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FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013, 1:44 P.M.

Rescue trap maker adds trap that hides the insects it kills

Why do people think dead bugs in a plastic container, sitting near one's patio, presents a problem of etiquette or asthetics?

It could just be the ick factor, the impact of seeing scores of dead bugs piled together, an image not helpful to happy socializing. Or, on a higher level, it might be the unwanted reminder that all things must pass -- another thought that discourages easy banter and convivial exchanges.

Which then explains why Spokane trap-maker Sterling International has introduced what it calls the OrnamenTrap, a plastic trap disguised as a piece of ceramic The company plans to introduce it at U.S. retail locations next year.

From the Rescue website: "The OrnamenTrap combines the appeal of being a non-toxic pest control solution and an American-made product with the element of beautiful outdoor décor,” explained Rod Schneidmiller, president and founder of Sterling International, makers of RESCUE! ® products. “

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The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.