Cape Cod, MA (2016) Results Are In!

Bite-Lite continued testing the efficacy of the H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System in Cape Cod this July. This summer was the third in which our horse fly trap tests were conducted by the Cape Cod Mosquito Control District and its division the Cape Cod Greenhead Fly Control Project under the watchful eyes of Gabrielle Sakolsky-Hoopes and Bart Morris, respectively. The test location for catching horse flies known as green heads this year was in Orleans, MA.  

During the experiments charted below, the Bite-Lite horse fly trap and the Blue Boxes were baited with no lure and an octenol lure.   All total, testers conducted 13 repetitions and collected 872.5 horse flies with four traps. In all comparisons with lures, the H-trap performed significantly better than the Cape Cod Box trap.   

Cape Cod Blue Box Trap vs. Bite-Lite H-Trap for the Collection of Tabanus sp. (biting horse flies) in Orleans, MA   July, 2016

Bite-Lite to Help Sponsor Another Event for the Connecticut Food Bank to Help Hunger

For the second time this summer, Bite-Lite will support the Connecticut Food Bank in its latest fundraiser to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut. The event taking place on Sunday, August 14th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is Hops for Hunger and there are a number of fun events planned for those attending the first annual event at the Two Roads Brewing Company at 1700 Stratford Avenue in Stratford.   

The attractions include the sampling of 11 local craft beers, food and wine from three local food trucks, lawn games, music by Radio Partner iHeart Radio, and a silent auction containing 17 items and four restaurant gift certificates at press time. Bite-Lite is donating its American made natural mosquito repellent candles and its new indoor insect light trap. Admission will cost $55 per person or $100 per couple, and tickets can be obtained in advance online at www.ctfoodbank.org/hopsforhunger  or at the event. The price will also include beverages from the bar.

“This is a fun way to connect with us and support our hunger relief mission,” said Connecticut Food Bank Engagement Coordinator Kerri Burgerhoff. “Come for great beers and delicious food and be prepared to be tempted by auction items including scuba lessons, jewelry, Miranda Lambert concert tickets, fishing charters and more.” Burgerhoff said.

Burgerhoff said the Food Trucks already committed for the event include: The Meat Truck, a gourmet sandwich truck; Tipsy Cones, an ice cream truck featuring bartender style flavors; and Zuppardi’s Apizza, featuring New Haven style pizza.   Bite-Lite and and TranSigma are Food Truck Row sponsors. 

“We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for helping to support the work of the Connecticut Food Bank,” Burgerhoff said. “Last year, with the help of donors across Connecticut, we were able to distribute enough food to our network of food assistance programs to provide more than 19.2 million meals.”

“The funds raised at Hops for Hunger will help us to continue providing the fresh, nutritious food that people need,” Burgerhoff said.  More than 35% of the food distributed last year by the Connecticut Food Bank was fresh produce. “Fresh, food, dairy products and frozen meat are important nutritionally for families and they are often out of reach for people who are food insecure. We are helping ensure healthier outcomes for people and helping children get the food they need to learn and grow.”

“The funds raised at Hops for Hunger will help us to continue providing the fresh, nutritious food that people need,” Burgerhoff said.  More than 35% of the food distributed last year by the Connecticut Food Bank was fresh produce. “Fresh, food, dairy products and frozen meat are important nutritionally for families and they are often out of reach for people who are food insecure. We are helping ensure healthier outcomes for people and helping children get the food they need to learn and grow.”

All proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. Admission is limited to persons aged 21 or older and who show a photo ID.   More information is available at www.ctfoodbank.org/hopsforhunger or contact kburgerhoff@ctfoodbank.org.

About the Connecticut Food Bank:

The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to provide food, which last year provided 19.2 million meals. The organization distributes that food through a network of community based programs to six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties – where more than 300,000 people struggle with hunger.  For more information, go to www.ctfoodbank.org, www.facebook.com/ctfoodbank, or follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Bite-Lite Savings Online through 4th of July

 

With the barbeques and fireworks going during the 4th of July festivities and remaining summer events, the mosquitoes, horse flies, and other insect pests will be buzzing around too.  Bite-Lite always will have your back with its nature inspired insect control products! Save 20%  when you order our natural mosquito repellent candles, horse fly trap, and indoor insect light trap online through July 5th.  Use promo code 4THBL at checkout.  

Bite-Lite H-Trap Giveaway for Advantage Horsemanship

Congratulations to Betsy Bradley of Georgia who won the H-Trap Giveaway contest promoted by Advantage Horsemanship with Scott Purdum- Facebook.     About 500 entered the contest that began on June 9th, with the winner drawn today.   The prize  remained a surprise during an eight day countdown with three sets of clues given within that time frame.  What the prize was and how to enter was posted on June 17th.     According to horse trainer Scott Purdum of Virginia, it was the most expensive prize he has ever given away!      For those who did not win, Advantage Horsemanship is offering a special post contest offer for those of you who need  help on your property to reduce your populations of horse flies from the tabanid family (known as greenheads, yellow flies, deer flies, and B-52 bombers).   To order an H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System, and get 15% off, use promo code AHBL15 at checkout  at https://horse-fly-trap.com/product/h-trap-professional-horse-fly-control-system/.     For more information about the Leadership Club at Advantage Horsemanship, visit https://www.facebook.com/advantagehorsemanship/.

Taking the Bite Out of Father’s Day!

Bite-Lite has the best way to protect the ones you love with its nature inspired insect control products. As a way to help you celebrate Father’s Day, Bite-Lite is offering a 10 percent discount on all its products, including its natural mosquito candles, horse fly trap, and indoor light trap. Whether you are outdoors at the pool or grill or indoors with the door constantly opening, Bite-Lite has the proven solution to control pesky and annoying insects. At check out, use the promo code Take10 to get your discount. Offer lasts until June 20, 2016. Have fun on Father’s Day!

Connecticut Food Bank’s Inaugural Road Race a Success

Bite-Lite Nature Inspired Insect Control Products intends to continue its philanthrophy with the Food Bank’s next summer event in August, Hops for Hunger.   We hope you’ll join us make the event a success for those in need of nutritious meals.

Bite-Lite Offers Free Shipping on Certain Pre-Season Orders through May 31st

Our products are tested to help protect you and your loved ones against biting mosquitoes and horse flies and even nuisance house flies.   To get ready to beat the bites, we encourage you to consider an integrated pest management system at your home and favorite outdoor activity to repel and attract annoying mosquitoes, horse flies, and house flies.  

For the ambiance, no mosquito candle can put a shine to our natural mosquito repellent candles with nearly 7 percent of active ingredients to repel mosquitoes (the most actives in a mosquito candle on the market).    Unlike competitive products, our U.S. made natural mosquito repellent candle collection has fragrant lemongrass and spearmint oils blended in premium soy wax and a cotton wick that will not emit smoke.     If you are on the move (hiking, backpacking, etc.), we recommend you find a topical repellent that you are comfortable using (with DEET or not) to spray on your clothes and body.     To keep mosquitoes at bay, locate their breeding areas, and empty any areas filled with standing water where eggs are laid.   In the wake of the Zika virus, the Center on Disease Control has some informative material about controlling mosquitoes outside your home.   Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/controlling-mosquitoes-at-home.html

For horse flies, our sturdy weather proof H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System will catch horse flies, greenheads, yellow flies, deer flies, and B-52 bombers by natural trickery.    Placing our traps where horses congregate, near wet swampy areas (where horse flies breed), and near a swimming pools will help trap the adult females looking for a blood meal in order to reproduce.   While trail riding, use fly sprays such as Whup A Bug, which can be purchased at Advantage Horsemanship. (https://ax198.infusionsoft.com/app/storeFront/showCategoryPage?categoryId=15).

If your house is prone to indoor flying pests, such as house flies, wasps, and months, check out our new indoor insect UV light trap called the Armadilha.   This trap is beautifully housed in a modern white plastic vessel, where a heat optimized glue board is discreetly hidden and silently catches flying indoor pests. 

Bite-Lite Horse Fly Trap Is First Giveaway Prize in Palm Beach Equine Clinic Contest

The Palm Beach Medical Centers of Wellington, Florida and Long Island, New York is a dedicated group of veterinarians and staff that for over 30 years has been committed to the care and health of horses, no matter the pedigree.  The Palm Beach Medical Centers and its affiliate veterinary clinics throughout the nation offer innovative services and treatment with state of the art diagnostic tools and surgical equipment.  The Palm Beach Medical Centers are the official veterinarians of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Global Dressage Festival.  For more information about this dedicated organization, go to http://equineclinic.com.

Bite-Lite has been distributing its unique horse fly trap in the United States since 2014.  This horse fly trap is a sturdy, chemical free solution that has been tested to successfully control and trap multiple species of tabanids (commonly known as horse flies, B-52 bombers, yellow flies, greenheads, and deer flies).   Compared to other commercial and government surveillance horse fly traps on the market, our horse fly trap has one leg, is easy to set up and maintain, UV proof, wind stable with a gyroscopic upper arm and ground anchor, and tested to be more effective in protecting humans, horses, and cattle.

With adult horse flies soon emerging from their breeding spots after a one to three year incubation period, it is not too soon to order your horse fly trap! 

Exciting Results with Horse Fly Trap Testing (2015) in Cape Cod MA

Testing of the H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System from Bite-Lite continued in several locations in Cape Cod, MA this summer with exciting results.   Compared to the stationary blue boxes seen on the Cape for nearly half a century, our one legged horse fly traps are easily moveable, and can be pulled out and transported to locations that are inundated with both green heads and deer flies at a moment’s notice.    

The testing of green head flies, within the tabanus sp. family also known as horse flies, began in the summer of 2014 when Gabrielle Sakolsky-Hoopes of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control District agreed to set two new Bite-Lite horse fly traps alongside the blue boxes on Navigation Road in Barnstable.    She and Bart Morris of the Cape Cod Greenhead Fly Control Project, a division of the Mosquito Control District,  gathered favorable results catching green heads when compared to the wooden constructed blue boxes historically seen throughout the Cape’s marshy areas.      Last August 2014, the results were reported in a story in the Cape Cod Times and can be found at this link: http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20140801/NEWS/140809966.   

Bite-Lite donated seven more hores fly traps for testing this summer, as well as a variety of experimental lures for catching horse flies and deer flies.  This year’s comparison in catching green heads took place over a 10 day period.   Unlike last year, when tests were conducted with and without lures in trapping green heads only, the testers used the experimental lures designed and provided by Bedoukian Research Inc. in Danbury, CT to trap both green heads and deer flies.   These horse fly trap testing results can be seen in the charts below:

As the Cape Cod Times reported last year, catching deer flies successfully has been another story, and the results using the standard blue boxes have not been successful.    Our horse fly traps that were set in a wooded area in Orleans, MA in August had record results for any horse fly trap and lure the district has every tried.   The horse fly traps with experimental lure collected 175 deer flies in less than 24 hours!

The horse fly traps currently for sale by Bite-Lite are chemical free.    With ongoing experiments conducted with lures in Cape Cod and Florida, Bite-Lite hopes to register and market these lures in the near future.

3 Horse Fly Traps Raffled at the PA World Horse Expo