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Technological advances are improving every aspect of business, with digital and cloud-based systems bringing vast efficiencies and cost savings. Communication and collaboration have been made simpler and easier, automation is reducing the onus of repetitive work and algorithms are generating insights as a result of automated reasoning. Even pest control – traditionally a staffed service that required the repeated checking of traps – has entered a hi-tech world that brings the double benefit of reduced workload and faster solutions.
Here are 5 ways your business can benefit from taking pest control online.
Technology is creating efficiencies that couldn’t exist before. Conventional traps and pest control systems can be cumbersome and time-consuming. It can take service technicians hours or even days to map, locate and check all manual traps during every visit.
But, taking your pest control online can considerably save you time. Digital pest control will notify you as soon as a trap has been triggered with its exact location. This can save you the hassle and time of manual inspections.
You also save time with all your data instantly available in one place. All the information you need is just a matter of clicks away, ready for when you need it. Manually searching for it to produce reports can be laborious, not to mention the time spent storing, organising and clearing files. Hence, a clear benefit of digital pest control is the time it can save you.
After all, if you’re spending less time manually checking traps and searching for the data you need, you’re spending more time on your business operations and what really matters to boost your ROI.
For businesses not yet connected to digital pest control devices, where to place the traps might be down to guesswork because there’s little or no data to analyse the most effective positions. IoT-enabled devices, however, produce data that provides a more detailed picture of pest risks across a site so technicians can pinpoint, with greater accuracy, the best positions for traps to prevent infestations.
Taking your pest control online means we service technicians can use data and trends from your premises to determine locations with higher rodent activity so they know where to focus their efforts.
Digital pest control also allows technicians to detect ‘blind spots’. Pests typically hide in places that are hard to detect and technology now offers a way around this. Gone are the days of guessing where to place traps and constantly relocating them. Now, we can see pest activity in hidden places and set more traps in areas of high activity and fewer traps in other areas.
The benefits of technology don’t end with the pest-control practices, either. Technology can also help businesses with the increasingly challenging legislative burdens they face – especially those companies in food production and processing.
Audits of pest control procedures have traditionally been done using a paper trail that takes up valuable time, which might have been better spent elsewhere in the business. Remaining compliant is a headache that no one can afford to get wrong and facing audits and checks can present significant anxieties for business owners.
Digital technology now means that service logs, remedial actions taken, and reports are immediately available. This information is easier to sift through and analyse, produce reports from, and show with greater transparency all the audit trails and compliance measures.
Having all this pest control data collected digitally and fed into a central hub brings increased efficiency and substantial compliance benefits to a business. With the food sector, for example, being so heavily regulated, and with those regulatory demands increasing all the time, the ability to gather information for reports and present a clear and detailed pest control audit on demand is ideal.
A business can show, in real time, what measures are in place and what incidents have been recorded over a given period. Using digital pest control shows a business is in complete control of its pest management by demonstrating transparency of information for audits and compliance and showing that preventative and proactive procedures to minimise pest infestation risks are in place.
Information from smart pest solutions – time of activations and locations on the premises, for instance – provide powerful insights on a central hub, such as real-time activity charts, interactive maps, and analytical tools.
Details of an incident feed directly into a central online system that, over time, collects a large data resource of activity, making it easy to make proactive pest control decisions. From here, businesses can spot trends that include where the activity is highest, likely entry points and the most active times of day or night.
With the power of such data, there’s no need to guess where pest activity might happen. Businesses can now have a holistic view, in real time, of what’s happening on their premises, or even across multiple sites if they have them.
By using other data concurrently, such as shifting temperatures, rainfall or proximity to water (like streams, ponds, or rivers), an expert pest controller can use digital pest control to identify even more conditions that can create a pest problem.
The ability to analyse data is vital for effective pest control and digital technology empowers us to study unprecedented amounts of data to take a faster, proactive approach to pest problems.
The range of today’s digital pest control devices has wireless connectivity, meaning any pest activity is sent immediately to the business and its pest control provider is alerted at once. Technicians can then visit quickly to deal with the issue. It gives a business 24/7 protection, 365 days a year.
A proactive approach means a business can act upon trends and put measures in place to reduce the chance of an infestation. We already know the data can show where to best position traps, but it can also help service technicians determine how or why pests access those areas.
Equipped with this information, a business could, for example, seal potential entry points, make out-of-sight access routes like high-up ledges impassable and identify and eradicate a source that is attracting pests in the first place (perhaps a particular storage area or delivery bay).
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