What is Vortex?
Vortex Insect Control
The award winning Vortex Insect Trap attracts and kills night flying insects that are attracted to light. The trap complements any existing integrated pest management system.
The Vortex Insect Trap uses light and water in an innovative way to attract night flying insect pests, trap them and then drown them. It can be used just about anywhere on farms, in nurseries, or any commercial situation where insects are a problem.
We have made significant advancements with our new technology. We can custom design lighting for maximum attraction.
How does it work?
A Simple Explanation
The Vortex Insect Trap comprises four key elements, all working together:
1. The Vortex Container
2. A Self-levelling Gimballed Stand
3. A Whirlpool of Water
4. Custom design UV attraction lighting
Insects pests naturally attracted to luminance are drawn to the trap’s light. The insects then fall into the whirling water, drown and are then swept into the bin below. The trap and the water flow have been specifically engineered so the insects cannot escape. The dead insects can then be removed from the trap at appropriate intervals. The trap covers 5 hectares in multiple situations.
The trap is powered either by solar or 12V to mains power.
Of course, this simple explanation belies the engineering skill, technical
expertise and extensive research behind the product.
The Research Tells us
That the Vortex Insect Trap reduces insect pest populations in five ways:
1. It attracts and eradicates destructive insect pests in the area.
2. Over time it breaks the breeding cycle of insect pest populations in the area.
3. It has negligible or no effect on beneficial insect populations.
4. The reduction in destructive insect populations and the subsequent reduction in insecticide use often contributes to a regeneration of the local environment.
5. The reduction in the use of sprays slows the insect pests’ increased resistance to chemicals.
The best results are achieved when Vortex is used 365 days of the year.
Scientific explanations and results
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The Vortex Insect Trap
Uses light and water in an innovative way to attract night flying insect pests, trap them and then drown them.
It can be used just about anywhere on farms, in nurseries, or any commercial situation where insects are a problem.
Vortex can be used in the following situations:
Horticulture Crops and Orchards
Commercial and Domestic Areas
Tourism, Resorts, and Golf Courses
Outdoor Entertainment and Recreation Areas
Environmentally Sensitive Areas
Near Power Lines
Rivers and Creeks
Vortex can be used in:
Integrated Pest Management
Area Wide Management Groups
Environmentally Sensitive Areas
Organic Farming Operations
Zero Tillage Systems
Areas where Insecticide Application is Hazardous
For a new company with a new product, we’ve already received a great deal of recognition.
To date, Vortex has been awarded:
- 2005 Recognition for Commitment to Business Excellence and in Particular for the Innovation in the Development of the Vortex Insect Trap
- 2004 – Highly commended, Asia Connect Award
- 2004 – ABC New Inventors Award
- 2002 – Queensland Department of Primary Industries Smart Ideas Award
- Selected as the pilot small enterprise for the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) TechFast Program
- Won a New Industries Development Program In-Market Experience Scholarship from the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Vortex in the media
The media throughout Australia has been extremely supportive of Vortex and enthusiastic about our innovative approach and environmental solutions.
How Can Vortex
Save Me Money
Vortex Insect Trap saves businesses money in five ways:
- Vortex is cost-effective. Once a trap is set up, it requires very little to maintain, save a top-up of water and the removal of dead insects as required. Vortex will substantially reduce
labour, equipment and fuel costs. Spray programs may be reduced by between 20 per cent and 50 per cent. Vortex is run by 240V or by solarpanel. If you choose the solar powered Vortex, you not only gain greater flexibility in where you can use it,but also further reduce your running costs.
- Vortex uses very little water. The Vortex Insect Trap recycles water over and over again. The trap carries 156
litresof water which is recycled continually. The trap gathers fresh water during rainfall, so manual top-ups of the water level are reduced.
- Vortex reduces your insecticide usage and subsequently reduces the water used for spray applications.
- A Vortex Insect Trap is a one-off investment that works for you year after year. Its sturdy construction and quality materials ensure that it keeps going with little maintenance required.
- Vortex complements your existing pest management practices. You don’t need to disrupt what you’re already doing or throw out the resources you have.
What People Are Saying
Shane Munro & Angela Devlin
Brisbane Valley Organics
"We have had the trap for 10 years and its invaluable"
We have been using the Vortex Insect trap for over 10 years and have found it to be invaluable. We grow Lettuce, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Silverbeet and other vegetables and have used the trap as part of our integrated pest management system. The trap has assisted in catching and monitoring Heliothis moth and other insects, the trap really works well.
Redlands Nursery - Brisbane
"Success in moth and grub populations"
We’ve had success in reducing moth and grub populations – also of Rutherglen bug and red-shouldered beetle. Because insecticide use is kept to a minimum, the nursery is home to populations of fairy wrens and water dragons which work in conjunction with tools like the Vortex Insect Trap to keep insect numbers in check.
Donmore Farm - Bowen basin
"Instant financial bottom line results, yield up by 30%"
“The Vortex Insect Trap reduced the heliothis, thrip, and white fly damage in our tomato crop. This season we had a 30 per cent reduction in our sprays and a 30 per cent increase in crop yield.”