Mass Trapping of invasive destructive insects, compost them into fertilizer and feed them to the plants they intended to destroy without the use of pesticides.
Global warming, international trade and natural processes have dramatically influenced the proliferation and destructive influence of specific species of insects. Forestry, and agriculture are being influenced worldwide in areas previously managed by reasonable and affordable use of insecticides. Resistance to insecticides and/or environmental conditions have allowed exponential growth in the total number of insect populations and most significantly, their expansion into high value agricultural areas previously not supportive of these species. The Brown Marmonated Stink Bug, 5 species of Pine Bark Beetles and the Japanese beetle are among the most destructive insects in North America. The annual damage and economic loss caused by insects worldwide exceeds the GDP of North America and Europe combined and is growing annually.
Mass Trapping of destructive insects is now possible with dramatic improvements in the development of sex attractant pheromones specific to these insects. The trapping concept using these pheromones is being explored for limited capture and also highly inefficient trapping designs. I foresaw an opportunity to use novel trapping concepts and dramatically improve the capture efficiency.
After 15 versions of mass trap designs in 1 month, my refined prototype mass insect traps for "Japanese Beetles" have proven to be so efficient that they filled up in a 4-6 hours. Now I had a new problem. What can I do with 100's of lbs. of stinking dead insects? I explored the possibility of using them as compost and discovered that they can be transformed into an exceptional fertilizer after they are further processed with a propriety method to enable rapid decomposition.
Essentially, it is a one way door to a "Night Club" for bad bugs with a closed loop back to the earth!!
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Type of entry:individual
Mark is inspired by:Discovery of the global destruction and growth of insecticide resistant insects and their rapid expansion around the world due to Intl. trade and changes in the weather