Two ladies in Haslet, Texas, hope their new product to combat mosquitoes, constituted of cow poop, attracts consumers.
“Their first response is, “Does it odor?’ So, we’ve got to allow them to know it is not a smelly product,” stated Kia Poulos.
“People say, ‘I by no means thought I’d come to the farmer’s market to purchase poop.’ And I say, ‘I by no means thought I’d be promoting it or selecting it up,'” stated Amy Enlow, Kia’s good friend and enterprise companion.
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The ladies harvest cow poop, put it in a reasonably bundle and promote it as mosquito repellent.
“It is Cow Poop, Organic Mosquito Repellent,” stated Poulos. “We did not need to conceal what it was.”
They received the loopy thought from the Discovery Channel present Survivorman with Les Stroud.
Poulos was watching it one night time and noticed Stroud burn a cow patty to construct a hearth then uncover that the smoke labored as a bug repellent.
Poulos determined to attempt it after unsuccessfully utilizing different merchandise.
“Everything they’ve ever formulated, I’ve tried,” stated Poulos. “And mosquitoes love me a lot, it appeared by no means to work. And positive sufficient, it (the cow patty) works. I used to be amazed by it.”
Poulos and Enlow stroll by way of a good friend’s pasture in search of the right patty.
“We attempt by no means to the touch something that smells,” Poulos stated.
“If it is inexperienced, keep away,” stated Enlow.
“We’re selecting up a sure sort of poop,” Poulos stated. “It has to take a seat on the market lengthy sufficient to get dried, and it is higher if the cows have knocked it over so it is dried on each side. And you possibly can inform it is simply compact grass, which is all that is left as soon as it is gone by way of the abdomen.”
The ladies let the manure dry just a few extra days, then put it underneath a UV gentle to kill any left over micro organism.
They drop the pattys in a burlap bag, stencil the identify on it and promote it each Saturday for $7.50 a bag on the Keller Farmers Market and in ten native companies.
“You simply burn it,” defined Poulos. “You’re gonna gentle a bit of dried poop, let it smolder and that smoke is gonna repel all of the mosquitoes.”
“It doesn’t stink,” stated Enlow.
“Lots of people stroll by and say, ‘Ooh, smells like a camp hearth.’ So, you get some compliments,” Poulos stated.
Poulos and Enlow admit, although, it is generally powerful for folks to just accept the product, they usually’ve heard their share of jokes.
“We’re known as ‘The Poop Ladies,'” smiled Enlow. “Some folks snicker about it. And some persons are like, “Ooh, cow poop.”
But the women are critical about what it could do.
Poulos stated, “This is actual. It works.