With Animal Blocker Repeller Or Chaser Patents (Class 49/58)
  • Patent number: 8864086
    Abstract: An apparatus for guiding a cable is provided. The apparatus includes a first plate, a second plate, and a tie. The first plate includes an opening. The second plate angularly extends from the first plate. The second plate includes a cut-out portion configured to allow passage of a tie associated with the cable. The tab extends into the cut-out portion and includes a first member and a second member. The first member is configured to allow wrapping of the tie while the second member is configured to lock a position of the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Marvin Sutherland, Brad Beck
  • Publication number: 20140250788
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for connecting an edge of a door to a surface, which, upon said edge and said surface being connected by said apparatus, results in substantially impeding movement of fluid or vermin about the edge, which apparatus comprises: (i) an outer material that substantially forms a seal between the edge and the surface; (ii) an inner material in contact with the inner surface of the outer material, wherein the inner material forms a gnaw-resistant barrier to vermin; and (iii) one or more connecting members in contact with the outer material that connect(s) the apparatus to the edge of the door; wherein the apparatus has a length that approximates the length of the edge to which the apparatus is connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Kurt H Schild, III, Mieczyslaw F. Boczek, David A. Colbert, Mark Rak, Mariusz Walus
  • Publication number: 20120066959
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided for protecting a tobacco storage facility used to contain tobacco material. The tobacco storage facility includes a tobacco enclosure defining at least one enclosure opening for providing access to the tobacco enclosure. A door assembly is operably engaged with the tobacco enclosure about the at least one enclosure opening. The door assembly includes a screen arrangement having a mesh sized to limit tobacco pests from passing therethrough. The door assembly is configured such that the screen arrangement is capable of moving between a closed position covering the tobacco enclosure and an open position allowing access to the tobacco enclosure. A method of monitoring pests in a tobacco enclosure is provided. The interior of the tobacco enclosure is monitored for pests using a monitoring system. At least a portion of the interior is fumigated if the number of detected pests meets or otherwise exceeds a predetermined pest threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas Matthews, Tim Lee Flinchum, Vernon Benno Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110277386
    Abstract: A tri-vent awning window for absorbing sunlight heat in warm weather that otherwise would flow uncontrolled therethrough and discharging the sunlight heat to the atmosphere while permitting relatively unobstructed vision therethrough and passing the sunlight heat in cold weather therethrough for thermal warming. The tri-vent awning window includes a frame, an inner pane, an outer pane, and a heat sink. The inner pane is replaceably mounted to the frame so as to form a first vent. The outer pane is pivotally mounted to the frame so as to form a second vent, and is spaced from the inner pane so as to form a space therebetween. The heat sink is removably mounted to the frame, in the space, and when removed, creates a passive solar application. The inner pane has an in-place position and the outer pane has an open position during which in the warm weather the sunlight heat hits the heat sink and passes therethrough and rises by convection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Robert L. Nevins
  • Patent number: 7622668
    Abstract: A wildlife protection guard for electrical power distribution equipment has an enclosure constructed to surround a power line connection and formed by a pair of half-shells. The enclosure has a base member, a sidewall extending from the base member, a tapered member extending from the sidewall, and a top member on the tapered member. The base member has a central opening with a plurality of flexible fingers. The top member has a central opening which defines a first port. A second opening is provided on the tapered sidewall to define a second port. The pair of half-shells is configured to be held in a closed configuration by a first latch on the sidewall and a second latch provided on a portion of the enclosure different from the sidewall. The pair of half-shells is connected together by a robust hinge configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Cantex, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Tollefson, John Morgan
  • Publication number: 20090256377
    Abstract: A barrier for partitioning sections of a vehicle includes a barrier portion and at least one attachment member adapted to secure the barrier portion to a vehicle seat. The barrier portion includes an upper center portion mateable with a lower center portion. The barrier portion further includes a first cross bar secured to the upper center portion, with the first cross bar having first and second ends, a second cross bar secured to the lower center portion, with the second cross bar having first and second ends, and a first connection member securable to the first ends of the first and second cross bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Beechie, Spring Serena Faussett, Adam Michael Faussett
  • Patent number: 7541546
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insulated barrier preventing wildlife from simultaneously contacting an electrically energized and an electrically grounded surface, includes electrically insulated radially and axially extending members forming an hexagonal web having a first hexagonal rib that defines an opening offset from the geometric center of the barrier; and an insertion slot extending from an outer portion of said barrier to the offset opening for movement of said barrier onto electrical equipment utilizing and installation grip area for engagement with a gripping portion of an installation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Midsun Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Vojtila, Mark Hatje, Herbert Kleinegger
  • Publication number: 20080184940
    Abstract: Described is an electronic pet door for automatically granting a selected animal access to a through-way defined by the electronic pet door and denying a non-selected animal access to the through-way. The selected animal carries a transmitter. The electronic pet door includes a corresponding receiver and a frame that defines the through-way, which has a tapered contour. A flap, which has a tapered contour corresponding to the through-way, is disposed within the through-way and is capable of a locked position and an unlocked position. When in the locked position, the flap denies access to the through-way. When unlocked, the flap grants an animal access to the through-way. The flap is locked and unlocked by way of a locking mechanism that shifts the flap longitudinally between the less tapered and most tapered portions of the through-way. The locking mechanism shifts the flap in response to the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Bosserdet, Thomas P. Bjorholm, George M. Smart, Andrew S. Grimmett, Lane Whiteside
  • Patent number: 6918214
    Abstract: An antiperch device for deterring birds from perching on undesired perch locations. The device includes various embodiments which are constructed of wires forming arcs and/or wires that are parallel to and spaced above an object such as a light fixture to be protected. The wires are sufficiently flexible and have a small enough diameter to prevent the birds from getting a secure footing thereon but are sufficiently stiff to keep the birds from reaching the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Gordon A. Sabine
  • Patent number: 5979123
    Abstract: A protective shield formed of sheet material is provided for placing between the wood-to-concrete foundation interface of a building. A portion of the shield positions the lower edge of a substrate siding and a finish layer. A sealant is provided between the sheet material and the concrete foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Robert D. Brockman
  • Patent number: 5864096
    Abstract: A wildlife guard for electrical power distribution equipment is easily and safely installed by hot stick without power interruption. The guard includes a disc of electrically insulating material having a hollow center for mounting an insulator, a cutaway tab-and-ring section of the disc for adapting the disc to a plurality of insulator core sizes, and at least one installation grip section of the disc for receiving a gripping portion of hot stick. The guard also may include an adaptation section of the disc for adapting the disc to also protect an adjacent or physically associated insulator. In addition, a guard may include a comb or toothed inlet guide section for ease of installation and for subsequently holding the disc in place around an insulator. The guard also eliminates the need for a service interruption during installation and protects the crew members in the installation area by providing for installation with insulated manipulator sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Houston Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: R. Brent Williams, Richard K. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5771641
    Abstract: A rodent pest infestation prevention assembly includes a wall for surrounding a predetermined area so as to enclose items, a plurality of top and bottom slits in the wall for making interlocking connection with one another for fastening end portions of the wall together so as to make the wall a substantially continuous structure about an item, and at least one holder member for maintaining the wall in an upright position. The wall may also have a plurality of spaced apart holes formed therein. At least one mateable bolt and nut combination are installed through aligned holes to secure overlapped end portions of the wall to one another and thereby serve the same function as the top and bottom slits of the wall. Each holder member has a base and a pair of elongated pegs. The base has a transverse groove and a pair of recessed holes on adjacent opposite sides of the groove. The groove is for receiving a bottom edge of the wall therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Bill Morris, III
  • Patent number: 5650594
    Abstract: An insulated animal guard device for installation on electrical transformers to prevent animals climbing or perching on the transformer from causing a short circuit between the transformer and adjacent high voltage power lines. The device is a flat member formed of electrically non-conductive material apertured at one end to be releasably engaged on an insulated bushing extending from the upper end of the transformer to retain the device in a generally horizontal position on top of the transformer. The device is apertured at the opposite end to be received and releasably engaged on the hook jaw clamping elements at one end of a hotstick. A lineworker using a hotstick can easily position the device relative to the transformer and engage it with the insulated bushing so that the power lines and transformer need not be de-energized during installation or removal of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: Leslie A. Urnovitz
  • Patent number: 5581935
    Abstract: A tree protector for a young tree growing in a pasture prevents damage by grazing animals such as cattle. The tree protector contains two major components. The first component is a freely rotatable, perforated cylinder that surrounds the trunk of the tree and prevents cattle from scratching their heads on the trunk. The second component is a ring that rests on the ground and surrounds the tree. The ring contains cavities larger than the feet of cattle and prevents cattle from stepping on the ring and getting close enough to eat the leaves or rub their bodies against the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Sandra S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5465532
    Abstract: A seal for precluding an entrance of rodents or debris underneath a door. The inventive device includes a mounting assembly securable to a lower edge of a door, such as a security door or the like. A flexible seal is supported by the mounting means so as to extend downwardly from the lower edge of the door to contact a ground surface therebeneath. The flexible seal projects laterally of the mounting assembly so as to additionally contact adjacent lateral surfaces of the associated structure. The device allows an entrance door of the structure to be left open with only the security door closed to permit a passage of air currents through the security door while simultaneously precluding an entrance of rodents or debris underneath the security door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Robert Varin
  • Patent number: 5419537
    Abstract: A portable cattle guard is provided which includes an assembled rectangularly shaped base member. Contained within the confines of the base member are a pair of inclined cattle ramps movably connected along their longitudinal axis to a smaller, spring biased center ramp. The base member includes a pair of hollow vertical posts having inwardly facing guide slots cut therein. Each hollow post contains a coil spring assembly fixed to support the center ramp in normally upward attitude and depressible to a flat ramp configuration to allow vehicle passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: Richard M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5348138
    Abstract: A bird gate for a grain auger outlet includes a panel that extends across the auger outlet in a normal, closed position. It is biased to that position by a spring. When grain is delivered from the auger, it falls on the panel, biasing the panel to an open position and allowing the grain to be delivered from the auger. The closed position of the gate prevents birds from entering the auger for nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Karl F. Seemann
  • Patent number: 5179801
    Abstract: A cattle gate has a base frame adapted to rest on a ground surface. Upright end frames are secured to the base frame at opposite ends and suspend a grid over the center of the base frame using a spring and chain suspension. The gate is a unitary structure that can be transported either using a truck or by attaching a pair of wheels and a hitch for towing purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventors: Victor E. Babchuk, Gordon R. Brown
  • Patent number: 5131631
    Abstract: A portable pitless livestock barrier whereby vehicles or humans may easily gain access to a livestock enclosure but provides a deterrent to the unwanted passage of the livestock from such enclosure. The barrier is provided by having a horizontal main frame to be placed on the ground with a vertical frame supported and attached to each side of the main frame. Within the boundaries of the main frame are two platform grates that are connected to the main frame at the exit and entrance to the barrier but can be adjustably raised in the central area of the barrier by a spring biased lever lifting mechanism attached to each vertical frame which allows the platform grates to be forced to the ground when a vehicle passes over but when the vehicle has passed the grates regain their inclined position giving a perception of depth or poor footing to the livestock thereby providing a deterrent to their passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: James A. Cobbe
  • Patent number: 5099610
    Abstract: A portable livestock barrier is disclosed which includes a rigid metal panel of open grid construction that is arranged to rest in a normal operational position that is parallel to the ground to thus form a raised grid which livestock will not cross but which can be flattened to the ground against a resilient return force when a vehicle is driven across it. The rigid metal panel is supported by a resilient suspension which permits the panel to tilt with respect to its normal operating position and to be forced flat against the ground when the weight of a vehicle is applied to it. The livestock barrier does not require a pit or special surface preparation for its installation. It may be quickly installed on any solid, relatively level surface. The unit is transportable and it can be readily moved from one location to another without disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Wayne Klatt
  • Patent number: 5081958
    Abstract: A one way animal gate and barrier fence are described. The one way animal gate includes a smooth, inclined bottom surface surrounded by two sides extending upwardly from the smooth bottom surface. The gate, is placed in an opening in the barrier fence so an animal proceeding along the fence will encounter the gate, step onto the bottom, and be involuntarily slid to the opposite side of the barrier fence. Once slid, it will be unable to return to the original side of the fence due to an inability to gain traction up the smooth bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Terry Quisenberry
  • Patent number: 4953323
    Abstract: A one way animal gate and barrier fence are described. The one way animal gate includes a smooth, inclined bottom surface surrounded by two sides extending upwardly from the smooth bottom surface. The gate, is placed in an opening in the barrier fence so an animal proceeding along the fence will encounter the gate, step onto the bottom, and be involuntarily slid to the opposite side of the barrier fence. Once slid, it will be unable to return to the original side of the fence due to an inability to gain traction up the smooth bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Inventor: Terry Quisenberry
  • Patent number: 4870782
    Abstract: A device for operating a gate includes a pushbar which is located on each side of the gate and which is attached by cable to a spring-loaded bolt from a latch on the gate post. Each pushbar includes a sleeve mounted for free rotation relative thereto. The latch means is located adjacent the bottom of the gate so as to minimize the possibility of animals inserting their heads under the latch and opening the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Murray Purves
  • Patent number: 4807392
    Abstract: A threshold poison bait station having an opening or openings in a threshold frame that are narrow in width and short in length. "V" shaped directing guides are connected to the openings thereby preventing direct, straight line access from interior openings to exterior openings and also thereby creating an enclosed insect access channel which directs insects along the channel to an interior poison bait receiving station. By extending one of the "V" shaped directing guides in length, a deep, dark, interior poison bait receiving station, which is very attractive to insects, is provided. While the device may be "armed" with the poison bait of the user's choice, little fear of contact with the poison bait by children or pets arises because the openings are so small yet so attractive to insects. In another form, a permanent division is placed dividing the threshold poison bait station in two and preventing access from the interior to the exterior, or vice versa, by insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Inventor: Bill L. Kirk
  • Patent number: 4765094
    Abstract: A draught excluder 10 is provided for a door 28. The draught excluder comprises an elongated member 12 having an outer surface 14 which is at least partially flexible, and attachment means 16, 20 connected to the elongated member for releasably attaching the elongated member to the bottom of the door. The attachment means comprises a pair of resiliently extensible cords 20 and a pair of rollers 16, and the elongated member comprises a hollow core 18 located within a sleeve 15, both of which are permeable to gas, the core containing material for releasing a volatile pesticide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Inventor: Robert J. Gemmell
  • Patent number: 4708515
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stock barrier comprising a number of rigid metal panels of open grid construction, the panels being arranged to lie in a normal operational position at an angle to the ground to thus form a pair of back-to-back ramps across which stock will not cross but which can be flattened to the ground against a resilient return force when a vehicle drives across. The panels are pivotable upwards from the flattened position, about a side edge thereof whereby to leave a clear path for stock to pass through the barrier when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventor: David T. Davies
  • Patent number: 4404769
    Abstract: A rodent barrier system adapted for use with respect to a vertically closing door in a warehouse or other storage facility wherein the door moves downwardly to a closed position over a railroad track. The door rodent barrier includes channel members mounted on the inside of the rails of the railroad track, each channel member having a groove therein for receiving a detent portion of a complementary configuration, such detent portion being part of a barrier plate mounted onto the vertically closing door. In the closed position, the detent portions of the barrier plates are nested into the channels in the channel members thereby preventing the passage of rodents between the rails of the railroad track and the closed door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1983
    Inventor: Jesse I. Casbeer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4333268
    Abstract: A road barrier system prevents automobile access by means of a chain array or swinging gate held in place across a roadway between two posts. A motor driven mechanism operates the barrier in response to a key or security access code in two modes of operation, one being open access and the other automatically opening and reclosing the gate after a preset time period.Features include quick operation, energy efficiency, self-powered solar energy as the sole energy input, breakaway features to prevent serious damage to the control equipment upon unauthorized entry by force and high-reliability low-maintenance simple equipment useful in country locations without access to power line energy sources. In this respect, the barrier in one embodiment is built as a part of a cattle guard assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Robert F. Dumbeck
  • Patent number: 4069615
    Abstract: A flying insect deterring screen composed of flexible tapes or strips suspended over an entry to a closed environment, wherein fluctuation throughout the length of the tapes is initiated by a prime mover acting at the points of suspension thereof. The prime mover initiates various types of fluctuating movement at the suspension points such as reciprocatory, oscillatory, circular and swirling motion, which motion is transmitted in waves to the lower end portions of the tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Donald E. Gilbert