there when you can’t be
The Bayer Rodent Monitoring System (RMS) is a wireless network of high-tech trap sensors that provides 24/7 monitoring, real-time capture alerts and up-to-the-minute rodent program verification. It provides proactive, effective pest management and helps safeguard public health.
Scott Broaddus, Sales & Business Lead, Bayer Digital Pest Management, discussed the importance of pest monitoring technology and the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System at the 2020 QA New Technologies in Food Plant Pest Control Virtual Conference.
Here’s what he had to say:
I thought it would be appropriate to tee up some headlines that I pulled. My message here is to reinforce the importance of pest management and public health. Especially during the unique time we’re in today. It’s been really exciting to hear and see pest management professionals utilize this technology in creative ways to deliver value to their customers when they have valid concerns upon entering facilities, buildings, trying to find different ways to mitigate risks. It’s really encouraging to see and hear success stories from operators and clients themselves who have implemented new technology and create or keep value in an essential service such as pest management and public health, specifically food safety as well. So, if you’re not following these headlines, I highly encourage you to because there are some really interesting stories around how decreased public activity is really driving increased rodent activity in certain regions and parts of the country.
Decreased public activity can increase rodent activity
The Bayer Rodent Monitoring System is there for your customers when you can’t be
At a time when restrictions are in place that may limit a PMP’s access to some accounts, the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System is always on the job, providing proactive, effective rodent management. Its 24/7 monitoring, automated trap checking, and up-to-the-minute program verification delivers ongoing insights, visibility and transparency. So even when you can’t be there, you are still delivering value to your customers. The Bayer Rodent Monitoring System helps deliver an enhanced level of integrated pest management, which in return allows for better compliance and audit readiness.
The connectivity behind our system is very much developed for mid- to large-scale commercial accounts. The output is utilized in data analytics to optimize decision-making. At a high level, that’s really where our focus is, and what we built our technology around.
Side-by-side service scenarios – enabling enhanced IPM
I want to provide a real quick snapshot of a real case that was shared from a customer who provided an example of what a traditional manual trap-checking service looks like. The red dotted line is the path in which the technician would normally follow.
What was more interesting is when they shifted that routine service after the implementation of the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System, you could see the technician’s path through the facility looked much different. And this to me is what is so compelling about what this technology really enables you to do, which is focus on inspection and things of that nature.
Inspection activity mapped by app
This account specifically uncovered issues which ranged from multiple stored product pest sightings, rodent trackings and fecal matter, nesting sites in a breakroom, and misplaced infested in return pallets. We’ve seen that in quite a few accounts where the focus on that service has gone from less routine trap checking around rodents, to being more focused on solving stored product pests and issues that are more prevalent given the dynamics of some of those different types of accounts. I’m really excited to see real-life examples of how this is evolving.
We’ve taken our game-changing rodent technology outside
when we first went to market, our primary use pattern was around retrofitting sensors on multi-catches. it quickly evolved to involve the snap trap capabilities, and we’re really excited that we’ve been able to introduce our gen 2 sensor, which can now be used outdoors for tracking rodent activity next to your bait stations. it’s important when you talk about iot and monitoring devices in a new space, you expect them to evolve, and that’s been a big focus for us. here are a few new attributes of our gen 2 sensor:
- More water resistant for exterior environments
- In addition to sending capture alerts, new technology can also count bait station activity
- Ability to create activity heat maps that show areas of external rodent pressure
- Smaller design fits well into bait stations
- Gasket technology protects against water
- Sensor status LEDs shine through translucent gasket material, allowing easy status visibility, even in daylight situations
Three ways to use
The next generation Bayer RMS can be used in three ways:
- Interior: Retrofit on multi-catch traps and snap traps. Immediate alerts are sent.
- Exterior: Count rat activity. In this mode, triggers are collected and reported at a specific interval (i.e. weekly). Immediate alerts are not sent.
- Identify activity and rodent pressure at specific locations
- Estimate bait consumption
Heat maps for every use
This is an example of the information a heat map generates utilizing our corporate office park in Cary, North Carolina as a reference. The heat mapping and visualization allows service specialists to come out to an account and focus in on these areas with the highest activity and then determine root cause analysis, to look a little bit deeper on the habitat and the environmental challenges. [Being able to determine] conditions that are promoting and driving rodent pressure is invaluable. You are able to solve a problem before it starts.
For us, this is really exciting because when we originally launched our sensor it was designed for indoors. Now we have the capabilities to add another layer of protection, be more proactive, and hopefully at some point, predictive based on when this activity is happening, and where it’s happening.
Create activity heat maps based on GPS coordinates that show areas of external rodent pressure.
Allowing the technician to prioritize where he’s spending his time and determining root cause analysis is of utmost importance. The heat mapping and the utilization of the sensor allows you to run a report on a monthly or quarterly cadence, showing your client the progress as areas turn green. It’s through the use of data we didn’t have before. We’re really excited about what this looks like and what it’ll do for customers and clients in pest management and IPM programs.
A revolution in rodent control: improved outcomes
Changing regulations are driving food safety businesses to be more proactive and predictive. You can’t do it without technology, real-time information, and an abundance of data. We feel like this will be a revolution in rodent control and general pest control technology as it evolves for other insects. It will elevate how you protect your brand and your business. And as much as we focus on the technology and the various components, implementation of monitoring solutions will drive improved outcomes and improved food safety. We have no doubt about that. Monitoring solutions allow the use of real-time data, the ability to respond much more rapidly, and the ability to enhance transparency across sites. Our system allows you to give restricted rights and roles to your clients so they can have transparency as to how their program is working, specifically when it comes to remote monitoring. To be able to generate that in real time will drive improved outcomes.