MOSQUITO INFORMATION (From AMCA)
“Mosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera, the True Flies. Like all True Flies, they have two wings, but unlike other flies, mosquito wings have scales. Female mosquitoes’ mouthparts form a long piercing-sucking proboscis. Males differ from females by having feathery antennae and mouthparts not suitable for piercing skin. A mosquito’s principal food is nectar or similar sugar source.”
There are now over 3500 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world! We live in the South, the deep south actually and at this time of year we are literally plagued with mosquitoes! We are never without mosquito repellent, although I do worry about applying that much repellent to my kids. Even with repellent we counted 29 bites on my husband (who normally does not get bitten), over 40 on my oldest daughter and we lost count at around 25 on my youngest! It is horrible and my family is continuously itching – especially my girls!
Did you know that National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is this week – June 21 – 27? It has been declared the 13th annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week’ by the AMCA (American Mosquito Control Association). The AMCA is an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals, and has been dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs since 1935.
During “Mosquito Week” the AMCA’s goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives. Many local control districts will put together high-visibility projects during this week designed to generate positive press coverage. So be on the lookout for some very informative press coverage!
After inspecting my daughters bites, that had been scratched open I decided there had to be something else I could do to protect my children from these nasty pests! My search turned up Mega Catch, a company that makes mosquito traps. I wrote to the company to see if I could review their Alpha Trap. Although somewhat skeptical, I was also very hopeful that I had found something that would actually help us! I was amazed at the lightweight and compact design of the trap and we plugged it in immediately.
Here is what Mega Catch has to say about the Alpha Trap:
Mega-Catch™mosquito traps have been subjected to rigorous comparative testing and have consistently outperformed all other mosquito systems tested – a fact we’re justifiably proud of. Our traps are non-toxic, environmentally friendly and by far the safest and most effective way to reclaim your yard. And as we say…….
HAPPINESS IS…A MOSQUITO FREE BACKYARD
The ALPHA is our budget model, it’s lightweight, compact and portable, and the ideal trap for use in small yards, patios and gardens. (maximum coverage 0.5 acre measured in optimum conditions) It may be budget priced, but it comes fully featured incorporating some of the latest technology and features used in our top of the range ULTRA and PREMIER models; including multi-frequency digital pulse lighting, high output variable heated surface and dual installation fittings for optional chemical lures. In one independent scientific test the ALPHA caught an average 752 mosquitoes per night.”