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 (0)

W*H*Y goes live at 5!

Our company founder and president, Rod Schneidmiller, was interviewed live on-air for the 5 p.m. newscast of our local ABC affiliate, KXLY4, two days ago. Rod talked with anchor Robyn Nance about the new W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets.

February 5, 2009 in Television, Video, WHY Trap | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Videos of the Week: Oddball Pest Control Commercials

Last week I shared one of the TV commercials, called "Break Room", we produced for the new W*H*Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets. We're entering that and several other projects in our local Addy Awards competition today.

This week, I dug up three pest control service commercials that are silly, quirky, and... well, downright disturbing. Probably safe to say they're not award-winning. But I do wonder if they made the phone ring for these exterminating services. What do you think?

January 16, 2009 in Amusement, Television, Video | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New WHY Trap commercials win awards

Telly_bronze_2 We learned last week that the new TV spots created for the W·H·Y Trap for Wasps, Hornets & Yellowjackets have won two 2008 Bronze Telly Awards.

Created by Jones Advertising in Seattle and produced by North by Northwest in Spokane, the TV spots won in the "Household Packaged Goods" and "Use of Humor" categories.

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".

July 9, 2008 in New RESCUE! Products, Television, WHY Trap | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Yellowjackets swarm in new movie

Yellowjacket_12 From a purely selfish standpoint, I wish this movie on the Sci-Fi Channel were being aired during the summer instead of in January.

Why? It could motivate viewers to buy our RESCUE! Yellowjacket Traps.

"Swarmed" is a made-for-TV film about yellowjackets attacking a small town. These wasps have been sprayed with a super-pesticide that mutates them into larger, more aggressive insects.

If only the townspeople had used our traps, instead of the pesticides!

More info about the movie and its stars can be found here and here. One article mentions that with live wasps on set, they used a wasp wrangler to handle them. They could have called us -- that job is something we've had to do many times when filming our TV spots.

"Swarmed" airs this Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on the Sci-Fi Channel.

January 26, 2006 in Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

More Bug TV

Along the lines of "Buggin' with Ruud" on Animal Planet, here's information about a popular TV program in the United Kingdom: "Life in the Undergrowth", with Sir David Attenborough, on the BBC network.

December 13, 2005 in Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

More on "buggin'"

Here's an article with more information about the bug show "Buggin' with Ruud."

June 24, 2005 in Television | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Rebecca's Garden

I've always enjoyed the TV program Rebecca's Garden. The host, Rebecca Kolls, seems like such a likable, accessible, real person -- like a friendly neighbor with whom you could have coffee or work on a craft project. I feel like I could actually make the recipes, do the projects, use the garden tips she demonstrates on the air.

In addition to her show's web site, Rebecca has her own personal site,, where she blogs and shares photos of her garden at home. I love that she even shows photos where she made mistakes, like when she accidentally got grass killer on the bottom of her shoes and ended up with unwanted dead spots on her lawn. In one blog entry she admits that "Even I can be a loser gardener." (Somehow I can't imagine Martha Stewart ever saying that!)

Smartrap_outdoors_horizontalWe also like Rebecca because she features and sells one of our products, the SMARTrap for Garden Pests, on her personal site as one of her "hand-picked favorites."

March 9, 2005 in Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Desperate Houseflies

You may know about the "Desperate Housewives" of Wisteria Lane, but I came across a site today that chronicles the "Desperate Houseflies" of Diptheria Lane. Clever.

The 'cast' and 'episodes' follow the ABC show and are updated every week. (A word of warning: Some of this material is for mature audiences only. Let's face it, flies are filthy!)

March 8, 2005 in Television | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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