HORSHAM pest control company Bug R Off will feature in an episode of Channel Ten’s The Project next week.
Bug R Off owner Steve Olver and termite detection dogs Buster and Bella spent Monday afternoon with a senior producer and cameraman from the popular news program.
Mr Olver said the experience was a feather in the business’s cap.
“We did a story with Today Tonight two years ago, so it came out of that,” he said.
“They called me last week and asked if they could come up and follow me around for the day.
“I’m very happy and very proud that we were chosen to do this story.
“They could have gone to a pest control business in Melbourne, but they were happy to drive three hours to do the story in the Wimmera.”
Filming took about three-and-a-half hours and started at Barengi Gadjin Land Council in Firebrace Street.
“One of the staff members stepped through a step there and it turned out there was a nest,” Mr Olver said.
“I was able to show them some live termites and then they followed me around while I did a few other jobs.
“They saw a couple of nests and watched the dogs work.”
Mr Olver said it was high season for termites in the Wimmera.
“Since Christmas, when the weather started to warm up, we’ve had termite jobs come in left, right and centre,” he said.
The Project senior producer Nick Coe said the story would focus on the prevalence of termites across Australia.
“The problem seems to be really big in Queensland because of the climate,” he said.
He said the program was particularly interested in the services offered by Bug R Off.
“We spoke to Steve and explained we were interested in seeing some live termites,” he said.
“It’s well and good to show the damage they cause, but we really want to be able to show people what they look like and what they do.”
Mr Coe said the story was likely to air on Monday night.