Mitie‘s pest control business revealed plans to offer drone services for pest bird inspections.
The drones will use thermal sensors to check for pest birds in buildings up to 400 ft. — areas which previously may have been inaccessible. The drones, also known as small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), have a high resolution 4K camera payload. The data collected can be processed by a smartphone or tablet in real time to Mitie’s computer aided facilities management system, Miworld, the company says in a news release.
The Bristol, U.K.-based facilities management firm also says it trialled drone technology for its pest control business, and by using the drones for inspection its services have expanded to:
- General building damage inspections.
- Thermal population surveys using heat seeking cameras to spot pests in undergrowth and birds nesting on rooftops.
- Thermal mapping by analyzing “hot spots” on the building to identify potential savings via improved insulation.
- Remote surveillance to view vast areas in shorter amounts of the time.
- Surveillance for cleaning at height requirements.
- Aerial mapping for landscaping services.
“Drone technology is great innovation which increases our safety when working at height and it also offers both cost and time efficiencies compared to traditional surveying methods,” says Peter Trotman, managing director of Mitie’s pest control business, in the news release. “The new technology enables us to provide our clients with a more comprehensive and flexible service with the ability to recommend solutions in real-time.”
The sUAS are operated by licensed Civil Aviation Authority members.