The latest pest control solutions are based on non-toxic innovations that are more environmentally friendly and more effective than chemicals to get rid of pests.
In recent years, many factors have pushed the pest control industry to opt for non-toxic alternatives. Strict legislation on the use of biocidal products and regulatory developments now govern the use of biocidal products and stimulate the emergence of new non-toxic innovations.
These two factors, combined with changing consumer needs, have forced the pest management industry to evolve more rapidly than many other sectors and to look for new sustainable, efficient and safe solutions for the planet.
What is also fascinating from an innovation point of view is that these parameters appear to be on the cusp as technological advances now allow the development of nontoxic innovations that are better targeted and more efficient than the use of many other chemical solutions. used to date.
New non-toxic innovations are based on automated monitoring of pests. For example, devices connected via IoT are used to change the way a site is protected from pest infestation. You can now install traps and connected devices to perform 24/7 remote monitoring where the technician will not be forced to physically visit the site.
When visiting a site, it will focus more on developing a nontoxic protection strategy than on a curative strategy. Companies are also experimenting with tailor-made monitoring solutions in the agricultural sector.
Equipped with a thermal imaging technology, a drone is able to study large plots of culture. The technical capabilities of a thermal imaging software are so high that the drone can visualize microscopic details and detect localized infestations. This will eventually protect the area before infestation with non-toxic solutions.
Prevention by predictive analysis
The other benefit of new surveillance methods is the collection of new data, most of which were not available before. The drone mentioned above can for example monitor the level of chlorophyll in plants and predict the damage that the plant will undergo before this happens.
They do not collect this data for the purpose of using it in isolation. The professionals use them by superimposing them on public data sources, such as meteorological records. The objective, to predict the behavior of the pests relying on these multiple variables.
This provides access to sophisticated predictive analytics and subsequent application of targeted, low or non-toxic treatment to a localized area, rather than treating an entire site with chemicals. In many cases, when these data are collected and combined well, you will not need to use chemicals.
New advances in biocidal treatments
Ironically, some of the nontoxic innovations consist of a simple improvement of existing solutions for centuries. In the 18th century, early Australian settlers developed methods of using heat to kill insects. Today, these methods have turned into service thanks to the contribution of modern technology and the integration of a commercial model.
For example, Rentokil’s Entotherm treatment is a new solution that eliminates bed bugs and cockroaches through heat. More effective than insecticide use, the heat delivered by the device eliminates the pest from the inside causing it dehydration and psychological damage.
This method avoids any risk of insect resilience to the spraying of chemicals and the transmission of these genes resistant to their future offspring.
The other benefit of heat treatment is the elimination of all stages of the life cycle of the insect, egg, larvae, or adult. The goal of heat control is to raise the temperature of the insect above 55-60 ° C. This is sufficient to kill the insect quickly without causing any material or structural damage to a building. It’s not just the data and the hardware that have allowed the rise of low or non-toxic pest control solutions.