The world is currently in the age of what most professionals call precision pest management. The ‘spray and pray,’ and other old-fashioned pest treatments aren’t acceptable anymore. What’s more, these approaches were never useful anyway. According to some Boston pest control experts, these old-style pest control methods brought the problem of insect resistance and health hazards. For instance, in the early 1970s, the fumigators presented health hazards, and no one bothered to talk about.
In the mid and late 1990s, the fumigators were majorly scientists who seemed to respect the protocols and could pay attention to details. Today, the world has changed, and fumigators are expected to be tech-geeks. Indeed, technology has become an indispensable weapon in nearly every aspect of life. Pest exterminators can quickly establish eyes inside silos and chambers.
They can get real-time details regarding the extent of pest infestation on their smart devices. Further, they can accurately predict and respond with a tap on a screen or a push of a button. Thus, there is no excuse for failure in the world of pest control and prevention. Here are some of the significant trends in the pest control industry.
The use of advanced technology
Currently, new and highly sophisticated technologies are already an integral part of pest management. Some of these commercially deployed solutions include;
Rodent sensors: These sensors have a trigger that is pulled whenever a snap trap is closed, or a rodent enters a certain area. An email or even a text message is sent to a designated user. Rather than conducting regular rodent inspection, the property owner can check the specific trap whenever they get a notification.
Insect sensors: Getting inside a silo to perform pest inspection can be dangerous and never easy. The task is also time-consuming. Fortunately, there are insect sensors that don’t require you to perform regular round visits. These sensors perform self-check daily, and they can detect insects and even their species. Actually, these sensors can send time notification to your smartphone, and that means you can make treatment decisions in time.
Wireless gas sensors: These sensors can be placed inside containers, warehouses, silos, ship railcars, and chambers. They accurately measure fumigant concentration, relative humidity, and temperature in real time to help you determine whether or not your fumigant will succeed.
With these sensors, it is easy for property owners to detect pests and act quickly.
Resistant or not?
Over the years, bugs have developed some level of defense to survive various chemicals used in pest control. Some forms of technology have helped professional pest exterminators to determine whether or not an insect is resistant to a specific form of treatment. If they are found to be resistant, then, a stricter treatment approach is used.
Lastly, machine learning and other forms of fantastic tech have helped in the process of detecting pest infestations, treating, controlling, and even monitoring the results. This has made it easier for pest control professionals to determine whether or not a specific pest control method was effective or not.