Biting Insects

Mosquitoes

Besides being an irritating nuisance, mosquitoes are bloodsucking insects that can cause significant illness.

Female mosquitoes are capable of transmitting a number of human diseases such as West Nile Virus, various Encephalitises, Rift Valley Fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Dengue Fever, ZIKA virus, chikungunya.

When a mosquito bites, she injects saliva and anti-coagulants into the blood which may contain these disease-causing viruses or other parasites. This cycle can be interrupted by killing the female mosquitoes with our Mosquito Slayer  traps.

Midges

Biting midges are most prevalent in areas with freshwater lakes, creeks, rivers and ponds. Biting midges are smaller than mosquitoes – so tiny that they can often go unnoticed until you feel the bite. The impact on people from midge bites is due to allergens in midge saliva reacting on people with varying degrees of sensitivity and immunity.

Biting midges are generally most active in the evening and early morning. In overcast humid weather, they are known to bite all day and night. Biting midge numbers increase around the time of the full and new moons. The female midge detects carbon dioxide of exhaled breath and follows the Co2 to her host. This is why Co2 traps are an effective method of midge control.

Black Flies

Black flies are found in the US and Canada, Scotland, Northern Queensland in Australia, Africa and many other parts of the world. About 300 of the world’s 1600 black fly species are found in North America.

Black flies are most commonly found along rivers and streams during late spring and early summer. Only female black flies are bloodsuckers. After mating the females require a blood meal before their first batch of eggs is laid. They are attracted to hosts from a distance by smell, heat and by sight.

Dr. Barry Tyler, Ph.D (Mosquito and Black Fly Control specialist, Erin, Ontario, Canada.) conducted a trial on the effectiveness of the Mosquito Management System mosquito trap (now referred to as the Mosquito Slayer) machine, in catching and killing mosquitoes and black flies. “The results were impressive; the traps caught literally thousands of mosquitoes and black flies”. “It doesn’t catch them all but it certainly reduces the numbers dramatically”. Dr Tyler also says that “people who have traps around their homes can rest easier knowing that they have taken extra measure to keep their families safe”.