Did you know female mosquitoes can consume 2-3 times their weight in blood?! Fortunately, scientists may have found a way to curb their appetite – diet drugs. In recent tests, scientists found that the diet drugs made the mosquitoes feel as though they had just feasted on blood, giving them the feeling that they were full. This resulted in the mosquitoes losing interest in biting, as their main reason for doing so is to feed on blood. The reason it works is ultimately the same reason it works for humans. (Believe it or not, we share a fairly large amount of genes!) These drugs are appetite suppressants. They work by targeting hunger receptors and tricking the body into into thinking it is full. Scientists were able to replicate this occurrence in mosquitoes by feeding them a saline solution combined with the diet drugs. The goal of this experiment is not to determine a way to completely wipe out the mosquito population, but rather to reduce the number of mosquitoes and possibly annihilate the species that are responsible for the spread of infectious diseases. While these tests are still in the early stages, the results are promising.
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!
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!
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.
As the warm weather starts to heat up the United States, now is the best time to bring your DynaTrap out of storage, replace your bulbs, turn it on and let it work it’s magic! Here are 4 tips to help get your trap ready for the season.
On behalf of the DynaTrap team, we would like to wish you a very happy New Year, and look forward to making 2017 another successful year.
This past year has been especially remarkable for the DynaTrap team, and we invite you to take a look below on all the exciting happenings at Dynamic Solutions. Read More
Miami FL – DynaTrap is pleased to share that we have partnered with the city of Miami in the fight against the Zika virus. The DynaTrap team collaborated with the offices of Mayor Tomas Regalado and City Commissioner Keon Hardemon to distribute one hundred DT2000XL DynaTraps to the affected Zika zones of Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods. The DynaTrap team met with the local community to educate on Zika virus prevention through mosquito control.
“On behalf of the Miami City Commission and its residents, I would like to thank Dynamic Solutions and Dr. Gadget for making this donation to our community. Your team has empowered the City of Miami to assist its most vulnerable resisdents in combating the Zika virus through the distribution of the DynaTrap machine,” stated Chairman Hardemon. Read More
By now you’ve all heard about Zika virus – the newest vector-borne illness traversing the globe – as well as its implications and its locations (if you need a quick catch-up, see our roundup of recommended articles down below). And though its effects and potential are daunting, there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to have the best chance at avoiding its wrath. This includes avoiding areas where it’s prominent (i.e. many places throughout Central America and South America); and fortunately for travelers, the CDC offers a useful, up-to-date resource focused on countries known to be effected by Zika, which can be found here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.