Insect Patents (Class 43/107)
  • Patent number: 11116198
    Abstract: The invention relates to a complex mosquito trap for outdoor spaces which comprises a plurality of individual traps in an array supplied with CO2, comprising in combination a distance between each individual adjacent trap that does not exceed 12 metres, a CO2 flow rate in each individual trap greater than 0.5 g/h per metre of distance between adjacent traps, and the presence of a centralised flow controller and a flow limiter in each trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Dominique Hauptmann, Gerard Benbassat
  • Patent number: 11109582
    Abstract: An insect trap (100) and method for trapping and/or killing insects are disclosed. The insect trap comprises an enclosure (10) for receiving a human or an animal, and comprising an opening (12) configured to allow air to flow out of the enclosure and prevent insects from entering the enclosure, and a trapping unit (30) outside of the enclosure and in fluidic communication with the opening. The trapping unit comprises a heatable container (32) comprising either an adhesive material (31) for attracting and trapping an insect or a material comprising insecticide for killing an insect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: The University of Greenwich
    Inventors: Gabriella Gibson, Frances Hawkes
  • Patent number: 10948491
    Abstract: Disclosed are real-time insect surveillance sensor devices and methods that use a colorimetric readout for detecting insect disease vectors (such as mosquitoes which can transmit pathogens such as DENV, CHIKV, and ZIKV). The method involves an attractive or feeding solution combined with detector conjugates. The conjugate can specifically detect proteins present in insect saliva and/or proteins specific to mosquito-borne pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Willenberg, Sudipta Seal
  • Patent number: 10925274
    Abstract: In order to appropriately address concerns of mosquitoes which carry disease, this device has been created to initially classify the mosquito to formulate appropriate extermination strategies. Classification of mosquitoes is typically done through the wing beat frequency by either noise or light interruption. It is important to be aware that not all mosquitoes are harmful and any data that may be collected concerning the harmful mosquito should be as accurate as possible to avoid altering the food supply in any particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Satish K. Cherukumalli, Terry DeBriere
  • Patent number: 10869470
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding bait for rodents that includes a housing that can be inserted into a manhole, the housing having one or more bait platform, a passage through the housing for rodents to access the bait platform, and optionally a mechanism to prohibit exposure of bait on the bait platform to the environment containing the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Wolfgang Bittlinger, J├╝rgen Buchstaller
  • Patent number: 10842145
    Abstract: A rodent trap having a remote arming capability and a method of deploying a rodent trap in an unarmed state and then arming the trap after a wait period without the user having to again physically access the trap is provided. The trap, preferably embodied as an electronic rodent trap, may be configured with wireless remote arming capability, timed arming functionality, activity based arming and the like. When in the unarmed state, the trap operates in a monitoring mode in which the trap can monitor and evaluate activity and/or interactions with the trap and can send and receive wireless communication signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Daly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10813349
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling mosquito populations by eradicating mosquito eggs. The apparatus consists of a spawning tank, a multi-purpose spawning tank cover, a confining chamber, a water refilling chamber and a water pump. The apparatus can be set to operate either in automated mode or in manual mode. In the automated operation mode, a timer-controlled water pump transfers mosquito eggs from the spawning tank to the confining chamber where the mosquito eggs are trapped and drowned. In the manual operation mode, the cover of the spawning tank is used as a depressor bowl and the spawning tank functions as a confining chamber. Experimental results show that the mosquito egg eradicating apparatus can effectively eradicate 90% of field mosquito eggs in four hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Logan Cheng
  • Patent number: 10791726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mosquito-killing device, characterized in that it comprises a casing and a control unit; the casing is provided with a first opening for mosquitoes and insects to enter; a carbon dioxide generating device, a fan and an electric grid are provided inside the casing; the control unit controls operation of the carbon dioxide generating device, the fan and the electric grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jun Zheng
  • Patent number: 10765101
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a container for trapping insects. The container includes a base defining a cavity configured to receive a lure pod, and a lid removably coupled to the base. The base includes at least one base shoulder for supporting a lure pod within the cavity. The lid includes a nozzle including a tube defining a passageway for insects to enter into the cavity. The lid and the base are moveable between an open configuration configured to receive a lure pod and a closed configuration configured to secure the lure pod within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Willert Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Bruce Willert
  • Patent number: 10750735
    Abstract: Insecticide dispensing devices and methods of the present technology provide for the prolonged release of insecticide for the eradication of insect populations. Insecticide dispensing devices include an attractive toxic sugar bait, and have a housing configured with at least one aperture to allow a gaseous compound to exit the internal cavity and sized to allow entry of a target insect into the internal cavity. Methods of insecticide dispensing include activating the attractive toxic sugar bait in the device, and placing the activated device in an area where insects are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy Eli Hirsch, Christopher Michael Bonner
  • Patent number: 10736310
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for capturing mosquitoes by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) directed towards one or more mosquito traps, the CO2 being separated from the ambient air in at least one central system via at least one bed of microporous solid type materials, said process enabling an incoming flow of ambient air comprising 0.039% CO2 to be used to produce, in the direction of one or more mosquito traps, an outgoing gaseous flow of CO2 with a controlled regular flow rate comprising at least 10 g/hour/trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DIPTERATECH
    Inventors: Dominique Hauptmann, Gerard Benbassat
  • Patent number: 10542728
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a varmint shield for a wildlife feeder supported by at least one leg. The varmint shield includes a body having a length, a back side and a front side, a top end and a bottom end; and a first side and a second side. A notch is cut in the top end of the body. A plurality of mounting tabs are formed by bending the body at the notch toward the front side, each including at least one hole for receiving a fastening means such as a screw for securing the body to the wildlife feeder. The body of the varmint shield is bent along its length from the top end to the bottom end at an angle sufficient to deflect feed expelled from the wildlife feeder outwardly and away from the wildlife feeder. The body may also include beads formed along its length for structural strength and cuffs folded along its edges. A first shoulder and a second shoulder are preferably cut in the bottom end of the body. The first shoulder and the second shoulder preferably include edges folded to form cuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Joe Young
  • Patent number: 10512256
    Abstract: A carpenter bee trap includes a plurality of walls surrounding a trap cavity, at least one entrance opening formed through at least one of the plurality of walls, a bottom wall coupled to a bottom of the plurality of walls, an exit opening formed through the bottom wall, a container disposed within the trap cavity and extending through the exit opening and beyond a bottom of the trap, and a funnel disposed within the cavity to direct carpenter bees into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Best Bee Brothers LLC
    Inventors: Paul Patrick Ryan, Michael James Ryan
  • Patent number: 10420345
    Abstract: The present invention provides a humidity tolerant CO2 generator that operates in combination with an arthropod trap. The CO2 generator comprises a means for controllably adding solid pellets to an aqueous acid solution, and optionally includes a sound-based counting system for counting the number of pellets dispensed from a feeder reservoir and into a reaction chamber. The invention also provides a method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TDA Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Clapsaddle, Joe Fredrickson, William Bell, Trevor Haanstad, Jeff Martin
  • Patent number: 10219505
    Abstract: Improved devices for the capture, detection, or quantification of insect vectors such as gravid female insects, are provided. The devices include surface coloration, design, and dimension that improved their ability to attract and/or capture target insect vectors. The traps are used in process for detection or control of insect vectors in indoor and outdoor environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Roberto Barrera, Andrew J. Mackay, Manuel Amador
  • Patent number: 10178857
    Abstract: In one aspect, a singulation chamber apparatus defines a volume having a receiving end and an opposing end. The receiving end may be couplable to an insect chamber for a plurality of ambulatory insects and define an opening to receive the plurality of ambulatory insects from the insect chamber. A surface of the chamber is ramped to provide a pathway between the receiving end and the opposing end such that the opposing end is elevated with respect to the first end via the ramped surface. The pathway has a width sized to accommodate a single-file line of the plurality of ambulatory insects traversing the ramped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Victor Criswell, Martin Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10124912
    Abstract: A landing pad receives and stores packages delivered from an aerial vehicle are awaiting pickup from an aerial vehicle. The landing pad can be placed outside of a window and can contain a transmitter for sending out an identification signal via radio frequency to aid aerial vehicles in finding the landing pad. The landing pad contains a landing platform with a trapdoor that leads to a storage compartment. The trapdoor can be configured to only open when it receives a signal from an authorized aerial vehicle. The storage compartment can be accessed via a storage compartment door which can contain a locking mechanism. The storage compartment can be climate controlled. The landing pad can also have a transmitter that emits sounds to discourage animals from nesting on or near the landing pad. The landing pad can also include a solar power generator as a source of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Ryan Walsh, Alex J. Falesch
  • Patent number: 10091981
    Abstract: An attracting assembly is positioned at an upper location to attract fleas. A killing assembly is positioned at an intermediate location beneath the attracting assembly to kill the attracted fleas. A moving assembly is positioned at a lower location beneath the killing assembly for maximizing the number of fleas attracted and killed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Cogley
  • Patent number: 10085133
    Abstract: A pest control device system includes a plurality of pest control devices and a data collector. The system may further include the data collector in the form of a gateway that is connected to a data management server via a computer network along with other gateways in corresponding pest control device groups. Each pest control device includes a pest sensor and a wireless communication circuit to transmit information from the corresponding sensor. The devices also configure to define a local wireless communication network that can relay the information from one to the next and ultimately to the data collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Borth, Peter N. Scherer, Mike P. Tolley, Christopher J. Voglewede, Brian M. Schneider, Nailah Orr, Richard V. Baxter, Douglas K. Brune
  • Patent number: 10021871
    Abstract: A base assembly has an upward plate, a downward plate, a side wall, a front, a back, and laterally spaced sides. A drive assembly has drive wheels which extend downwardly from the downward plate and has a caster wheel. The drive assembly also has proximity sensors. A vacuum assembly has a vacuum slit formed in the downward plate between the laterally spaced sides. A source of vacuum pulls a vacuum through the vacuum slit. A tower assembly attracts and kills insects while the base assembly and tower assembly are driven by the drive assembly and the vacuum assembly vacuums up insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Cogley
  • Patent number: 9527747
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) from a fluid stream and for delivering that extracted CO2 to controlled environments for utilization by a secondary process. Various extraction and delivery methods are disclosed specific to certain secondary uses, included the attraction of CO2 sensitive insects, the ripening and preservation of produce, and the neutralization of brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Carbon Sink, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen B. Wright, Klaus S. Lackner
  • Patent number: 9504241
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a trap for flying pests that does not require the use of chemicals and can be packaged in such a way that it can be present in public areas without being unsightly or intrusive. The trap is reusable, easy to set up, easy to clean, and easy to operate. An example trap includes an outer wall containing a solution, an inner wall extending into the solution, and a space formed between the outer wall and the inner wall. The trap also includes an air pump and one or more air supply conduits that supply air from the air pump to the solution. The air forms bubbles in the solution that rise in the space formed between the outer wall and the inner wall and that cascade downward within the inner wall and into the solution. The cascading bubbles serve to capture flies that land on the bubbles and retain the flies within the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 9504243
    Abstract: A rodent trap apparatus includes a mounting assembly connected to a support surface. The mounting assembly includes an access hole. The apparatus includes a canister assembly connected to the mounting assembly. The canister assembly includes a restricting orifice aligned with the access hole. The apparatus includes a lid assembly connected to the canister assembly. The access hole and the restricting orifice allow a rodent to enter the canister assembly but not exit the canister assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Barto, James Barto
  • Patent number: 9462798
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hornet trap, characterised in that it comprises: a metal chamber (1) that defines a cavity (2), a wall of the chamber being provided with opening means (3) through which at least one hornet can enter the cavity, the opening means (3) being sized such that electromagnetic waves with a given frequency present in the cavity cannot escape from the cavity (2), means (4, 5, 6) of detecting the presence of at least one hornet in the cavity (2), and an electromagnetic wave source (S) capable of generating electromagnetic waves at the given frequency inside the cavity (2) when a hornet is detected in the cavity a call means (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Nicolas Ribiere-Tharaud, Michel Bourzeix
  • Patent number: 9433201
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring and controlling cellulose-consuming pests in a predetermined location provides for the use of an assembly that has a main body with a cylindrical upper portion and a lower portion continuously co-axially formed with the upper portion. The lower portion is formed as blades meeting at a lowermost point and defining a sharp bottom point that helps penetrate the soil in the selected location. A plurality of cellulose-containing bait units are detachably fitted in the lower portion and the upper portion. The bait units fitted in the lower portion are retained by the blade portions, which engage radial slots of the bait units. A moisture-retaining member is positioned in the upper portion above an uppermost of the bait units. A removable cap frictionally fittingly engages with the upper portion. The cap has an opening allowing water to be poured into the main body to moisten the bait units and make them more attractive to foraging insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph F. Azzarello, Jr., Marcus Azzarello
  • Patent number: 9301517
    Abstract: A pest trap, such as for flies, includes a disposable bag with a lure therein, and a sealing mechanism set at or near the top of the bag. The sealing mechanism engages with a removable top, which covers a canister. The bag with sealing mechanism is connected to the top, and then the top is placed on the canister, with the disposable bag in the canister. Once the bag has become filled with pest insects, the sealing mechanism is activated, which seals the top of the bag and separates the bag from the top. The top can then be removed from the canister, and the canister upended to dump the disposable bag into the garbage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Michael Singleton, Robert Alan Barker, Ashkan Nowtash
  • Patent number: 9295246
    Abstract: Dual action lethal containers, systems and methods and novel compositions and formulas which are used to kill mosquitoes and their larvae. Generally pyramid shaped containers can have combined interior larvacidal and adultacidal coatings above and below a side opening in the container. A removable inclined grate cap can also allow for mosquitoes to enter into the container. Inclined stacked walls inside the container form attractive surfaces for mosquitoes to breed. Water-holding containers, such as flower pots, water holding dishes used under plant pots, vases, bird baths, and fountains and storm water inlets, can be coated with novel larvicide and/or adulticide coatings. Small objects can be coated with larvicide or larvicide and adulticide combination, which can be dropped in water-holding containers which can leach out pesticide over time which prevents mosquitoes from breeding in the water-holding containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Philip G. Koehler, Roberto M. Pereira, Enrico Paolo Levi
  • Patent number: 9237741
    Abstract: Improved devices for the capture, detection, or quantification of insect vectors such as gravid female insects, are provided. The devices include surface coloration, design, and dimension that improved their ability to attract and/or capture target insect vectors. The traps are used in process for detection or control of insect vectors in indoor and outdoor environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventors: Roberto Barrera, Andrew J. Mackay, Manuel Amador
  • Patent number: 9179662
    Abstract: A method for catching flies comprising the steps of providing a fly trap that includes a fruit bowl having an inner surface and an outer surface, a fly paper holding chamber beneath the fruit bowl shaped to hold fly paper, and a plurality of apertures through the fruit bowl and in communication with the fly paper holding chamber. Fly paper is inserted into the fly paper holding chamber, and fruit is positioned in the fruit bowl, such that flies attracted to the fruit in the fruit bowl may move through the apertures to the fly paper holding chamber, where they are trapped by the fly paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Kort
  • Patent number: 9089121
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatus and methods of attracting and capturing flies with toxicant treated darkened cords and printed or painted strips on sidewalls of housings. The darkened cords and strips black to confuse flies into believing they are cracks and crevices. Flies feed off the insecticide treated strips and are killed over time. At least one black line over a blue background can simulate a harborage to attract flying insects. At least one black line over a sticky surface card can be used. Geometrical housing shapes can include triangular, pentagon, cylindrical, rectangular, square, cube and/or other geometrical shapes. Housings can be tied off to be suspended. Second housings can be suspended beneath a main housing by attaching strips to the lower suspended housing. The housings can also work in an unassembled state where planar type sheets can be mounted on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Diclaro, II, Roberto M. Pereira, Jeffrey C. Hertz, Philip G. Koehler
  • Patent number: 9066508
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ground trap for catching the female eastern cicada killer wasp as the wasp is flying out of a burrow, wherein the ground trap includes a generally rectangular body and a generally square top section; the top section including a transparent window to allow light into the inside of the trap body; wherein the bottom of the trap is left open so that the flying insect can pass from the burrow directly into the trap; the bottom of the trap being beveled such that the trap is leaning to one side at an angle of about 45 degrees with respect to the ground, thus allowing the insect to more readily attach to glue-coated sidewalls of the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: John M. Aroniss
  • Patent number: 9044001
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter provides an apparatus for trapping insects for purposes of monitoring insect load and in some cases studying the captured insects, and methods for using the same. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to an apparatus for trapping insects once they emerge from the soil, such as corn rootworm beetles and related insects, and methods for assembling and using the same. The apparatus comprises a frame having an open bottom and a removable top panel having at least one plant slot configured to receive a plant and a capture chamber opening configured to receive a capture chamber; a flexible sealing structure configured to seal the plant slot on the top panel; and a securing mechanism configured to secure the flexible sealing structure such that a seal is created about the plant to prevent the egress of the insects about the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Moez Meghji, James White, Daniel Casselman
  • Patent number: 9015988
    Abstract: A visual attractant for attracting a target insect include a substrate having a pixelated pattern portion defined by a plurality of blocks having a characteristic dimension that is within an order of magnitude of the size of the target insect. The plurality of blocks are colored to be highly reflective in a wavelength range selected to attract the target insect. A background portion is lighter in color than the pixelated pattern, to contrast sharply therewith. The blocks are clustered on the substrate such that most of the plurality of blocks define one or more irregular elongate streaks on the substrate. The pixelated pattern may be applied to a strip or to a pillar device, which may be adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sterling International Inc.
    Inventors: Qing-He Zhang, Rodney G. Schneidmiller, Marc Chapin, Steven A. Hastings
  • Patent number: 8984800
    Abstract: An insect decoy is provided that includes a vapor-isolated vessel, a chemical compound disposed within the vapor-isolated vessel, and an excitation energy source. The chemical compound may have one or more absorption bands at a set of absorption wavelengths and have one or more emission bands at a set of emission wavelengths. The excitation energy source may be configured to produce electromagnetic radiation at the absorption wavelengths so as to fluoresce the chemical compound and release photons at the emission wavelengths. The vapor-isolated vessel may be configured with at least one infrared transmissive window that is substantially transparent to the released photons at the emission wavelengths of the chemical compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Technology SG, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric L. Canfield, Thomas M. Dykstra, Scott J. Soma, Robert E. Rasmussen, Robert P. Alston
  • Publication number: 20150068104
    Abstract: An insect trapping system comprising: a container, where the container includes a threaded top; a threaded top, where the threaded top includes a funnel shape with an opening; and bait within the container to attract insects. In one particular embodiment, the bait includes fruit and the top is threaded around a perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Amber Mason
  • Patent number: 8973300
    Abstract: An insect trap for use in trapping and exterminating crawling insects including bed bugs. The trap includes a pit fall trap assembly with sidewalls defining a pit or well and a heat source positioned within the pit. The trap includes a controller assembly with a controller selectively operating the heat source, which includes a base plate provided at a bottom of the pit. In this way, the base plate provides the floor or lower surfaces of the pit upon which insects fall and also to which the insects are attracted by the thermal lure of the heat source. The inner surfaces preferably include a layer of anti-traction material (such as UHMW tape or the like) such that the insects cannot climb back out of the pit. The controller operates to alternate the heat source between a lure temperature mimicking a blood host and a higher temperature to exterminate trapped insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Smith, Mark Naylor, Jeffrey Norman Vahle, Tanya Peak Smith, L. Keith Forbis
  • Patent number: 8966812
    Abstract: A climb-up pitfall trap for attracting and capturing bed bugs and the like comprises a rough exterior surface, a precipice, a smooth interior surface and sensory lures. The sensory lures include heat, carbon dioxide and/or a lure composition. The lure composition comprises a combination of (a) L-lactic acid, and (b) a fatty acid from the group consisting of (1) propionic acid, (2) butyric acid, and (3) valeric acid. The lure composition may also comprise (c) octenol. A method for attracting and capturing bed bugs and the like uses the climb-up pitfall trap in a bed bug infested environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Susan McKnight, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan McKnight
  • Publication number: 20150052799
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a trap for flying pests that does not require the use of chemicals and can be packaged in such a way that it can be present in public areas without being unsightly or intrusive. The trap is reusable, easy to set up, easy to clean, and easy to operate. An example trap includes a gathering vessel, fluid trap, conduit, vacuum, and timing device. The gathering vessel includes a container to hold attractant bait. One end of the conduit is coupled to the gathering vessel and the other end designed to be submerged within fluid inside the fluid trap. The vacuum is coupled to the fluid trap and removes air from the fluid trap to cause air and flies to flow from the gathering vessel, through the conduit, and into fluid inside the fluid trap. The timing device periodically activates and deactivates the vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 8959830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fly and insect traps and more particularly to a trap capable of suctionally engaging a substantially flat non-porous surface that selectively traps insects. The trap is preferably constructed from a top vessel member, a bottom vessel member and a hollow frustum providing point of entry about the bottom vessel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Elisabeth McGavin
  • Patent number: 8959831
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insect trap (10), which mimics certain characteristics of a mammal and comprises a housing comprising a base (22) and a cover (24). The pad generates an infrared heat source (14) and can also generate water vapour (16). The trap has an insect retention surface (18) and is characterized in that the cover is positioned over the base in a manner such that it defines an opening (50) around the base/cover interface (52). The opening has a depth (d) of less than 1.5 cm and is sized and positioned such that at least one attractant signal (14?, 16?) is directed out of the opening in a manner allowing effective operation for at least 8 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Smith
  • Patent number: 8950108
    Abstract: A large fly trap apparatus designed for use around livestock and other outdoor areas to attract and trap flies without bait. The apparatus includes a base and a cylindrical canopy having a plurality of conical feeder tubes for entrance into a trap chamber. The canopy is formed from a plurality of support frames covered by a mesh covering. The feeder tubes allow flies to land on the outside of the mesh cover and crawl through the funnel-shaped feeder tubes into the trap chamber, where they become trapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Calvin D. Morris
  • Patent number: 8943743
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device coated with a friable composition comprising an insect toxicant wherein the geometry of the device, the presence of openings in the device, the presence of a highly volatile attractant independently located inside the device, and the composition comprising an insect toxicant function together to release an effective concentration of the highly volatile attractant vapor into the environment at a rate that maintains attractancy and at the same time kills the insect as soon as the insect comes into contact with the vapors of the insecticide or the composition impregnated on the surface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Plato Industries Ltd
    Inventors: Thomas Alfred Plato, Timothy Bruce Johnson, James Scott Plato, Stacy Elizabeth Plato
  • Patent number: 8943742
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for capturing and time-sorting insects is provided. The apparatus comprises a receiving unit configured to serve as an entrance for the one or more insects; and facilitate trapping of the one or more insects. The apparatus further comprises a collecting unit comprising a plurality of containers configured to collect and retain the one or more insects trapped via the receiving unit, wherein the collecting unit is attached with the receiving unit such that at least a portion of the receiving unit is movable with respect to the plurality of containers. In addition, the apparatus comprises a control unit operationally connected with the receiving unit, wherein the control unit is configured to enable time-dependent movement of the portion of the receiving unit with respect to the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
    Inventors: Hassan Y. Aiayedh, Yousif N. Aldryhim, Osama J. Aldraihem
  • Publication number: 20150000182
    Abstract: An insect trap for trapping insects that includes: a bottom compartment, where the bottom compartment includes a base and a rim and the base houses a bait to attract an insect; a funnel positioned above the bottom compartment, where the funnel includes an opening and a neck, where the insect flies through the opening and the neck and becomes trapped within the bottom compartment; and a lid attached to the opening of the funnel, where the lid provides a mechanism to close the opening after the insect is trapped within the bottom compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David Gomez
  • Publication number: 20140325893
    Abstract: A vented combustion chamber for an insect attractant engine is provided for a flying insect trapping device of the type that relies upon combustion of a fuel to generate a flow of carbon dioxide to attract flying insects. The combustion chamber, which is generally tubular and horizontally oriented in operation, is vented through a hole formed in one side of the chamber wall that extends from the outer surface of the chamber into the interior thereof. During operation of the device, this through-hole allows gas inside the chamber to be vented to the outside, changing the effective length of the combustion chamber for the purposes of wave generation is changed so that creation of a resonance cycle or standing wave, and the resulting acoustic phenomenon of howling, is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Robert T. CRUZ, Richard L. EYER, Marko Konstantin LUBIC, Christopher KAMERY
  • Publication number: 20140322360
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing CO2 for attracting bloodsucking arthropods (2). In this method, at least one liquid or solid organic substance (11) is reacted in an oxidation process in a targeted manner, one portion completely and another partially, thus forming, in addition to CO2, H2O and heat, at least one further partial oxidation product (P). The invention further relates to a device (1a, 1b) for generating CO2, said device (1a, 1b) comprising a storage means (10) for at least one liquid or solid organic substance (11) and an evaporation module (14) for the liquid or solid organic substance (11). The device (1a, 1b) comprises a reactor module (16) for the controlled oxidation and partial oxidation of the at least one liquid or solid organic substance (11); a control unit (80); and means (13, 18, 21, 22, 26) for regulating the oxidation and partial oxidation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: BIOGENTS AG
    Inventor: Johannes Kant
  • Publication number: 20140311014
    Abstract: Provided are a pest control system, a pest control method and a pest control program which can destroy pests from agriculture with no harmful effects to other useful organisms, crops and humans as no pesticides are used. The pest control system comprises; a detection beam emitter for emitting a detection beam for detecting the pests; a reflected signal receptor for receiving a reflected signal reflected from an object irradiated with the detection beam; a pest detecting means for detecting the pests by comparing a reflected data obtained from the reflected signal with a signature data having a signature of target pests stored in a signature data storage means; a targeting means for aiming a destruction beam at said pests for destroying the pests upon detecting the pests; and a destruction beam emitter for emitting the destruction beam to the pests up on detecting the pests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Francois Gabriel Feugier
  • Publication number: 20140311015
    Abstract: This specification generally relates to a method and device for trapping insects that has at least one opening through which insects may enter an entrapment chamber. The specification generally relates to methods to increase the number of insects captured in a trap by having a design that resembles a biological design, such as a plant or flower. The insect trap may have a flower landing ring, a multicolor surface, and/or a flower design on the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ChemTica Internacional
  • Publication number: 20140305027
    Abstract: An insect trapping device includes an enclosure defining a trapping space having a bottom wall with a patterned surface, the pattern dividing the bottom wall's inner surface into a plurality of polygonal surface elements, and having openings formed in side wall thereof of a size permitting entry of the insects into the trapping space, and a semiochemical dispenser disposed within the enclosure and for releasing in a controlled manner the semiochemical into the trapping space and into its surroundings. A method of monitoring insects that infest crop in an area using the devices is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Nimrod ISRAELY, Enrika MINDEL
  • Patent number: RE46421
    Abstract: A carpenter bee trap having at least one entrance hole, at least one plenum section connecting the at least one entrance hole to at least one receptacle adapter coupling, and least one removable receptacle attached to at least one receptacle adapter coupling, the at least one removable receptacle made of a material that admits ambient light to a greater extent than the material forming the plenum such that insects entering the trap follow a path of increasing intensity of ambient light that leads them to the receptacle. In one embodiment, existing carpenter bee nests are treated with a disclosed insecticide gel. The insecticide gel consists of a thixotropic, injectable, non-hardening, non-volatile gel blended with a pyrethroid insecticide, in effect converting the bee nest into a trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Robert Blazer, Bradley Jerome Blazer