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Yellowjackets swarm in new movie

Yellowjacket_12 From a purely selfish standpoint, I wish this movie on the Sci-Fi Channel were being aired during the summer instead of in January.

Why? It could motivate viewers to buy our RESCUE! Yellowjacket Traps.

"Swarmed" is a made-for-TV film about yellowjackets attacking a small town. These wasps have been sprayed with a super-pesticide that mutates them into larger, more aggressive insects.

If only the townspeople had used our traps, instead of the pesticides!

More info about the movie and its stars can be found here and here. One article mentions that with live wasps on set, they used a wasp wrangler to handle them. They could have called us -- that job is something we've had to do many times when filming our TV spots.

"Swarmed" airs this Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on the Sci-Fi Channel.

January 26, 2006 in Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Waiter, there's a fly on my pizza

Fly_5 No, those aren't black olives on top of the mozzarella. A restaurant in Scotland has a problem with some unwelcome dinner guests.

January 25, 2006 in Bugs in the news | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A post about nothing

Beemovieseinfeld Although it won't be in theaters for over a year, I'm looking forward to seeing "Bee Movie". It's an animated feature scheduled for release in November 2007.

Jerry Seinfeld co-wrote the script and provides the voice of the main character, Barry B. Benson.

I'm wondering if there will be a "honey nazi" in the movie.

January 19, 2006 in Amusement | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

More reasons 'why' for the fly

I've quoted poet and humorist Ogden Nash before on this blog. He once wrote:

"The Lord in His wisdom made the fly, and then forgot to tell us why."

But scientists continue to discover some very good reasons why. According to this article, scientists at Indiana University run genetic research experiments using fruit flies as stand-ins for people.

"We can do things to flies that we would never ethically do on humans," said the co-director of the center where they stock the fruit flies.
Good thing. One of their discoveries in 1978 led to a mutation that caused the flies' legs to grow out of their heads.

Bilde Amazingly enough, scientists at both IU and Princeton University are using these tiny flies -- they're about the same size as a grain of rice -- to study many diseases and biological processes, such as cancer, drug addiction, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, embryonic development and memory enhancement.

January 12, 2006 in Flies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

They call it the "Bughouse"

For over fifty years, this house on a quiet residential street in Maryland has been infested with cockroaches, ants, beetles, body lice, bedbugs, flies, mosquitoes, moths, mites, scorpions and more. An estimated 70,000 pest insects crawl, scurry and fly within the space.

The owners don't have a problem with the bugs -- in fact, they want them there.

The home is owned by a 59-year-old company called Insect Control & Research Inc., whose workers raise bugs inside to test insecticides, repellents and other pest control products. Each room houses a different bug -- there's a roach room, a fly room, etc.

The company also does outdoor field testing, hiring people to test products such as bug repellent on their own bodies. One guy earns $11 an hour sitting in a lawn chair with repellent on an exposed patch of skin:

"After two bug bites -- as confirmed and timed by the scientists -- he is free to go for the day. When he gets a strong repellent (to test), he can sit for as long as eight hours."

Ah, the crazy world of pest control research...

January 11, 2006 in Bugs in the news | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

It's bug time somewhere...

It may be cold and dreary right now in Sterling-land, but yellowjacket and fly season is heating up in Australia.

January 6, 2006 in Bugs in the news | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack