Vermin Destroying Patents (Class 43/124)
  • Patent number: 10968862
    Abstract: A galleryless piston for an internal combustion engine is provided. The piston has a monolithic piston body including an upper wall forming an upper combustion surface with first and second portions. The first portion extends annularly along an outer periphery of the upper wall and the second portion includes a combustion bowl. The first portion can also include valve pockets formed therein to reduce weight. The upper wall has an undercrown surface directly opposite the second portion of the upper combustion surface. To enhance cooling, a center portion of the undercrown surface is concave, such that oil is channeled during reciprocation of the piston from one side to the opposite side of the piston. The concave center portion is axially offset from the surrounding area of the undercrown surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tenneco Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Riffe, Michael Weinenger
  • Patent number: 10968624
    Abstract: A gypsum panel includes a gypsum core containing a termiticide with poor water solubility, wherein the gypsum core has a first end region, a center region, and a second end region having an equal thickness and extending along a thickness direction from one surface side to another surface side, the termiticide is contained in each of the first end region, the center region, and the second end region, and a content of the termiticide in the center region is lower than a content of the termiticide in the first end region and in the second end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: YOSHINO GYPSUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumi Niimi, Itaru Yokoyama, Kazuyuki Umehara, Yuji Ataka, Keiichi Ohki, Shinji Yoshida, Saburou Yamato, Tadashi Nakagaki, Ayaka Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10959583
    Abstract: The invention refers to a vacuum cleaner (10) comprising a housing (15) with first components arranged therein which interoperate with one another in order to realize a first air flow (42??) for a vacuum cleaning functionality. The first components comprise a first electric motor (40) and a first turbine (38) actuated by the first electric motor (40) in order to create the first air flow (42??) and a low-pressure in a dust collecting chamber (22) of the vacuum cleaner (10) provided with an inlet opening (24) in order to suck in dust and small particles into the dust collecting chamber (22). The vacuum cleaner (10) further comprises second components separate from the first components and the second components interoperate with one another in order to realize a second air flow (100) for a purifying functionality of dust-laden air surrounding the vacuum cleaner (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Guido Valentini
  • Patent number: 10959398
    Abstract: A method of determining a cognitive state of an experimental animal in a cage is provided. The cage includes one or more walls that enclose a living space for containing the experimental animal, and a heating structure. The method includes installing a card with at least a first type of sequestered olfactory compound, directing the heating structure to selectively heat the card to release the first type of sequestered first type of olfactory compound to subject the experimental animal to a novel olfactory experience, creating a first assessment of a behavior of the laboratory animal, subjecting the experimental animal to experimental procedures and/or waiting a selected amount of time, directing the heating structure to selectively heat the card to release more of the first type of sequestered olfactory compound, creating a second assessment of a behavior of the experimental animal, and evaluating the first and second assessments to determine the cognitive state of the experimental animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Noble Betts-Lacroix, Laura Schaevitz, Daniel Ford, Kyle Howard Heath
  • Patent number: 10858268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for applying a superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave to a target object or a target region that is formed by the target object and a medium surrounding the target object, comprising a device for generating a superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave where the time-varying AC wave is riding on the predefined DC bias voltage. When applied to the object or region, the superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave is able to induce a flow of ionic current having a DC component traveling in a pulsating and time-varying manner in the target object and/or in the medium and effect induced vibration of electrons and molecules of the target object and the medium. The invention also relates to a method applying a superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave to a target object or a target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Semb-Eco R&D Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Hwee Hong Chew, Poh Kwee Ong
  • Patent number: 10807886
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system for preventing corrosion of at least one metallic structure in an electrolyte medium, comprising applying a superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave to the structure, the method comprising the steps of generating a superimposed time-varying frequency electromagnetic wave (DAC wave) where an AC driving signal with time-varying frequency is riding on a DC output with a predefined DC bias voltage, transmitting the DAC wave current to one or more emitters, emitting the DAC wave via the one or more emitters, placing the one or more emitters at a spaced distance from the metallic structure, subjecting the metallic structure to the DAC wave current, controlling the negative return current of the DAC wave from the metallic structure, such that the DAC wave is distributed across the structure surface and directly excites a target region of the metallic structure, and wherein the excitation induces a flow of ionic current having a DC component travelling in a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Semb-Eco R&D Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwee Hong Chew, Poh Kwee Ong
  • Patent number: 10798934
    Abstract: A kit for extermination of pest animals in furniture and a method for using the kit are disclosed. A sheet is provided over upholstered furniture. The sheet may be provided with ballast at the edges for keeping the sheet more or less fixed. Heated air is forced underneath the sheet. The furniture is preferably provided with an air treatment module for forcing air through the upholstery like a mattress. This allows the heated air provided by the forced air supply to be provided to the upholstery via the inside, highly increasing efficiency of heat treatment of the furniture. A way of controlling temperature of air provided by the forced air supply is disclosed, as well as a way of controlling temperature of air actually within the spaced defined by the positioned sheet. The latter allows for improved control of maintaining a temperature at which for example bed bugs are killed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PURE-DEVELOPMENT 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Barry van Doornewaard
  • Patent number: 10451454
    Abstract: Various embodiments mitigate the risk of frequency-lock in systems having multiple resonators by dynamically changing the frequency at which at least one of the resonators is driven. More particularly, the drive frequency of at least one of the resonators is changed often enough that the multiple resonators do not have time to achieve frequency lock. Changes in the oscillation of the resonators may be analyzed to determine, for example, acceleration of such systems. Some embodiments implement self-test by assessing expected performance of a system with toggling drive frequencies. More particularly, some embodiments implement self-test by artificially inducing displacement of a movable member of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Vohra, William A. Clark, Mehrnaz Motiee
  • Patent number: 10433534
    Abstract: Present invention is a device and a method for collecting targeted insects or targeted insect communities on plants. It can be used to non-destructively collect insect communities from a single plant. Alternatively, it can be used to collect a targeted insect from a plant. Present invention consists of the following elements: a first hose; an extended air nozzle; a thumb lever push valve; a brass barb; a second hose; a knapsack; a pneumatic mini timer; a carbon dioxide flow regulator; a carbon dioxide tank; a bag; a drawstring; and a glass vial. The present invention can be used as follows: consulting a chart; setting carbon dioxide flow regulator; setting pneumatic mini timer; deploying a bag over a plant; cinching said bag; depressing thumb lever; shaking bag to relocate targeted insects from bag into the glass vial; detaching glass vial; and capping glass vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Emily Nicole Bick
  • Patent number: 10349652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices for exterminating and/or driving away pests, more particularly insects, preferably Nematocera and Brachycera. The fundamental inventive idea is that of using individual small drops to exterminate or drive away pests. Risk to humans is advantageously avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BARTSCHER INNOVATIONSTECHNOLOGIEN GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Bartscher
  • Patent number: 10070640
    Abstract: A termite barrier seal including a hollow seal body having a wall surrounding an axial bore extending from an insertion end to a surface end. A closure formation is located about the surface end for engagement with a closure for the orifice of the bore at the surface end of the seal body. A one-way valve at or intermediate the insertion end and the surface end of the seal body, the one-way valve arranged to permit liquid flow through the axial bore, but to prevent liquid flow to the surface end. An external seal about the seal body for sealing the wall of the seal body against the internal surface of a hole drilled through a concrete slab. An internal seal engages the seal body for sealing the wall against an external face of an injector when inserted into the bore of the seal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CHAZANE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Zane Archer, Neil Ashley Archer
  • Patent number: 10070639
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the field of pest elimination including all life stages of bed bugs. The present disclosure includes articles, systems, and methods of heat treatment to target and kill pests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Pattison, S. John Barcay, Jason G. Lang, Christopher C. Wagner, Christopher D. Diller, Joelle F. Olson
  • Patent number: 9723828
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring and controlling cellulose-consuming pests in a predetermined location above ground level or in the walls of buildings, such as on or in interior or exterior walls of residential or commercial buildings, aboard boats and watercraft, directly on infested support members like beams, studs, and joists, attached to landscape features like timbers, fences, and sheds, and on infested trees. The system is meant to be an attractive system to the termites, rather than an interceptor system like the present art. A plurality of cellulose-containing bait units are removably placed in the assembly. 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 liquid, such as water, to be poured into the main body to moisten the bait units and make them more attractive to foraging insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Marcus Azzarello, Joseph Azzarello
  • Patent number: 9723829
    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: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Marcus Azzarello, Joseph Azzarello
  • Patent number: 9578866
    Abstract: In an above-ground termite station for detecting and controlling termites above ground in an operating configuration of the termite station, a container of the termite station defines an interior space and is at least in part configured for abutting against and being mounted on an above-ground mounting surface. The container is configurable between a closed configuration and an open configuration in which the interior space of the container is accessible while the container is mounted on the mounting surface. A cartridge is sized and configured for insertion in and removal from the interior space of the container and is generally an aggregation member, a bait matrix separate from the aggregation member, and a holder at least in part holding the aggregation member and bait matrix in assembly with the holder for positioning of the cartridge relative to the interior space of the container as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventor: James H. Cink
  • Patent number: 9554568
    Abstract: Described herein is a refrigeration system for bedbug eradication. The refrigeration system comprises a generator, a condensing unit, and a portable evaporating and blowing unit connected with the condensing unit for transporting into a bedbug-infested room of a building. Temperature sensors are used for monitoring an ambient temperature in the bedbug-infested room to ensure that the temperature drops to a predetermined temperature to kill the bedbugs and their eggs. Moisture in the bedbug-infested room is removed with a dehumidifier prior to cooling down the bedbug-infested room with the evaporating and blowing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Jay Tallon
  • Patent number: 9560782
    Abstract: A waterproof lockable door and a pressure adjusted plug thereof are provided. An electronic device is formed with an opening having an annular wall. The waterproof lockable door includes a cover member having at least one through hole and a pressure adjusted plug including a waterproof member and at least one fastening unit. The waterproof member includes at least one fastening hole. The fastening unit is formed with a head portion and a rod portion, and the rod portion is received in the through hole and moves relative to the cover member, thereby driving the outer periphery of the waterproof member to be tightly adjacent to annular wall. Accordingly, the tolerance of the annular wall and the waterproof member and the air pressure inside an opening both force the waterproof member to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kun-Cheng Lee, Juei-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 9510582
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for providing biological detection. The system includes: at least one polymodal sensor for collectively detecting at least two conditions; and at least one node, each node including at least one of the polymodal sensors. The system also includes at least one data collector; each data collector communicating with one or more of the at least one node, and each data collector storing local information in a local knowledge base and providing a treatment dispensing unit, and at least one server, each server communicating with one or more of the at least one data collector, and each server updating a global knowledge base. The at least two conditions are utilized in detecting the presence of biological activity from either one or both knowledge bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBAL IP HOLDING CO., LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. David, Patricia L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9398765
    Abstract: The present invention provides an encasement for preventing arthropods contamination of an object or for decontaminating an object contaminated with arthropods. The encasement comprises an enclosure defining an aperture, the enclosure being formed of an arthropod impervious material. The encasement also comprises a cover formed of an arthropod impervious material and shaped to cover the aperture, the cover being attachable to the enclosure to prevent arthropods from escaping or entering the encasement. The encasement also comprises a heating source linked to the encasement for heating an interior of the encasement and a heater control device connected to the heating source for controlling the temperature within the encasement. The aperture is sized to allow use of the object upon separation of the cover from the enclosure and the enclosure and cover are sized and shaped to completely house the object upon attachment between the cover and the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Eco Bug Doctor Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Maloney, Tim Maloney, Laurel Maloney
  • Patent number: 9226489
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the field of pest elimination including all life stages of bed bugs. The present disclosure includes articles, systems, and methods of heat treatment to target and kill pests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Pattison, S. John Barcay, Jason G. Lang, C. Wagner Christopher, D. Diller Christopher, F. Olson Joelle
  • Patent number: 9215866
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for treating bedbug infestations, that involves filling the lower portions of the void spaces inside a wall with a thick and stable foam, to form a foam barrier inside the walls, allowing the foam barrier to collapse over time to coat portions of the interior of the wall with residual foam. The foam may contain a non-repellant pesticide, but certain foams are effective in treating bedbugs even if the foam does not contain any pesticide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Robert Cartwright, II
  • Patent number: 9192095
    Abstract: An improved fertilizer knife presents a leading edge and rear tube receiving portion. The rear tube receiving portion is precision cast to frictionally receive the distal end of a flexible polymer fertilizer tube which is connected, at least indirectly, to an implement fertilizer tank. The rear tube receiving portion also has at least one opening at the lower end thereof for allowing fertilizer to escape from the flexible polymer fertilizer tube into the surrounding soil during a fertilizing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ShieldIndustries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike J Bergmeier, Logan Deane Hurlbut
  • Publication number: 20150128479
    Abstract: An acoustic signal for attracting rats comprising a playback recording or synthetic generation of vocalizations of rats or mice is provided. The vocalizations may be of rat pups, and may be characterized by sonic frequency components in the range of 1.8-7.5 kHz and/or ultrasonic frequency components in the ranges of 21-24 kHz, 40-50 kHz and/or 60-96 kHz. The vocalizations may be of adult male rats, including courting adult male rats, characterized by sonic frequency components in the range of 15-20 kHz and/or ultrasonic frequency components in the range of 20-100 kHz. The vocalizations may be of adult female mice, including nursing adult female mice, characterized by sonic frequency components in the range of 8-12 kHz and/or ultrasonic frequency components in the range of 25-100 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen J. Takacs, Antonia E. Musso, Regine M. Gries, Gerhard G. Gries
  • Publication number: 20150113856
    Abstract: A grain pest control apparatus includes an input unit adapted to accept input of grain; a heating unit adapted to heat the grain supplied from the input unit; and a removal unit adapted to remove heat from the grain heated by the heating unit, wherein the removal unit includes a cylindrical body provided with an air passage hole in a wall surface and adapted to receive the heated grain and a heat collecting chamber installed by surrounding the cylindrical body and connected to an exhaust channel, and removes heat from the heated grain by causing air supplied into the cylindrical body to pass through the air passage hole and escape via the heat collecting chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Hideo Kawashima, Hidenori Mizuno, Kazunobu Kajihara, Yoichiro Ogura, Yasunori Koike
  • Patent number: 9003693
    Abstract: A method for controlling bivalve growth in a static or semi-static service water system of a plant is disclosed. Upon detecting an increase in the concentration of veligers or settlement stage bivalves, potassium is introduced into the service water to obtain a potassium cation concentration of between 10 mg/l and 150 mg/l for a period of 2 to 30 days. The methods are particularly useful for controlling zebra mussel growth in service water systems for fire prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ASI Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Carmelo Sferrazza
  • Publication number: 20150052800
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for eliminating parasites and parasitic insects. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method for eliminating parasitic insects, such as bed bugs through use of uniform directional heating. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention, radiant heat is used over a designated period of time (e.g., cleaning cycle) in order to eliminate parasites in a contaminated area enveloped by a blanket like structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Robert N. Timbrook, JR., Kevin Haim, Geoff Haim
  • Patent number: 8955248
    Abstract: A device for the extermination of burrowing vermin is disclosed. The device is configured as a plenum chamber having an intake adapted for sealed communication with the exhaust of an internal combustion engine. An outflow conduit communicates between the plenum chamber and a burrow entrance for vermin such as gophers. Heat and gas under pressure from the engine is communicated through the outflow conduit to the burrow along with any fumes from heated liquid or solids deposited to the plenum chamber to rid the burrow of any subterranean occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph S. Asciutto
  • Patent number: 8951544
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for repelling elasmobranchs with electropositive metals, including apparatuses and methods for reducing by-catch in commercial fisheries and protecting humans from attacks by elasmobranchs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Matthew Stroud
  • Publication number: 20150033616
    Abstract: A tool to pierce burrowing rodent infested grounds to find their tunnels and deposit poison therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Dillawer Anwar Kazzaz
  • Patent number: 8943744
    Abstract: An apparatus for using microwave energy for treating an infected site infested with insects or other small pests is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a source of microwave energy connected to a power source and a power controller, a transmission element, and an antenna. The apparatus can also comprise an isolator to protect the source of microwave energy. Methods to use such an apparatus for treatment of an infected site is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Nathaniel L. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8915013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the eradication and killing of microorganisms from among insects and worms in an aqueous system, especially for the control and eradication of the larvae. A sustained reduction or killing of the larvae is achieved by a two-step method in which insecticides and a zooplankton community are used as biological agents. The insecticides specifically kill the larvae present in the aqueous system. The biological agents, which according to the invention preferably comprise competitors for food of the above microorganisms/larvae, prevent repopulation. The combined use of insecticidal and biological treatment in aqueous systems allows an efficient and permanent eradication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum fur Umweltforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Liess, Sabine Duquesne
  • Publication number: 20140360092
    Abstract: An artificial predator is a robotic system that does two tasks at the same time by eating An artificial predator will harvest chemical energy from the environment in which it lives by (eating) a target species. The target species is programmed into the robot. The robot uses neural nets (or similar system) for discerning what to target and what to ignore. Then the robot can convert this food into energy. After this process is completed, the robot will continue to hunt and consume its target species. The robot would move through the ecosystem, whether it is natural or manmade. It can be trained to attack a specific target. One potential target would be a plant like a weed on a large agricultural farm. Another potential target could be a pest such as an invasive species of plant or animal. This robot can detect and destroy pests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: DEAN E. COOK, JR.
  • Patent number: 8881448
    Abstract: A composition in compacted form for use for termite monitoring and control comprises a cellulose material which may be purified cellulose or microcrystalline cellulose as a base bait, the composition being compacted to an optimum density of not less than approximately 1.033 g/cc. Also disclosed is a method for monitoring and controlling termite infestations which comprises the steps of a) preparing such a composition; b) placing the composition in a bait station; c) monitoring the station at periodic time intervals for termites; and d) upon observing termite infestation in the bait station, replacing the above composition with a bait composition containing a termite killing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery A. Martin, Ronald O. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8875438
    Abstract: A method of treating soil adjacent a structure generally includes positioning an injection apparatus over a first injection site generally adjacent a structure. The injection apparatus is operated to inject pesticide down into the soil at the first injection site without prior disturbance of the soil at the first injection site. The injection apparatus is moved over a second injection site at least in part different from the first injection site and generally adjacent the structure. The injection apparatus is operated to inject pesticide down into the soil at the second injection site and without prior disturbance of the soil at the second injection site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BASF Agro B.V.
    Inventors: James H. Clink, Richard A. Warriner
  • Patent number: 8852501
    Abstract: A process for removing or treating harmful biological and chemical substances from an enclosure, such as a building or vehicle by using heated air. The method of the present invention is non-toxic and can be performed in a relatively short amount of time while effectively killing and removing a large proportion of dead organisms and substantially reducing volatile organic compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ThermaPure, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Hedman
  • Patent number: 8813435
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting the migration of termites into a structure is provided including the steps of forming a band across exposed faces of external masonry walls of the structure wherein the band is disposed above ground level and includes, at least in part, a settable composition wherein in a set condition the settable composition is sealably engaged with a physical termite barrier, said physical termite barrier forming at least part of a termite barrier extending between a concrete slab of the structure and a mortar course in the external masonry walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Magisurf Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Anthony William Kennedy, John Charles Hitchen
  • Publication number: 20140230313
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide dispensers and delivery devices that release their contents at sustained rates. An exemplary device may include one or more reservoirs for holding a solid, semisolid, liquid or gaseous substance that may be released outside the device. Exemplary devices enable sustained release of their contents over a predetermined period of time, for example, up to a month or more. Exemplary devices also enable release of the contents according to, for example, predetermined release rates and profiles customized for the use of the device. Each reservoir of the device may include one or more apertures through which the contents may be released outside the reservoir. Each aperture may be covered by one or more porous membranes to allow sustained release of the contents of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Noel M. Elman
  • Patent number: 8807449
    Abstract: A pesticide delivery system integrated into an overflow drain system of a bathtub, a sink, or any other water-retaining basin. The pesticide delivery system includes a pesticide intake segment passing through a transition passage, wherein the transition passage is formed through a wall of a section of the overflow drain system. A fluid retentive seal is located between an exterior of the pesticide intake segment and the overflow conduit wall. A pesticide distribution conduit extends from a distribution end of the pesticide intake segment to a termination end. Pesticide can be discharged through a pesticide delivery port located at an end of the pesticide distribution conduit or through a plurality of pesticide distribution ports spatially located along the pesticide distribution conduit. A plurality of pesticide distribution continuation conduits can be in fluid communication with the pesticide distribution conduit to distribute the pesticide along various directions and locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: John Obi
  • Patent number: 8800199
    Abstract: A fossorial animal control product and related methods are disclosed herein. The fossorial animal control product is a non-toxic and biodegradable super absorbent polymer combined with a compost agent. The fossorial animal control product is disposed in a fossorial animal burrow. When hydrated and allowed a sufficient amount time to expand, the fossorial animal control product obstructs the entrance to the burrow, a portion of the burrow or substantially fully obstructs burrow. The fossorial animal control product releases water and nutrients over time within the burrow. This assists flora proximate to the burrow that were damaged by fossorial animal activity to recover. Use of the fossorial animal control product also fills ground surface voids created by fossorial animals thus reducing trip hazards commonly encountered in playgrounds or sporting facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Heather Vallier
  • Patent number: 8800200
    Abstract: A self-contained, cart-mounted extermination device having an internal combustion engine which produces an exhaust gas containing an asphyxiant is disclosed. The disclosed device provides an effective and humane means to eradicate subterranean pests which is portable, rugged, compact and simple to use and maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: UPCS LLC
    Inventors: Terry W. Williams, Billy G. Martin
  • Patent number: 8797168
    Abstract: A pest detection device includes a housing with a sensor and one or more bait members. The sensor includes one or more of a chisel-shaped electrically conductive trace carried on a substrate, a low resistance electrically conductive ink defining an electrical pathway on a substrate with a pointed profile, and/or a substrate including a directional grain structure oriented in a predefined manner relative to an electrically conductive pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences, LLC.
    Inventors: Mike P. Tolley, Joseph J. DeMark, Donald E. Williams, III, Thomas H. Atkinson, Andrew H. Wurtz, Amy J. Griffin, Eva A. Chin, Marc L. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20140208634
    Abstract: A method for controlling bivalve growth in a service water system of a plant is disclosed. Upon detecting an increase in the number of veligers or settlement stage bivalves, chlorine anion is introduced into the service water to obtain a chlorine anion concentration of between 0.10 and 2.0 mg/l for a period of 10 to 40 days. Also disclosed is a two-stage method for controlling bivalve growth in a service water system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ASI Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Carmelo Sferrazza
  • Publication number: 20140208635
    Abstract: A method for controlling bivalve growth in a static or semi-static service water system of a plant is disclosed. Upon detecting an increase in the concentration of veligers or settlement stage bivalves, potassium is introduced into the service water to obtain a potassium cation concentration of between 10 mg/l and 150 mg/l for a period of 2 to 30 days. The methods are particularly useful for controlling zebra mussel growth in service water systems for fire prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ASI GROUP LTD.
    Inventor: Carmelo Sferrazza
  • Patent number: 8769866
    Abstract: A high pressure injection system for applying a pesticide includes a portable, handheld application tool and a manifold head connected to the application tool. The manifold head has at least one internal passage. At least one high pressure nozzle is positioned in the manifold head and in fluid communication with the at least one internal passage. The at least one high pressure nozzle is operable at pressures between about 25 psi and about 10,000 psi. A contact plate is mounted to the manifold head and has at least one opening aligned with the at least one high pressure nozzle. A source of pesticide is fluidly connected to the at least one high pressure nozzle. A discharge valve is moveable between a closed position wherein the pesticide is inhibited from flowing to the at least one high pressure nozzle and an opened position wherein pesticide flows to the at least one high pressure nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: BASF Agro B.V.
    Inventors: James H. Cink, Richard A. Warriner, Chris des Garennes, Peter van Drumpt
  • Publication number: 20140173970
    Abstract: A pest extermination apparatus including a blanket and a cooling agent, such as solid state carbon dioxide positioned within the blanket. The pest extermination apparatus may also include top surface is made of insulated material, such as foam or plastic and a reflective cover positioned on the top surface. The pest extermination apparatus may further include a bottom surface having at least one channel wherein the cooling agent is positioned within the at least one channel. The at least one channel has a plurality of holes on a bottom portion thereof for allowing the cooling agent to pass through the bottom portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Herbert Martin
  • Publication number: 20140165453
    Abstract: A rodent fork and method of use for eradicating burrowing rodents that are beneath the surface of the ground. The fork includes a shaft having a proximal end with a grip and also having a distal end, a base plate attached transverse to the shaft at the distal end, and a first plurality of parallel tines fixedly attached the base plate and extending outwardly therefrom and substantially parallel to the shaft, with the tines being spaced apart on the plate in a second plurality of rows. An extraction plate is also preferably provided having a first plurality of holes spaced for receipt of the extraction plate onto the parallel tines, with the extraction plate having a flange, and preferably two flanges, extending laterally therefrom so that a user's foot may urge the extraction plate along the tines in a direction away from the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Lee Baker, Philip Lee Molteni
  • Publication number: 20140144066
    Abstract: A system for killing pests in an affected area of a structure comprises a heat pump unit placed within an affected area. The heat pump unit comprises an evaporator component, a condensor component, and a compressor component. The evaporator component is configured to receive a flow of water from a faucet, and transfer heat from the flow of water to a refrigerant. The condenser component is configured to receive the refrigerant from the evaporator component, and generate heated air by transferring heat from the refrigerant to air flowing through the condenser component. The heated air being emitted into the affected area is in order to raise the temperature of the affected area to a target temperature greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The compressor component is configured to return the refrigerant from the evaporator component of the heat pump unit to the condenser component of the heat pump unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Timothy S. O'Brien, Eric P. Camenga
  • Publication number: 20140144067
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a manhole cover, comprising: an upper transparent disc; a lower transparent disc coupled to the upper disc; and means for emitting electromagnetic radiation at a predetermined wavelength that is narrower than full spectrum, the means for emitting electromagnetic radiation operably coupled to the lower disc, wherein: the upper disc has a diameter larger than the lower disc, and the predetermined wavelength is configured to inhibit vermin from inhabiting the volume irradiated by the means for emitting electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Itzhak Shefer
  • Patent number: 8720109
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system for killing pests in an affected area includes a heat exchanger unit and an electric heater. The heat exchanger unit is placed within the affected area and is coupled to a faucet. The heat exchanger unit is configured to receive a flow of water from the faucet and to emit heated air by transferring heat from the flow of water to air flowing through the heat exchanger unit. The electric heater further heats the air emitted by the heat exchanger unit to a target temperature greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Timothy S. O'Brien, Eric P. Camenga
  • Patent number: 8720108
    Abstract: A composition in compacted form for use for termite monitoring and control comprises a cellulose material which may be purified cellulose or micro-crystalline cellulose as a base bait, the composition being compacted to an optimum density of not less than approximately 1.033 g/cc. Also disclosed is a method for monitoring and controlling termite infestations which comprises the steps of a) preparing such a composition; b) placing the composition in a bait station; c) monitoring the station at periodic time intervals for termites; and d) upon observing termite infestation in the bait station, replacing the above composition with a bait composition containing a termite killing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Martin, Sr., Ronald O. Richardson