Craig of KIIK 104.9’s ‘The Morning KIIK Start’ fame writes about his experience with Bug Soother.
An important message from Scott Turnage
By REX L. TROUTE email@example.com
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Freda Sojka comes across as good Iowa stock with an outgoing personality rather than the founder and CEO of a fast-growing company.
One of her inventions, Bug Soother, has taken her small company, Simply Soothing, from being a local retail store in downtown Columbus Junction to becoming a manufacturer whose product is being sold overseas.
WOW! Look at the difference!!! Our All-Natural Bug Repellent isn’t just safe for kids and pets, it’s also safe for your lawn!
A demonstration was performed to show the effects of bug spray on grass by undergraduate research associate Zack Olinger. He performed his demonstration on Creeping Bentgrass, a turf commonly found on golf courses. In his demo, he used three products including OFF! Deep Woods Bug Spray, Bug Soother All-Natural Bug Repellent, and Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen.
The results were unbelievable! The bug spray containing the chemical DEET killed the grass within 2-3 days at the location of application. The sunscreen caused the grass to be stressed for a few days. However, our All-Natural Bug Soother (a product that does not contain DEET) was the only one to cause NO adverse affects to the grass as shown in the above photo.
Read the full story about the demonstration: http://iaturf.blogspot.com/2015/08/mosquito-spray-can-kill-grass.html
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Event kickoff this Wed. the 2nd for Family Night, followed by Angels in Iowa on Dec 9th!
Chrissy Garza, Sales and Marketing
A very enthusiastic member of our team just added in the spring of 2015, Chrissy comes to Simply Soothing with experience in property management, sales, and merchandising. Most notably, her merchandising experience is a huge asset to Simply Soothing’s marketing team!
Tessa Pugh, Research and Development
As Tessa finished her requirements for her teacher licensure in January of 2014, she was approached by Simply Soothing about joining the team at Simply Soothing as our production manager. This allowed her to continue to substitute teach while filling our need for a part-time production manager.
While pursuing her degree in science education and raising her son, Tessa worked as a 4-H coordinator and gave 2 years of service to AmeriCorps in environmental education. All of these experiences, as well as working for her grandmother as a teenager at the Kingsbury Inn, encouraged her to be a problem-solve; an outlook that fit well with the changing nature of our rapidly growing business!
As production manager for the 2014 season, Tessa used her background in science education as well as what she’d picked up about engineering from being a FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge coach to meet the growing needs of Bug Soother. Asking questions, identifying problems and systematically finding solutions served us well!
Now Tessa works for Simply Soothing mostly during the summer (teaching and coordinating the K-12 Talented and Gifted program at Columbus Community School District during the school year) on special projects.
Her current focus is on exporting –it’s always buggy somewhere–
in support of Freda’s goal to be able to provide year-round full-time employment.