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Mosquito Control Methods: Insect Repellent Sprays

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One of the most commonly used mosquito control methods is insect repellent spray. These sprays are a combination of different chemicals and other substances that help reduce the effects of mosquitoes.  While these sprays are effective, they are only effective for a short period of time and also contain some harmful chemicals. Let’s take a closer look.

A pesticide that is found in almost every bug spray, and probably the main reason for their effectiveness, is DEET. DEET is “the most common synthetic insect repellent. Chemically known as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide; also called N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide. Because of these scientific names it is better known by its acronym, DEET.” (www.BugOff.com) The concentration of DEET in the spray determines how long it is effective for. For example, sprays that are 10% DEET are effective for about 2 hours. Scientists suggest not using products with over 50% DEET concentration and avoiding use of higher concentrations of DEET on children.

While insect repellent sprays are a great solution for short-term protection, they do not solve insect problems in the long run. Fortunately, there is a product that does take care of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs long-term, all without the use of chemicals! That product is the DynaTrap! Learn more about the DynaTrap here!

Mosquito Control Methods: Bug Zappers

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In this week’s post, we are going to talk about another popular method of mosquito control: bug zappers! Bug zappers use UV light to attract insects to the zapper, where they are then killed by the electricity from the high voltage power grids surrounding the light. While bug zappers may sound like a viable solution to those pesky mosquitoes and other insects, there are many risks and hazards associated with them.

One of the most concerning and perhaps least known facts about bug zappers is that the insides and other small parts of the insects that are zapped are sprayed around the area surrounding the zapper. Studies have shown that some zappers spread this mist 7 feet from the device. These particles can transmit many germs and even diseases to nearby food, drink, and people.

Another danger associated with bug zappers is the risk of children or animals being harmed by the trap. Young children may be intrigued by the zapper and get their fingers caught, which could result in a shock. The germ-ridden particles that are spread from the machine are also harmful to children and pets. Bug zappers are also not safe for use indoors, or during wet weather conditions. This makes them only useful for a select amount of time and only in a select few places.

The DynaTrap is the safe, silent, simple solution to all your flying insect troubles!

Mosquito Control Methods: Citronella Candles

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Outbreaks of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases in the United States have sent people desperately searching for effective ways to keep the mosquitoes away. While there is no lack in products available to do so, there is indeed a lack in products that actually work. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular products, citronella candles.

Many research studies have found that citronella candles do the opposite of what they claim. Instead of repelling mosquitoes, the actually attract them. In other studies, it has been noted that citronella candles are no more effective than any other candle. “One study found that people with a citronella candle burning right next to them received an average of six bites instead of 10 over an 80-minute period, but a regular candle offered about the same level of protection.” (Inverse, 2017)

Not only are citronella candles not very effective, but they can also be harmful to our furry friends. The smoke from the candles can cause pets to have breathing issues. Ingesting the citronella oil, or any part of the candle can cause a number of dangerous side effects as well.

It is clear that citronella does not hold a “candle” to the DynaTrap!

It’s Mosquito Hatching Season!

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Warmer Weather? Cue Mosquitoes.

For those who live in places of cold temperatures and snowy conditions, mosquitoes become a distant memory during the Winter season. Then, like magic, mosquitoes appear out of nowhere. They come out of their dormant stage, or hibernation, thirsty and ready to breed. (Click here to read how mosquitoes and other insects become dormant).

When and Why Do Mosquitoes Come Back?

Weather is the major motivator. When it comes down to it, it’s all about temperature. Mosquitoes begin to hatch, breed, and attack when the weather is at a consistent 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures. This means that they cannot make their own internal body heat. For example, when the sun is out and the temperature is at 70 degrees, cold-blooded creatures soak in that sun and stay warm. When the sun sets and the temperature drops to 40 degrees, their body temperatures become colder. Simple as that. That is why mosquitoes cannot function until it gets warmer out and stays warmer out. Usually, the temperature reaches a consistent 50 degrees around mid-April, early-May. AKA, during Spring. This is also when a lot of rain occurs. Mosquitoes love rain. They live and breed near and in water. That is why those who live closer to ponds or have a lot of standing water on their property, have bigger issues with mosquitoes.

How To Prepare
  • Remove any objects that collect water: Buckets, old tires, birdfeeders, wheelbarrows, flower pots, etc.
  • Repair damaged windows and screens: Mosquitoes like to find any small openings to get inside your home. Leave the mosquitoes outside and fix your torn screens.
  • Clean clogged gutters: Mosquitoes will use your clogged moist gutters as a breeding ground. Clean them out!
  • Use spray repellents while out and about.
  • Get your DynaTrap ready to go!

 

When it get’s cold, where do the bugs go?

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Hibernation, meet Insects.

The temperature drops, snow begins to fall, and ice forms across roads and water formations alike. We bundle up and turn on the heat, but what do insects do? Prepare your mind to be blown.

Dormant

This means that when the temperature drops, insects can reduce their metabolic activity and go into a state of dormancy. AKA, they can survive with less than they usually need. Insects become dormant for many reasons, not just because of the cold. If there is a lack of food, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, or a sudden change in their natural environment, they will slow their metabolism down to survive without those essentials. But this doesn’t happen often, usually, animals experience dormancy within a pattern. Winter comes annually, therefore they know to prepare for it. There are two types of dormancy:

  • Quiescence: Short-term, brought on by unexpected change. This is easily reversible and is usually used when changes in environments are short-lived.
  • Diapause: An extended period of metabolic activity. This is a triggered type of dormancy. When insects feel the weather getting colder they start to slowly prepare their bodies for “hibernation” through dormancy.

When insects go through diapause, they will seek shelter by burrowing underground. First, they will prepare their bodies for dormancy, and then find their protection from the cold.

Gross Fact: When you’re playing in the snow, there are likely thousands of dormant insects below your feet. Ew.
Antifreeze

Our cells and bodies are composed of mostly water. When the weather gets frigidly cold, that water can freeze. This can happen inside insects as well. How do they fight it? They store large amounts of sugars in their bodies that lower the freezing temperatures of liquids. Some insects also store lipids or glycogen which are sources of energy. Although this method works for many different insects, once the temperature surpasses -30 F or -34.44C, the insect’s bodies can’t keep the cold out any longer.

Unless you’re the Antartic midge…

Better known as the Belgica Antarctica, this wingless insect can survive the freezing of its body fluids and live without oxygen for 2-4 week. This 2-7mm midge is the longest purely terrestrial animal that walks the frigid floors of Antartica. It spends two full winters surrounded by snow and ice in its larvae stage. During this time it can lose up to 70 percent of the water in its body. After that long, and cold, development, it only lives for about 10 days once it becomes an adult. It fills those 10 days doing two things: Eating and mating. Between insane temperature swings, high exposure to ultraviolet light, and all other conditions that come with living on the continent of Antartica, these small insects fascinate scientists to this day.

A DynaTrap for Every U.S.A. Athlete

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Athletes wearing red, white, and blue need more than our support this year – they need protection. And DynaTrap is reaching out to do its part.

Every four years marks the beginning of the biggest sporting events on the world’s stage. This year’s events are set to take place on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – a country health experts are calling the epicenter of the Zika virus epidemic. This mosquito-borne disease carries an array of health concerns, most notably microcephaly and brain damage in developing fetuses, as well as potential neurological problems in adults. That’s why DynaTrap is offering every US athlete a free DynaTrap to take with them while they compete, as well as a unit for their homes back in the States.

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“Mosquitoes Preparing For The Summer Campaign …” [Cartoon]

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“The Summer Campaign” *

 

As we enter prime mosquito(-trapping) season, please try to enjoy this cartoon from 1873 and know that our ancestors dealt with these pesky creatures just as we must. Luckily for us — 143 years in the future — we have DynaTrap technology! As the 4th of July and other such summer events come speeding at us as fast as the Aedes aegypti, we must be vigilant in protecting our cookouts, our pools, our picnics…

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Zika Rundown: A Follow-Up

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It’s been just over a month since our first Zika post, but unfortunately the virus making global headlines is doing anything but letting up. In today’s Zika Rundown we offer summaries and links to five articles that run the gamut of the matter at hand, from medical and political updates to public knowledge studies and historical insights.

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