Patent Number: 7,784,215

Title: Methods and compositions for improved light traps

Abstract: A process and device to attract a multitude of terrestrial and aerial arthropods using a plurality of light wavelengths emitted from light emitting diodes (LEDs). The selected light wavelengths increase trap capture rates by taking advantage of the insect's physiological and behavior instincts associated with vision and sensory perception. The LED wavelengths (light color) are selected to mimic the electromagnetic spectra of natural features, such as sugar and blood meal resources within the target insect's environment. Lighting platforms containing a plurality of LEDs produce the mimicking colors and can be optimally arranged in either a cylindrical fashion or on polygonal lighting chips. These two types of lighting platforms can be modified to fit existing insect traps, used in new light trap designs, or incorporated into insect traps currently lacking a lighting component.

Inventors: Cohnstaedt; Lee William (Corvallis, OR), Gillen; Jonathan Isaiah (Corvallis, OR), Cohnstaedt; William Martin (Corvallis, OR)


International Classification: A01M 1/22 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018