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Video of the Week: The "Dominators" eliminate 2 nests

I recently found this clever video series created by Dominion Pest Control, a extermination service company out of Lancaster, York and Reading, Pennsylvania. They've crafted a "reality show" featuring their owner Greg and pest control technician Chris solve customers' pest control problems with ants, roaches, termites... and our favorites, hornets and yellowjackets.

This video shows a small portion of the filming of the series:

Follow this link to watch the episode, "Stinging Invaders", that includes hairy situations with a bald-faced hornet nest and an underground yellowjacket nest.

May 29, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

First monster yellowjacket nest sighting of the season

A couple in Pasco County, Florida recently found a monster yellowjacket nest on the outside of a tree while hiking through the woods. They called in the experts, who suited up before destroying the nest with soapy foam and a shovel.

The nest likely contained multiple queens and thousands of yellowjackets. Yikes!

May 27, 2009 in Bugs in the news, Television, Video, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

WHY-vangelists share their photos

I caught five yellowjacket queens and one blackjacket queen over the weekend in my W*H*Y Trap. Unfortunately, I can't show you this catch because I forgot to take a photo of it -- it was time to rebait the trap and I was eager to do so to catch the paper wasps I saw flying around.

Thankfully, we have some early WHY-vangelists who have done a better job of documenting what their W*H*Y Trap has caught so far this spring. Take a look...

Pat Pfeifer in Plummer, Idaho had a good early catch of wasps in the top chamber of his W*H*Y Trap (note the bodies that had already sunk to the bottom of the water):

Pfeifer's WHY Trap

Pfeifer's WHY Trap2 

This photo shows a trap in Canada -- Creston, BC to be exact. The catch is from late April/early May:

Creston BC spring catch 

Here are some photos showing the top and the bottom of the W*H*Y Trap in Greenacres, Washington:

Rod 5-17-09 2 

Rod 5-17-09 1 

Our favorite is still from Stamford, TX -- this shows a catch made back in February!

BrendaKirschnerStamfordTX 

Keep those W*H*Y Trap photos coming, folks!


May 26, 2009 in Hornets, New RESCUE! Products, Wasps, WHY Trap, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Soapy wings

If you're using the W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets, here's a helpful hint we've discovered:

DSC_0067 When baiting the top chamber, add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid to the top chamber. This will coat the insects' wings and make it harder for them to fly once trapped -- which leads to an earlier death... mmmwahahahaha!

Ahem. Happy trapping.

May 14, 2009 in Hornets, Wasps, WHY Trap, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Video of the Week: Yellowjackets, Hornets & Wasps... Oh my!

Our featured video this week comes courtesy of Hal Coleman, entomologist in Atlanta. Hal talks about the differences between wasps, hornets and yellowjackets. The highlight of the video occurs halfway in, when he hoists an extremely large bald-faced hornet nest up near his head.

May 1, 2009 in Hornets, Video, Wasps, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack