5 Questions with Nick Fugate

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August 5, 2020

Nick Fugate, International and Midwest USA Pest Control Sales Manager, Kness Mfg. Co.
1. What are some of the business benefits associated with electronic rodent monitoring?

There are many benefits of electronic monitoring. One of the benefits would be the time-saving aspect of knowing exactly what trap needs to be serviced vs. checking each trap individually. There’s also a massive safety perspective — knowing you don’t need to climb a ladder or climb a roof to check a trap is great! The greatest benefit is the reporting. The reports we could generate could easily change the way we service accounts.

2. In what types of accounts will electronic rodent monitoring provide the greatest return on investment?

We believe the greatest ROI would be for wildlife trapping. If we could know that the trap is being checked electronically, we would not need to drive miles out of the way to check the traps. A great ROI could easily be turned from food-processing plants. The benefit of knowing exactly what is where can help a company not only focus on other aspects of just checking traps but expanding their efforts to truly taking care of the issue at hand.

3. How do PMPs know if electronic rodent monitoring is right for them?

For many PMPs, the ROI is the key. Finding the right account for them to save time, money and effort can truly make it right for them. Or even the reporting that systems offer can make it that much better to provide for their customers all the information they are finding out at that site. PMPs should reach out to the electronic monitoring companies and see what kind of monitoring best fits their needs, as many of the companies offer different styles of monitoring.

4. Talk about Kness Manu-facturing’s electronic rodent monitoring product offering.

The Kness KritterSense offers many things to PMPs looking for electronic rodent monitoring. It offers both a hall effect sensor (magetnic sensor) and a PIR (passive infrared sensor). Each of these allows PMPs to connect to different styles of traps. The hall effect sensor allows it to connect to snap traps (both rat and mouse) and live animal cages (wildlife trapping). The PIR sensor allows it to work independently on multiple catch mouse traps and bait boxes. And all of this happens at the touch of a button. It then reports all of the activities and findings to both a cloud-based system and reporting directly to the PMP via app notifications or email. And the list goes on from here.

5. What does the future hold for electronic rodent monitoring?

The future is infinite. It could literally change the way we go about things in the everyday, weekly and monthly services. Helping the industry become more and more efficient allows us to expand not only our businesses into different markets but figuring problems out with accounts more quickly. This is just the start of where monitoring in general, not just rodent monitoring, is headed.