BugSquad® by Chillchaser® Products is a revolutionary bug trapping device that complies with all the latest regulations for insect killing in the World.
BugSquad® provides you with the most effective Mosquito & Scottish Midgee exterminator on the market.
"It has been estimated that the well-known zapping devices (The ones with the electrical grid which exploded the insects!) were killing about 14 000 species of insect, only 30 of which were actually biting humans. Ineffective or What?
Zappers were unable to do what they were supposed to and they were also proved to be highly dangerous. Research has shown that these old insect killers spread a mist containing pathogen carrying insect parts up to 16 feet (5 metres) from the device.
This means that the air surrounding the device is filled with bacteria and viruses which are dangerous to human health and can contaminate foodstuffs that are located close to the zapper."
Chillchaser® have finally found the perfect solution to this problem and have called it BugSquad®.
Instead of exploding the biting insects, the BugSquad® trapper can selectively and effectively suck them into the capture net and simply dry them out (no cracking noise!) for reuse as bait or food for Birds, Reptiles and Fish.
Thereby, NO interruption to the "Circle of life" and will guarantee a safe and bacteria free living space.
Suitable for all Indoor and Outdoor Areas in your home, office, garden or camp site.
BugSquad® is "approved for use in commercial HoReCa kitchens and food preparation areas" by the HSE. See more on this year's midget forecast.
The Big Container
The big container is where the biting insects are dried out. The secret is in the special replaceable OSMOS® Octenol Tablets we use. It has been proven that mosquitoes and midges are not being attracted effectively by UV lights. Therefore, we are using the OSMOS® Octenol Tablets which consists of carbon dioxide and water vapour, similar to the breath of mammals thus attracting biting animals much more effectively. Those measures will guarantee you a 100% effective chance of trapping midges and mosquitoes.
Light Sensor Energy Saving Device
Our largest Insect Trapper BS26A, or BugSquad III as it is also known, has a clever little device called a dusk-dawn lux sensor which allows the unit to operate only during the peak times when insects breed and feed ie. Dusk until Dawn. If the trapper is to be used in a well-lit environment then the energy saving light sensor device can be over-ridden simply by means of blackout tape.
The LED 365nM UV Light
The wavelength of UV light attracts considerably more biting insects ,from a much larger area, to your BugSquad unit – be sure to position the unit AWAY from your eating area to attract the insects AWAY from where you wish to sit.
Two Different models, two more to come
Currently, our BugSquad® comes in two different models - a free standing one and a hanging version. We will soon be able to provide you with two additional trappers - a smaller travel and bedroom model and a wall mounted one, both are currently under development. These will broaden the options you will have for fighting against the unwanted bugs and insects in your area.
World Regulations for Non-Zapping Trappers
BugSquad® is the only insect trapper that fully complies with the world regulations for zappers while providing you with a 100% effective trapper compared to the non-complying Zapping devices that kill less than 10% of the biting insects. BugSquad® models are very safe to use, low in energy consumption (only 25w) and while putting everything around them in danger of illnesses spread from the various bugs and insects. More information about the world regulation for non-zapping trappers can be found here.
OSMOS® Octenol Tablets
The bait tables are entirely safe to use for increasing capture rates of Mosquitos, Scottish Midgee and no-see-ums. These are proven to increase the amount of the correct insects captured in the BugSquad® unit by more than 10x. The food additive substance has an odour that simulates the pheromone released by "excited" male mosquitoes thus attracting the biting females to make a "Bee-Line" for a prospective mate! It really works ! Biting insects are usually females who require our blood to produce Albumen for their eggs (millions a laid per night in a relatively small area). They are attracted by CO2, bad breath, and water vapour. The LED 365nM UV light acts at a catalytic producer with TiO2 (Titanium Oxide) on the reflector to produce the CO2 that attracts the female Mosquitos and Midgee.
2 x replaceable OSMOS® Octenol Tablets
- 365nM LED UV Light attracts “No-see-ums” (insects with no real eyes and detect using infrared vision) – think Predator Movie!
- TiO2 (Titanium Oxide) coated reflector gives off CO2 when exposed to UV light – this also attracts Midges and Mosquitoes
- Octenol in Tabular form (approved food additive) gives off a pheromone that attracts the horny females (the ones that bite you)
- The reverse fan then sucks the insects into the cage like lobsters and they can’t get out.
- Insects simply dry out and you can feed them to the birds, your reptiles or fish as a dried snack
- Other baits such as fish, meat or vinegar etc will attract different insects that may be bothering you – feel free to EXPERIMENT and feedback to us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If all else fails and the bu**ers still bite you - a good T-Shirt might help
- http://www.midgeforecast.co.uk/ -you can download this as an App from itunes
- Scottish Midge Need to know Facts- they don’t wear kilts or eat Haggis– are known to love whisky drinkers though.
- English Midge Need to know Facts- they don’t shave their heads and wear braces, nor sing Chumbawumba songs.
- Irish Midge Need to know Facts- they don’t drink Guinness but do drink the blood of Guinness drinkers.
- Welsh Midge Need to know Facts- we have never seen and don’t know of any Welsh Midges at this point to comment accurately.
Black light insect electrocution devices (Bug Zappers, etc.) are purchased in huge quantities by homeowners due to their demonstrated ability to attract and kill thousands of insects over a 24 hr. period. One industry representative estimates that over 1.75 million of these devices are purchased annually in the U.S. But do they really control pest insects? Bug zappers do indeed kill some mosquitoes. However, the only two controlled studies conducted to date by independent investigators at the University of Notre Dame showed that mosquitoes comprised merely 4.1% and 6.4% respectively of the daily catch over an entire season. Even more important was the finding in both studies that there was no significant difference in the number of mosquitoes found in yards with or without bug zappers. What is particularly disconcerting, however, is the number of non-pest insects that comprise the vast majority of trap catch. Many of these insects are beneficial predators on other insect pests. They in turn constitute a major part of the diet of many songbirds. Indeed, reduced numbers of moth and beetle prey species have contributed significantly to the decline of songbird populations in many affluent suburbs. Insect electrocution devices undoubtedly bear some responsibility for this phenomenon. Mosquitoes continue to be more attracted to humans than to the devices. One study conducted in homeowners' backyards showed that of the insects killed by these devices, only 0.13% were female mosquitoes. An estimated 71 billion to 350 billion beneficial insects may be killed annually in the United States by these electrocuting devices. More on the mosquito topic.
At least 10 studies in the past 15 years have unanimously denounced ultrasonic devices as having no repellency value whatsoever. Yet, consumers flock in droves to hardware stores to purchase these contraptions. Why? The discovery that mosquitoes locate mates in mating swarms via wing beat frequency generated a great deal of research into ultrasound as a potential source of environmentally-friendly control. Yet, all attempts to affect mosquito behavior by ultrasound have fizzled, despite enormous amounts of money spent upon research and development. To be sure, the clever, high-tech, and imperceptible (by humans) use of ultrasound proved to be an exceedingly effective marketing tool for the repeller manufacturers. Homeowners were urged to buy ultrasonic repellers and the like to rid their houses of pests without the need to inhale "even one breath of poisonous spray". This appeal to the public's chemophobia, while extremely effective in diverting attention away from proven preventive and control measures (and toward their repeller products), has undermined an unbiased review of the subject by consumers desperate for a clean, effective, nonchemical means of mosquito control. Unfortunately, no such miracle cure exists. A pioneering study testing five different ultrasonic devices against four mosquito species convincingly demonstrated that ultrasound in the 20-70 kHz range used by these devices had no effect on reorienting flight by female mosquitoes either toward or away from human subjects. Additional tests have shown that sound generators capable of a wide range of frequencies were also ineffective in repelling mosquitoes. The fact is that these devices just do not work - marketing claims to the contrary. More on the mosquito topic.
An enormous amount of consumer interest has been generated by the marketing of new devices designed to attract, then either trap or kill, mosquitoes. The general idea is to reduce the number of questing mosquitoes that would otherwise be afflicting the homeowner. Many products even claim to significantly reduce or even collapse local mosquito populations by decreasing the number of egg-laying females through their capture. All of these traps utilize some form of attractant that lures the host-seeking female mosquitoes to a capture or killing device. In some cases, mosquitoes are captured via an impellor fan that suctions them into a net, where they desiccate while other trapping systems use a sticky surface to which the mosquitoes adhere when they land. Still others utilize an electric grid to electrocute mosquitoes drawn into contact. These are not set-and-forget devices. Each requires some level of maintenance, i.e. propane tanks need replacement, capture nets need emptying, adhesive boards require replacement and grids require cleaning to ensure their continued effectiveness, particularly in areas of high catch. The process of a mosquito questing for a blood meal involves a complex, interconnected cascade of behaviors, each probably having its own cues, be they visual, thermal, or olfactory. The complexity of these questing behaviors may account for the bewildering variations in trapping efficiency noted for certain species of mosquitoes at different times, seasons and places. With 174 species of mosquitoes currently recognized in the United States, this is no small issue and will require many years before research can provide a clarification. There is some anecdotal evidence that these baited traps, indeed, capture more females of some species than others, depending, to some extent, on the concentration of carbon dioxide emitted and the mosquito species present. There may also be seasonal and circadian variables that affect mosquito responses to certain attractants. Nonetheless, these devices will trap and kill measurable numbers of mosquitoes. Whether this will produce a noticeable reduction in the mosquito population in each case will depend upon a number of factors, e.g. individual tolerance level, absolute mosquito population size, proximity, size and type of breeding habitat producing re-infestation, wind velocity and direction, and species of mosquito present, and others. Thus, the homeowner must still use repellents and practice source reduction methods as adjuncts to realize any measure of relief. Please be cautioned against putting too much faith in traps as your sole means of control. These traps represent an evolving technology that is a most welcome addition to our mosquito control armamentarium. Their potential is great, but shouldn't be overestimated. It's highly unlikely that these devices, whatever their improvements, will ever fully supplant organized community-wide mosquito control programs, for there is no single silver bullet that will prove to be the ultimate answer to mosquito problems. More on the mosquito topic.
Midges are tiny insects with a wingspan of just 1-2mm. They suck blood from the skin, causing itching and swelling that can last several days. In summer, midges that bite people can reach vast numbers and become a real problem for both locals and tourists
Midges have been around for thousands of years but with climate change they are increasing their range and extending their season, meaning more bites. Biting midges are infamous in the Scottish Highlands, but they are now also found in other parts of the UK, including the Lake District and North Wales.
There are nearly 40 species of biting midge in Scotland but only five of these are thought to regularly feed on people. Of these the Highland midge, Culicoides impunctatus (or 'Meanbh-chuileag' in Gaelic, meaning 'tiny fly'), is the most bloodthirsty, and the species responsible for most of the bites of people.
Midges target their victims by sensing carbon dioxide in exhaled breath and other odours associated with their targets. Midges cause irritation to people, they can spoil a holiday or make it difficult to work, but for other species such as horses and sheep certain species of midge can carry debilitating diseases.
Bluetongue is a disease which affects ruminant animals, including sheep and cattle. It has become widespread throughout southern Europe and in 2006 a strain of the virus last isolated from West Africa in the 1980's arrived in continental Northern Europe and the first cases in England appeared in 2007. In Northern Europe the disease is spread mainly by the Culicoides obsoletus group of midges, which actually contains 4 cryptic species very difficult to tell apart without sophisticated molecular techniques. There is no evidence of Bluetongue being passed to humans but its potential impact on the country's farming industry could be significant. APS – the company that devised and runs the Midge Forecast – is directly involved in the monitoring of Blue Tongue and more information can be found at the main APS website.
Midges can't be eradicated, but they can be managed on a localised basis with carefully planned trapping and effective repellents.