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Be at the forefront of this new technology with BugVibes™ - Electronic Plant Shields™ - Research Kit.

BugVibes™ - Electronic Plant Shields™ - Research Kit is a small electronic device that is easily strapped to a tree, branch, plant or vine. Once strapped on, it gently vibrates to achieve different kinds of desired results in the plant. BugVibes™ features microcontroller based software operating profiles to enable it to operate for many uses and applications.  Recent university tests concluded that the technology used in BugVibes™ is possibly one of the newest forms of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Possible uses also include areas of plant growth and self-pollination.

Originally developed as a completely organic pest deterrent to repel Japanese beetles, BugVibes™ configurability soon lead to other possible applications. These new applications represent new opportunities for study and development in Botany, Horticulture and Entomology by Governments, Universities, Scientists, Private industry, farmers, organic farmers, and others intested in reducing our use of pesticides and promoting organic GMO free food.

The kit includes BugVibes™ hardware and all associated mounting equipment. There are 3 base units and both an AC power supply and a battery pack are included. This is perfect to conduct research on a small dwarf tree or 3 small trees or plants. This kit also includes custom pest or plant specific operating profiles. These profiles will be designed jointly with our engineering group to target specific pests or characteristics at the time of purchase. Includes up to 24 hours of  engineering by our electronic engineering group to help customize the product to fit a researchers requirements. This may be used for assistance in grant writing or additional time for this writing may be allocated or purchased.

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BugVibes Aids Self-Pollination

  • Botany / horticulture research
  • Plant growth / health
    • Basil - Growers using BugVibes™ have reported basil plants seem greener.
    • Marijuana - Marijuana growers are experimenting with vibrations to promote growth.
    • Tomato plants, growth/health - Growers using BugVibes™ have reported tomato plants seem greener.
    • It appears newly planted trees may benefit from vibrations after initial roots are established.
  • Self Pollination.
    • Tomatoes, with both male and female parts of the same flower, appear to be more productive when exposed to vibrations.
    • Peaches - Self pollinating varieties are thought to pollinate with wind.  We have extensive experience at getting  BugVibes™ to vibrate peaches without damaging the soft wood.
    • Other possibilities include peanuts, orchids, peas,sunflowers, wheat, barley, oats, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, apricots and peaches.
  • Tree staking - There is a debate whether young unstaked trees grow better as the roots get exercised by the wind. Rubber straps and BugVibes™ enable the tree to be staked and the roots exercised with controlled vibrations.
  • Block Pollination. It is thought that BugVibes™, if used at the right time under the right conditions, will keep bees from pollinating fruit.

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  • Entomology research
  • Pest deterrent for many types of of pests:
    • Tomato horn worms (Manduca quinquemaculata). Early tests on tomato horn worms have produced promising results.
    • Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).This is the original application for the product. The usual organic treatment is to shake them off so this is a natural application of the technology.
    • Stink Bugs, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (Halyomorpha halys). Research on these pests show they communicate through plant stems via vibrations. BugVibes™ interferes with those communications.
    • Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis).
    • Rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus) 
    • Western Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis indifferens
    • Cherry Fruit Fly(Rhagoletis cingulata)
    • Fruit flies
    • Colorado Potato Beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) - The usual organic treatment is to shake them off so this is a natural application of the technology.
    • Bees
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Vibrating moving water. Mosquitos won't lay eggs on moving water.

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Easy to Use for Japanese Beetles and Other Pests!

Example of Utilizing
BugVibes™ on Rose Bushes

BugVibes™ at Work on Many Different Plants

Proven Effective by the University of Wisconsin Madison Entomology Department:

Six potted rose plants received BugVibes™ units and six control plants lacked BugVibes™ units for comparison. Adult Japanese beetles were lured to the area. Rose plants and devices were cared for under normal conditions. Data on rose plant damage was collected after 10 days, 20 days, and 31 days (Sept 6). It was concluded that using BugVibes™ may be a viable non-chemical practice for protecting plants and could become an a part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.

BugVibes™...The Better Way to Fight Japanese Beetles!

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Getting Rid of Japanese Beetles

This section discusses the Japanese beetle application to better understand what can be done with BugVibes™ - Electronic Plant Shields™ - Research Kit.

Existing methods to protect plants from Japanese beetles don't work well. Even if all of the adult beetles and grubs in an area are killed, they travel up to several miles in one day so they come right back and still damage plants.

BugVibes™ chases them away from the Most Valuable plants.

  • Japanese Beetle Grub Control – Before emerging in the summer, Japanese beetles spend their life in the ground as grubs damaging lawns. Products such as Milky spore can be effective at reducing the number of grubs in a yard. This does not typically help protect the plants from the adult beetle. Widely available research shows the Japanese beetles travel several miles very quickly.
  • Japanese Beetle Traps – Gardeners often think Japanese beetle traps are effective because they wind up with a bag of dead bugs. These beetle traps use a pheromone to attract beetles to the trap and then the bugs slide down into the bag. The problem with this method is that it attracts Japanese beetles from up to several miles away. University research has concluded that at best they attract as many beetles as they repel.  Often, when using traps, gardeners prized plants still wind up damaged.
  • Pesticides – There are several common pesticides used for treating Japanese beetles. These chemical are effective but also are very dangerous if not used properly. They kill beetles very effectively but as soon as it rains, the chemicals wash off. Beetles travel several miles in a day so they come right back. We also encourage gardeners to read the label of these chemicals before deciding if they want to try to use them. The most common chemical used in these is Carbaryl. It is often sold under the brand name Sevin. It is quite effective at destroying adult beetles. It also says right on the label that it kills honey bees. It has many many warnings on the label. With the movement towards Organic growing of fruits and vegetables, it is desirable to reduce the use of pesticides.

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