We quickly discovered that the low frequency heartbeat sound attracted the mosquitoes, but they would not land on the resonator. To make this happen, we added heat to make the trap seem even more like a human being. The result was the prototype unit we call BugJammer Home & Garden.
We worked with a glue supplier to obtain glue that would capture insects that land with a very light touch and made a glue wrap that fits around the resonator. Once a mosquito or fly touches the glue surface, it’s stuck.
If you touch the resonator cap without the glue wrap, you can sense the heart beat vibration, and on the column, you can feel the warmth. It is powered using a low voltage source, like the type frequently used in walkway lighting.
In tests to determine how far away mosquitoes would be attracted to BugJammer Home & Garden, we determined that one unit could vibrate a second unit at a distance of over 1,000 feet. In rotational experiments where all units were turned off, we found that we still captured flies, but not mosquitoes.
This led to the development of Knight Stick a biting flytrap with no electrical components. When flies attracted by the visual cues get stuck on the resonator column, they vibrate and send out a low frequency sound that attracts other flies.
This provides a way to control biting flies in locations where no electrical outlet is available. And, so the Knight Stick was born!