Invest in good technology for rodent control


August 25, 2018

James Rodriguez, ACE, Technical Director, J.T. Eaton & Co.

Rodent control is evolving: The price of good technology, such as infrared devices and borescopes, has reached an economical price point that puts it in the hands of more PMPs than ever before.

Infrared devices have many uses, such as locating animals in walls and voids, pinpointing beehive locations, insect management, and rodent- and insect-proofing structures. Here are a few tips that may help you determine how to incorporate some of these devices into your programs:

⦁ Improve trapping of rodents or wildlife by using an infrared device to locate nesting sites. Compacted insulation or debris will radiate at a different temperature than the surrounding environment.

⦁ Sight the exterior of a building with an infrared camera to locate air escaping from structure; this is where entry holes may be.

⦁ Map and document locations around the building that need sealing or require further attention, as part of your integrated pest management (IPM) program. An infrared device can show faulty or leaking air from door sweeps and large roll-up doors, or equipment harboring rodents or wildlife.

⦁ Use an infrared device as a sales and training tool by showing your technicians the differences in temperatures in and around a structure, insect congregation areas, and possible high-moisture areas. You can even email your findings to your customers.

⦁ A mechanic’s borescope can confirm your findings in voids before any major interior walls are opened when performing animal removal, rodent nest cleanup and removal of stinging insect nests.

These are just a few ways to win bids, improve service and help maintain a pest-free environment.


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