Digital Pest Control Lands in US this Spring

By Miranda Sherman

For most of us, smart technology is limited to the home and hearth. We turn off the lights, automate our Amazon deliveries and brew coffee with one touch technology. Although the technology itself isn’t new, the idea of automating pest control is still foreign to many. 

Yes, pest control. Getting a handle on unwanted rodents and other vermin, while not a glamorous topic, is an undeniable issue facing urban centers everywhere. And, the District is no less a target of scrutiny when it comes to the city's seemingly inherent rodent problems. As part of her #BackToBasicsDC campaign, Mayor Bowser has recently announced new tactics aimed at decreasing rodent populations in D.C. “Rats are an issue I take very seriously and my team is being innovative, proactive, and strategic in our approach,” said Mayor Bowser. “Like many cities across the country, Washington D.C. has seen an increase in the number of rodent reports over the past several years, but through better analytics, smart technology, and broader community outreach, we are meeting the challenge.” The idea of using smart technology to digitize pest control is still foreign to many of us, and with good reason. Yet, if vermin can be detected the instant it enters homes and businesses in the District, it's a game changer. 

 Mayor Bowser conducts a 'rat walk' as part of her #BackToBasicsDC campaign aimed in part at decreasing DC's rodent population.  (photo credit:

Mayor Bowser conducts a 'rat walk' as part of her #BackToBasicsDC campaign aimed in part at decreasing DC's rodent population.  (photo credit:

When the average DIYer thinks of digital pest control it’s easy to envision plug-n-play devices that emit some sort of high frequency soundwaves that shun vermin. However, this year in the US, pest control as we know it takes a gigantic leap ahead with intelligent technology by Anticimex SMART.  This technology literally keeps an eye on that which we don’t want to see by constantly monitoring and instantly reacting. It prevents costly pest infestations in an environmentally-friendly way. It works by using advanced sensor technology (the eyes and ears) to detect rodent activity in cable runs, ceilings or voids, food or equipment stores or other areas that are only inspected with difficulty or infrequently. It’s ideal for use in food processing and manufacturing plants, as well as in and around apartment blocks, hospitals, schools, government properties and many other areas.

Whether it’s rodents on the interior or exterior, Anticimex SMART devices use powerful heat and motion sensors to lure, catch, and humanely kill rats and mice without the use of toxic baits. Each type of device is engineered to prevent rodent infestations with intelligent, around the clock monitoring and control, for many at the source of entry—sewer pipes leading to and from buildings. All devices speak to each other in real time (via 3G connectivity) sending critical information on rodent activity and catches to a central data hub and back to your pest control provider.

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No longer is the ingenuity of technology (think Jetsons) too far off from futuristic imaginings. While we may still be a way off from piloting our own personal flying machines, techies across the globe are competing to develop products and services to help us live healthier lives. AI (artificial intelligence) to detect vermin the instant it breaches our living and working spaces is a great advancement towards helping us live healthier lives. 

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