Insect Patents (Class 43/107)
  • Patent number: 11877571
    Abstract: An insect detection system includes a plurality of traps comprising an attraction source, a communication module, a motion sensor, and one or more environmental sensors. The insect detection system includes a plurality of accelerometers configured to measure vibrations in a tree and is electronically coupled with at least one of the plurality of traps, and one or more power controllers, where each of the power controllers supplies electrical energy to one or more traps and one or more accelerometers. The insect detection system includes a server computer having a processor and a computer readable medium, wherein the server computer is in communication with each trap of the plurality of traps and is configured to receive environmental data from each of the plurality of traps and vibration data from each of the plurality of accelerometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
    Inventors: Sadiq Ali Alhuwaidi, Ahmed Abul Hussain, Shuruq Fallatah, Razan Alzaben, Haneen Quraishi
  • Patent number: 11819016
    Abstract: A luring insect trap, including a light unit, a trap unit removably connected to at least a portion of the light unit to store at least one insect attractant therein and receive at least one insect therein, at least one light rod removably connected to at least a portion of the light unit to illuminate in response to being turned on, and a cover panel removably connected to at least a portion of the light unit to obscure the at least one light rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Ophelia Murray
  • Patent number: 11812727
    Abstract: A method and system for preparing a distribution program for insects comprises obtaining distribution data of a wild population of insects; obtaining distribution parameters including distribution resolution levels of at least one available distribution vehicle; generating a population density map at a resolution level consistent with the distribution resolution level of the vehicle; generating a release map by modifying the population density map in accordance with the distribution parameters; and generating a path using the release map, the path defining dosages of insects to be released at respective locations along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Senecio Ltd.
    Inventors: Hanan Lepek, Ralph Breslauer
  • Patent number: 11715556
    Abstract: Various embodiments include systems and methods of arthropod detection using an electronic arthropod detection device. The electronic arthropod detection device may scan a surface or a subject using one or both of a hyperspectral image sensor or a multispectral image sensor that is sensitive to multiple bands of electromagnetic radiation to detect the presence or likely presence of an arthropod in a region of interest (ROI). A camera sensitive to a visible band of electromagnetic radiation may be used to capture at least one image and provides the image(s) to an object detection model in response to determining that an arthropod is or is likely present in the ROI. Hyperspectral and/or multispectral images may be provided to the object detection model alone or in combination with visible light image(s). A processor may initiate an arthropod detected procedure in response to detecting an arthropod in the ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: DiamondFox Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Paul T. Diamond, Margery Fox Kwart, Beau Tippetts
  • Patent number: 11582964
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide an insect trap for trapping insects, the insect trap comprising one or more serviceable parts, the insect trap being movable between a first configuration for trapping insects, and a second configuration for servicing of the one or more serviceable parts. The insect trap is arranged so that the position of the one or more serviceable parts in the first configuration differs from the position of the one or more serviceable parts in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: RENTOKIL INITIAL 1927 PLC
    Inventors: Wajid Ali, Gary Heaton, Michael Best, Gary Wingett, Victoria Rands
  • Patent number: 11547106
    Abstract: A mosquito surveillance device includes one or more mosquito traps having a camera capable of taking images of mosquitos and transmitting the images electronically to a receiver. Suitable traps include an ovitrap, for example. Images may be transmitted from inside or outside the trap to a receiver using low bandwidth cellular phone networks. The images are processed and displayed using software forming mosquito data. The images may be analyzed and the number of live mosquitos identified, the number of dead mosquitos identified, the species of mosquitos identified, or mapped vector densities in real time identified preferably at high resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Soumyadipta Acharya, William Patterson, Margaret Glancey, Nicholas Radant, Justin Chang, Kimberly Ashman
  • Patent number: 11452287
    Abstract: A housefly deterrent device is an apparatus used to deter houseflies from approaching a particular area. The apparatus is also configured to mount to an appropriate area for ease of positioning and maintenance and does not rely on chemical compounds to affect houseflies. The apparatus includes a visual deterrent, an orienting fixture, and an attachment mechanism. The visual deterrent is a structure which mimics the physical appearance of the housing of various predators of houseflies sufficiently to affect the general behavior of houseflies. The orienting fixture is a mount which supports and arranges the visual deterrent in position, preferably adjacent to a door or a building entrance. The attachment mechanism is an arrangement of components that allows for connection of the orienting fixture to surfaces or relevant structures proximal to a target housefly protection zone. The visual deterrent is removable, facilitating adjustment, and general maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Bill E. Boyd
  • Patent number: 11445715
    Abstract: A trap for catching living insects, specifically fruit flies, is provided having a catch container, a base, and a funnel-shaped insert. The funnel shaped insert has a funnel wall, a plurality of slits in the funnel wall, and a funnel exit opening. The insects to be caught are able to slip through the funnel exit opening, but not through the slits. Furthermore, the trap includes an attractant container in the catch container and/or in the base having a liquid attractant and a wick. The insects are attracted by the scent of the liquid attractant evaporating from the attractant container and fly or crawl through the funnel exit opening into the catch container, where they become trapped. The user can then carry the trap outside, remove the funnel-shaped insert, and release the captured insects alive outside. In this way, the insects can be kept out of human living and working spaces without killing the insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: RECKHAUS AG
    Inventor: Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
  • Patent number: 11232563
    Abstract: Disclosed is a crop yield prediction method and device. The method includes: transmitting an image acquisition instruction to a preset aircraft terminal to acquire a ground image; transmitting a driving instruction at the same time, wherein a distance between a first rail vehicle and a second rail vehicle is inversely proportional to the driving time, a plurality of light channels are embedded between a first rail and a second rail, and a light transmittance of the light channels is able to be affected by the external environment to change; transmitting a light emitting instruction and recording initial data when multiple beams of light are emitted; transmitting a light receiving instruction and recording final data when the multiple beams of light are received; and inputting the ground image, the initial data and the final data into a crop yield prediction model for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University
    Inventors: Yu Tang, Huasheng Huang, Shaoming Luo, Qiwei Guo, Xincai Zhuang, Jiahao Li, Jiepeng Yang, Chaojun Hou, Jiajun Zhuang, Aimin Miao, Xuan Chu
  • Patent number: 11160264
    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 one of the walls or the bottom wall, a container disposed within the trap cavity and extending through the exit opening and into the external environment, and a funnel disposed within the cavity to direct carpenter bees into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Best Bee Brothers, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Patrick Ryan, Michael James Ryan
  • 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
    Assignee: HBM DISTRIBUTION
    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
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    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
    Assignee: BLACKNIGHT HOLDINGS, LLC
    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
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    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
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    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
    Assignee: SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG
    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: 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