'Pest Quest' Children's Show Brings Fascinating World of Bugs, Rodents and Wildlife to Kids of All AgesNPMA Staff
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) announced the creation of a new children's show
that teaches kids about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife. The
entertaining and educational show, aptly named "Pest Quest," will
deliver buggy factoids to junior scientists and is available on
NPMA's websites, PestWorld.org
"Pest Quest" is hosted by a group of
energetic pre-teens in a fun, colorful science lab full of gadgets
and bubbling beakers. Each episode explores a variety of different
topics, from wolf spiders, velvet ants and click beetles to
opossums, pigeons and bats (and everything in between). Other fun
features include "Pest Commander Pete's Head Scratchers" and
"Itsy-Bitsy Mystery" quizzes, which engage viewers and test their
pest knowledge. In addition to sharing fun facts, the show aims to
educate viewers about the risks posed by certain creatures when
they enter homes and properties and become pests.
Twenty-four episodes have been produced for the first season of
"Pest Quest," focusing on species found within the United States.
New episodes will be posted to the Pest Quest Channel twice a
"Children are fascinated by bugs and anything 'creepy crawly',"
says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the
NPMA. "We wanted to foster and encourage that interest by creating
a web-based program that allowed us to share our wealth of pest
knowledge with such a captive audience, evoking their
inner-entomologist and scientist."
NPMA has a variety of programs designed for use in the classroom
and on the family computer for children in grades K-8. Lesson
plans, science projects, report writing programs, interactive games
and other fun facts are on PestWorldForKids.org. The Pest Quest
Channel is the next installment in NPMA's commitment to science
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with
more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the
pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public
health, food and property.