By Dan Howell
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (KWQC) – Summer weather is on the way, we’ve even had a taste of it this month, but as temperatures warm up and this wet weather stays, you can expect to see a lot more bugs.
A local business that specializes in controlling these pesky pests is expanding, sharing its recipe with a company abroad.
“We’ve grown tremendously,” co-owner and CEO for Bug Soother, Freda Sojka said. “We’ve gone from hand pumping it into bottles to, right now, they can do about 16,000 bottles in a shift.”
The Simply Soothing Company has been keeping busy since last year, producing Bug Soother, an all natural repellent safe for humans and pets.
Sojka said they are working now to ship the product to Panama and Colombia after a trade mission in February, and working to produce it in new locations thanks to a trip last month.
“In 2013 we got a call from a guy by the name of Willy Peatree from Scotland who was interested in getting the product overseas,” Sojka said. “So we’ve been working with him the past couple years. We were able to go over there a month ago and we actually saw him make the product and we started selling it.”
Last year, the product was so popular locally, the company actually ran out and had to play catch up the rest of the season.
The CEO says they are working to make sure there is enough supply to go around this year… Read more →