Safe and Effective Mosquito Control

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Dynatrap Insect Trap -1/2 Acre The Original Insect Trap


Mosquitoes in Houston are a fact of life. We are used to encountering them in the morning and again in the evening, but the introduction of the Asian Tigris mosquito has changed the ball game. This particular mosquito is aggressive and doesn’t care what time it is or whom she bites. She will feed on dogs, cats and people. This mosquito has adapted to our environment and is responsible for the spread of heartworms across the United States in our pets and may also now carry the West Nile Virus.

One item that I have been using now for several years is the Dynatrap Mosquito trap and it has significantly reduced the mosquito population in my yard and I live on 7 acres. I have one on my front porch and one on my back porch and I no longer have to swat the mosquitoes as I leave for work in the morning or come home at night.

The DynaTrap offers 3 way protection – first, two UV fluorescent bulbs produce inviting, cozy, warm light to attract insects. Then the TiO2-titanium dioxide coated funnel works with the warmth of the light to produce CO2 — irresistible to mosquitoes and luring other flying insects into the DynaTrap. Finally, a whisper quiet fan — quiet, yet powerful — traps insects into the retaining cage. It does not use insecticides, so it is safe around your family and pets.

There is also an indoor model to place in your house to catch the lone mosquito buzzing in your ear. By the way the one that buzzes is the male. He buzzes to attract the female but he does not bite. It is the female mosquito that must take a blood meal in order to lay eggs. It is during the blood meal that diseases such as West Nile virus and Heartworm larvae are excreted in her saliva and then are injected into your body.

It took a week before I noticed a significant reduction, but now I can walk out the door without a swarm of blood suckers waiting for me.  It cannot protect you from every mosquito but it will reduce the population dramatically. These traps are available at Amazon, Sears and Home Depot, but if you order through my link above, the clinic will earn a small commission.

Other ways to help reduce the mosquito population is to remove any standing water around your home. It does not take a lot of water for the mosquito eggs to hatch and the larvae grow and develop.

Also be sure that your dog and cat are on an effective heartworm prevention every month all year round. The mosquito season is year round in Houston.

For more information on the West Nile Virus, please check out the following links

West Nile CDC Updates

West Nile PDF download

West Nile Cases Map

Bobcats, Wolves, & Coyotes do live in Spring, Texas

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We live so close to Houston in our nice suburban homes, that we sometimes forget that wild critters also share our backyard. This bobcat was found just yards from my driveway on the 23400 block of Cypresswood ( 1/2 mile west of Treaschwig) . Not only do we have confirmed bobcats, but I have also seen coyotes and wolves. Most of the time, these wild creatures will stay clear of mankind, but to be on the safe side, if you back up to the wooded sections of the neighborhood, you may want to keep your pets indoors and supervise small children when outside playing.

Learn more about bobcats on Wikipedia

Make sure your pet is also current on their Rabies Vaccinations and use a flea prevention all year round. The wild creatures and feral cats do drop flea eggs in your yard as they cross at night and this has proven to be a source of flea infestations to our household pets. The raccoons and rodents also spread Leptospirosis and deer ticks can give your pet Lyme disease, Rocky mountain spotted fever or Ehrlichiosis.

Amber Alert for Missing Spring High School Girl

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