Two more places to find the WHY Trap
The WHY Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets continues to make waves as our RESCUE! sales force presents it to their key accounts this summer. We have two more great retailers that are on board to carry the WHY Trap in 2009:
Orchard Supply Hardware has 85 stores in Northern and Southern California. They've been carrying our RESCUE! Yellowjacket Traps and Fly Traps for years, and will add the WHY Trap to their lineup next spring.
Attic Trunk is an online retailer boasting a variety of items sold for use around the home, from computers to wind chimes. In addition to carrying all of our Fly and Yellowjacket products, they carry the RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap. They are so enthusiastic about the WHY Trap that they've already listed it on their web site (under the "Outdoors" section).
German Yellowjacket moccasins
I enjoyed reading this blog entry from Henhouse Pottery: the writer embellished some leather moccasins for her son based upon an illustration of a German Yellowjacket and the markings on its abdomen. (Follow the blog entry link to see the moccasins. She did a great job!)
Her source for the illustration was the insert to our RESCUE! Yellowjacket Trap, where we list the different yellowjacket species common to North America.
"War of the Roses": WSJ writer uses RESCUE! Beetle Traps
He ends up finding a three-pack of RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Traps at Costco -- "the largest (traps) I'd ever seen" -- and has success using them despite some earlier skepticism. He even catches a "flying brown beetle" that he'd never seen before. (That's likely an Oriental Beetle -- more on them next week.)
Video of the Week: Giant hornet, trapped
This video shows a giant hornet trapped under a plastic cup and allows a great close-up view of the insect. Our scientists have identified this as a European Hornet (Vespa crabro), which is found in the United States east of the Mississippi. This is one of the hornets that will be caught in the new WHY Trap for Wasps, Hornets and Yellowjackets.
Here's a post from a blogger in Australia who baked and crafted a wasp cake, complete with toffee wings and chocolate antennae. So creative -- I love it!
Video of the Week: Honeybees fight back against the hornets
Last Friday's video showed some Japanese Giant Hornets devastating a colony of 30,000 honeybees, leaving a pile of severed insect heads and limbs.
This week, the honeybees get their revenge. How they do this is fascinating.
More places WHERE you can find WHY
Oh, just a few small retailers, like this one:
and this one:
and another one you may have heard of:
New WHY Trap commercials win awards
The 29th Annual Telly Awards competition received over 14,000 entries from ad agencies, television & cable stations, production companies, and corporations around the world. The Bronze award is the competition's second highest honor. (The Silver Telly is the top honor, and Jones Advertising won some of those several years ago for our SMARTrap and Japanese Beetle Trap spots).
Here are the two spots. The first is called "Break Room":
The second spot for the W·H·Y Trap is called "Rumble".
The merits of using traps for Japanese Beetles
Now that Japanese beetle season is upon us, I occasionally read articles discouraging people from using traps to control them. "Traps attract more beetles to the area, making the problem worse," quoth the naysayers.
That's why I'm reposting an entry I wrote a few years ago, after talking with one of the foremost experts on Japanese Beetles in the U.S. Here's the post from June 2005. (Note: some of the links may be outdated.)
While disdain for Japanese beetles is universal, opinions differ on the best way to control them. Options range from pesticides to picking them off plants by hand.
Pheromone traps, however, are the most effective non-pesticide method of combatting Japanese beetles, according to an expert on the subject.
Until his retirement in late 2004, Dr. Michael Klein was a research entomologist at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) lab for horticultural insect research in Wooster, Ohio since 1969. Japanese beetles are his specialty.
The ARS team is responsible for monitoring infestations and preventing the migration of the Japanese beetle westward, because of the bug's serious threat to agriculture. To keep the beetles from hitching a ride on an airplane heading from Cleveland to California, ARS uses pheromone traps to catch them at various airports around the country.
In addition, Dr. Klein uses traps to protect the prized wild rose bushes and other plants in his own back yard. He contends that "Lure traps provide a visible means of combating a Japanese beetle problem, without having a negative effect on the environment."
When I talked with Dr. Klein last year before his retirement, he addressed two common misconceptions (perpetuated by articles like this) about Japanese beetle traps:
Misconception #1: Traps lure Japanese beetles from miles around.
The facts: Most attractants lure them from no more than 100 to 200 yards, he says. The beetles, however, are strong fliers and can travel several miles, touching down at random intervals to see what's available for a meal. So the traps only lure beetles that are already in flight near the yard. (However, Dr. Klein suggests problems could occur if using traps near the edge of a golf course or other large turf area.)
Misconception #2: Traps make the problem worse by luring more beetles than they catch.
Dr. Klein says that incorrect trap placement can lead to this conclusion. If a trap is placed next to a rose bush, a large number of beetles can be lured to that area, and some may stop at the roses rather than the trap.
Dr. Klein offers these tips for using Japanese beetle traps effectively:
- Enlist your neighbors to battle the beetles with you. Traps can be effective in your yard alone, but if you can get those bordering your yard to set traps along with you, the overall beetle numbers will be greatly reduced.
- Trap placement is critical. Many people may misguidedly place the traps next to ornamental plants, because that's where the beetles are present and causing the damage. Traps should be used about 30 feet from desired foliage, to lure the beetles away. It is preferable to place them next to a non-flowering tree or shrub, such as a pine tree or boxwood, which is not attractive to the beetles.
Dr. Klein used the RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap following our redesign of the product in 2003 and was pleased with the favorable results he received from ARS testing of the RESCUE! product.
The RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap is one of several traps on the market. All share the same basic modus operandi: a lure entices beetles to fly toward the trap's bright yellow panels, and upon contact, the insects fall into the attached bag or container.
One of the most notable differences between the RESCUE! Trap and the competition is the addition of an exclusive pheromone for the Oriental beetle, a turfgrass pest which is less visible because of its nighttime flight habits -- but just as destructive as its relative the Japanese beetle.
Also, the attractant cartridge in the RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap is engineered to have a controlled and consistent release rate of the beetle pheromones. Other traps use a wax-based attractant, which has a strong initial scent release but tapers off after a few days of being exposed to air.
The double-layer nylon catch bag of the RESCUE! Trap is welded to the yellow panels, making it sturdy and resistant to the wind. The panels themselves are taller than those of other traps, giving the beetles more surface area to hit.
Additionally, the RESCUE! attractant is positioned at the top and in the center of the yellow panels. Because the scent chemicals are heavier than air, the pheromone "hovers" around the panels. In traps where the attractant is positioned lower, the scent can hover around the outside of the bag. This increases the chance that beetles could miss the trap because they are not lured inside the bag, but rather to the outside of it.
So there you have it: the case for Japanese Beetle Traps... specifically the RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap!
Video of the Week: Hornets attacking honeybees
Carnage in the insect world... these are some big, bad hornets. Here, it takes only 30 of them to annihilate a colony of 30,000 bees.
It would appear that these bees are completely defenseless against the hornets. Is there any way to fight back? Stay tuned for next week's featured video.
Japanese Beetle sightings, stories and video
The annual Japanese Beetle infestation usually occurs around July 4 in the Northeastern and Upper Midwestern areas of the United States. Sounds like they're right on cue.
Newark, OH: Japanese Beetles have arrived
Harrisburg, PA: Controlling a Beetle invasion
Pittsburgh, PA: Japanese Beetles are back
There's a fair amount of panic in Merced, California, over a recent Japanese Beetle sighting.
Here's a video out of Georgia that shows a rose bush partially skeletonized by Japanese Beetles:
This poor guy has the job of changing out bags on a Japanese Beetle Trap:
I think he would much prefer using our RESCUE! Japanese Beetle Trap, because it's disposable! No need to change out the nasty bags of beetles.
Wasp stings thwart two athletes' chances at glory
Here's a story about how a wasp sting derailed an athlete's shot at completing the Tour de France. The cyclist, Jonathan Vaughters, was on track to finish strong in Paris when a wasp became trapped in his sunglasses and stung him in the eye. The only thing that would alleviate the growing allergic reaction and repair his vision was a cortisone injection, which would cause him to fail a drug test and thus be disqualified. So he was forced to withdraw.
That was 2001. The cyclist, Jonathan Vaughters, now has a team racing in this year's Tour that is out to make a statement about doping in the sport.
Wasps add crunch to crackers
image by yeinjee
From the Environmental Grafitti blog:
"...perhaps the last insect you might expect to see staring back at you from your dinner plate is the wasp: the cause of many a painful childhood memory. Yet a Japanese 'wasp fan club' in Omachi has done precisely this, adding wasps to traditional senbei rice crackers..."
For more on this new culinary delight, go here.