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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.
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.
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.
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 them 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.
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.
Many people might think there’s not much to be concerned about with crawl spaces, but that’s simply not the case – and that’s why the most important element is training! First and foremost, your staff needs to recognize which environments or situations require PPE or other safety equipment, and they must know how to use it all correctly. Personal respiratory protection should always be used in crawl spaces because of potential contaminants. Eye protection is also a must.
Before you start anything, make sure you have effective lighting. If you can’t see, you can’t do, and chances of accidents skyrocket. If the crawl space is dimly lit (or not lit at all) you can easily install convenient LED lights rated for indoor/outdoor use. The last thing you want to be doing is dragging clumsy, cabled portable lights around as you work, plus they won’t provide enough light to see clearly. LED lights will light up every corner, leaving nothing to chance.
Airborne contaminants that are stirred up during crawl space work can be a concern for both employees and occupants of the structure above. A negative air fan offers a simple solution and will pull those contaminants out of the crawl space, reducing any potential problems.
Crawl space work can be a physically demanding, hot and tedious process. Stay hydrated! It sounds simple, but it’s something that can sneak up on technicians.
Proper safety glasses should always be required. Eye injuries can have lifelong consequences, which is one of the reasons we are launching a line of extreme safety glasses in the next few months. Other items that can be necessary are protective clothing, respiratory protection and a good pair of working gloves.
Providing employees with the proper tools to get the job done is important regardless of whether it’s a hammer or a gas-actuated nail gun. When employees have to improvise because they don’t have the proper tool, the chances of workplace injuries increase. A more recent tool we’ve come across that not only can increase safety, but also increase efficiency is an insulation vacuum. Pulling insulation manually increases the wear and tear on an employee’s body. Fatigue can set in and decrease their situational awareness and decision-making abilities. This machine pulls the insulation outside the crawl and packs it into super large bags, eliminating unnecessary hard labor and extra time.
During closed crawl space related services, it is best to have at least two employees on the job. Teamwork can reduce the potential for injury in many ways. The biggest reason to have two people on the job is that you have someone present who can help in case of an emergency (medical or accident). They can also communicate hazards that are identified, team-lift heavier objects or help make decisions that may affect their safety.
Upfront organization and planning will make the process smoother. Properly identifying all the tools needed for that full day’s work is the first step in reducing the amount of times that people go in and out of the crawl space. Carry all those tools and products to the crawl space door or within the crawl space when you first arrive. Also, work smart – should you remember something you forgot or didn’t realize you were going to need, let another team member know in case they are heading that way so that any items can be relayed to you.
More and more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of closed crawl spaces. Improving the air quality in the home and reducing utility cost while at the same time reducing pest pressure makes closing crawl spaces a great addition to your bottom line.
For stinging insect expert Eric “Critter” McCool, taking his passion for pest control to new heights meant creating a facility that celebrates the industry’s history and educates the public.
On June 1, McCool, owner of CritterMcCool Wildlife Control and Bee Extractions, opened Bee Nation, a museum, education center, stinging research facility and more dedicated to the pest control industry.
Based in Franklin, Pa., the museum features more than 4,000 artifacts that highlight 150 years of the industry’s history, including part of what McCool believes to be one of the largest yellowjacket nests ever documented, which he himself extracted in South Carolina in 2014. A wide variety of other artifacts, such as sprayers, traps, fly swatters, bed bug products and packaged products, are on display as well.
McCool, who has spent more than 30 years collecting items for the museum, said people tend to discard these artifacts, and that Bee Nation provides them with the opportunity to reflect on how the industry has changed, and to look at tools they may have never seen before.
McCool first opened a museum devoted to pest control in 2017, which was called the CritterMcCool Pest Control Museum. The new location is only about one mile from the old one, but “it’s much larger, interactive and educational,” McCool said. Since moving, McCool said the public’s support “has been tremendous.”
In addition to a new name, the museum has added a stinging insect sanctuary that will house approximately 13 species of stinging insects, including honey bees, wasps, bumblebees, yellowjackets, carpenter bees, hornets and others. The sanctuary will act as a safe haven for these insects, and it will also be used to monitor their behavior patterns and conduct research, McCool said.
Designed for both professional use and education for the general public, Bee Nation will offer field trip opportunities for schools, as well as trainings and homeowner classes, which will focus on teaching people how to deal with pests they may encounter in their daily lives.
The goal is for Bee Nation to become the world’s foremost authority on stinging insect control, McCool said. Bee Nation’s museum component is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday.
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