Red wasps have a new enemy: The WHY Trap


SPOKANE, WA, June 25, 2008 Red wasps, a significant pest problem for residents of the southeastern United States, will finally meet their nemesis in 2009: the WHY 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 WHY Trap from RESCUE!. Their addition brings the total count of targeted wasp, hornet and yellowjacket species to 20.

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

Anecdotal 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 WHY 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 WHY Trap uses attractants rather than killing agents. Once lured inside the trap, 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! 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.


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