Video of the Week: Rockin' the hornets' nest
Look for the angry hornets hitting the camera lens about a third of the way through.
Here's a cool find: an artist who creates "mechanical insects" -- real insect specimens adorned with antique watch parts and other technological components. At right is a bumblebee from artist Mike Libby's collection at www.insectlabstudio.com.
Here's a statement from Libby about his creations:
"...Engineers look to insect movement, wing design and other characteristics for inspiration of new technology. Some of the most advanced "aircraft" is no bigger, or heavier, than a dragonfly, and NASA scientists are making big steps in walking rovers and “swarm theory” probes for planetary exploration. Manmade technology is finding that the most manuverable and efficient design features really does come from nature."
Amazing photos of insect eyes
The eyes have it! This link is worth a look-see.
Video of the Week: The Hornet Hunter
The subject of this week's featured video is our kind of guy: entomologist Dr. Masato Ono of Tamagawa University in Japan.
As a child, he was attacked by a nest of Japanese Giant Hornets... the species with the 3-inch wingspan and the 1/4-inch stinger. Rather than being frightened, he developed a desire to study hornets, wasps and bees (and eat them as well, as you'll see later in the video). He's now on a mission to find the key to diffusing the giant hornet's painful sting.
WHERE to find the W*H*Y Attractant
Early indications are that the new W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets will be a big seller for 2009. Customers in the Southern U.S. are already using it with success in catching the queen wasps, hornets and yellowjackets before they build nests.
We've heard from some customers that finding the W*H*Y Trap Attractant Kit has been a challenge. We definitely don't want it to be, and we're constantly working to make the product available in more locations. Our experience is that retailers commonly underestimate the demand for the refill attractants, despite our best sales efforts to get more on the shelf.
If you are not able to find the W*H*Y refills at the store where you purchased the trap, your best bet may be online. Below is a list of online retailers carrying the W*H*Y Attractant. Each link goes directly to the order page for the product.
As always, we appreciate hearing from you regarding any issues you may have with finding our product.
Are you tired of being bombarded with the term "green" and its various incarnations, such as "going green", "green-collar jobs", and its use as a verb ("greening")?
Lake Superior State University has released their 34th annual "List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness". At the top of the list: the ubiquitous "green" and all of its variables.
Said one of the nominators, Ed Hardiman of Bristow, VA: "If I see one more corporation declare itself 'green,' I'm going to start burning tires in my backyard."
What do you think? Are you tired of hearing the term? Is it being used so much by corporations that its meaning has become watered down?
For more on the subject, check out this Newsweek article: "I'm so tired of being green". From the New York Times: "The era of green noise". And from the Ithaca Journal: "Tips on being eco-friendly despite the confusion".
Video of the Week: This could end badly
That's what I think whenever I see videos on YouTube that likely originated from a conversation along the lines of: "Hey, look! A wasp nest! Let's see what happens when we shoot it with a BB gun/hit it with a baseball bat/pour gasoline on it and light a match!"
Here's one that uses the latter approach, entitled "Fire -- All-purpose pest control". A method used on a wasp nest under a wood deck.
And yes, file this under "Pest Control Hall of Shame".
Dreaming of summer
Originally uploaded by John Carleton
Feel free to daydream about summer at the lake of your choice.
Video of the Week: Putting traps to the test
Looks like we have a winner:
Chatting with the Consumer Queen
We'll be on the Consumer Queen Blog Talk Radio show at 8 p.m. CST tonight to talk about making your backyard bug-free. Listen in for the chance to win a "Rescue Your Summer" gift pack!
W*H*Y Wednesday: We catch another wasp!
Just when we thought we knew the 20 species caught in the W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets, we learned this week that we catch another species of Paper Wasp -- bringing the total wasp species to 7 and the entire species count to 21!
Thanks to some data gained in testing in the southern U.S., we've determined that our trap catches Polistes exclamans, also known as the Common Paper Wasp.
This species is 5/8 inches long and displays extensive red coloration on the head, thorax and abdomen. The abdomen has bands of red, black and yellow and one large red and black band toward the top. Queens and female workers have a predominantly red thorax, while males are mostly black. Antenna will be red with a prominent black midsection.
Common Paper Wasps hunt caterpillars to feed nest larvae and feed on sugars and flower nectar. Workers will rest on the nest at night and during periods of cooler weather.
Common Paper Wasps are not typically aggressive, but will sting if provoked or if they feel their nest is threatened. Males also exhibit territorial behavior, which is unusual for Paper Wasp species.
The Common Paper Wasp is found in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida; as far north as New Jersey, Indiana and Illinois; and west to Nebraska and Colorado. It is considered an introduced (non-native) species in southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii.
Common Paper Wasp nests resemble the upside-down umbrella shape and open-honeycomb design of other paper wasp species, and are usually found in sheltered locations near human activity-- most commonly in roof eaves and trees.
Good news if you have this species in your back yard: The W*H*Y Trap from RESCUE! will catch the Common Paper Wasp!
Wasps attack schoolchildren
This is what happens when you throw rocks at a wasp nest, as 30 schoolchildren in Australia learned the hard way last week.
The company that serves together
Last Friday, a group of eight employees headed down to Spokane's Union Gospel Mission to serve lunch to the homeless. We've done this once a month for the past seven years as part of a "Community Care" initiative launched by our president, Rod Schneidmiller, and his wife, Gigi.
Below, L-R are Susan Chaney (Customer Service), Jessica Otterson (Accounting), me, Alyssa Ando (Marketing), Rod Schneidmiller (President), Doreen Hoover (R&D), Ann Bearden (Customer Service) and Paul Crooks (Engineering).
Rod and Paul serve up the hot food at the start of the line:
Doreen had the salad bar covered:
Alyssa, Jessica, Susan and I (not pictured) served pasta salad, pudding, applesauce and desserts:
And Ann handled the condiments and beverages: