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Types of Mosquitoes

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Here at DynaTrap, our products are focused on many different mosquito traps that minimize the number of pests around/in your home. Here are the basic types of mosquitoes that might be flying around your home and some of their characteristics.

Aedes Mosquitoes
  • Primarily feed at dusk and dawn
  • Opportunistic feeders – no preference on humans or animals
  • Transmit diseases such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, & Yellow Fever
Culex Mosquitoes
  • Bred during warm months & hibernate during winter
  • Painful & persistent biters
  • Females need blood in order to develop their eggs. Blood can be from animals or humans.
  • Main carriers of the West Nile Virus
Anopheles Mosquitoes
  • Breed during the warmer months
  • Females usually live about 2 weeks
  • Active at dusk & dawn
  • Carriers of parasites that cause malaria

Winter Activities

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Whether you live somewhere where there is snow during winter, or it stays warmer year-round, there are fun, festive activities you can do during the winter months. Here are a few winter and festive activities you can do in your hometown!

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Here are some ideas to get into the Christmas Spirit and enjoy the winter months!

  1. Drive around looking at Christmas lights.
  2. Ice skating
  3. sledding, skiing, or snowboarding
  4. Build a snowman (if there’s snow near you)
  5. Bake Christmas Cookies
  6. Decorate for the holidays
  7. Watch Christmas Movies
  8. Decorate a gingerbread house
  9. Read a book
  10. Make hot chocolate

Gifts for Every Room in the Home

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Happy December! It is officially the month of Christmas, which means that the holidays are quickly approaching. With the holidays, there are several people to shop for, decorations to be put around the house, and cooking and baking needs to be done. This time of the year should be stress free. DynaTrap has gifts for all areas of the home that make practical, unique gifts for loved ones!

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The Flylight Insect Trap

The flylight is a perfect gift that catches those pesky flies that get into your home. The flylight is perfect for the kitchen, living room, four seasons room, bathroom, and hallways! Flies can carry diseases and other pathogens they have on their bodies. The AtraktaGlo™ UV technology and the StickyTech™ will stop them from flying around inside your home! The flylight is also available with AC and USB outlets on the side so you don’t have to worry about losing an outlet in you home!

Indoor Ultralight Insect Trap

This small indoor insect trap is perfect for screened in porches and four seasons room in your home. The travel size trap attracts and kills mosquitoes, biting flies, wasps, stink bugs, and Asian Beetles. This trap would also be useful in RVs or hard side campers as well.

DynaZap

Adding a DynaZap to keep inside your home can also help kill those pests that are crawling around your home. The DynaZap is fully extendable and bendable solution to the old fly swatter to get those hard-to-reach pests inside your home. The DynaZap is a nice addition to having your DynaTraps inside and outside your home.

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.

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!

Invasive Species: Making Themselves Known

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Within the past few weeks, there have been several articles addressing the different invasive species that are making their way across the United States. These invasive species can cause property and agricultural damage, and even press new health threats to Americans. Keep reading to learn more about the five invasive species that are spreading and how you can prevent and/or eliminate these pests.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

These pests are native to Asia but have been found in 44 states. Stink bugs release an unpleasant odor when crushed. To keep these stink bugs outside your home, patch holes in door and window screens and vacuum up any stink bugs that might find their way inside your home.

Asian Long-horned Ticks

This invasive pest came to the U.S. from Asia. This tick has been known to be a carrier of bacteria and pathogens associated with diseases such as Lyme disease, Japanese spotted fever, and SFTS ( Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome). To protect against ticks, use insect repellent, wear long clothing, and perform tick checks after spending time in wooded areas or overgrown, grassy areas.

Spotted Lanternflies

The spotted lanternflies have made their way across the east coast. These flies are a threat for agricultural industries as they feed on the sap that comes from many different trees and plants. They also lay their eggs on trees, rocks, and patio furniture. It is recommended that you contact your local Department of Agriculture to report a sighting and any migration of the invasive species.

Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA)

These ants are found throughout the western and southern states. They will attack humans who disturb or threaten their homes, biting and stinging their victims.  To protect yourself from these ants, seal all structural cracks and crevices to keep them from gaining entry.

Formosan Termites

These termites are particularly found across the southern states. These destructive pests chew through wood, wallpaper, and flooring. Formosan termites are the most destructive of their kind. Homeowners that live in the south are strongly encouraged to have inspections for termites annually to help prevent termite damage.

Christmas Gift Guide: Parents Edition

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Now that it is officially November, the holidays are quickly approaching When it comes to the holidays, people look forward to spending time with family and friends, drive around looking at lights, eating good food, and lots of shopping. When it comes to crossing Mom and Dad off the shopping list, DynaTrap has you covered!

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Dad

When it comes to shopping for the father figure in your life, it can be difficult to think of something you haven’t done before as a gift. When you want to give a useful gift that you know he will love, look at what DynaTrap has to offer!

1/2 Acre Insect Trap

The 1/2 acre flying insect trap is a perfect gift for those dads who like to spend time outdoors, but not the mosquitoes and other pests that might come along with that. This product would be perfect to cover the area of a backyard, patio, or deck!

1 Acre Insect Trap

If your yard is the big hang out spot in the warm months, the 1 acre insect trap will ensure mosquitoes don’t ruin your events! This 1 acre trap will cover 1 acre of space to ensure that mosquitoes are not bothering anyone while enjoying the outdoors.

ATRACKTA® Mosquito Lure

To help your dad increase his catch rates, get him some ATRACTA® to go along with his DynaTrap! This will ensure that no pests are bothering anyone when they are outdoors.

Mom

When it comes to shopping for that special mom in your life, it can be difficult to find something that you haven’t done before or something that will stand out. This year, let DynaTrap help you out!

Flylight Insect Trap

The Flylight Insect Trap is the perfect trap for inside the home. Whether it’s for the kitchen to help with fruit flies, or in the hallway, living room, or bedrooms to remove flies inside the home, this is a great gift! If you think she would not want to lose an outlet, don’t worry! The flylight comes with USB and a plug in on the sides!

DynaZap

Tired of the practical way to swat flies! The DynaZap is fully extendable to over 3 feet in length, an has a telescopic head that bends in multiple directions for hard-to-reach areas. It has a safety switch that onle works when the trigger button is on. It uses two AA batteries, which are included!

Indoor Ultralight Insect Trap

If your mom has a screened in porch that she loves, the indoor ultralight insect trap is perfect! This product is convenient for screened-in porches or four-seasons rooms.

Are You Ready for Halloween?

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Halloween is right around the corner. This holiday is a fun time to get creative with your costume, spend time with family and friends, and of course eat lots of candy. Do you have your costume yet? Here are a couple last minute costume ideas that are easy to put together!

1) Nurse

Do you have a friend or family member who is a nurse? Ask to borrow their scrubs for a quick and comfortable costume!

2) Cat/Dog

It is very easy to come up with a cat or dog costume if you don’t have another idea yet. Wear brown or black, draw a nose with some whiskers on your face, and pick up some ears from the store!

3) M&Ms

Find a solid color T-shirt that is hiding in your closet and print the infamous “m” that is found on the popular Halloween candy.

4) Hippie

Find a tie dye T-shirt and a great pair of sunglasses to put together a quick hippie costume. This is a staple costume that can easily be thrown together last minute.

5) Group Costume Ideas

Finding a group costume can be fun and creative! Get together with some of your close friends to come up with an iconic and fun group costume!

Hopefully these last-minute DIY costumes can help you out if you’re stuck on what your costume to be or if you haven’t even had the time to think of a costume. Happy Halloween!

Zika Virus: Facts You Need to Know

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What is it?

Zika Virus is a mosquito borne virus that can be spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Zika can also be spread from a pregnant woman who is infected, to the fetus, which can cause certain birth defects, Microcephaly as well as other brain defects are common.

Symptoms

Many individuals infected with Zika may not have symptoms or only have a mild case of the symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and muscle pain. These symptoms can last several days up to a full week. Due to the lack of symptoms and the similar symptoms of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases, it can be difficult for an individual to realize they have been infected. Blood testing can be done to confirm if someone has been infected.

2019 Case Count

So far in 2019, there have been a total of 10 Zika cases that have been reported. All 10 cases are due to U.S. citizens returning from travelling to affected areas outside of the states. There have been 0 cases through local mosquitoes within the United States.

Is there treatment?

There isn’t anything specific to help treat those with the Zika Virus, but it is strongly encouraged to contact your health provider or doctor after travelling to a place where Zika is prevalent. This is especially important if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.

What can I do to prevent?

It is encouraged that pregnant women should not travel to areas where Zika is prevalent to not risk causing any birth defects. If travelling to areas with Zika, it is crucial to wear mosquito repellent and reapply when necessary to prevent mosquito bites at all costs.

Words from Our Expert, Dr. McKenzie

“There hasn’t been a lot of news coverage about Zika Virus this year, even though it is still a serious disease and is still being locally transmitted in the U.S. territories. In the continental U.S., there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika since 2017, this is presumably because of the increased efforts of mosquito control districts in high risk areas, such as Florida and Texas. However, some diseases don’t show up every year and when that happens people tend to forget about them and move on to the next big thing. There is a lot about Zika Virus that is unknown, it may never be a problem in the U.S. again, or it may be a big problem next year. It’s better to be prepared than to have the issues that were seen in 2016 with this serious disease. Remember mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. So, if you must go out at dusk or dawn, make sure that you are using EPA registered/CDC recommended repellents. Around your home, remove or refresh larval habitats (i.e. empty containers and bird baths) and if possible, wear long sleeves and long pants. Adding a flying insect trap to your mosquito control strategy can help protect you and your family by collecting mosquitoes that are in your yard. Stay vigilant – don’t breed these vector mosquitoes in your yard!”

To help protect your yard and your home from infected mosquitoes, check out the DynaTrap website for indoor and outdoor traps!

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The Holiday Season is Right Around the Corner…

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It’s almost time to start preparing for the holiday season. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas. During the holiday season, there are so many things to prepare: Thanksgiving plans, meal preparations, Christmas arrangements, gifts, and many other details that arise.

The holidays are an exciting time and it can also be a stressful time. DynaTrap can help you take care of one of the stressful aspects of the holidays: gifts. DynaTrap offers several indoor insect traps as well as outdoor insect traps to help get rid of mosquitoes, flies, and other pests.

Whether its for your significant other, children, siblings, parents, friends, or other special people in your life, DynaTrap has a variety of products for everyone!

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