Using Sensing Technology to Solve Rodent Problems

01/27/2020

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Knowing exactly when and where rodents are traveling empowers PMPs to solve rodent issues at any type of facility. Technicians have begun using sensing equipment at accounts to restructure how they are managing their time. Previously, a one-hour site visit could be spent primarily checking bait stations and traps to determine whether they needed to be serviced or not. This left little time to spend conducting proper IPM, creating reports or building customer relationships. Advancements in technology have paved the way for PMPs to automatically know where the highest levels of rodent activity are occurring, improving efficacy and professionalism at the account.
 
Bell Laboratories’ iQ product line, powered by Bell Sensing Technologies (BST), turn some of Bell’s most popular products into powerful 24/7 rodent data gathering machines. These devices paint a picture of rodent activity for technicians, meaning PMPs can spend their time fixing the issues, instead of checking empty traps. The product line includes Bell’s Express iQ bait station tray, T-REX iQ rat snap trap and 24/7 iQ multi-catch, which now have fully integrated sensors, batteries, and antennas. The sensors collect timestamps of rodent activity and communicate via Bluetooth® technology to the Bell Sensing mobile app when technicians are on-site performing their pest control service. The mobile app communicates rodent activity to the cloud allowing PMPs to analyze the amount of rodent activity at each account by date and device.
 
It is simple to incorporate this technology into any account. No gateways or hardware is needed to set up iQ devices. Simply place iQ products around the facility as you would with your current rodent control devices. Rodent's activity in the Bell Sensing App is intuitively color-coded, giving PMPs onsite knowledge they’ve never had before. This will also allow time for technicians to use their knowledge and experience to conduct proper IPM, spending less time checking empty traps. PMPs are also able to better service their accounts, as they can spend the majority of their time where it matters most: diagnosing rodent activity, modifying service plans for better results, providing key recommendations to customers, identifying rodent entry points and building lasting relationships through increased customer service.

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