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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