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Why your business should take pest control online

Technological advances are improving every aspect of business, with digital and cloud-based systems bringing vast efficiencies and cost savings

Technological advances are improving every aspect of business, with digital and cloud-based systems bringing vast efficiencies and cost savings. Communication and collaboration have been made simpler and easier, automation is reducing the onus of repetitive work and algorithms are generating insights as a result of automated reasoning. Even pest control – traditionally a staffed service that required the repeated checking of traps – has entered a hi-tech world that brings the double benefit of reduced workload and faster solutions.

Technology is creating efficiencies that couldn’t exist before. Service technicians’ ability to use data to analyse and recommend preventative measures for pest control far outweigh the time-heavy burden of manual inspections of traps, for instance.

For businesses not yet connected to tech-based devices, where to place the traps might be down to guesswork because there’s little or no data to analyse the most effective positions. IoT-enabled devices, however, produce data that provides a more detailed picture of pest risks across a site so technicians can pinpoint, with greater accuracy, the best positions for traps to prevent infestations.

The benefits of technology don’t end with the pest-control practices, either. Technology can also help businesses with the increasingly challenging legislative burdens that they face – especially those companies in food production and processing.

Audits of pest control procedures have traditionally been done using a paper trail that takes up valuable time, which might have been better spent elsewhere in the business. Remaining compliant is a headache that no-one can afford to get wrong and facing audits and checks can present significant anxieties for business owners.

Digital technology now means that service logs, remedial actions taken, and reports are not only immediately available, but this information is easier to sift through and analyse, produce reports from, and show with greater transparency all the audit trails and compliance measures.

How digital pest control solutions help a food business

Information from connected devices – time of activations and locations on the premises, for instance – provide powerful insights on a central hub, such as real-time activity charts, interactive maps, and analytical tools.

Details of an incident feed directly into a central online system that, over time, collects a large data resource of activity that makes it easy to make proactive pest control decisions. From here, businesses can spot trends that include where the activity is highest, likely entry points and the most active times of day or night.

With the power of such data, there’s no need to guess where pest activity might happen or be reactive by only placing a trap after an activity has been detected. Businesses can now have a holistic view, in real time, of what’s happening on their premises, or even across multiple sites if they have them.

By using other data concurrently, such as shifting temperatures, rainfall or proximity to water (like streams, ponds, or rivers), an expert pest controller can use digital pest control to identify even more conditions that can create a pest problem.

The ability to analyse data is vital for effective pest control and digital technology empowers us to study unprecedented amounts of data to take a faster, proactive approach to pest problems.

The range of today’s digital pest control devices has wireless connectivity, meaning any pest activity is sent immediately to the business and its pest control provider is alerted at once. Technicians can then visit quickly to deal with the issue. It gives a business 24/7 protection, 365 days a year.

Mitigating the risk of infestation

A proactive approach means a business can act upon trends and put measures in place to reduce the chance of an infestation. Data will show not only where to best position traps, but also help service technicians determine how or why pests access those areas.

Equipped with this information, a business could, for example, seal potential entry points, make out-of-sight access routes like high-up ledges impassable and identify and eradicate a source that is attracting pests in the first place (perhaps a particular storage area or delivery bay).

Greater efficiency to meet regulatory compliance

Having all pest control data collected digitally and fed into a central hub brings increased efficiency and huge compliance benefits to a business. With the food sector, for example, being so heavily regulated, and with those regulatory demands increasing all the time, the ability to gather information for reports and present a clear and detailed pest control audit on demand is ideal.

A business can show, in real time, what measures are in place and what incidents have been recorded over a given period. Using digital systems shows a business is in complete control of its pest management by demonstrating transparency of information for audits and compliance and by showing that preventative and proactive procedures to minimise pest infestation risks are in place.

Join the digital pest-control revolution

Rentokil is the recognised global expert in pest control. Your business can take advantage of Rentokil’s digital pest control solutions, using real-time data for a more effective, cost-efficient and proactive approach to pests. It’s a modern, efficient way for businesses to deal with pest control.

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Published
10th July 2020
Author
Kathryn Birett
Categories
Big Ideas, IoT, Take Control
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