Suction Patents (Class 43/139)
  • Patent number: 10588306
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to smart mosquito and insect trap devices, networks and method for detecting, counting, trapping and discarding a population of mosquitoes and/or insects. The mosquito species include the ones such as Aedes mosquito species that can cause Zika virus diseases. The device comprising a housing (201) having a directional force through a narrow path (240) to move an insect or mosquito in a predetermined direction. The device comprises one or more detectors (255) to detect a presence of an insect or mosquito along the path (240). An isolated basket (260) or trap is included to trap the insect or mosquito at a location below or at an end of the path. A processor (352) tracks a count of a population in the basket based on detection of the presence of the insect or mosquito.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Byul Hur, William R. Eisenstadt
  • Patent number: 10477855
    Abstract: A rodent bait station having a counting mechanism configured to monitor the number of rodents entering the bait chamber of a rodent bait station. The housing has a counting mechanism in communication with the entrance of at least one bait chamber opening. A sensor is in communication with the counting mechanism. The counting mechanism can be mechanically actuated or electronically activated when the sensor detects a rodent entering through the bait chamber of the bait station. The bait chamber has at least one bait rod having an end that is hingedly connected to an inner wall of the bait chamber. A resilient member is in communication with the bait rod to position the bait rod in a substantially horizontal orientation when the housing lid is closed and to position the bait rod in a substantially vertical orientation when the housing lid is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Marc Daniel Power
  • Patent number: 10327421
    Abstract: A feces collection device for sanitary collection and disposal of fecal matter includes a housing that defines an internal space. An orifice is positioned in a front of the housing. A first grate is positioned in the housing proximate to a back of the housing. A power module and a motor are coupled to the housing and positioned in the internal space. The motor is selectively operationally couplable to the power module. A fan is coupled to the motor and is positioned in the internal space. The motor is positioned to rotate the fan. The fan is configured to pull air and the fecal matter through the orifice into the internal space. The fecal matter is retained in the internal space as the air exits the internal space through the first grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Livingston Benoit
  • Patent number: 10271533
    Abstract: A system for luring pests including a pest detector and a pest lure. The pest detector may be adapted to generate a type detection signal having a value indicative of a type of a pest in proximity to the pest detector. The pest lure may be in electrical communication with the pest detector and adapted to activate responsive to the type detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Theodore Scone, David E. Bartine, Addy S. Widjaja, Anthony Crawford
  • Patent number: 10022026
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lightweight, portable vacuum that can be operated with a single hand. The invention provides improved means of collecting small objects, pet waste, dust, dirt, or other small debris without requiring excessive bending or stooping by the user. Advantageously, the invention provides improvements that reduce or potentially eliminate the user's contact with pet waste or other potentially hazardous solid waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Marc R. Price
  • Patent number: 9655357
    Abstract: A vacuum trap has a vacuum chamber and a conduit having at least one first opening open to atmosphere and a second opening connected to the vacuum chamber. A valve connects the conduit to the vacuum chamber and seals the vacuum chamber. A vacuum source maintains a vacuum inside the vacuum chamber immediately prior to the valve opening, the vacuum being sufficient to draw a vermin through an opening of the conduit. A detector detects the presence of vermin, the valve opening in response to a signal from the detector when vermin are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Brad James
  • Patent number: 9511324
    Abstract: The invention relates to an SCR catalytic convertor system and a method for operating a reductant metering process of an SCR catalytic converter system (14) of an internal combustion engine (10), wherein the SCR catalytic converter system (14) has a first SCR exhaust emission control device (16), an SCR catalytic converter (18) arranged downstream of the SCR exhaust emission control device, and a reductant metering device (20) for metering a reductant into the exhaust gas flow upstream of the first SCR exhaust emission control device (16), wherein the reductant metering process is controlled at least depending on a temperature of the first SCR exhaust emission control device (16) and of the SCR catalytic converter (18) arranged downstream, wherein (I) if the temperature of the first SCR exhaust emission control device (16) is greater than or equal to a predetermined minimum temperature (T_SPF min) and the SCR catalytic converter (18) arranged downstream is less than a predetermined minimum temperature (T_SCR
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Giampaolo Nigro, Martina Kösters, Thorsten Düsterdiek
  • Patent number: 9198409
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a device for exterminating insects are provided. The system includes a housing having a heating chamber, a fan disposed inside the housing and coupled to the heating chamber. The heating chamber includes a first heating element, a tube having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end of the tube is coupled to the housing. The distal end includes at least one second heating element. Upon activation, the fan creates a suction effect throughout the tube and causes an insect from a surface to be drawn into the distal end. When the insect is drawn into the distal end, the second heating element applies heat to initially exterminate the insect. Then, the insect is drawn in to the heating chamber. The first heating element performs final extermination of the insect and deposits the insect inside the heating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: J&C Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Meskouris, James Meskouris
  • Patent number: 9010017
    Abstract: A collector of adult insects, their eggs and larvae has a vacuum-producing motor disposed within a housing. An inlet nozzle is used to draw the targeted organisms into the housing along a flow path featuring grids heated to a degree sufficient to kill the organisms. Mechanical expedients such as fan blades can be disposed in the flow path to apply mechanical killing forces and to blow debris off of adjacent grids. The organisms are directed to a collector which can be heated and which can contain insecticidal substances to provide additional killing expedients for the collected organisms. The flow rate and temperature ranges are adjustable to create sufficient heat and time of contact to kill selected organisms. The collector is especially useful for treating bedbug infestations without the need for toxic chemicals, long-term treatments which make the space being treated uninhabitable and other more extreme treatment regimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Southard
  • Patent number: 8973299
    Abstract: A device for trapping flying insects and a system of such devices are disclosed. The device includes a supporting frame with an associated combustible fuel supply connected to a combustion device with a fan which is operated to generate an exhaust gas having carbon dioxide to attract flying insects. The insects are drawn into a trap chamber on the frame by suction where they are collected and/or killed. The device may further include various sensors to regulate fuel flow and fan speed in accordance with insect activity as influenced by environmental and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: Emma Amelia Durand
  • Patent number: 8898953
    Abstract: A device for attracting and capturing or otherwise disabling insects includes a fan mechanism structured and arranged to provide an outflow of air out of the device to atmosphere, and to draw an inflow directed counter the outflow from atmosphere into the device, the outflow being substantially within the inflow outside of the device. The flow mechanism is also structured and arranged to provide an insect attractant in the outflow. The device can include mounting structure being adapted to position the device with the outflow directed in a substantially downward direction. The outflow attracts insects to the vicinity of the device, and the inflow urges the insects to enter the device. An insect disabling structure is arranged with the flow mechanism to capture or otherwise disable insects being urged into the device by the inflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Miller, Bruce E. Wigton, Kenneth Lonngren
  • Publication number: 20140165452
    Abstract: A device for trapping insects that includes a roof or cover and a trap or cage that are disposed at opposite ends of a housing. One or more solar cell(s) that convert UV rays into solar energy for powering one or more trap components is/are attached to the cover. The cover preferably has two panels that adjustably cooperate with the housing to improve capture of UV rays by the solar cell(s). A fan is disposed in the housing and oriented to direct an airstream through the housing and toward the trap. A damper is disposed in the airstream proximate the trap and includes two independently operable doors. Each door is biased toward a closed position and opens during operation of the fan. The trap removably cooperates with the housing to facilitate disposal of insects captured therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Juan J. Rocha
  • Patent number: 8701338
    Abstract: The automated vacuum-based pest control system features a clear tube into which a sensing means and baiting means are located sequentially along the length of the tube. The tube attaches to the hose of an existing vacuum cleaner, and upon turning on said vacuum cleaner shall suck in and trap a pest allured via the bating means. The vacuum system includes a waste bin, which can be accessed to remove the trapped pest regardless of whether the pest is exterminated or relocated. The sensing means includes a plug that plugs into a standard wall outlet and is wired engaged to a switch that turns on or off the vacuum cleaner upon detection of a pest via the sensing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Norman Walsh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8701339
    Abstract: The vacuum-based pest capture container works in-line between an automated vacuum-based pest control system and an existing vacuum cleaner in order to detect a pest, operate the vacuum cleaner in order to generate a vacuum force capable of sucking said pest into the container for capture. The container includes an inlet opposite of an outlet, which enables fluid communication between the automated pest control system and a vacuum hose. The inlet features a one-way flap that opens inwardly upon reaction to a vacuum force generated by said vacuum; whereas the outlet includes a fixed screen so as to prevent a pest from traversing through the container. The container includes a removable lid to enable extraction of a caught pest from within. A handle shall be provided to enable articulation of the container as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Norman Walsh
  • Patent number: 8667731
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed that can sample a wide variety of mosquitoes attempting to rest. Because all mosquitoes rest daily, biases of typical mosquito traps are avoided, such as targeted collections of host-seeking mosquitoes or gravid female mosquitoes. A particular advantage is the inclusion of blood-engorged mosquitoes in the resting collections. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes an open-sided pot designed to attract mosquitoes seeking a daytime resting location. The mosquitoes that enter a dark space of the pot are aspirated into a screened collection receptacle by means of a battery-powered fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Panella, Rebekah J. Kent, Nicholas Komar
  • Patent number: 8640381
    Abstract: A manually operable flying insect trap includes an elongated hollow cylindrical body having two generally closed ends and a small orifice in each of the ends. A vacuum device including a bellows, first and second ends of an intermediate pleated portion. The bellows also has a compressed state and an expanded state and is disposed adjacent a first of the opposite ends of the body with a small opening adjacent to and in communication with the small orifice in the first of the opposite ends. The funnel shape trap portion is also provided with a small orifice in the narrow portion thereof, a cone shaped piece of fly paper is attached to the inside of the tunnel shaped trap. Finally, a manually activatible mechanism is provided for expanding the bellows to draw air into or out of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Qasem A. Al-Qaffas
  • Publication number: 20140013655
    Abstract: A collector of adult insects, their eggs and larvae has a vacuum-producing motor disposed within a housing. An inlet nozzle is used to draw the targeted organisms into the housing along a flow path featuring grids heated to a degree sufficient to kill the organisms. Mechanicla expedients such as fan blades can be disposed in the flow path to apply mechanical killing forces and to blow debris off of adjacent grids. The organisms are directed to a collector which can be heated and which can contain insecticidal substances to provide additional killing expedients for the collected organisms. The flow rate and temperature ranges are adjustable to create sufficient heat and time of contact to kill selected organisms. The collector is especially useful for treating bedbug infestations without the need for toxic chemicals, long-term treatments which make the space being treated uninhabitable and other more extreme treatment regimens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Southard
  • Patent number: 8595894
    Abstract: A battery-powered insect removal device comprises a funnel-shaped housing further including a cylindrical handle which has a fan motor, a battery, an operating switch, and electrical components which generate a vacuum across the opening of the funnel. During use, the device is electrically activated and then placed near a flying or crawling insect. The vacuum will draw the insect inside where it is exterminated by a plurality of fan blades and collected within and interior receptacle. The receptacle is removable for emptying and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Issa Kakish
  • Patent number: 8584314
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein provides a flea vacuum. The device may include a nozzle having a first opening and a second opening. The first opening may have a tapered end and may be configured to vacuum an insect (e.g., a flea, etc). The device may also include a hose coupled to the nozzle. The device may also include an adapter coupled to the hose. The adapter may have an end configured for insertion into a vacuum. The device may also include a kill agent comprising bentonite as the active ingredient for killing and/or neutralizing pests, such as for example fleas. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Fleavac, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Lewis
  • Publication number: 20130298447
    Abstract: A chassis having a bug attracting and killing property includes a housing, a heat dispersing fan fastened in the housing, and a bug killing assembly located in the chassis. The bug killing assembly includes a body which defines a cavity, and a bug catching net positioned in the cavity. The heat dispersing fan pulls air into the cavity to form airflow. The airflow sucks bugs into the cavity to be caught by the bug catching net.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventor: QIANG CHEN
  • Patent number: 8402691
    Abstract: The invention resides in an insect trap (10) comprising a housing (14) which has one or more access apertures (19) to permit entry of insects into a hollow interior (19B) of the housing (14) and a catchment tank (20) located below the one or more access apertures (19) for trapping of insects characterized in that there is provided an air diffuser (30) above one or more access apertures (19) and an air blower (37) or fan located adjacent to the air diffuser (30) for generating circulating air within the housing (14). Circulating air is then confined mainly to the housing interior (19B) and does not escape through the access apertures (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bantix Worldwide Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew Coventry
  • Patent number: 8381431
    Abstract: The invented equipment attracts mosquitoes in long distance by carbon dioxide which is created by combustion of kerosene and in short distance by temperature of a landing wall which is warmed up by exhaust gas of the combustion, utilizes not only intake air flow and habit of the mosquitoes to bite but also gravitational force, then effectively and economically traps the mosquitoes which land on the mosquito landing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ishii Ishii
  • Publication number: 20130025183
    Abstract: The present application discloses a system for trapping flying insects, a first chemical lure such as lactic acid, a salt of lactic acid, or combinations thereof, and a second chemical lure comprising a source of ammonia. The lures may be employed in particular geometric shapes contained in specifically designed housing to ensure an effective release rate over extended periods of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Emma A. Durand, Miaoyong Cao, Cuixia Liu, Richard B. Dunne
  • Patent number: 8359785
    Abstract: A fan type noxious insect control apparatus is disclosed which is desirably used carried on a user's body part and excels in noxious insect control performance. To this end, the apparatus is so configured that air is drawn through an inlet port (6) by driving of an axial flow fan (3) and passed through a chemical carrier (2) carrying a noxious insect control active ingredient to form the air containing such active ingredient, the air being run out through an outlet port (7) to diffuse the active ingredient into the ambient atmosphere and further that the inlet port (6) at an upstream of the fan (3) is open facing axially thereof, the outlet port (7) at a downstream of the fan (3) is open facing radially thereof, and there are provided an annular wall (8) surrounding the fan (3) and an air flow passage (9) communicating between a delivery section of the fan (3) and the outlet port (7) to convert air flowing out of the axial flow fan (3) axially thereof to air flowing radially thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Fumakilla Limited
    Inventors: Shigeru Ohtsuka, Kazunori Yamamoto, Shinya Kawamura, Satoshi Yamasaki
  • Publication number: 20130014429
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a device for exterminating insects are provided. The system includes a housing having a heating chamber, a fan disposed inside the housing and coupled to the heating chamber. The heating chamber includes a first heating element, a tube having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end of the tube is coupled to the housing. The distal end includes at least one second heating element. Upon activation, the fan creates a suction effect throughout the tube and causes an insect from a surface to be drawn into the distal end. When the insect is drawn into the distal end, the second heating element applies heat to initially exterminate the insect. Then, the insect is drawn in to the heating chamber. The first heating element performs final extermination of the insect and deposits the insect inside the heating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: J & C Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Meskouris, James Meskouris
  • Patent number: 8347549
    Abstract: The present application discloses a device for attracting and capturing flying insects, and a method for attracting and capturing flying insects. The device and method use at least one electrically-powered airflow generator and an electrically-powered heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Emma A Durand, Michael J Palombo
  • Patent number: 8276313
    Abstract: An apparatus for catching an insect sitting on a contact surface. The apparatus includes a casing, a light source disposed in the casing for dazzling and immobilizing the insect on the contact surface, and a catch tube disposed in the casing and movable relative to the casing. The apparatus further includes a catch container disposed adjacent to the catch tube and a slider to lift the insect off the contact surface. The slider is movable relative to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Gerd Reime
  • Patent number: 8240082
    Abstract: An insect trap having a cylindrical tubular body with a top end and a bottom end and an oval flexible flapper removably mounted in regions adjacent the bottom end whereby the peripheral edge of the flapper is in contact with the inside surface of the body for the condition of no air blowing down the body and the peripheral edge of the flapper spaced from the inside surface of the body for the condition of air blowing down the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Fall
  • Publication number: 20120137569
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for eradicating and disposing of bugs and pests. An inlet hose is connected to an inlet opening of a housing having a cutting or shredding device movably mounted therein. The hose or inlet opening may have a cutting screen removably mounted therein for initially shredding bugs and pests entering the hose. A first motor is connected to the housing for moving the cutting or shredding device therein. A second motor is connected to the housing for creating a vacuum within the housing and the inlet hose to suck bugs and pests into the inlet hose and into the housing. A waste container is removably mounted on the housing. When the first and second motors are operated, the inlet hose can be positioned to suck bugs and pests into the housing for shredding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: George Younts
  • Publication number: 20120117858
    Abstract: The invented equipment attracts mosquitoes in long distance by carbon dioxide which is created by combustion of kerosene and in short distance by temperature of a landing wall which is warmed up by exhaust gas of the combustion, utilizes not only intake air flow and habit of the mosquitoes to bite but also gravitational force, then effectively and economically traps the mosquitoes which land on the mosquito landing wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ishii
  • Publication number: 20120079759
    Abstract: A manually operable flying insect trap includes an elongated hollow cylindrical body having two generally closed ends and a small orifice in each of the ends. A vacuum device including a bellows, first and second ends of an intermediate pleated portion. The bellows also has a compressed state and an expanded state and is disposed adjacent a first of the opposite ends of the body with a small opening adjacent to and in communication with the small orifice in the first of the opposite ends. The funnel shape trap portion is also provided with a small orifice in the narrow portion thereof, a cone shaped piece of fly paper is attached to the inside of the tunnel shaped trap. Finally, a manually activatible mechanism is provided for expanding the bellows to draw air into or out of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Qasem A. Al-Qaffas
  • Patent number: 8141291
    Abstract: An insect trap including a suction device to suck insects into a catch where they are killed or detained. The insect trap also includes a catalytic reactor that uses a portion of the air and a combustible fuel to produce CO2. The CO2 is expelled from the trap at one end and the intake air is sucked in at the other. Intake and outlet ports for the intake air and lure respectively are angled toward each other. Accordingly, more insects that are drawn to the lure become trapped in the intake air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Schinazi, Michael C. Vieira
  • Publication number: 20120066958
    Abstract: An insect trap that uses light, a baited area and a timer to attract, incapacitate and kill insects. The trap is used to capture insects by attraction to a light source and/or a bait source. When the insects are investigating the light and or the baited area, a timer energizes a fan that draws the insects into its blades incapacitating the insects and dropping them into a removable tray. The tray is then dumped and the device is ready for the next cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Alan McGinnis, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120055073
    Abstract: The best results are produced by approaching the insect 13 with the open end of inner tube 10B of the apparatus pointing towards the insect 13, from a distance which does not frighten the insect into flying or crawling away, such that the positive airflow indicated by the arrows A approach the surface 12 on which the insect 13 rests. In the same movement the open end of inner tube 10B is brought closer and closer to the insect 13, thus increasing the positive air-pressure on insect 13. The insect 13 that is pinned to the surface 12 on which it has rested due to the positive air-pressure indicated by the arrows A, is then vacuumed into inner tube 10B, due to the vacuum effect of the negative air-pressure indicated by the arrows B.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Darby
  • Patent number: 8109036
    Abstract: A chamber has upper end and lower ends. A base has an annular trough receiving and supporting the lower end of the chamber. When water is within the trough, air flowing through slots in the lower end of the chamber becomes moisture laden. A fan in the chamber directs the air flow in a recirculating path of travel. A carbon dioxide tank in the chamber dispenses carbon dioxide into the recirculating path of travel of the air flow. A solenoid has an input line coupling the tank and the solenoid and an output line with an exterior extent with apertures and a foam covering constituting a reservoir. A control assembly activates and inactivates the fan and the carbon dioxide tank in a timed sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Alvin D. Wilbanks
  • Patent number: 8074395
    Abstract: A suction device for catching, for example, insects includes a piston arranged for axial movement in the axial direction inside a housing having a suction tube, and a spring attached between the piston and the suction tube. A locking member releasably locks with a latching member when the suction tube is moved in the axial direction against the piston. A trigger is actuated from outside the housing to release the latching member of the piston from the locking member of the suction tube. A spring force from the spring then causes the piston to move away from the suction tube toward the rear wall of the housing, producing a vacuum inside the housing which draws in the insects, spiders and other small animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Silvin M. Jancic
  • Publication number: 20110283597
    Abstract: The invention resides in an insect trap (10) comprising a housing (14) which has one or more access apertures (19) to permit entry of insects into a hollow interior (19B) of the housing (14) and a catchment tank (20) located below the one or more access apertures (19) for trapping of insects characterised in that there is provided an air diffuser (30) above one or more access apertures (19) and an air blower (37) or fan located adjacent to the air diffuser (30) for generating circulating air within the housing (14). Circulating air is then confined mainly to the housing interior (19B) and does not escape through the access apertures (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: BANTIX WORLDWIDE PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Andrew Coventry
  • Patent number: 8051601
    Abstract: A device for attracting and capturing or otherwise disabling insects includes a fan mechanism structured and arranged to provide an outflow of air out of the device to atmosphere, and to draw an inflow directed counter the outflow from atmosphere into the device, the outflow being substantially within the inflow outside of the device. The flow mechanism is also structured and arranged to provide an insect attractant in the outflow. The device can include mounting structure being adapted to position the device with the outflow directed in a substantially downward direction. The outflow attracts insects to the vicinity of the device, and the inflow urges the insects to enter the device. An insect disabling structure is arranged with the flow mechanism to capture or otherwise disable insects being urged into the device by the inflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Miller, Bruce E. Wigton, Kenneth Lonngren
  • Patent number: 8006432
    Abstract: A flying insect trapping device configured to be used with a fuel supply containing a combustible fuel is disclosed. The trapping device includes a combustion device that includes an inlet port for receiving the combustible fuel, a turbulence reducing structure for substantially laminating flow of a mixture of the combustible fuel and air, a catalyst element disposed downstream of the turbulence reducing structure, a heat zone having a hollow interior space in between the turbulence reducing structure and the catalyst element to enable the combustible fuel to flow into the heat zone for continuous combustion therein to create an exhaust gas comprising carbon dioxide, and a plurality of heat exchanger fins extending inwardly into the hollow interior space of the heat zone for conducting heat generated by the continuous combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Emma Amelia Durand, Michael J. Palombo, Richard B. Dunne
  • Patent number: 7987631
    Abstract: A flow restrictor is provided to reduce pressure in the flow of a fluid, such as a hydrocarbon-based fuel. The flow restrictor takes the form of a capillary that is void of any abrupt flow disruptions. The flow restrictor may be used in place of an orifice and provides the advantage that it has a larger diameter than an orifice of similar function. Precipitation is less likely to form on the restrictor and any precipitation is less likely to have an adverse affect on performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Schinazi, David Zitnick, Hamid Pishdadian, Michael C. Vieira
  • Patent number: 7980200
    Abstract: An ectoparasite diagnostic apparatus comprising a vacuum motor, a microscope, a display, a non-flexible pivoting door and a containment chamber, wherein the microscope is in electrical communication with the display. The ectoparasite diagnostic apparatus provides a method of capturing live ectoparasites for observation removing live ectoparasites from a subject animal, disposing the live ectoparasites in the containment chamber, opening the non-flexible pivoting door and inserting a flea control compound, closing the non-flexible pivoting door and observing the effects of the flea control compound on the live ectoparasites via the microscope and the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: C. Michael Troutman
  • Patent number: 7937887
    Abstract: An insect trap (100) is disclosed which has insect retention means (300) for preventing escape of insects which enter an effective zone of said insect retention means (300) and insect attractant means (200) for attracting insects from a selected group of insects to within said effective zone of said insect retention means (300). The attractant means include at least one variable infra-red radiation emission means (2, 4) adapted to emit variable infra-red radiation. The arrangement is such that insects from the selected group which are outside the trap (100) can detect the variable infra-red radiation and are attracted to an area within the effective zone of the insect retention means (300). A method of attracting insects from a selected group of insects to a predetermined location is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Black Mantis Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth John Child
  • Publication number: 20110056118
    Abstract: A device for attracting and capturing or otherwise disabling insects includes a fan mechanism structured and arranged to provide an outflow of air out of the device to atmosphere, and to draw an inflow directed counter the outflow from atmosphere into the device, the outflow being substantially within the inflow outside of the device. The flow mechanism is also structured and arranged to provide an insect attractant in the outflow. The device can include mounting structure being adapted to position the device with the outflow directed in a substantially downward direction. The outflow attracts insects to the vicinity of the device, and the inflow urges the insects to enter the device. An insect disabling structure is arranged with the flow mechanism to capture or otherwise disable insects being urged into the device by the inflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Mark H. Miller, Bruce E. Wigton, Kenneth Lonngren
  • Publication number: 20110030267
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a biting insect trap, comprising a base; a lower housing attached to the base and including a source of carbon dioxide disposed within the lower housing; a central housing attached to the lower housing and comprising, an induction fan, a fan discharge port, and an insect collection tray; an upper housing attached to the central housing and comprising a heating source disposed around the upper housing portion, the heating source having a heating element arranged in a pattern resembling veins and arteries; one or more insect capture ports, and an emitter disposed to emit carbon dioxide; a source of insect attractant disposed adjacent the heating element, such that the insect attractant is heated by the heating element; and a control panel comprising a controller positioned on the central housing, the controller controlling all the electronic functions of the device, as well as operation of the emitter so as to control emission of the carbon dioxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: James A. Nolen, Robert G. Nelson, Daniel L. Kline
  • Publication number: 20110005123
    Abstract: An insect trap for trapping insects, such as flies, mosquitoes, beetles, etc. The insect trap includes a hollow housing, an power source, an electric motor, a rotatable fan, a light source, a switch, a closure member or hood attached to the housing opposite the base, and a discharge. Upon actuation of the rotating fan, an air stream flows within and adjacent the housing that reduces the pressure and creates a suction. An insect entrained in the air stream will be carried into the open rotating fan by the surge of air of the stream. Once the insect is drawn into the rotating fan, the insect is immediately killed within the housing. While the fan is actuated, air within the housing is continuously exhausted from the discharge. The air being exhausted through the discharge carries the dead insects within the housing through the discharge for disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen W. Will
  • Publication number: 20100319240
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed that can sample a wide variety of mosquitoes attempting to rest. Because all mosquitoes rest daily, biases of typical mosquito traps are avoided, such as targeted collections of host-seeking mosquitoes or gravid female mosquitoes. A particular advantage is the inclusion of blood-engorged mosquitoes in the resting collections. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes an open-sided pot designed to attract mosquitoes seeking a daytime resting location. The mosquitoes that enter a dark space of the pot are aspirated into a screened collection receptacle by means of a battery-powered fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Panella, Rebekah J. Kent, Nicholas Komar
  • Publication number: 20100287816
    Abstract: A flying insect trap uses one or more attractants desirable to a particular insect, such as many species of mosquitoes. The insect trap uses a carbonic compound and an acid to produce carbon dioxide with water vapor thereby also providing some airborne acid. The chemicals are combined in a liquid trap to which airflow is directed. A fan or other airflow generator provides the wind. The device has an intake port and an exhaust vent. The intake port may be positioned directly above the exhaust vent. A light, such as a light emitting diode (LED) is positioned near the intake port. This illuminates the intake port, the light being another mosquito attractant. The color of the light may be a variety of colors such as blue or green but may also be white. A second trap in the form of a glue trap may also be used. This trap may include a sticky surface where airflow is also directed. The liquid trap provides an acidic and watery capture for the vacuumed insects and the glue trap is the second trap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Abelbeck Partners, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin G. Abelbeck
  • Patent number: 7832140
    Abstract: An insect killing system optimized for mosquitoes uses multiple thermal gradients to simulate the breathing of, and body heat emitted by, animals, including human beings and fowl, to attract insects for subsequent electrocution and/or trapping. Mosquitoes are attracted to a mosquito-killing device for electrocution and/or trapping. Heat is generated within the device such that a heat gradient between an outer surface of the device and the atmosphere surrounding the device is created thereby emulating emission of body heat by an animal. At least one mosquito attractant, such as an aromatic, a pheromone, or moisture, is emitted from the device. And an airflow is created that sucks mosquitoes, which have been attracted to the outside of the device, into the device for electrocution and/or trapping by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Alvin D. Wilbanks
  • Patent number: 7805882
    Abstract: An invertebrate capturing device comprising a main body having an interior passage for connection with a vacuum source. The main body includes an invertebrate capturing opening and an invertebrate expulsion end for connection to a detachable container in which the invertebrates are captured. The detachable container is detached from the expulsion end, capped and thrown away with the captured invertebrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Dane M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7802398
    Abstract: A mosquito control device has a mosquito attracting and obliterating unit coupled to a heat-generating unit operable to supply heated CO2 and moisture to the mosquito attracting and obliterating unit. The device uses a combination of female mosquito attractants that incite mosquitoes hunting instincts including CO2, moisture, static thermal imaging, dynamic thermal imaging, spot thermal imaging and special lights. Once the mosquitoes are attracted, the device uses vacuum air to suck mosquitoes into a receptacle designed to keep and maintain the mosquitoes until they dehydrate and eventually die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Koolatron Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Kulkarni, Leonardo Aldana