January 22, 2020 / Media Mention / Pest Control Technology Magazine
Patricia Hottel, technical director for McCloud, contributes to Pest Control Technology’s article “Digital Rodent Monitoring: The Next Big Game-Changer?”
The pest control marketplace is in the midst of big changes. As we speak, a variety of data-driven rodent monitoring systems that use sensors, wireless networks and apps are being developed.
The pest control marketplace is in the midst of big changes. As we speak, a variety of data-driven rodent monitoring systems that use sensors, wireless networks and apps are being developed for the U.S. and Canadian markets. This is the Internet of Things’ first foray into the pest management industry but probably not the last as developers also aim to reinvent bird and insect control with this technology.
Pat Hottel, technical director for McCloud, shared her insights from testing two remote monitoring systems. “Having real-time data lets PMPs analyze what’s happening simultaneously at the client facility, such as product deliveries and specific employee practices, to determine the cause of rodent problems,” said Hottel.
Data directs technicians where to focus their time before arriving at the customer facility, helps PMPs schedule service visits and order job materials, and easily can be turned into trend reports and documentation for clients. But many say the technology won’t replace an inspection from a technician. “The technology is still evolving and the pest management industry is learning how to most effectively use it,” added Hottel.