How SolaRid™ Operates and Benefits of Application.
SolaRid™ measures site-specific temperatures. Relying on remote, third-party weather stations is not accurate enough to track and predict pest developments. Insects require a specific amount of heat accumulation to reach different life stages. The accumulated heat required is expressed in Degree Days (DD). SolaRid™ calculates the DD’s and notifies user of important insect life stage developments (Biofix Events) that result in crop damage.
In March, SolaRid’s insect attractants and electrocuting grid system turn-on automatically - monitoring insect volumes across a 5-to-10 acre area. This establishes an initial population baseline for SolaRid’s proprietary Insect Density Index.
The index is an invaluable tool for surveillance, providing daily volumes and rate of change of insect densities in fields. It is combined with DD calculations to forecast and alert users of advancing Biofix Events over a growing season.
This quantitative data is measured hourly and updated daily, enabling early detection, which is presented on user dashboard screens as a percentage of time before the targeted insect’s biofix event, such as adult flight. When those thresholds are reached, the system sends an Alert of a potentially actionable event, such as an insecticide application.
To reduce the time and money invested in scouting your fields, Pest Control Advisors (PCA) or County Agencies can view the data from your field remotely. Information that is relevant towards scheduling pheromone and insecticide applications. SolaRid™ enables collaboration in real-time that will improve forecasted pest behavior to warn before reaching economic threshold levels.
As the Index of Insect Densities rises, physical sampling confirms pest’s activity with counts of the targeted species killed with a proprietary, printed electrocuting grid system.