Insecticides are bad news for the environment, and in our bright green future they might become a thing of the past, thanks to solar power. Fast Company reports that AgriSolar Solutions presents an alternative to chemical insecticides with a solar-powered system that attracts, disorients and ultimately kills insects.
According to AgriSolar, its proprietary bug-zapper is capable of killing 85 to 90 percent of all harmful insects down on the farm – the secret being AgriSolar’s special lightbulb (which looks very much like your average CFL), designed in a color spectrum that attracts significantly more bugs. Solar panels provide juice to this bulb, which switches on at dusk when insects come out to play. Bugs within an impressive 20-acre radius are attracted to the bulb, become disoriented and then eventually fall into a water-filled collection bin.
All of which sounds to good to be true, but the company clearly is serious, as its subsidiary Shenzhen Fuwaysun Technology Company is now engaged in the development, production and sale of these solar powered insect-killer products for commercial agricultural use. AgriSolar’s manufacturing facility, sales and business operations are located in Shenzhen, and over 40,000 of its solar insect killers are currently in use on farms throughout China.
In addition to saving the environment, these solar insect-killers are also a boon to farmers, as use of this technologies is purported to cut the costs associated with even the cheapest chemical insecticide available in China by over 90 percent. Considering these devices can also be used by certified organic farms – which tend to pay nearly 10 times that amount per acre for herbal/organic insecticides – this appears to be an innovation that could prove popular in U.S. agriculture.