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The MyTraps interface is split into two separate functions. The top-half of the screen is the graph display, and the bottom-half is the map display. This tutorial will assist you in understanding and using the map display and its associated controls.
The dates displayed in the top of the map indicate the time period of the trap data being displayed.
The drop-down box located in the top left corner indicates which location the map is currently displaying. The tutorial How to manage locations walks you through the process of defining multiple locations. If you have multiple locations defined, you simply select the desired location in the drop-down and the entire interface, graph and map, will refresh accordingly.
The square icons represent individual traps deployed in the field. The position of the icons on the map reflects the physical deployment location of the traps, as defined by the user. The number displayed in the center of the trap icon is the total number of insects captured by that trap. The small text displayed in the top of the trap icon indicates the corresponding pest species.
The color/shading of the trap icon corresponds to the quantity of insects captured, as defined by the scale in the upper right-hand corner. As insect counts increase, the color will progress to a green-yellow, yellow, yellow-red, and finally to red to signify the need for high attention.
Notice the two “Edit” buttons at the top and bottom of the color scale. You can click these buttons to configure the respective values of the max and min of the scale. Try out the “Edit” buttons and define different values for the scale. This functionality allows you to be in control of your unique thresholds for managing pest populations.
There are various methods to navigate the map:
Click the (-) magnifying glass icon to zoom out of the map. Keep zooming out until you see the trap icons cluster together, as shown below. When the traps are clustered, a label along the top edge of the trap icon will display how many traps are represented by that cluster. The number displayed below this label is the average of the numbers that were displayed individually for each trap within the cluster.
This tutorial will assist you in creating and working with the traps.
To add a new trap, click on the "ADD TRAP" button located below the map navigation panel. A target icon will pop up. Click and drag the target icon to the desired location on the map, and click DONE. (You can click the CANCEL button to discard the new trap definition.)
When you click DONE, the new trap will be created on the map, and the name will initially be set as “UNTITLED.”
When you hover the mouse pointer over the displayed name, a button to “RENAME TRAP” will appear. Click on the rename trap button and you will be able to type in a new name. Push Enter to save your edit, or click the mouse pointer in an area outside the text box.
The drop down box in the bottom allows you to select the pest species for the trap. The button with a pencil icon (next to the drop down box) opens a window that allows you to manage the list of pest species. The Managing Pest Species tutorial walks you through managing this list of species.
Move a trap by expanding it and then clicking the MOVE button. When you click the MOVE button the trap will turn into a target icon. Click and drag the target icon to the desired location on the map, and click DONE to save the trap in the new location. Click the CANCEL button to discard any movements and put the trap back at its last saved location.
Delete a trap by expanding it and then clicking the DELETE button. A confirmation will ask you if you are sure about deleting the trap. Keep in mind that deleting will erase the entire data associated with this trap. This action cannot be undone.
The MyTraps interface is split into two separate functions. The top-half of the screen is the graph display, and the bottom-half is the map display. This tutorial will assist you in understanding and using the graph display and its associated controls.
The graph displays the number of pests (Y-axis) captured over a specified time scale (X-axis).
The X-axis can be formatted in three different time scales: Month, Week, and Day. The selected time scale is shaded green in the upper right corner of the graph area.
By default, the graph displays the number of captured pests for all the insect species you have defined in the system. This is indicated by the ALL label shaded in green along the top left edge of the graph display.
You can refine the graph to only show data for specific insects by clicking the respective labels of the individual insect species. The individual species labels are displayed based on the target insect species defined for your traps. (The Working with traps tutorial walks you through the steps of defining the target species for each trap.)
You can also format the graph data between the average count (non-cumulative) view and the cumulative count view. These options are indicated by the two bar-chart icons located in the upper right corner of the graph.
The vertical gray bar indicates which data point on the graph is currently selected, which also dictates the data being shown by the trap icons on the map display. You can select data points on the graph by dragging the vertical gray bar using your mouse. You can also click directly on the data points on the graph to change the selection.
By default, the graph display includes information regarding pesticide application events. These events are indicated by the red “pins” in the graph. The location of the pin along the X-axis indicates the date for that particular pesticide application. If you click on a pin, the pesticide application data will pop-up.
You can hide the pesticide application events from the graph display by clicking the pesticide application icon. The icon is shaded gray when the pesticide application events are hidden (i.e., turned off). The icon is shaded green when the pesticide application events are being displayed (i.e., turned on).
The visible area of the graph can be moved by clicking and dragging the slider bar along the top edge of the graph display.
Take note that as you move the visible area of the graph, the currently selected data point will not move. So, if you move far enough, you will observe the vertical gray selection bar move off the screen. You can also move the visible area of the graph simply dragging the graph area with your mouse, just as you do to move the map display.
The square (-) and (+) buttons in the upper-right corner of the graph allows you to zoom in and out of the graph. This allows you to fit more or less of the selected timescale in the visible area of the graph.
This tutorial will assist you in two convenient ways to enter trap data: the first is using the MyTraps mobile app and the second is directly from the MyTraps web interface.
You can download the MyTraps mobile app by searching for “mytraps” in the Apple App Store. At this time we only support iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Once installed, you can use the app to access your MyTraps account from your mobile device. This allows you to record trap data directly from the field to your MyTraps account. That’s right, no more paper and pencil!
When you first launch the app, you will need to login with your MyTraps username and password. Upon successful login, you will then have access to your locations and traps defined in your account.
Upon successful login, you will first see a list of locations. This list is the same list of locations defined in your MyTraps account. Select the location you wish to enter trap data for. You will then be presented a list of the traps defined for the selected location.
The list of traps displays the name of each trap and geographic coordinates. Click on each trap to enter pest count data respectively. When you are prepared to save and record data to your MyTraps account, click the Finished button, and OK to the confirmation message. The data will immediately be saved to your account.
The Manage Trap Data screen allows you to enter pest capture data for each trap defined in the interface.
The year for which you are viewing data for is shown in the upper left corner. You can change the year by opening the drop-down box and selecting the desired year. You can also click the green TODAY button to go immediately to today's date.
The data entry fields are displayed in weekly (7-day) intervals. You can think of each 7-day interval as a "page" in a data entry journal or notebook. The green slide-bar on the time scale indicates which "page" you are currently viewing. You can change pages by simply dragging the slide-bar. You can also click on the green double-arrows on either end of the time scale to move through the time scale more quickly. But note that you need to click on the week (or page) you would like to view, as the green slide-bar will not move with you.
To enter data for a trap, click on the appropriate entry field and type. You can use the "TAB" button on your keyboard to quickly move the cursor to the next data entry field. Click the SAVE button at the lower right corner to save the data. Click the CANCEL button to discard any changes made since opening the trap data screen.
If you have multiple locations setup in the interface, you can use the location drop-down in the upper right to change locations and enter data for traps defined in the respective locations.
The other drop-down in the upper right is for changing insect species. By default, traps for all insect species are displayed. If you wish to filter the traps to only view specific insect species simply open the drop-down box and select the desired species. The screen will refresh and only show you the traps for the selected species.
This tutorial will assist you in adding and managing pesticide data.
Click the Pesticides button to open the pesticide records screen.
The pesticide records screen allows you to enter pesticide application data for your operation.
Click the “+ NEW” button in the upper-right corner to create a new pesticide application record.
A new entry will appear in the table with the blank fields available for you to enter data. Certain fields cache data from previous entries. So as you type, the system will present previous matching text in a drop-down box. You can select desired text from this drop-down to more easily fill in data that is typically the same for most records.
Click the SAVE button to save the pesticide application record, or click DELETE to discard the new entry. You will be asked to confirm the deletion of the record.
To edit an existing pesticide record, simply click on the desired record and the data entry screen will open and be available for you to edit.
Be sure to click the SAVE button to save any edits to the pesticide application record. Click the CANCEL button to discard any changes you made to the existing record.
Click the EXPORT button to open the export screen.
Select a start and end date for which you would like to export pesticide application records. Select a location if you only wish to export data for a particular location. Click the green DOWNLOAD button when ready.
The screen will refresh and your web browser will ask you whether you wish to open or save the “export.csv” file. You can choose to save the file to your computer file system, or open it directly in Microsoft Excel or similar program which can open CSV (comma-separated values) files.
This tutorial will assist you in managing locations within the MyTraps interface.
Click the My Locations button to open the manage locations screen.
The manage locations screen allows you to create and manage multiple locations within the interface. This is useful if you manage properties that are geographically dispersed. But even if you manage a single large property, this functionality can be useful to break-up your property into separate zones.
When the manage locations screen opens, you are presented with the options to select an existing location to edit or to create a new location. You can close the screen by clicking the CLOSE button in the upper-right corner.
Click the +NEW button to create a new location definition.
You can use the SEARCH box to quickly move to your desired location. For example, you can type in the name of the nearest city or zip code.
Once you have located your desired point on the map, type in a name for this location definition and click the SAVE button in the upper-right. Each location is defined as the latitude and longitude coordinates of the center point of the map you save on this screen. Click the DELETE button to discard this location definition.
Use the location drop-down in the upper left corner to edit an existing location. When you select one of your existing locations, the map will refresh and you will be shown the region corresponding to the saved latitude and longitude coordinates.
You may move the map as needed to edit the location definition. Once your edits are complete, you can rename the location definition, if desired, or simply click the SAVE button to save your changes.
This tutorial will assist you in managing target pest species within the MyTraps interface.
Click the Pest Species button to open the manage pest species screen.
The manage pest species screen allows you to create and manage the target pest species pertinent to your traps and operation. This is useful if you deploy traps to monitor multiple pest species. As you create the entries in the pest species list, you will be able to assign each trap you create in MyTraps the appropriate pest it is monitoring.
When the manage pest species screen opens, you are presented with the existing list of pest species. (If you have not defined any pest species yet, the list will be empty.) You can edit or delete existing entries, and create new ones. You can close the screen by clicking the CLOSE button in the upper-right corner.
Click the +NEW button at the bottom of the screen to create a new pest species entry. A set of empty text boxes will appear at the top of the list. Type the name and abbreviation of the pest species, and then click the SAVE button to save the new entry to the list.
NOTE: When you click the SAVE button the pest species screen will close. If you have multiple pest species to add to the list, you can use the +NEW button multiple times in a row, and you only have to click the SAVE button at the end to save all your changes at once.
You can edit any existing entry in the pest species list by simply editing the text fields directly. You can make as many changes as needed, and you only have to click the SAVE button once to save all your changes.
To delete an entry, simply click the X-icon located on the right side of the respective entry. When you click the X-icon, the entry will disappear from the screen. But in order to save the deletion and permanently remove the entry from the list, you need to make sure to click the SAVE button. Conversely, if you deleted an entry by mistake, you can click the Close button, rather than the SAVE button, to essentially cancel any changes you may have made to the list.