Use of IoT products in the pest control industry

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February 23, 2024

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We asked Pest Management Professional’s columnists and editorial advisory board members share predictions about Internet of Things (IoT) products in the pest control industry. Here are some of the experts’ responses from our February 2024 print edition.

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PMP’s Editorial Advisory Board and Regular Contributors

Michael Broder: “I think we are taking the first baby steps into the world of smart sensors and traps, but this year will see them become more mainstream. The time savings and professionalism they offer are just too good to avoid. We are just at the beginning, but I’m so excited to see what comes next.”

Michael Broder

Michael Broder

Foster Brusca:  “The integration of IoT technology in pest control has the potential to revolutionize the way pests are monitored and managed. The adoption of IoT in the pest control industry may start to raise concerns related to data privacy and security. I predict these issues will come up sooner rather than later. The pest control industry needs to be ready for this and address these issues head-on to ensure responsible and ethical use in the industry.”

Desiree Straubinger, BCE: “We will see more focus on connected devices. Not only can these devices save time and effort; they also can improve accuracy in identification and increase monitoring time to 24/7. Time saved from checking devices unnecessarily can then be spent on valuable detailed in-person inspections and focused treatments. An additional side benefit could be savings on safety.”

Dr. Hamilton Allen, BCE

Dr. Hamilton Allen, BCE

Dr. Hamilton Allen, BCE: “The implementation and use of IoT devices in the residential pest management space continues to lag behind commercial. However, residential use will increase as pricing settles and customer demand for timely product application increases. We’re seeing this now in mosquito management: There are several devices on the market that customers can control from their phones.”

Eric Scherzinger: “They haven’t taken off like we all thought they would. We have seen a lot of remote rodent monitoring devices come on the market and then fall off or end in development. Eventually, the technology costs will come down and everyone will use them, or we will get so restricted with rodenticides their use will be required. It still has a long way to go, but it’s coming!”

Kurt Scherzinger: “Smart sensors and traps will continue to evolve and play an important role in pest management’s future. They will allow us to target areas of infestation using precise treatment methods.”

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