosquito bite? There are several DIY remedies that you can do with items you most likely already have in your home!

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1) Lemon Slice

Simply apply a round lemon slice to the mosquito bite to help minimize the urge to itch.

2) Aspirin

Crush up the Aspirin and mix it with water to create a paste consistency. Apply directly to the irritated bite!

3) Apple Cider Vinegar

Rub directly onto the mosquito bite.

4) Peppermint Toothpaste

Directly dab it onto the bite and let it sit for some time to relieve the bite before removing.

5) Table Salt

Moisten the area and rub on the table salt to relieve the pain.

6) Banana Peel

Rub the itchy area around the bite with the pulpy side of the banana peel.

7) Baking Soda

Make a paste with baking soda and water to apply on the bite.

8) Lavender or Tea Tree Oil

Mix these two essential oils together before applying to the mosquito bite.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Camping Trip

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Hello everyone!

My name is Elise and I am the current Digital and Social Media Marketing intern here at Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC! For today’s blog post, I am going to share my tips and tricks I have learned from my camping experience.

My family has gone on an annual camping trip to Door County since I was three years old. Since we camp so often, we have developed certain habits when it comes to packing for our trip, setting up our campsite, and our meals while we are camping.

Hope these tips and tricks will help you when you’re planning your next camping trip!

1) Create a descriptive packing list.

I am the oldest of five in my family, which means when we go camping, we have to pack for a total of seven people. Where we go camping, there is no electricity, which can create more items we need for out trip. Each year, we make a descriptive packing list to ensure we bring everything we need. We divide our list into categories which include food/cooking supplies, clothing, beach, camper/tent essentials, bedding, first aid, and miscellaneous. Having a detailed check list ensures that you are thinking of everything you might possibly need while camping.

2) Plan out your meals for the trip.

When my family goes camping, we also camp with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Since we are a larger group, each family takes turns making dinner and everyone is responsible for their own lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. Dinner is always our largest meal, and it is nice to take turns preparing so no one has to cook each night. Throughout the years, we have developed staple meals we have every year. Taking turns making dinner and creating a schedule helps specify what each family needs to bring for the trip. It also allows everyone to not have to worry about each meal and pack only what they need for their meal, snacks, and other meals.

3) Utilize tarps.

During my camping experiences, there have been some trips where there has been more rainy days than sunny days. This doesn’t stop us from having fun, but that is because we always prepare for rain. Since my family is big, we are in a tent and a camper. Over both the camper and the tent, we have tarps that we rope off to trees to help cover the majority of our campsite. This helps cover where we sleep, store our bikes, and coolers to stay dry when it rains. This can be a tedious process during set up, but is worth staying dry during storms.

4) Bring extra batteries.

Since we camp in a non-electrical site, it is important that we bring extra batteries for flashlights, lanterns, fans, radio, and other items that might run on batteries. It’s always the worst when there aren’t extra batteries to replace the old ones halfway through the trip.

5) Be prepared for the weather.

Similar to bringing the tarps, look ahead to see what the weather will be like when you are camping. This will help you bring the essentials you will need to stay warm, cool, or dry. Also, look for fun things to do in the community around the campground. We have found our favorite place for breakfast, ice cream, and shops up in Door County over the years. We are still discovering new places every year too!

Mosquitoes: Be Aware of What They can Do

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During the past three weeks, the blog has touched on four different mosquito borne diseases that can cause some serious harm. If you didn’t get the chance to read the other blogs, here is a summary!

West Nile

The West Nile virus has been in the United States since 1999. When infected with West Nile, symptoms include a fever, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes could occur. More severe symptoms can include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Also known as Triple E, Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been in the recent news in different areas of the United States. Symptoms occur 4-10 days after getting a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headache, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, neck stiffness, seizures, confusion, or a coma. Symptoms can differ depending on the part of the brain that is inflamed, amount of inflammation, and a person’s age and health. There isn’t a human vaccine or specific antivirus currently available but doing the necessary steps to avoid mosquito bites is always important.

Dengue Fever

Symptoms usually occur 4-6 days after being infected and can last up to 10 days. Symptoms can include a sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, skin rash (appears 2-5 days after onset fever), and mild bleeding (i.e. nosebleed, gums bleeding, easily bruising). There isn’t a treatment for Dengue but using pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoiding medicines with aspirin, which can worsen bleeding, is instructed.

Zika Virus

Zika Virus is a mosquito borne virus that can be spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Zika can also spread from a pregnant woman who’s infected, to the fetus, which can cause birth defects. Microcephaly as well as other brain defects are common. Mild symptoms or not having symptoms are typically what happen with the Zika Virus. It is encouraged to be cautious where you travel when you are pregnant or if you’re trying to get pregnant.

Reminder From Dr. McKenzie

Mosquitoes are going to be around until freezing weather hits consecutively for a few days. If you live in an area where the winter months are milder, be prepared to continue to use your flying insect trap and applying mosquito repellent. Avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn, which is the peak time for mosquitoes. If where you live has negative temperatures and snow is falling, prepare yourself for the mosquito season in spring!

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20 Years of the West Nile Virus

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The West Nile Virus is a disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes. West Nile was first recorded in the United States in Queens, New York in 1999. A few years after the West Nile Virus was introduced in the United States, it spread from New York to the contiguous states, Canada, Mexico, as well as Central and South America. Learning more about this virus can bring awareness to it as well as learning more on how to prevent it.

When someone is bit by a mosquito that is a carrier of the West Nile, only 1 in 5 people will develop some type of symptom(s). These symptoms include fever, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. The more severe symptoms include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. It is very common in most cases that the symptoms are mild and go unreported, but it is important to be aware of how severe symptoms can be when infected with West Nile.

It has been twenty years since West Nile has been spotted in the United States. Several researchers have spent time digging deeper into West Nile and the different species of mosquitoes that can be infected and carry the virus. The most common way to diagnose West Nile is with a blood test, but sometimes a spinal tap is necessary to confirm in extreme cases.

There are several ways to get rid of mosquitoes to help prevent getting infected with the West Nile Virus. To lower your risk, use insect repellent, wear long sleeve shirts and pants, treat your clothing and gear with repellent, and of course use DynaTrap products inside and outside your home!

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Flies: What You Need To Know

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Flies are always flying around. Whether it’s in your yard or inside your home, flies are around and can be a distraction. With all the flies that are flying around your surroundings, here are some different types of flies you should be aware of.

House Fly

As it says in their name, these flies are usually found within your home. They are attracted to all types of food, including human food, animal food, and food waste.

Fruit Fly

These flies are commonly found near your fruit found in the kitchen. They are also found hovering around fermenting residue in places like a pub, brewery, and fruit orchards.

Horse Fly

These flies are typically pests to livestock, but can also be pests towards humans. Horse fly bites can be painful to humans as well as animals.

Bluebottle Fly

This type of fly typically hands out around your garbage cans. Bluebottle flies are attracted to food scraps or dead animals. This causes them to become carriers of diseases.

Cluster Fly

These flies are typically found in the undisturbed areas of your home such as attics. Sometimes they can be found close to windows, especially this time of year when they are looking for warmth. The cluster fly requires warm places to hibernate for the winter months.

Now that you are a little more familiar with a few of the different types of flies out there, DynaTrap has products that will help minimize the flies in your home. The fly light is an indoor insect trap that helps catch those pesky flies inside your home. Look at the various FlyLight options as well as the other indoor insect traps we have available. Let us help you with those pests that enter your home!

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Bluebottle Fly

Fruit Flies

House Fly

Bugs in Fall: Which Ones to Look Out For

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As the seasons are changing, the typical bugs we come across tend to change too. Mosquitoes are not the only concern anymore. As we enter the season of fall, here are some pests to look out for.

  • Ants:
    • Seek warmth as the temperature decreases
  • Bees & Wasps:
    • Fall is the time when bees and wasps feed and store up on food for the winter
  • Spiders:
    • Spiders might enter your home in the fall, but do not reproduce indoors
    • Species to look for: American House spider, cellar spider, domestic house spider, and cupboard spider
    • If there’s a spider in your home, simply move it outside and you’ll be good
  • Flies:
    • South- and west-facing walls may be attracting flies into your home that are looking for a warm place to be
    • Common flies to look for: cluster flies, fruit flies, and house flies
  • Prevention:
    • Clean Up Outdoors
      • These pests tend to find warmth in piles of leaves and the like.
      • Ensure they don’t enter your house by clearing the piles often.
    • Clean Around the House
      • Pests thrive off left-over food and water. Wipe down the kitchen to ensure there are no left-over crumbs
      • Keep garbage bins closed tightly
      • Pests will find warmth in dirty clothes piles like they would with a pile of leaves outside. Don’t accumulate piles of dirty laundry around the home.
    • Check for Holes and Clearings
      • Walk around the perimeter of your home to check if there are any holes or crevices the pests could use to enter your home.
      • Holes close to the gutters give pests a way to get into the walls of your home (they might stay there all season if you don’t catch them)

Now that you’re more familiar about the pests you might come across this season, DynaTrap has a few products that can help! From outdoor to indoor, DynaTrap has products to kill bugs without chemicals. Try DynaTrap to help take care of those pests during the fall season.

It’s Time!

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It’s time to get your DynaTraps out! Mosquitoes hatch when the temperature reaches 45 degrees, we recommend setting your DynaTrap out as soon as the weather warms up. Make sure to follow these guidelines to ensure optimal results!

Set-Up Your Trap 20-40 ft Away From High Traffic Areas

The DynaTrap can be placed anywhere. Just remember that flying insects will be attracted to the unit so you may want to place it 20-40 feet away from your outdoor living area. For best results, place it away from other competing light sources such as spot or porch lights.

Keep Your Trap 3 to 6 ft. Off The Ground

The DynaTrap should be placed three to six feet off the ground. This can be accomplished by placing it on a table or shelf or hanging it from a shepherd’s hook or tree.

Keep Your Trap Plugged in 24/7

The DynaTrap should be left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except when cleaning) during the insect and mosquito season. In some areas of the world this might be several months during the summer, in other areas, it may be year-around. DynaTrap reaches maximum effectiveness in 6-8 weeks, but please continue running your DynaTrap 24/7 after this period for the duration of the insect and mosquito season.

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