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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!

For more information on the West Nile Virus, click here.

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

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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.

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!

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