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. Tell us 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 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.
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.
1. In your opinion, what are the most important elements to providing a safe working environment in a crawl space?
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.
2. What safety equipment do you recommend people wear?
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.
3. Are there tools you use that you feel improve safety?
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.
4.From a safety standpoint, how many people should be on the job?
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.
5.What do you do to reduce the number of times people have to crawl in and out of the crawl space?
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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Terro Fruit Fly Traps are now available from Woodstream in an economical, professional bulk pack containing 12 traps and lures (item# T2512). These apple- shaped traps have a new design for increased fruit fly interaction and performance, according to Woodstream. Traps containing the proprietary food-based, non-toxic, non-staining lure can be placed anywhere fruit fly activity is seen, including bars, restaurants, wineries and kitchen areas. Once flies enter the trap they cannot escape, the manufacturer reports. Each trap lasts 45 days and features several see-through windows to easily monitor catch activity. Visit Woodstreampro.com or contact your Woodstream products distributor.
Buzz Duster www.buzzduster.com Buzz Duster is a sleek, commercial grade, telescoping dusting pole for the elimination of flying insect pests. PMPs can use Buzz Duster to eliminate nuisance flying insects at a distance they prefer. The pole has a 20-foot reach and comes with multiple attachments. Buzz Duster is available through Univar. Learn more at www.buzzduster.com.
PestRoutes announced the expansion of the PestRoutes platform to include features that assist pest control companies servicing commercial customers. PestRoutes’ software provides commercial customers with the information to be audit-ready at all times. Enhanced features include the ability to define structures, record activities and observations, and manage compliance on specific locations for commercial properties; report and transmit on all conditions for substructures, designate and report condition types, and transmit notes and recommendations via mobile, with or without connectivity; send in-depth commercial property notifications, delivered within a branded customer portal; and provide automated conditions and pest activity reporting for customers. For more information, visit www.pestroutes.com.
OvoControl P, “birth control” for pigeons, is now available through distribution in Mexico. “Just as in the U.S. market, many commercial sites and communities in Mexico are plagued with pigeons,” explained Erick Wolf, CEO of Innolytics, maker of OvoControl. “More than anything, as the popularity of the product has grown, requests for the product have also increased from Mexico.” ECONTROL in Mexico City is the distributor of OvoControl P. The representative of the company, Benjamin Gómez, commented, “Especially based on our export economy, the critical importance of food safety in Mexico cannot be overstated. Our pest control customers and their clients are keenly interested in innovative options to control the pigeon population, safely and humanely. OvoControl meets these criteria and fits well with ECONTROL’s portfolio. OvoControl works like an IGR, but for birds instead of insects. We believe that birth control for pigeons is a valuable addition to the portfolio of bird control tools that can be used in Mexico.” OvoControl is a ready-to-use bait, which is dispensed on flat roof covers with an automatic feeder. For more information, visit www.ovocontrol.com.
Bell Laboratories introduces new Protecta EVO Edge, a versatile rodent bait station that is fast to open and service, according to the manufacturer. Protecta EVO Edge is easy to use and opens and locks quickly with Bell’s EVO key. The built-in service record card holder, side-opening design and rounded interior walls make servicing fast, maximizing technician productivity and thereby enhancing profitability. The station has a large bait capacity, holding up to eight 28 g or two 225 g Blox securely inside the station and comes with vertical securing rods. Protecta EVO Edge also accommodates two Trapper Mini T-Rex mouse snap traps, or a Trapper T-Rex rat snap trap, which can be set forward in the runway. Service technicians can swiftly adjust baiting or trapping tactics at their accounts, without having to switch out their equipment, according to the manufacturer. Protecta EVO Edge is the latest addition to the extensive range of EVO tamper-resistant rodent bait stations from Bell Laboratories, including Protecta EVO Express, Protecta EVO Ambush, Protecta EVO Circuit, Protecta EVO Landscape, Protecta EVO Mouse and Protecta EVO Weighted Landscape. For more information about the company’s comprehensive product line that includes rodenticides, bait stations, mechanical traps, glue traps, trap gels, mole traps and accessories, visit www.belllabs.com, or call 608/241-0202.
Gardner Fly Lightshttp://gardnerflylights.com
Gardner introduces a 4-foot glueboard fly light that’s waterproof and made of stainless steel. The manufacturer says its inspiration was to design an insect light trap that incorporates all the feedback from its customers into one product. Features include: Stainless steel — its extremely durable, commercial grade construction withstands harsh environments; Easy installation — mounting and leveling made easy with built-in mounting slots; Large glueboard — it traps more insects in comparison to other models, the manufacturer reports; and IP65 rated — the iFly65 is waterproof and dust tight and made to withstand harsh/wet environments.