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Published on July 14th, 2011 | by Greg


DynaTrap: Bugs Be Gone

It’s pa­tio sea­son- even in San Fran­cis­co, where sum­mer might usu­al­ly en­tail a warm fleece jack­et. We still like to grill, sit out­side, and bask in the sun when­ev­er we get a chance. And the bugs, of course, like to bask with us. If you’re hav­ing trou­ble with mosquitos, bit­ing flies, and/or Asian bee­tles, there’s a so­lu­tion you might want to con­sid­er.

The Dy­na­Trap DT1100 looks pret­ty at­trac­tive- if you don’t look close­ly, you’d mis­take it for a lamp. And though we used it out­doors, it’s al­so safe for in­doors use. You don’t need to do any­thing but plug it in- no re­fills, car­tridges, can­dles, liq­uids, or bait are re­quired. The nifty new de­sign of­fers a few fea­tures that put it well above most oth­er bug zap­pers and re­pel­lents that we’ve tried. For starters, it mim­ics hu­man breath by emit­ting CO2, while the UV light is pleas­ant­ly warm and at­trac­tive to the an­noy­ing bug­gers. Once lured in, the fan sucks them in and traps them in a small low­er com­part­ment that serves as a cage.

That means no loud nois­es or dis­turb­ing your time out­side with an­noy­ing “pop, crack­le, zap” nois­es. And no weird odors. You’ll need a handy pow­er out­let- no bat­ter­ies, and thus no pic­nics un­for­tu­nate­ly. A wall mount brack­et it in­clud­ed, but not to­tal­ly nec­es­sary. And a nifty stand is avail­able, though we didn’t try it out. Our on­ly re­al con­cern was the bulbs- they are meant to last four or so months, and cost about $11 to re­place the pair. Avail­able in a dark green, we would’ve liked to see oth­er col­ors. If bugs are a con­cern, this is a good bet- solid­ly built and easy to use. Buy on­line or in stores for about $120.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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