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Flylight Wins Most Innovative Product in 2018 Best in Biz Awards

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We are proud to announce that we have been presented with the Silver Award for “Most Innovative Product of the Year – Consumer” in the 2018 Best in Biz Awards! Our newest indoor product, the Flylight Insect Trap, received the honor, as well as the award for Best Patented Design in a Consumer Product.

The Flylight Insect Trap is a sleek sconce that delivers up to 600 square feet of superior protection against disease-carrying flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects. It utilizes DynaTrap’s proprietary AtraktaGlo™ Technology to produce a warm UV light at a specifically targeted wavelength, which is irresistibly attractive to insects. The non-toxic StickyTech™ Glue Card then traps the bugs and conceals them behind decorative aluminum panel.

The Flylight comes in three different models, as well as two different color options — black and white. The deluxe model comes with two AC outlets and two USB ports to maximize outlet utility.

“It is extremely rewarding and humbling when professionals in the market see value in what we have created,” said DynaTrap’s President, Juan Rocha. “This product has been years in the making, and to receive such positive feedback during its first year on the market is a great honor.”

The Flylight was awarded Most Innovative Product by a panel of independent judges. The panel is deliberately composed each year of prominent editors and reporters from some of the most respected newspapers, TV outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. The 2018 judging panel included, among others, writers from Associated Press, Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, CNET, eWeek, Forbes, Healthcare Innovation News, Inc., Investment Advisor Magazine, MediaPost, New York Post, New York Times, Ottawa Citizen and Wired.

To learn more about our award-winning Flylight, please visit https://dynatrap.com/flylight-insect-trap-series/

Killing Mosquitoes with Mosquitoes

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Releasing more mosquitoes in an effort to get rid of mosquitoes seems a bit counter-intuitive, right? Not in this case! Verily Life Sciences has come up with a way to kill mosquitoes using mosquitoes. Testing of this method took place in neighborhoods throughout Fresno, California. This model works by infecting male A. aegypti mosquitoes with bacteria called Wolbachia and then releasing them. The infected male mosquitoes are later released from a van throughout the neighborhoods. The infected male then mates with female and prevents viable offspring from being made, which in turn decreases the mosquito population. More than 15 million male mosquitoes were released over six months, which resulted in a 95% decrease in the population of biting female A. aegypti this year. More tests of this method are set to take place in other places around the country throughout the next couple of years.

Hopefully, this new method will help reduce mosquito populations, especially in places around the world where mosquitoes carry dangerous diseases such as malaria and Zika. There is a proven solution for getting rid of those pests available to everyone now. That solution? The DynaTrap! Buy one today and see for yourself! You won’t believe the difference!

How Mosquitoes Suck Your Blood

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We all know mosquitoes suck your blood, but most people don’t know exactly how they do so. The answer is a bit more complicated than you may think. Scientists recently discovered that the proboscis, what mosquitoes use to pierce your skin, is comprised of 6 thin needle-like structures called stylets’. Each of these needles has their own job. Let’s start with the maxillae. The maxillae both have tiny teeth. These teeth are incredibly sharp, which is one reason why you rarely ever feel mosquitoes bite you. Another set of needles, called mandibles, hold the tissues apart while the mosquito sucks blood. The other two needles are the labrum and the hypopharynx. The labrum and the hypopharynx work together. While the labrum is the most important, as it is houses the receptors that allow the mosquito to actually find the blood vessel, it wouldn’t be effective without the hypopharynx. The hypopharynx lays over the gutter-shaped labrum to form a straw-like mouthpart. The hypopharynx is also the piece that allows the mosquito to inject their saliva into our body. This saliva allows the blood to keep flowing and not coagulate once it is exposed to the air. Mosquito saliva is also the cause of the itchy bumps that appear on our skin once we are bitten.

Who would have thought those little insects would have such an interesting and intricate anatomy?! Luckily, there is a way from preventing mosquitoes from sticking you with those 6 little needles! The answer? DynaTrap! Get yours today!

Flylight Insect Trap Facts & Features

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Did you know that most flies carry diseases and other nasty pathogens on their bodies? So gross! But good news is, there’s a way you can protect your home from those pesky flies! The award winning DynaTrap Flylight Insect Trap protects up to 600 sq/ft of your home without zapping, odor, or pesticides. Plug the Flylight  into any outlet and let the catching begin! The AtraktaGlo™ light lures in flies and other bothersome insects. They are then quickly and discreetly trapped by the replaceable StickyTech™ Glue Card. The replaceable UV bulb in the trap is rated for 3,000 hours of continuous use. The effective sconce design and different outlet options make it the perfect fit for any room. See below to find out which Flylight is right for you!

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3009

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Model #: DT3019

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3019

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Two (2) AC pass-through outlets
  • Model #: DT3019

Flylight Insect Trap – DT3039

  • Protects up to 600 sq/ft.
  • Premium indoor protection.
  • Pesticide and odor free.
  • Safe, Silent, Simple.
  • No zapping or buzzing. No expensive attractant or propane required.
  • Two (2) AC pass-through outlets
  • Two (2) USB pass-through outlets
  • Model #: DT3039

A few other tips for Flylight use….

  • Replace StickyTech™ Glue Card as needed
  • Replace AtraktaGlo™ UV bulbs every 3,000 hours, roughly 3-4 months
  • Keep the Flylight plugged 24/7 for maximum effectiveness

Happy Trapping!

Entomologist Dr. Karen McKenzie

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Did you know that DynaTrap has it’s very own Bug Doctor? That’s right! We want to remain ahead of the curve with industry knowledge and design effective new products, so we brought in Dr. Karen McKenzie, a respected Entomologist!

Dr. McKenzie received her doctorate degree in Medical and Veterinary Entomology from the University of Florida in 2003. She strives to develop better repellents, as well as more effective attractants and traps.

Dr. McKenzie and her staff reside in Melbourne, FL at our Dynamic Entomology Research Center. Here they test our products and work on developing better ways to control mosquitoes and other biting arthropods.

In the video below from the National Hardware Show, Dr. McKenzie demonstrates how and why attractants, such as humans, draw mosquitoes to them.

North Carolina’s Massive Mosquito Problem

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Residents of North Carolina just can’t catch a break. First came Hurricane Florence, then came the floods and the swarms of monstrous mosquitoes that came along with them. The stagnant flood waters that resulted from the 8 trillion gallons of rain that were dumped over North Carolina have become home to mosquito nests that hatch mass amounts on a daily basis.

One species that has become especially prevalent is the Psorophora ciliata, also known as “gallinippers.” This species is not an ordinary species. Gallinippers can be up to 3 times larger than the average mosquito and have the ability to easily bite through 1-2 layers of cotton. They are most commonly found in the eastern part of the United States near bodies of water and areas with damp soil. Once flooding occurs in these areas, the eggs then hatch and can grow from larvae to adults in just 6 days. Since Hurricane Florence flooded areas that had not been flooded in years, the eggs that hatched may have lied dormant for years waiting for these flood waters to allow them to hatch.

Not only are these mosquitoes a huge nuisance for residents, but they can also cause illnesses like La Crosse encephalitis (inflation of the brain due to the La Crosse virus), eastern equine encephalitis (inflammation of the brain due to the EEE virus), and West Nile virus.  In order to help combat the large population of mosquitoes that have emerged, the governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper has ordered that 4 million dollars be spent on mosquito control “in counties under a major disaster declaration.”

The video above is of a North Carolina resident filming the mosquitoes that are swarming her car after picking up her son from school. Due to their size, her son mistakes the mosquitoes for wasps!

Hopefully, with the funding that the governor has allocated to combatting the mosquito epidemic, residents will soon be able to go outside without being bothered by these giant pests! In the meantime, entomologists and other government officials have urged people to take precautions when heading outdoors, such as wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and use repellent that contains DEET to keep the mosquitoes away.

Mosquitoes Are Eating More Than Just Us

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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.

West Nile Virus In The United States

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The West Nile Virus was first discovered in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. Shortly thereafter, West Nile was found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Fast forward 81 years and the virus is running rampant throughout nearly every region of the world today, even the United States.

The West Nile Virus is not new to the United States. The first reported case of the West Nile Virus in the United States was in Queens, New York in 1999. So, why has the virus spread like wildfire in the past few months if it has been around since the 90s? The weather. This year, the weather throughout the United States leading up to the most mosquito-infested months created the perfect environment for mosquitoes. Humidity keeps mosquitoes active for longer hours during the day. Rain leaves puddles and standing water for mosquitoes to breed. Heat helps mosquitoes grow and speeds up their ability to spread viruses. All of these aspects combined created the perfect storm.

With all of these infected mosquitoes not only living but thriving on the weather patterns, the West Nile Virus may be more common than we know. Most people who are infected do not display any symptoms. Approximately 1 in 5 people with the West Nile Virus develops some sort of symptom(s) such as fever, headache, body ache, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. According to the CDC, these symptoms appear within 2-15 days of contracting the virus. Most people will recover completely without any treatment, while less than 1% of people infected will suffer serious, sometimes fatal, illnesses.

Diagnosing West Nile requires a blood test, and in some cases a spinal tap. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the virus once an individual is diagnosed. In some cases, medication is given to patients to help relieve pain and help fight off the infection. However, once you have been infected with West Nile, it is believed that you are then immune to the virus for the rest of your life.

Most cases of the West Nile Virus are diagnosed between August and October, so we are not in the clear quite yet. Of course, any time mosquitoes are present there is a chance of the virus being spread. In order to reduce your risk of infection, be sure to protect yourself from those blood-thirsty pests by wearing pants and/or long-sleeved shirts, applying insect repellent, and most importantly running your DynaTrap throughout the day!

New Technologies to Take Care of the Mosquito Problem

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Technology is changing the way we do nearly everything in our lives. Technology has also changed the way we look at the problems in the world today. One of those major problems is mosquitoes. They are the deadliest animal on earth. Fortunately, there are many new technologies being developed to help eradicate this problem. Here are some examples of those very promising new technologies:

Photonic Fence

Sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, right? This technology was introduced in a 2010 TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft CTO. The photonic fence detects mosquitoes by the sound of their wings flapping. The system then zaps the mosquito in the air with a low-power laser. Although this is some pretty cool technology, it has not yet taken off as a major solution to the mosquito problem.

CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing

Malaria resistant mosquitoes may soon be released in various parts of the world where malaria treatments are not easily accessible. Using CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing, scientists from Johns Hopkins University have pioneered mosquitoes that are resistant to malaria. By eliminating a gene in the mosquito that allows malaria to survive within them, the mosquito becomes resistant.

Thunderstorm Simulating Wristband

Mosquitoes are not particularly fond of thunderstorms. They will cease their blood-sucking ways to find shelter from the storm. Knowing this, Nopixgo came up with the idea for a thunderstorm simulating wearable. The device you wear on your wrist emits weak electromagnetic signals that simulate an approaching storm to mosquitoes. This product was created in Switzerland and is still in the very early stages of growth.

Genetically-Engineered Killer Mosquitoes

We know it sounds scary but don’t worry, it may actually help dramatically reduce the mosquito population! MosquitoMate, a Kentucky-based biotech company, has genetically modified male mosquitoes (the non-biting gender) by injecting them with poisonous mosquito insecticide. These males then mate with the females. Once the females lay their eggs, they do not hatch due to the pesticides.

Last but not least, we come to the award winning DynaTrap technology! The DynaTrap Insect Traps release CO2 that mimics human breath. The AtraktaGlo™ UV Light then lures mosquitoes, and the whisper quiet fan traps the insects in the catch basket. This safe, silent, and simple solution is a must-have for anyone who has any kind of insect problem!