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Protecting yourself from mosquitoes just got easier
Buzz… Buzz… SLAP!  Mosquitoes are coming and they’re out for blood. With summer on the way and fears about Zika virus spreading worldwide, mosquito control is top of mind for anyone planning to enjoy the great outdoors as the weather warms up.

Repellents are the first line of defense against mosquito bites and the diseases they spread, but they aren’t without drawbacks. Topical products applied to skin wear off within hours, and neurotoxin-based sprays often present health hazards.

Enter a “spatial” repellent, which reduces contact between disease-spreading insects and humans by creating an invisible barrier that inhibits the ability of the insect to locate and land on a target.

Sterling International, Inc., the creative force behind RESCUE!® insect traps and attractants, has expanded their product line to include spatial insect repellents, including a new personal repellent device called GoClip™.

The active ingredients in GoClip™ are all-natural essential oils that serve as a spatial repellent to keep insects away. When worn on the body, the GoClip™ fragrance, pleasant to humans, disperses into the atmosphere and helps shield the wearer from insect landings.

The launch of the GoClip™ is the result of years of development that began with a Department of Defense Grant awarded to Sterling in 2007 for a wearable “personal insect repellent device” to protect soldiers in the Middle East from mosquitoes and sandflies.

Using the Gas Chromatography and Electro-Antennographic Detector (GC-EAD) in Sterling’s insect research lab, in-house scientists – led by Director of Research Dr. Qing-He Zhang – identified natural repellents, in part by seeing how antennae of mosquitoes and other insects responded when exposed to the materials. By the end of the three-year research period, the company developed several prototypes ready for the DOD to field test.

In addition to the usefulness to the military, the personal repellent device had obvious commercial value. “We knew consumers would find value in a repellent device that protects the space around them from not only mosquitoes, but also biting flies and ticks,” explained Sterling President Rod Schneidmiller. “There is nothing to spray or apply to your skin, and the combination of lemongrass, clove, peppermint and cinnamon oils is a pleasant scent.”

To develop the consumer product, those materials were infused into a porous core, housed in a metallic plastic cover with a clip that easily attaches to a shirt collar, waistband, cargo shorts pocket, hat or lanyard. The repellency lasts up to six days, based on 8 hours’ use per day. When not in use, the resealable zippered pouch helps it maintain potency.

The GoClip™ retails for around $5 and is available nationwide at participating ACE Hardware, True Value and Do-it Best dealers, as well as on Amazon.com.
Post Date:  May 23, 2016
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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by our company officers
Our company officers took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge today, after our Marketing Director nominated them. In addition to enduring the chilly water like champs, they will be donating to Spokane's own Team Gleason, a foundation started by Steve Gleason, Washington State University alumnus and former player for the New Orleans Saints, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

Post Date:  August 29, 2014
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Pest control goes glam!

Kris Crocker
, chief meterologist on KXLY 4 News in Spokane, delivered some helpful information about yellowjackets in her Forecast Focus last night -- including the importance of catching the queens. She also previewed our new OrnamenTrap for Yellowjackets -- a decorative version of our popular Disposable Yellowjacket Trap

You can see Kris' segment here

We're excited to offer this new way to "glam up" the backyard while keeping your family protected from yellowjackets or flies. Shipments of the new OrnamenTrap will commence next week... Stay tuned for information on which retailers will be the first to carry it! 

Post Date:  May 9, 2014
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Don't be fooled by Stink Bugs!
Still hoping the "polar vortex" killed all the stink bugs? Then the April Fool's joke may be on you.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are hardy enough to withstand sub-zero temperatures because they have the equivalent of anti-freeze in their bodies. What's more, most stink bugs hibernate indoors so they're protected from the winter weather. 

Right now, stink bugs are waking up from their slumber and starting to head outdoors, where they will soon mate and multiply. Two adult stink bugs can become hundreds in a matter of weeks. 

Stop stink bugs now: Early action is critical to keep their populations from growing. Use the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap outdoors with the patented pheromone attractants to lure and trap the stink bugs in your yard. Consistent use of the trap throughout the spring and summer will cut down the population and reduce the numbers that want to come back indoors to hibernate in September and October. 

The best place to hang your Stink Bug Trap in spring is a deciduous tree where emerging bugs will head to mate -- usually one that has sprouted new spring leaves. If such a tree is not available, hang the trap from a fence, stake or post.

For every female stink bug trapped during mating season, a potential 400 stink bugs are eliminated.

Post Date:  April 1, 2014
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RESCUE! Stink Bug Attractant is new, improved and now, patented!
Heavens to murgantiol -- a more powerful weapon against stink bugs is patented and on the market!

Sterling International, manufacturer of the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap, has received a U.S. patent (8,663,620 B2) for murgantiol as a stink bug attractant.

In testing, murgantiol was proven to have a synergistic effect on the original attractant used in the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap. By adding murgantiol, a proven attractant on its own, to the original RESCUE!® attractant, their combined effectiveness is multiplied -- meaning, the product traps even more stink bugs!

RESCUE!® Stink Bug Traps and Attractant refills with this new & improved formulation are already on store shelves, having been part of product shipments in 2013. 

Permit us to geek out on chemistry and entomology for a moment: Our investigative path focused on murgantiol as a known aggregation pheromone for the Harlequin bug. Sterling synthesized and tested the molecule on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and found a strong "cross-attractancy". Methyl 2E,4E,6Z-decatrienoate, an aggregation pheromone for the brown-winged stink bug, was reported and further proven as a strong cross-attractant for both the BMSB and the green stink bug, Chinavia hilaris. We then tested the two molecules together and found a surprisingly strong synergistic effect for attracting Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.

Unlike the original RESCUE!® attractant which worked best during the late summer and fall, the new synergistic effect with murgantiol means a better-than-ever means of killing stink bugs in early spring, right after their emergence from overwintering sites. It continues to be extremely effective throughout the summer and fall seasons.

"Our new attractant is more powerful, but still within the active range of 30 feet," said Rod Schneidmiller, president and founder of Sterling International. "We develop our products to lure only the insects that are already in the consumer's yard."

Sterling's Director of Research, Dr. Qing-He Zhang, adds that a key window of time to use the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap and Attractant outdoors is coming up in just a few weeks. "Once stink bugs start waking up from hibernation and heading outdoors in spring, it will be crucial to trap them starting April 1, before they start mating and multiplying," he says.

Post Date:  March 6, 2014
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