What do pest management, baseball, public health and drones have in common? If you’re in Miami, Fla., it means that your Major League Baseball team, the Miami Marlins, has partnered with Gainesville, Fla.- based Florida Pest Control for proactive and innovative safety disinfection measures for guests at Marlins Park. And one of the key components to that partnership is state-of-the-art drone technology and flight path programming for a targeted approach to cover large open areas, such as the seating bowl inside the park.
According to a news release from Florida Pest Control’s parent company, Rentokil North America, the company will use “a fast-acting formula [that] inactivates pathogens within four minutes of the drone application, including coronavirus, norovirus, H1N1, SARS, MRSA, swine flu, E. coli, Salmonella and more. The formula leaves behind no harsh fumes or visible residue.”
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Miami Marlins to provide drone disinfection,” Rentokil North America President and CEO John Myers said in the news release. “Our goal in everything we do is protecting people and enhancing lives. The Rentokil disinfection program is designed to help provide a safe environment for fans, ballpark staff and players. The Miami Marlins are going above and beyond to protect their community and make them safe inside Marlins Park.”
The partnership comes on the heels of the Marlins announcement of enhanced health and safety measures to be applied at Marlins Park for the 2021 regular season and events. In addition, Marlins Park was enrolled in the WELL Health-Safety Rating, joining Yankee Stadium as the first two Major League Baseball facilities to enroll and BB&T Center as the first two sports facilities in South Florida currently participating in the program.