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Drones: Innovative technology for precision pest control - PCT

Drones have had a huge impact on business since they became mainstream and affordable tools for capturing video and photography in hard-to-reach places. The drone industry itself continues to grow.

Forbes Magazine estimates it will be at least $52 billion by 2024, which seems to be on the low end of the forecast.

Drones, for example, have dramatically changed the way movies are made, allowing any filmmaker who can rent a drone to capture magical shots from the sky. Gone are the days of renting a helicopter to take those pictures. Plus, drones can fly in areas helicopters couldn’t, allowing you to create new shots and new angles that were previously impossible.

Jake Williams, Inspect-All Services

There are two reasons why drones are so useful in pest control. Location or image analysis and precision quality control. For example, drones can be very useful when following tunnels and trails in key rural locations to track burrowing animals that are causing problems for crops and landscapes. Checking rooftop areas and getting a “bird’s eye view” of areas with lots of foliage around them can also be assisted by drone technology.

Jeffrey Weier of Sprague Pest Solutions hasn’t used drones yet, but his company is looking at using them as a new tool.

“We haven’t used them yet, but we’ve been thinking and talking about using them. With drones, we can look at areas like roofs and ceilings for evidence of rodents,” says Weier. says Mr. “They could potentially allow us to find entry points for rodents, which is particularly useful for bush rats.”

Drone use could increase as pest control becomes easier to use, Weier added. “Technicians at large warehouses could efficiently inspect ceiling areas for evidence of activity because they do not have access to elevators. It can be used to look for activity when rodents are most active.”

According to Bug Bandit’s Rebecca Salas, the drone has not yet been used as a tool, but promises to provide more support to technicians as drones become more integrated into the market.

“The potential for drones to play a bigger role in the world of pest control is very simple. It is a new solution to a number of problems that all pest control service providers regularly encounter. Difficult jobs that may not be fully accessible to: drones could be the perfect alternative.

“A tricky job – I’m sure every pest control service provider/technician faces problems such as: Small/enclosed dark spaces that no one can or need to enter. They don’t have valuable visual access or even help out in dangerous places. Situations where they can contribute – making infrastructure inspections safer.”

Perhaps drones will be able to help technicians disperse specific products such as granules or liquids over wider areas, depending on weather conditions and the size of the drone itself.

Drones are not without problems, but they do require skill to fly and, in most places, regulatory approval.

Drones, Weier said, have concerns such as “having the skill to operate them.” A young technician may have this skill he has set. (also) FAA and local regulations, privacy concerns. ” All of this must be taken into account when implementing a drone as a regular part of a program.

Accuracy is a consideration that those new to drone use have more to learn, Salas says.

“With any kind of technology comes challenges. It is very accurate to argue that it is not completely reliable and dependent on technology,” she added. “There are many issues that can arise, such as not working properly or not having access to these technologies due to the high cost of these devices.”