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Red wasps have a new enemy

Whytr_wasphornetyellowjackettrap__2Just when you think the news about our new W·H·Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets can't get any better, our scientists go and add two new species to the list, after some extensive testing in the mid-South this spring. And they're both red wasp species -- which anyone in the southeastern U.S. knows is a real coup. Here's our press release:

New W·H·Y Trap catches two red wasps, bringing species count to 20

Spokane, WA, June 30, 2008 -- Red wasps, a significant pest problem for residents of the southeastern United States, will finally meet their nemesis in 2009: the new W·H·Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets.

Scientists at Sterling International recently added two red wasp species -- Polistes carolina and Polistes perplexus -- to the long list of insects caught in the new W·H·Y Trap from RESCUE!. Their addition brings the total count of targeted wasp, hornet and yellowjacket species to 20.

When the W·H·Y Trap lands on retail shelves in spring 2009, consumers will have one answer for these stinging, nest-building, backyard-invading insects.

Carolina_red_wasp_2Anecdotal evidence suggests that a sting from a red wasp feels far more painful than stings from other species of paper wasps. Red wasps are also known for building some of the largest nests of any wasp species.

The W·H·Y Trap will catch the queens of each species in the spring before they build nests, and will capture the foraging workers throughout summer and fall. Refill attractants will be available so the trap can be used for multiple seasons.

As with other RESCUE! products, the W·H·Y Trap uses attractants rather than killing agents. Once lured inside, the insects die naturally.

Since 1982, Sterling International, Inc. has created insect traps and attractants as an alternative to sprays. Based in Spokane, Washington, the company sells its RESCUE! brand Fly Traps, Yellowjacket Traps and Japanese & Oriental Beetle Traps through home improvement centers, hardware stores and lawn & garden retailers throughout the U.S. and beyond.


Do you live in an area with red wasps? Have any red wasp stories you'd like to share? Feel free to add a comment.

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I was stung by a red wasp at the pool two days ago - extremely painful! I live in Texas and have never been stung even though there are wasps around my home. The red itchy swelling hasn't let up and I'm definitely going to look for this WHY trap.

Posted by: Charity | Jun 24, 2009 8:08:26 AM

My Red Wasp sting not only produced impressive pain, it actually left a distinct scar that has persisted since its creation in 1978.

Posted by: Tim | Jun 12, 2010 8:01:49 PM

I was a F/A-18E Super Hornet Pilot for the Navy and the name of my Aircraft was the Red Hornet I am currently on leave. I got back in the States and was stung by one ironicly and DAMN Im a currently a Navy Seal and that mother fucker hurt and Ive been pistol whipped by a Afgan and that mother hurt more!

Posted by: Joseph Boyle | Sep 9, 2010 6:19:04 PM

Yeah, I have a story to tell. The stings fucking hurt! Stung on my foot as I was walking from pool. Bottom of the foot. So luckily, it was the wasp's last act on earth.

Posted by: Carlos | Sep 13, 2010 11:19:10 AM

Just got one of these why traps two weeks ago not a single wasp has gone near it, unless you count the one building a nest 6 inches from it. My porch is covered with wasps so bad I can't enjoy my new swing.theses traps don't work worth a shit!!!!

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 24, 2011 1:30:08 PM

Brandon: We're sorry the trap didn't meet your expectations. If you could call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-666-6766, we could help you get better results.

Posted by: Stephanie | Apr 1, 2011 1:32:47 PM

So, why isn't Brandon's trap catching wasps?

Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 6, 2011 8:09:05 AM

I killed 300-400 red wasps at once late last summer, at night, with two cans wasp and horned spray, on top my porch roof, while they streams out of a crack in the eaves of my home. I swept up a pile of them nearly ten inches high. This spring they are back with a vengeance, and I am worried for my wife's safety. Despite what you may have heard, they are not docile, but sting with little or no provocation.

Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 6, 2011 8:15:28 AM

As a boy I was climbing an oak tree. I reached towards a branch with my left hand. A red wasp stung me in the armpit. I screamed for over four hours. Others have described the sting as "a flaming torch of agony." I ran lawn mower at red wasp, it flew up over the mower towards my face, I was across the street in 2 seconds. My uncle Irving waited till night to burn out a red wasp nest in a deer blind, it had over four hundred cells!

Posted by: Charles | Nov 27, 2011 4:41:43 PM

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