Not a fan of the bugs? Then join our fans!

Not a fan of flies, or of wasps, hornets and yellowjackets? Then become a fan of RESCUE! on Facebook. Our new fan page is several hundred strong and growing. When you join us, you'll be privy to special photos, updates and giveaways for our fans only!

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March 24, 2010 in Helpful resources, Social Media | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack (0)

It's a bug-eat-bug world in our new interactive game

We've been quiet lately, but it's not for lack of something exciting to share with you.

We have a new product... and it's a departure from our insect traps and attractants. It's a way you can play with bugs and get your hands dirty -- virtually speaking -- no matter what season it is or what the weather is like outside.

At RESCUE!, we know that not all bugs are "icky", or pestiferous, or dangerous. Some insects can actually be our allies. This is one of the inherent messages of BugfarmTM, our new interactive DVD-ROM game for ages 7+. It's designed to be a true-to-life simulation of both real vegetable gardening and the use of beneficial insects.

Bugfarm logo The game is being marketed by Bugfarm LLC, under license from our company, Sterling International. We contracted with Spokane, WA-based ARO Designs to develop the game.

BugfarmTM teaches children about science and nature in a format that sustains their attention. The game is a great introduction to entomology, and our hope is that it could also spark interest in growing a real vegetable garden.

In the game, players are able to:

  • Choose vegetable crops to plant in their virtual garden
  • Raise their own army of beneficial Spined Soldier Bugs in a virtual bug farm
  • Deploy Soldier Bugs to protect their garden
  • Play the role of a Soldier Bug in a 3D garden environment and hunt down pests
  • Maintain their plants with nutrients, water and fertilizer to help them grow
  • Learn about the effects of both pest damage and pesticide use on plants
  • Earn blue ribbons for their prizewinning vegetables

Experiments and informative videos are included on the DVD to round out the educational experience.

SSB Attack 1 BugfarmTM features groundbreaking graphics and animation. You can see each vein on a tomato plant leaf, each stripe on a cabbage looper, and each eye on a potato. The bugs can walk on the underside of a leaf, just like they do in real life. You can watch a demo here on our website.

BugfarmTM is available online from us for only $24.95, and provides many opportunities for different levels of games and different players. In fact, a single copy of BugfarmTM allows an entire classroom of students to each play their own game and compete against each other.

You can go to to learn more about this new educational game. Hmmm... Christmas is coming... perhaps a child you know would like to receive this as a gift? (Hint! Hint!)

November 23, 2009 in Being green, Beneficial insects, Entomology, Games, Gardening, Helpful resources, Kid stuff, Life at Sterling | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Video of the Week: How to treat a wasp/hornet/yellowjacket sting

I'll be heading out with the rest of our office to our annual Company Picnic in about half an hour. Thankfully, this has always been a sting-free event, thanks to our R&D folks who hang copious amounts of our RESCUE! Yellowjacket Traps -- and now our W*H*Y Trap -- all around the Liberty Lake County Park and the pavillion where we enjoy the potluck meal.

But even with traps in use, there is still a danger of getting stung, and that's why it's good to know the tips contained in this video where a Registered Nurse explains what to do if that happens:

You can also read more "what-to-do-if-you're-stung" info here, and here are some DOs and DON'Ts around wasps, hornets and yellowjackets to lessen the chance of a sting happening.

July 31, 2009 in Helpful resources, Hornets, Life at Sterling, Video, Wasps, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Answering your W*H*Y questions

WHY_Package With the W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets in consumers' hands and about six months of sales under our belts, we've had the chance to hear which questions are most frequently on the minds of users.

Where should I place the W*H*Y Trap?

Hang the trap outside at least 20 feet from any outdoor living areas to draw wasps, hornets and yellowjackets away. In general, hanging the trap closer to a house, deck or other structure will draw more paper wasps since they frequent those areas for nest building sites and materials. If a nest location is known, the W*H*Y Trap should be placed at least 20 feet away from the nest.

It is best to avoid placing the trap inside bushes or trees where foliage will surround the trap. Open-air locations will allow the attractant scents to release freely and will yield better catches.

In extreme hot and dry conditions, it is best to hang the trap in the shade to keep the liquid attractant from evaporating too quickly. If nighttime temperatures are lower than 50°F, we recommend hanging the trap in a sunny spot. 

If catches are low, try moving the trap to a new location, such as a spot that receives different wind or sun patterns. 

What time of year should I use the W*H*Y Trap?

As soon as the daytime temperatures hit 70 degrees on a consistent basis, the queens will start emerging from hibernation to look for new nest sites. Paper wasp queens are the first to start flying. You can begin using the W*H*Y Trap at this time to catch the queens, and continue using it all spring and summer and into fall to catch the workers.

Once the queens have already begun building their nests in spring, there will likely be a quiet period of lower catches until the worker populations begin to emerge.

DSC_0070 Will the W*H*Y Attractant work in my Yellowjacket Trap?

No; the W*H*Y Trap is designed with two chambers and two entrances to keep the attractants separated. If combined in a trap with one entrance, the three attractants in the W*H*Y Attractant will cancel each other out.

Is there something I can put in the W*H*Y Trap to rebait it, instead of using the W*H*Y Attractant Kit?

Sorry; but no. It took our scientists six years in our lab to come up with the right formula to lure all 21 species of insects, and although the ingredients are naturally-occurring, they are created by chemists and cannot be replicated with anything you would find in your refrigerator or pantry.

Will the trap work on bees?

Our product is not targeted at bees because they are beneficial for pollination. The attractant in the W*H*Y Trap is not appealing to bees.

I've used your Reusable Yellowjacket Trap before and I like the long-lasting (10-Week) cartridge. Will you eventually have a longer-lasting attractant for the W*H*Y Trap?

Yes! That's what our scientists are working on right now. We hope to have a longer-lasting W*H*Y Trap Attractant Kit on the market within the next two years.

Have a question not answered here? Ask it now by leaving a comment!

June 17, 2009 in Helpful resources, WHY Trap | Permalink | Comments (23) | TrackBack (0)

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!

March 5, 2009 in Helpful resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Follow RESCUE on Twitter. Why? Bee-cause!


RESCUE! Pest Control Products now has a presence on Twitter. You can find us there and follow our updates at WHYRESCUE. (RESCUE was already taken, and we have the WHY Trap coming, so that's why we chose that username!)

Twitter screen grab

December 11, 2008 in Helpful resources, Introductions, Life at Sterling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Advice about stings

From a Master Gardener column in the Newark (OH) Advocate: Here's a good comparison of the different reactions a person might experience after a wasp, hornet or yellowjacket sting, and what to do in each situation:

  • Normal reaction: Lasts a few hours. Sting site is painful, reddened, might swell and itch, but will quickly dissipate. For local reactions, your pharmacist can recommend reliable, over-the-counter remedies.
  • Large local reaction: Lasts for days. Sting site is more painful, swelling and itching may be present both at the sting site and in surrounding areas. For a large local reaction, you might want to consult your doctor, local emergency room or urgent care site.
  • Severe allergic reaction: Can commence rapidly (in a few minutes) after the sting occurs. The person might feel dizzy, nauseated and weak. The person might feel stomach cramps and diarrhea, or might have itching around the eyes, a warm feeling or coughing, hives breaking out, followed with vomiting and swelling. He or she might experience wheezing, difficult breathing (shortness of breath) or swallowing, hoarse speech, drop in blood pressure, and shock. Reactions can occur in a few minutes with most deaths within 30 minutes, but some within 15 minutes and some in five minutes or less. FOR A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

Many county fairs and other outdoor events take place in September, when colonies are starting to peter out and wasps, hornets and yellowjackets are desperate for sustenance in the form of sweet liquids. Here are some hints from another Ohio paper, the Morgan County Herald, on how you can stay out of harm's way:

  • Keep garbage cans emptied and clean as often as reasonable.
  • Be careful when eating or drinking at these events. Be sure an unwanted guest has not gotten into or on the food and drink being consumed outdoors.
  • Avoid drinking out of a can where one cannot see into the container. Use a straw or open topped container. A mouthful of wasp is no fun.
  • Avoid wearing floral scented perfumes and immediately wash off spilled fruit drinks because the wasps are attracted to floral and fruit scents.
  • Wear plain, light colored clothing.
  • Don’t panic if you see a wasp. Simply walk away, even if it lands on your clothing – it will soon fly away when it finds that you are not really food!

September 2, 2008 in Helpful resources, Hornets, Wasps, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Find RESCUE! on Facebook

If you're on Facebook, you can now find RESCUE! there too.


Check out "RESCUE! -- Responsible Insect Control for Outdoor Living". We'd love it if you became a fan!

August 18, 2008 in Helpful resources, Introductions, Life at Sterling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Where are the wasps? (or the hornets, or the yellowjackets)

So you've heard horror stories about giant European Hornets, or maybe you've read about red wasps and their fiery sting... but you're not sure if you have these nuisances in your neck of the woods.

It's WHY to the RESCUE! We have a new resource on our web site for the WHY Trap. It's an interactive map that tells you which of the 20 species of wasps, hornets and yellowjackets are found in your area of the U.S.

Simply roll over each insect (it works better if you do it slowly) with your mouse pointer, and the U.S. map is highlighted with the "footprint" of where each insect is found. Then you can click on the insect if you want to find out more about its nesting habits, nature toward humans, etc.


You can find the map here.

August 11, 2008 in Helpful resources, Hornets, New RESCUE! Products, Wasps, WHY Trap, Yellowjackets | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Name that bug

Have you ever come across an unfamiliar-looking bug? Here are two sites which may prove helpful in identifying the insect.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Entomology has an "Insect ID" page which covers such categories as ants, beetles, biting insects, indoor/kitchen insects, outdoor insect invaders, and the catch-all division, "odd insects."

And then there's "What's that Bug?" -- more of a homegrown web site where readers submit their own photos of insects for identification by the author. I'm not sure if he's an entomologist, but he appears to know his stuff about a variety of insects, including Latin names. He, too, has categorized submissions by the type of insect.

June 15, 2005 in Helpful resources | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

BugBlog profiled

Toby Bloomberg of Bloomberg Marketing and the Diva Marketing Blog had some nice things to say about the RESCUE! BugBlog in her Biz Blog Profile today. I had the pleasure of meeting Toby in Chicago at the American Marketing Association's 'Hot Topic' Seminar in February called "Blogs: Marketing Beyond the Website."

Thanks for the encouragement to start blogging, Toby!

March 22, 2005 in Helpful resources | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Homeland Security

The federal government is hard at work to contain and eliminate foreign invaders who have shown up illegally on U.S. soil and threaten our citizens and our way of life.

It's not what you think. This 'homeland security' effort is being carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture.  Take a look at, a web site that explains the fight against invasive species of bugs and weeds... enemies like the Africanized honeybee, Asian tiger mosquito, European gypsy moth and the Japanese beetle. The site is informative and easy to navigate, with some great photography.

March 18, 2005 in Helpful resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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