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Pest Control and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Can Technology Control Pest Infestations?

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Are you concerned that climate change and related severe weather events will drive pests out of their natural habitat and into urban areas such as residential areas or commercial districts? 

This concern is valid. Some of the latest research shows that global warming is driving pests from their natural habitats into human settlement areas. 

Additionally, we are currently living in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) where, according to Klaus Schwab, there is a “fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”

Thus, the second valid question that must be asked and answered is whether the latest technologies developed in the 4IR such as the Internet of Things (IoT) add value to the process of keeping pests out of your home or not.

The succinct answer to this question is: Yes, IoT technologies can be utilized to keep pests out. 

Before we look at how to remove pests and how to keep them out, let’s look at a brief definition of the Internet of Things. 

In essence, the Internet of Things is a network of connected smart devices that can be remotely managed by a smartphone app. Household smart devices include fridges, air conditioning and heating systems, smart lights, and garage door opening systems. Every smart device can be switched on and off remotely.

Getting rid of pest infestations and keeping them out

Now that we have an understanding of what IoT devices are and how they connect to each other, the next aspect to consider is how to remove pests and how to utilize IoT technology to keep pests out.

The first and most important thing to do is to contact a specialist who is involved with pest control in Boise, ID to remove the pest infestation in your home.

The next step is to fix all the holes, gaps, and spaces where the pests entered your home. The intention is that these pests should not be able to enter your living space again. 

Once your home is sealed, the next step is to install a network of smart devices that can be controlled remotely to make sure that the pests don’t return. 

Arup Barat, highlights in his article titled, “Fighting pests with the Internet of Things,” published on the website internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com, that it is possible to “remotely monitor for specific pests to understand their activity, location, and patterns.” This technology is primarily used when farming agricultural crops, but it can easily be adapted for use inside garages and living areas where pests tend to gather.

Additionally, because internal temperatures and food storage appliances like fridges and freezers are remotely controlled, it is possible to ensure that your home is always kept at an optimal temperature, and it reduces the risk of food going rotten. This, in turn, will reduce your home’s attractiveness to pests like cockroaches, rats, and mice. 

Final thoughts 

In a sense, all of the Industry 4.0 technologies are relatively new. And, at the same time, they are continuing to develop at a rapid rate. Therefore, the ability to control pests via IoT technology can only improve.

 

Danny White

The author Danny White