Digital solutions drive more effective IPM strategies
Integrated pest management (IPM) requires a comprehensive understanding of target species, their behaviours and biology, the environment and the solutions available. These individual components are complicated enough but when you add-in their interactions, you have a complex system to navigate.
Traditionally we’ve relied exclusively on the knowledge of customers and the pest controller. It’s taken a significant amount of time and resources to acquire the relevant information needed to develop an effective digital pest management platform, as well as the skills to integrate traditional methods of pest management with it.
Today, digital pest management systems make much of that process quicker and more efficient.
“Envu’s Digital Pest Management System is a wireless network of trap sensors that provide 24/7 monitoring, real-time capture alerts and rodent activity verification,” explains Gary Nicholas, Envu Digital Pest Management Commercial Manager.
“It provides real-time, historic, and deeper insights into pest behaviour which, when used alongside the knowledge and expertise of an experienced professional pest controller, makes integrated pest management methods and systems more effective and more efficient.”
IPM combines physical and chemical controls, including proofing, storage and hygiene, and also the use of rodenticides. It has a number of benefits, as well as being more effective, IPM can reduce the development of resistance in pest populations and is more sustainable.
“So many IPM solutions require customer buy-in and being able to demonstrate trends in pest activity really helps ease those conversations. It’s a great communication tool,” adds Gary.
Typically, pest control professionals are contracted to carry out regular inspections and service visits. Knowledge of pest activity between service inspections would largely be unknown unless rodents are sighted, which is of course, far from ideal. DPM greatly improves knowledge and insight into rodent activity and behaviour. Notification alerts are sent via email and text within moments of traps being triggered.
“Knowing which traps have been triggered and when, puts pest controllers in a much more powerful position,” adds Gary. “They can take preventative action and use more tools in their toolkit, ultimately offering better protection against pests. The Digital Pest Management System makes planning and prioritising visits more efficient too.”
“Digital management systems have proven their value in many industries, and today ours is demonstrating its worth in the pest control sector,” concludes Gary.
Want to find out more about Digital Pest Management? Get in touch with Gary.