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Dengue Fever: Increasing Within the United States

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What is it?

Dengue Fever is one variation of the four closely related dengue viruses that is a painful mosquito-borne disease. It is related to viruses that cause West Nile infection and Yellow Fever. Dengue fever is spread by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Where is Dengue Fever most common?

Most cases in the U.S. occur in individuals who got the infection while traveling outside the United States. However, there have been confirmed local transmission cases in Miami and in Hillsborough County, Florida. In 2013, outbreaks started in Brownsville, Texas and Key West Florida. This can be due to these states being so close to the Caribbean.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually start to occur 4-6 days after being infected and can last up to 10 days. Symptoms can include a sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, skin rash (appears 2-5 days after onset fever), and mild bleeding (i.e. nosebleed, gums bleeding, easily bruising). Having any of the symptoms listed above and a travel history in countries where Dengue Fever is common leads to a healthcare provider to suspect Dengue Fever. Doctors can diagnose with a blood test.

Is there treatment?

There is not a specific medicine that treats Dengue Fever. Using pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoiding medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding, is instructed. Along with taking pain relievers with acetaminophen, resting as well as drinking plenty of fluids is also encouraged.

What can I do to prevent Dengue Fever?

There is one FDA approved vaccine as of 2019 called Dengvaxia. This vaccine helps prevent Dengue from reoccurring in 9-16 year olds who have already been infected with Dengue. Unfortunately, there is currently not a vaccine or another type of prevention for the general public, but there are other remedies that people can do to help prevent getting but by an infected mosquito.

  • Use mosquito repellents (even inside)
  • Outdoors: wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants that can be tucked into socks
  • Indoors: Use air conditioning when available
  • Ensure windows and screen doors are secure and free of holes or rips

Words from our expert, Dr. Mackenzie

Dengue Virus is a serious disease that is more common in the United States and the Americas than most people realize. In the US, we have hundreds of travel related cases of Dengue Fever as well as some more critical Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, each year. This year marked an “outbreak” year for Florida with multiple cases of locally transmitted cases in Miami-Dade County as well as Hillsborough County. The virus is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both of which are more active during the day and use artificial as well as natural containers as larval habitats.

Remember mosquito season isn’t over because it’s fall. Mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. So if you have to 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.

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

For more information on Dengue Fever, check out this article!

Eastern Equine Encephalitis: It’s More Common Thank You Think

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What is it?

Within the past year or so, Easter Equine Encephalitis (also called triple E) has been on the rise. Triple E is a viral illness that is transmitted into people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. One cannot get triple E from another person or animal that has triple E. There are usually only a few human cases annually reported in the U.S., which is typically 4-10 cases.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can occur 4-10 days after an individual has been bit by an infected mosquito. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headache, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, neck stiffness, seizures, confusion (disorientation), or a coma. Symptoms can differ depending on the part of the brain that is inflamed, amount of inflammation, and a person’s age and health. This is a serious virus that can lead to permanent brain damage, being in a coma, or even death. Triple E can be diagnosed by a blood test or testing spinal fluids.

Is there treatment?

There is not a human vaccine or specific antivirus currently available. Patients with triple E should be properly evaluated by a physician or healthcare provider. Severe cases are typically hospitalized and get respiratory support, fluids through an IV, and prevention of other possible infections that may arise.

What can I do to prevent triple E?

For the individual:

  • wear long sleeve shirts and pants outdoors
  • wear EPA registered/CDC recommended insect repellents
  • cover strollers and baby carriers with a mosquito net
  • avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn

For the home/outdoors:

  • remove areas with standing water (pool covers, bird baths, trash cans, tires, etc.)
  • repair screens if there are holes, keep windows and doors shut to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home
  • remove leaf debris from yard and garden areas
  • ensure roof gutters drain correctly and clean clogged gutters in fall and spring

Words from Our Expert, Dr. Karen McKenzie

“The 2019 mosquito season has been pretty bad all over the country due to weather patterns in later 2018 and earlier this year that dumped a lot of rain and snow around the country. In July, NOAA even stated that the U.S. had set a new record for the ‘wettest 12 month period’, which created prime mosquito habitats. The overabundance of mosquitoes mixed with a large number of birds hat were susceptible to both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis has created a ‘perfect storm’ situation. All the right pieces have fallen into place to allow these diseases to really bloom. This year has marked a record year for triple E, with 31 cases so far and more deaths than the average number of cases reported each year. Remember mosquito season isn’t over because it’s fall. Mosquito season is only over once we are seeing freezing temperatures. Adding a flying insect trap to your mosquito control strategy can help you protect you and your family by collecting mosquitoes that are in your yard.

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

Fight the Bite!

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Lets face it, mosquito bites suck! Here’s six home remedies to help soothe the pain.

1.) ICE –

Cool it down with an ice pack. Cold temperatures help slow the rate of inflammation. Applying an ice pack to the area soon after the bite will help reduce inflammation, itching and discomfort.

2.) ANTIHISTAMINES –

Histamine is a chemical that the body releases as part of the inflammatory response to a mosquito bite.  Antihistamines help fight of this chemical and can be found in a pill or topical cream form.

3.) CALAMINE –

Calamine is a great defense for itchy mosquito bites. It has a cooling sensation that temporarily relieves itching and discomfort.

4.) SOOTHING HEAT-

A Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology study looked at the effectiveness of a device that emits concentrated heat. In most cases, the device was able to reduce the discomfort resulting from insect bites within 10 minutes of its application.

5.) ALOE VERA-

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties that can help heal mosquito bites.

6.) HONEY-

Honey has properties that make it useful for healing wounds. Applying it to bites may help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

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How to Make Yourself Less Attractive to Mosquitoes?

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Do mosquitoes come buzzing straight for you as soon as you step outside? Do you always end up with annoying mosquito bites? Mosquitoes love humans, especially our scent. They have very acute receptors in their antennae and heads that can detect human scents up to a 100 feet away.

Here are the top human scents mosquitoes are attracted to-

1.) Carbon Dioxide: Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, both the scent and the amount. Every time we exhale, we release chemicals like lactic acid, octenol, uric acid and fatty acids that combine with CO2. This combination of scents is what clues mosquitoes that there is a human target nearby. Get yourself a DynaTrap to fix this problem.

This insect trap mimics human breath allowing mosquitoes to follow the CO2 trail into the trap.

2.) Body odor:  Bacterial colonies help generate the human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless.

There are measures you can take like washing regularly to reduce body odor.

3.)  Secretions: About 80% of us are “secretors” or people who secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through their skin. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors.

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about this except seeking other preventative measures to fight off these pests.

4.) Blood type:  Different blood types give off different scents. Studies have shown that mosquitoes are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted to Type A.

Sorry Type O’s, you can’t change your blood type.

Fight the scent with DynaTrap. Get yours today!

Ouch! That Stings!

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We all know insect stings are the worst, but how much do they really hurt? Dr. Justin O. Schmidt, entomologist, and creator of the Schmidt Pain Scale Index took it upon himself to find out!

Here are some of the results so you know what to watch out for!

Index: 0 = the least amount of pain  4+ = the most amount of pain

Sweat bee: Light & fruity.  These pests will barely harm a hair on your head.

1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden & a little alarming.

2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Similar to slamming the car door on your hand.

3.0 Paper wasp: This one will leave a burn. Imagine spilling a beaker of Hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.

4.0 Pepsis wasp: A blinding electric shock that will leave you paralyzed and screaming.

4.0+ Bullet ant: An unfathomable pain that lasts more than 12 hours. According to Schmidt, it will leave you feeling “Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.”

Our suggestion? Prevent the pain & get a DynaTrap today!

Are Mosquitoes a Danger to Our Beloved Pets?

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Your dogs, cats and horses could be in danger! We adore our pets and strive to protect them at all costs but are they really safe from mosquito bites?

The answer is NO!

Summertime means insect time! While our four-legged adventurers want to have some fun, it’s important to understand that a single mosquito bite can lead to serious health complications in even the healthiest of pets.

What Can You Do?

1.) Research: Know the types of  dangerous mosquito diseases, infections and  allergies  your pets are susceptible to. For example, one of the most serious and most common disease that can be transmitted by mosquito bites to dogs is heartworm. A single bite from an infected mosquito is all it takes to infect your dog. West Nile Virus is another deadly disease that your dogs, cats or even horses could contract through mosquito bites.

2.) Spot the Symptoms:  Allergies and Infections develop when a pet excessively scratches, chews or licks at even a single itchy mosquito bite. Oh, those pesky mosquitoes! Here’s how they make our pets suffer, just like people:  raised red welts on the skin, an overwhelming urge to itch and vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy in severe cases.

3.) Take Precaution: Prevention is key especially during the height of mosquito season! Attempt to keep your dog indoors during early morning and early evening hours when mosquitoes are the most active. Keep your doors and windows closed when mosquitoes are in season and use dog-safe insect repellents.

And of course… get a pet-friendly DynaTrap to keep your beloved creatures happy and healthy!! Visit our site to get yours before it’s too late!

Don’t Rain on Our Parade!

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Do Mosquitoes Really Like the Rain?

This summer has been a wet one, especially in the Midwest! We all have heard the warnings of the rain bringing in a swarm of mosquitoes. It turns out mosquitoes don’t really like rain. They love puddles!

The female mosquito lays her eggs in stagnant water, and larvae need only ½ inch of water to survive. With so much rainfall, water gathers quickly and cannot easily evaporate or soak into the ground. This means more mosquitoes!

Here are some steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes on your property after it rains:

1.) Dump out any standing water that can collect in items such as flower pots and old tires.

2.) Clear water off pool covers after it rains.

3.) Maintain your landscape: Mosquitoes can hide under trees, bushes & shrubs.

And of course you can armor up with DynaTrap. Get one now and take precaution!

5 Reasons to LOVE DynaTraps

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1. DynaTraps are Safe

Unlike other insect traps, the DynaTrap doesn’t harm the environment or humans. Our technology produces harmless CO2 to mimic our breath and UV light to attract insects, which is completely non-toxic. No additional lures or attractants required. Other alternatives to pest control such as spraying or using propane to attract insects has a greater impact on the environment.

2. DynaTraps are Easy to use & Maintain

Simply plug in your trap and leave it running 24/7. The only maintenance required is the occasional emptying of the basket once it gets full and periodically changing the bulbs.

3. DynaTraps are Inexpensive

Our ½ acre traps have an electrical cost of approximately $2/mo when operated 24/7. Other traps require repeat lure or propane purchases and can be costly to operate.

4. DynaTraps Allow you to Enjoy the Outdoors

The trap will begin to catch mosquitoes and other flying insects immediately. It will gradually reduce your mosquito population and within 6 weeks you will have successfully broken the mosquito’s life cycle. We guarantee you will see results and provide a 1-year warranty for all of our traps!

5. DynaTraps can be Used Indoors

All DynaTraps can be used indoors, which, for health reasons, can’t be said for zappers and propane traps. No odors, whisper quiet operation, and no chemicals make the DynaTrap the perfect solution for indoor pest problems!

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!

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