Pest control companies banding together to use smart rodent system

To wage an effective war against the pests that creep around Singapore's urban jungle, pest control companies are banding together to use a smart rodent system.

The digital system allows operators to monitor multiple trap sites, record data around the clock and store the information online for easy access through mobile devices.

This takes away the need for constant checking of traps to see if pests have been caught.

About 10 pest control companies are using the system, which has saved time and manpower costs. The firms can now also retrieve records instantly and plan better rodent control strategies from the data collected.

Mr Allan Heng, general manager of pest control product supplier Bentz Jaz Singapore, said: "The manual records of pest control operations are prone to be inaccurate, often delayed and show difficulty in tracking (the pests).

"The Internet of Things computerised system will have all records kept in servers, accessible through computers and mobile device any time. Rodent control requires immediate attention and monitoring for any sign of rodent infestation before the problem becomes too serious and too late to eradicate."

He said, by working together, firms have been able to troubleshoot the digital solutions and share knowledge with other collaborators.

Mr Bernard Chan, general manager of Eficaz Pest Management, said the traps come with a motion sensor camera as well as infrared technology. He added that technology is the way forward for the labour-intensive industry.

Ms Nicole Zycinski-Singh, managing director of Killem Pest, said: "Technology can definitely help us be more efficient and change the public perception of the industry. It is more than just spraying or fogging. Technology will show the investigatory, problem-solving and reporting nature of our work."

Her company uses an electronic rodent monitoring trap, which offers rodent surveillance and immediate notification when a rodent is caught. "Previously, we would require an additional one or two people to carry out weekly inspections. Now, we can halve the manpower and there is no need for our pest control operators to check all the traps each week," she said.

Sue-Ann Tan