SolaRid’s design is consistent with the best of Integrated Pest Management practices; a broad-based approach that integrates multiple attractant technologies with the elimination of sexually active adults, suppressing populations.
- Provides comprehensive, integrated, pest management in a single, self-sustaining device.
- Correlates real-time insect populations with site temperatures, forecasting dangerous infestation levels.
- Enables early detection that facilitates effective crop protection by reducing application mistakes and the use of chemical insecticides, saving money.
- Operates year-around, relentlessly reducing general populations and targeting specific damaging species.
- gathers real time, automated and remotely controlled data acquisition: insect monitoring, climate, soil moisture.
SolaRid™ begins measuring Degree Day Temperatures (DDT) on January 1. DDT accumulations define the insect development stages (Biofix events) that anticipate potential problems. This precise information enables producers to effectively implement Integrated Pest Management strategies.
On March 1st, SolaRid™ activates its 5 attractants, pulling insects from a 5-10 acre area. Attracted insects are averaged over 30-days, providing a baseline number for using SolaRid’s Insect Density Index. Nocturnal and diurnal activity are identified separately.
The index is a unique surveillance tool, providing daily volumes and rate of change in insect activity levels. This information is used with DDT and weather information to forecast and alert users to Biofix events.
Biofix Events of Corn Earworm (Heliothis spp)
- 100 Accumulated DDT → send Action Message → Apply Semiochemical – Pheremones
- 800 Accumulated DDT → 95% egg hatch (1st generation) → Send Warning Message
- 1000 Accumulated DDT → Adult emergence (1st gen) → Send Alert Message –
- Potential Action – Insecticide Application
- 2000 Accumulated DDT → 95% egg hatch (2nd generation) → Send Warning Message
The quantitative data is measured hourly and updated daily. It is presented on dashboard
Screens as a percentage (%) of biofix events.
Currently, this information is acquired by taking insect samples while walking through fields (scouting) .
Scouting a two-acre corn crop averages 70-hours of labor. This will justify more than 4x’s the cost of a SolaRid™ device over it’s 10-year design life.