Over the years I haven’t had too many problems with insects. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. But in the last two years I’ve seemingly become a pin cushion for wasps.
Two years ago it was on the ankle, last year on the forearm, and in both cases, they hurt like hell and become so swollen to become worrisome. It kind of makes you not love nature so much at times like this.
This season I’ve kind of taken a new approach on wasps, mosquitoes, and other flying insects that bug me. We set up a device called the DynaTrap insect trap both in the shop, and out back of the house, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well they’re working.
The DynaTrap is a bit different than most bug stoppers. It doesn’t zap, doesn’t use chemicals (and eliminated my need to use wasp killing sprays), and is devoid of sticky things. What it does use is a specially designed bulb that attracts the insects to the device. As they fly nearby, a built in fan sucks them into a catch basin at the bottom. Once trapped they can’t feed or get out and will die off fairly quickly.
The DynaTrap is particularly effective on wasps, mosquitoes, moths, biting flies, asian beetles, hornets, and yellow jackets,and no-see-ums. And as I mentioned before, we used the DT1000 inside and it’s worked great. If a wasp or moth comes in (our shop doors are often open during the summer) then they don’t last very long before getting trapped.
Mosquitoes have become a greater concern over the years. With some of them becoming carriers of West Nile, it’s best to avoid getting stung if you can. Good practices like limited breeding sources simply makes sense. Discard any standing water that you can, such as those found in old tires, buckets, etc and keep a small aerator going in the pond to agitate the water just a bit. Mosquitoes look for still, standing water for breeding.
If you can’t limit some areas, you can use Mosquito Bits as a way to limit larvae hatches. Most research shows that the best time for control is at the larval stage. And beyond that for blow-in’s and adults that come by, the DynaTrap can prove useful. I also like to use a non-DEET containing bug spray called Buzz Away that I can attest will keep mosquitoes away for a few hours.