Application of Vacuum to Control Wood Insects

This technology is a new process to control wood-infesting insects has been effective in killing longhorned beetle larvae in structural wood with different moisture contents.  It can be applied to other pests, including lyctid, anobiid, and buprestid beetles that infest wood.  Current methods for wood sanitation include the use of gas fumigants, such as methyl bromide.  However, use of this chemical will be terminated in the major import and export countries by 2005.  Protection and sanitation of pallets used for international shipments is required by International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures.  The primary target of these regulatory actions is wood-infesting beetles, such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  This pest species was recently introduced to the United States, and became a threat to live shade trees in urban areas.  Many wood-infesting insect pests feed within wood and can not be easily detected.  Standard measures often include treating all international-use pallets for the actual or potential pest infestation.  This is often costly in terms of chemical, time and equipment.  This method provides complete control of infesting insects without the use of environmentally damaging chemicals and fumigants, and with out damage to the wood.

Patent Information:
App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Patent Status
US 371 Utility *United States 11/574,551 7,739,829 9/11/2007 6/22/2010 Expired/Unpaid Fees
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William Robinson
Agriculture/Pest Control