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Do they? Or do they not? Mosquitoes

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They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Our blog series “Do they? Or do they not?” has finally come to a close. For our last post, we’ll focus on the most dangerous animal in the world, the mosquito.

How do Mosquitoes work?

Like most insects, only females bite us. This is because they need a blood-meal in order to produce eggs. The protein and iron found in our blood, and the blood of other mammals they feed on, are essential for them to reproduce. Their favorite location to breed is on water, where they will then lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes spend their short 2-6 week lives staying within a 1-acre radius of their birthplace, those who live by rivers, lakes, and ponds have a larger issue with mosquitoes than those who do not. Those who live far from a direct water source need to realize that any standing water in their backyard is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Once mosquitoes are born, the damage these small fighters can do is significant. That is why prevention is vital.

Mosquitoes and Disease

When Spring and Summer roll around a lot of people relate mosquito bites to the allergic reaction of a red, itchy bump. But what people don’t realize is that in many places around the world the thoughts surrounding mosquitoes are much more severe than that. Mosquitoes kill over one million people each year. This is due to the diseases they carry: Malaria, Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus, ChikungunyaYellow Fever, Encephalitis, and more. Three of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes are what cause the mosquito-borne illnesses we all are way too familiar with. These three species include the Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes actually transmit more diseases than any other creature in the world. These illnesses they carry can cause things like mild to extreme flu-like symptoms, rashes, microcephaly in infants, paralysis, joint stiffness and death. These diseases are extremely present in African and South American countries.

How does the DynaTrap catch them?

Mosquitoes find DynaTrap irresistible for these three reasons:

  1. They are attracted to the warmth of body heat, which is mimicked by the DynaTrap.
  2. They sense CO2 (which we exhale) from up to 100 ft. away, which is produced by the DynaTrap.
  3. They are drawn to different wavelengths of UV light, which is emitted by the DynaTrap.

Like stated before, mosquitoes do not travel long distances. Therefore, with every mosquito caught with a DynaTrap prevents hundreds or thousands of additional mosquito eggs from being laid on your property–effectively breaking the mosquito life cycle. Due to its pesticide-free technology, you won’t have to worry about the DynaTrap negatively affecting your yard, garden, house, or home. The goal would be to make DynaTrap a household, town or village item in those countries that are affected most negatively by mosquitoes. We want to take a stand against mosquitoes!

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Do they? Or do they not? Black Flies

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Black Flies

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Black Flies bite just about anything that has blood in them. When a fly is 5-15mm small but is nicknamed a “buffalo gnat” and a “turkey gnat,” you know you’re in for trouble. Unfortunately, insect repellents will not do much to rid your yards of these painful pests. That is the exact reason why DynaTrap was created to attract black flies too.

Where can you find them?

Black Flies love wet areas. Like most insects, the female black flies are the ones that seek out a blood meal. They need this to assist in their egg production. Once they have successfully done this they lay their eggs in clear running water. These flies will lay 150-500 eggs at one time. Unlike other insects, black flies have extremely short lifespans. They are only alive for 2-3 weeks but the amount of damage they can do in that time is intensive. A difference between these flies, in comparison to insects like mosquitoes, is that they seek out meals during the day.

So how much damage can they do?

Black Flies can actually do a lot of damage to a host. They are found across the U.S. and in other regions of the world, including Africa and South America. They do not transmit any diseases in the U.S., but their bites can transmit a disease called river blindness in other parts of the world. Scientifically known as Onchocerciasis, river blindness is most commonly transmitted to those living by fast-moving rivers where black flies breed. These flies pass a type of worm into you which, if not cared for, can migrate into your skin and eyes. 50% of men over the age of 40 had been blinded by this disease in West African communities in the 1970s. Other similar diseases black flies can transmit include mansonellosis in humans, bovine onchocerciasis in cattle and horses, and leucocytozoonosis in wild bird. Black flies also are known to attack in packs. Cattle have been found dead on the sides of rivers due to massive swarms of black flies that choose them as their next blood meal. Black flies like to bite their hosts near their head and face. The bites can cause minor and severe itching, swelling, and redness. They can also cause “Black Fly Fever” which causes a headache, nausea, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

In conclusion, they’re bad news.

…so let’s get them out of here! The DynaTrap emits CO2, the chemical that mammals emit when breathing out and what attracts these dangerous, frustrating and painful bugs to us. The University of Florida did a study and found that various types of Black Flies are attracted to the chemical DEET, but not all. The nice thing about the DynaTrap is that it is a safe option using no pesticides, no chemicals and is odor free. You won’t have to worry about the trap interfering with any beneficial bugs or your flourishing gardens. It’s there to simply catch these black flies, along with other harmful insects, to make your outdoor life enjoyable again.

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Do they? Or do they not? Butterflies

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They DO NOT get caught by the DynaTrap!

These beautiful flying insects paint the skies with different colors. They are incredibly beneficial to our environment, which is why the DynaTrap does not catch them. They’re probably one of the only insects that people get excited to see. But can you blame us? They bring a positive light to the numerous other pests that surround us during the Spring and Summer months.

The Butterfly lifecycle

Butterflies go through metamorphosis. Like most things, they start as an egg. Those small eggs then turn into Larva, AKA a Caterpiller. This is not a long stage of life. When the mother butterfly lays her eggs, she needs to do it on a leaf that can be eaten when her eggs hatch. When the larvae hatch, they begin to eat the leaf they were born onto. The caterpillers stage of life is a growing period. After the caterpillar sheds its fourth layer of skin, it moves to the next stage. This stage is the Chrysalis (or pupa) stage. This is when the caterpillar makes a chrysalis and begins the transformation into an adult butterfly. Once an adult (or an Imago) emerges from the chrysalis, it begins a life of pollinating our plants and painting our skies with beautiful colors.

A butterfly drinking through its probe-like tongue.

So why are they so beneficial?

Like honeybees, they’re important pollinators. Butterflies use their probe-like tongues to collect pollen from plants. They fly from one flower to the next, stand on their long legs, and drink their pollen-filled meal. While they do this, pollen will stick to their legs and occasionally their bodies, resulting in the transfer of pollen to the next plant they fly to. When it comes down to it, bees are the top pollinators. Having smaller legs, their bodies pick up much more pollen than a butterfly does. Nonetheless, with these two pollinators working alongside each other, success is inevitable.

But are their concerns?

3 Points: Habitat Loss, Degradation, and Fragmentation. Due to agricultural development, urban and suburban development, and extraction of resources for humans and animals, our mighty pollinators are losing their sources to live. Degradation is the decline in the quality of habitat. Due to excess of cities and houses being made, we are making it harder for pollinators, especially those who are ground-nesters, to do their job. Because of this, habitats are becoming smaller, therefore the resources won’t be able to meet all the pollinators needs. Other reasons for pollinator decline includes the infiltration of non-native species, the increase of disease and pollution pesticides, and climate change. This is why the DynaTrap is a pesticide-free, environmentally friendly product. We want to keep hurtful insects out of your yards and gardens without hurting the beneficial insects, animals and plant life that also frequents those places.

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Do they? Or do they not? Sand Flies

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Sand Flies

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Flying, biting, blood-sucking dipteran species of insects. Sand Flies painful bite and annoying persistence can ruin any day outdoors.

What do they look like?

Located mostly in water-front areas, these pests are tough to spot only being 3mm long. They have a brownish, gold coloring and hold their wings in a vertical V-shape. Their six legs stretch longer than their body itself. These small savages can only jump 20-40 cm. Therefore you will rarely find bites on your upper body. Sand Flies can transmit a number of diseases from their painful bites. These include: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, Visceral leishmaniasis, Sandfly fever, Carrion’s disease, Pappataci fever, and Vesicular stomatitis virus. These diseases can cause severe problems such as ulcers on your skin and damage to your internal organs. Most symptoms will include extreme itchiness and pain.

Like most species of insects, only female sand flies bite humans. They actually cannot develop eggs until they have a blood meal. The hosts of sand flies can be different. They include humans, reptiles, horses, deer, cattle, raccoons, birds, rodents, and more. Female and male sand flies both feeds off nectar. But it is clear that the females are the most destructive. Sand Flies are mostly active at dusk and dawn. If you’re near a water source at these times, be wearing long pants and closed shoes in case sand flies are lurking around. When sand flies do lay eggs, they lay them in batches of 30-70 in moist areas. It only takes a sand fly 1-3 weeks to complete its full transformation. When it’s complete, that’s when the biting begins.

How can we prevent this?

DynaTrap’s 3-way protection will do the trick. Like mosquitoes, sand flies are attracted to the CO2 humans emit. It’s never been so easy to attract these small, but mighty, attackers. With the DynaTrap’s pesticide-free technology, we are able to trap numerous harmful insects while keeping the rest of the environment safe from harm. DynaTrap will do all it can to keep you free from harmful and annoying bites.

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Sand Flea Bites on Humans – Pictures, Treatment and Prevention


Do they? Or don’t they not? Yellow Jackets

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Yellow Jackets

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Ouch! Allergic or not, we all fear the Yellow Jacket. These are said to be the most aggressive of all the stinging insects. If you get close to a hive of these agitated bugs, walk away slowly and quietly. Once far enough away, do yourself a favor, turn on your heels and head in the other direction and fast.

Fast and Furious

These black and yellow machines can fly up to 20-30mph. Although humans can usually get ahead of them in time, these insects will pursue up to a mile before giving up. They’ll be close behind you at all times so running into a building could result in a fight on the inside. Also, never run into a lake or pond. Yellow Jackets are smart, they understand that you can’t stay underwater forever. They’ll wait above you and sting when you have to take a breath. Yellow Jackets aren’t like your normal stinging bees. Their stingers aren’t barbed like normal bee stingers so they can sting multiple times once they engage. Bees can only sting once. Even if you usually aren’t allergic to stinging insects, you could still be hospitalized if you get stung by yellow jackets multiple times.

What should I not do?

Swatting or smashing yellow jackets will only make matters worse. When yellow jackets are killed they emit a chemical which then attracts more yellow jackets in the area. Yellow Jackets are the ultimate team of mini warriors, coming to the aid of their fallen soldiers. The scary part about yellow jackets is that they nest in the ground. So your daily walk in the park could be interrupted by these vicious creatures. Always make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Yellow Jackets are most active during the Fall. They are attracted to sweat and sugary substances, along with garbage. That is why they love to hang around on your deck at lunchtime and on the side of your house close to garbage day.

How do I get rid of them?

Different repellent sprays don’t always do the trick to get them to leave. If you do have a nesting issue in your yard, calmly and discretely set up a DynaTrap close to the hive. That will be your best option for getting rid of these aggressors. The DynaTrap attracts bugs through its 3-way protection. This includes the warmth and glow of the UV fluorescent bulb and the CO2 emission that insects, like mosquitoes, can’t resist. This 3-way protection is why yellow jackets are attracted to the DynaTrap. When they enter the DynaTrap they get sucked down into the retaining cage from the vacuum-like fan. Once entered, there is no way to escape. Safe. Silent. Simple. Gone. This pesticide-free trap will leave your yard and garden untouched by chemicals. But it will give you an environment free of bugs and fear of yellow jacket stings.

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Do they? Or do they not? Japanese Beetles

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Japanese Beetles

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Meet a gardener’s worst nightmare. Japanese Beetles, or Popillia Japonica, are extremely destructive. These pests will feed off of over 300 plant species. Foliage, flowers, and fruits are what they crave. And like moths larvae, they can completely destroy a garden due to their appetite. To manage these monsters, it is said to cost the gardening industry about $450 million each year.

Where did they come from and where are they now?

These beetles are a 1/2 inch long with a green and bronze coloring. See how this adult Japanese Beetle is destroying its current host.

These bugs sailed over to the U.S. from Japan in 1916. They were first detected in a nursery in New Jersey. These destructive creatures have spread to at least 30 states in the U.S. They also can be found in China, Russia, Portugal, and Canada. These damaging beetles only have a year lifespan, but that doesn’t do much to stop their destruction. Due to the fact that they lack many natural predators, there aren’t a lot of ways to help stop their spread.

What about the larvae?

In the Japanese Beetle lifecycle, the adult stage isn’t the only destructive part of its life. When the larvae, or white grubs, are hatched, they feed off of turf grasses and weaken the roots. Since larvae is a typical meal for raccoons, skunks, and birds, these animals will tear up your lawn trying to capture the white grubs. These larvae can destroy lawns, golf courses and pastures of any size. Interestingly enough, these beetles aren’t as big of a problem in their originating country of Japan. Japan has very little turf grass for the white grubs to survive, making them easily caught by natural enemies.

What can we do?

Since Japanese Beetles fly in from other areas, you can’t just remove their eggs and larvae in your area to control the situation. Guarantee, the beetles that laid the eggs are already long gone. Although some insect and mosquito sprays work, they are filled with pesticides and could damage your plants, lawns and bring harm to non-damaging and beneficial animals and insects that come through. That is why DynaTrap is the best solution. Being an all-natural, pesticide-free product, there is no damage that will come to your yard or garden when in use. The Japanese Beetles are most active during the day while taking in the sun. So it makes sense why the beetles are so attracted to the UV Bulb on the DynaTrap.

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Do they? Or do the not? Dragonflies

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They DO NOT get caught by the DynaTrap!

Why catch something that catches mosquitoes?? Adult dragonflies aren’t picky eaters. They eat almost any insect that flies. Their main diet includes mosquitoes and midges, but they also will enjoy beetles, bees and horse and deer flies. They’ll even feed on smaller dragonflies, moths, and butterflies. Dragonflies will eat around 15% of their body weight each day, if not more. These dragonflies might not breathe fire, but they definitely have a taste for those inferior to them-luckily for us, that includes mosquitoes.

How do they catch their prey?

One thing that helps is their incredible vision. Dragonflies eyes take up the majority of their face. With the help of their eyesight, they catch their prey in three different ways:

With their big eyes and even bigger stomachs, dragonflies are a force to be reckoned with in the world of insects.

1. Hawking-Dragonflies can eat on the go. They can attack and devour their prey while in flight. Dragonflies are the fastest insects on the planet flying up to 60mph. They can increase their speed instantly while flying up, down, backwards and forwards. Dragonflies will either make a basket-like-shape with their legs and scoop their prey up in flight. Or they will open their mouths while in flight and whatever is in their path has a very unlucky fate.

2. Sallying-Dragonflies will sit and stalk their prey. They’ll wait for insects to fly by and then use that impressive speed to capture them.

3. Gleaning-Dragonflies can also hover in place. While gleaning, they hover over vegetation and await insects to appear on leaves or stems. Once spotted, dragonflies attack!

Do they eat anything else?


Picture of a Dragonfly Nymph in the water

Adult dragonflies don’t, but immature dragonflies have a completely different diet. Dragonflies lay their eggs in water. Once hatched, they become nymphs and live in water for the first few months of their lives. There, they eat harmful aquatic organisms. This includes mosquito larvae! Larger nymphs will even eat tadpoles and small fish.

With all that being said, you’re probably thinking that Dragonflies are invincible, right? But every living thing has a predator. Birds, frogs, and animals alike love to eat dragonflies.

Do they bug humans?

They never sting and rarely bite. If they do bite it will result in a small “ouch,” and most of the time you’ll barely even feel that. Overall, they’re nothing more than an important aspect of our ecosystem. By using the DynaTrap, it gets rid of other pesticide repellent alternatives. This way dragonflies, butterflies, and other harmless insects won’t be damaged while they search for food. DynaTrap, yourself and dragonflies all have the same goal; to get rid of mosquitoes and other annoying and harmful insects. The DynaTrap traps them, dragonflies eat them and you’re annoyed with them. So between DynaTraps natural, pesticide-free, easy-to-use technology, and the natural cycle of nature, your yard can be bug-free!

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Do they? Or do they not? No-See-Ums

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Do you ever have small bites all over your legs and don’t understand where they came from? Do you ever feel a harsh bite and begin a frantic search for the culprit but can’t find it? Say hello to Ceratopogonidae-a family of small flies in the order of Diptera-the name derived from the Greek word for “two wings.”

“No-see-ums” is a nickname for the Biting Midge-one of the 4,000+ types of Ceratopogonidae; 600 of which occupy North America. Some species are host specific. They feed only on humans, or only on livestock. But most biting midges see all mammals as fair game.

Picture of a Biting Midge

So what are they?

Biting midges, or no-see-ums, are the smallest blood-sucking insects on earth. Only being 1/8 of an inch (1-3 mm) long, these tiny terrors can attack undetected and unharmed. Like most species of insects, the male biting midges feed off nectar and vegetation, while the females do the real damage. The females are attracted to blood and have a nasty bite.

Do they carry diseases?

In North America human’s don’t encounter no-see-ums that carry diseases. But animals do. Like deer and horse flies, no-see-ums can attack in swarms and cause animals significant harm. The most common disease that affects livestock is Blue Tongue virus. It affects a large portion of livestock in the Western United States. In more tropical areas there are some species of no-see-ums that can carry parasites and diseases to humans.

How do we control them?

No-see-ums live and breed along bodies of water. They also like to hang out in shrubs or dead leafs. Because these insects don’t wander more than 400 ft from their home, getting rid of them has a long-lasting effect. But mosquito spray isn’t enough to remove no-see-ums from your yard. Like mosquitoes, they are attracted to the CO2 we emit into the air. This is the exact reason why they are attracted to the DynaTrap. The DynaTrap is a natural, pesticide-free option for insect trapping. Its bright UV light, combined with the CO2 released from an organic matter, does an amazing job luring in insects such as no-see-ums. Once the insects come to the DynaTrap, the strong but silent fan vacuums them into the retaining cage. No-see-ums are so small you can barely see them when alive, so don’t fret when you don’t see traces of them in the retaining cage. They’re in there, and hopefully, there’s a lot of them!

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Do they? Or do they not? Asian Lady Beetles

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Asian Lady Beetles

They DO get caught by the DynaTrap!

Originally sent to the U.S. to help control pest problems within crops, they’re now becoming the pests needing to be controlled. Better known as the Lady Bug, these “cute” bugs are more of a nuisance than some of us realize.

How’d they get here?

First entering the U.S. in 1916, The Department of Agriculture in California welcomed these bugs as an agricultural benefit. Asian Lady Beetles feed on insects that bring damage to crops, gardens and landscapes. They feed on aphids-also known as plant lice. These aphids are sap sucking insects that, when in large numbers, can create a lot of damage.

So what’s the issue?

Asian Lady Beetles color ranges from tan, orange and red.

The spread of these beetles ranges from intentional to accidental. Some states released groups of Asian Lady Beetles to bring aid to their crops. Other states are confused on how they got there. Some parts of the country are experiencing overwhelming amounts of these beetles. They now populate almost all of the U.S. and some parts of Canada.

When the fall/winter months hit, Asian Lady Beetles need somewhere to escape. That’s why they migrate to the inside of our homes. When killed, Asian Lady Beetles release a yellow fluid from the joints of their legs. This is a natural defense mechanism used by the beetle to protect itself from natural predators. But this fluid can create problems. It not only has an unpleasant smell, but it can also stain walls and fabrics around your home.

How do we avoid this?

The DT150 Indoor Insect Trap.

Simple. Our Indoor DynaTrap’s do the trick! Asian Lady Beetles are attracted to light. The DynaTrap gives off a bright UV Light glow that these beetles can’t resist. Just like our outdoor traps, the indoor traps are all natural. We pride ourselves in providing a completely natural bug killer-especially when they are being put in your homes. Asian Lady Beetles cannot reproduce indoors. Once you control the initial problem, there will be less chance of a reoccurring infestation. Our indoor traps catch other pesks such as: biting flies, moths, wasps and stink bugs. Check out our different indoor traps and what they catch HERE!

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Do they? Or do they not? Honeybees

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They DO NOT get caught by the DynaTrap

If we trapped Honeybees who would pollinate our gardens? DynaTrap does not capture things essential to society. And these guys are beyond essential!

Picture a world without honeybees. Having trouble? Let me help.

To put things in perspective, honeybees pollinate 70 of the 100 species of crops produced. These crops feed 90% of our world. If there are no honeybees to pollinate, crops will die. Then the animals who rely on those crops for food will die, followed by the animals that rely on those animals for food will die, and the trend will continue up the food chain. Honeybees extinction is the beginning of many other species extinction. It’s the start of a domino effect.

Verroa Mite-A parasite that only feeds and reproduces in a honeybee colony. These mites spread a virus to Apris mellifera, or European honeybees. Due to the trading of bees among humans, the mites were able to transfer from colony to colony. Just like humans, bees need health checks too. That way beekeepers can better regulate the spread of the disease given by the Verroa Mite.

The honeybee epidemic is severe. And it all starts at the hive. American Foulbrood, or AFBis a bacterial disease that is effecting honeybee colonies everywhere. It is caused by the Paenibacillus larvae. This is an issue known worldwide. Usually, beekeepers lift the lids of their colonies home to find white, plump, healthy larvae. Instead they find brownish goo in its place. Scientist say AFB is a death sentence to bee colonies. There are some antibiotics but they aren’t always effective. When they don’t work, beekeepers have to set the whole colony on fire. If they don’t, there is risk of the infected colony infecting a healthy colony.

Another known crisis is the Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. CCD is when the majority of worker bees abandon the queen and the hive. Luckily, CCD has gone down dramatically in the last few years. In it’s heyday, between 2006-2007, beekeepers were noticing that they were losing between 30% to 90% of their hives in the winter time. An interesting find was that, although the worker bees left, they provided an abundant amount of honey and pollen for the queen and the adolescent bees abandoned in the hive. Even though the worker bees leave at least they care for the hive before departing!

How the DynaTrap doesn’t catch honeybees is simple. They aren’t attracted to CO2 or UV Light. That detail alone is why they don’t come near the traps. They are completely disinterested. And that’s exactly what we wanted from them.

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Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking



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