Secret Site Map
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Home News USDA Develops New Trap for Wasps, Hornets and Yellowjackets

USDA Develops New Trap for Wasps, Hornets and Yellowjackets

Stinging Insects

A new trap is available that lures these stinging, sugar-sipping pests to their doom, thanks to attractants developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and commercialized by Sterling International.

| August 31, 2010

WAPATO, Wash. - A new trap is available that lures these stinging, sugar-sipping pests to their doom, thanks to attractants developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and commercialized by Sterling International, Inc., of Spokane, Wash. The scientists work for USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

Sold commercially as the RESCUE! W-H-Y Trap (Wasps, Hornets and Yellowjackets), the technology is the successful outcome of a cooperative research and development agreement involving Sterling and the ARS Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory in Wapato, Wash.

In studies there, research leader Peter Landolt isolated two key compounds from fermented molasses to produce an attractant blend that lures not only yellowjackets, but also paper wasps and hornets. ARS holds patents on the attractant and has licensed it to Sterling.

Yellowjackets and paper wasps become especially irksome during the spring and summer, when their foraging intersects with the outdoor activities of winter-weary humans. However, the insects are also considered agricultural pests. In orchards and vineyards, for example, their feeding damages cherries and grapes. They're also a danger to field workers, especially around harvest time.

The blend Landolt developed and tested in collaboration with Sterling President Rod Schneidmiller and R&D Director Qing-He Zhang attracts 12 yellowjacket species, multiple paper wasp species (including Polistes dominulus from Europe) and two kinds of hornets, making it the most comprehensive lure yet.

Sterling's W-H-Y trap is unique in its design, with two compartments. The bottom is baited with an attractant that primarily lures western and southern yellowjackets. The top uses a different attractant blend to lure other yellowjacket species, bald-faced hornets, European hornets and paper wasps.

Once inside, the pests die by drowning or dehydration, depending on the compartment. Beneficial insects including honey bees are not attracted to the traps. W-H-Y traps are available to consumers at retail chains nationwide.

Top news

Chicago Tops Orkin's List of 'Bed Bug Cities' for 2014

Chicago tops the 2014 Bed Bug Cities List for the third year in a row. The list, released by Orkin, ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2014.

Mosquito Joe Holds its Largest Training Event to Date

Forty new franchisees attended training at the Mosquito Joe headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.

McCloud Aquatics Has New Owner; Relocates HQ

Phil McCloud purchased the company from his brother, Chris. The company also relocated its headquarters to Elburn, Ill.

Bill Clark Pest Control Recognizes Longtime Employee

Gwen Owens, who this year marks her 40th year with BCPC, started out as a technician and now works with some of the company's largest commercial and industrial clients.

Technicide Introduces Techni-Baiter System

The Techni-Baiter baiting system is a product that service professionals can use to save on bending and kneeling.

x