Rodent control entails the practice of managing and preventing infestations of rodents, such as rats and mice, in various environments, including homes, businesses, agricultural, and medical settings. It involves implementing strategies and measures to curb and eliminate rodent populations, mitigate the damage caused, and minimize associated risks. According to Inkwood Research, the global rodent control market is set to grow with a CAGR of 6.52% during the forecast years, 2023 to 2032.
Economic Ramifications of Rodent Infestation –
Rodent infestation is a highly prevalent problem faced by industries and pest management professionals (PMPs) worldwide. In fact, as per the estimations put forth by Cornell University, the cost of damage by rats to grain crops in the United States stands at a staggering $19 billion annually.
In California, crop damage caused by rodent infestation was responsible for approximately $128 million in annual revenue loss, as well as up to 1,514 job cuts.
On the other hand, as per figures compiled by the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB), in developing nations such as India, an estimated 25-30% of post-harvest grains are lost each year as a result of rodents. In terms of the nation’s stored food and seed grain market, rodent infestations have caused losses of more than $5 billion.
Latest Innovations & Tech Developments in the Rodent Control Market –
Rodents are hard to track and even more challenging to control, given their agile nature. However, with a greater focus on continuous research and innovation, pest management professionals (PMP) can control them with higher efficiency and more accuracy.
For example, PMPs can now analyze and record rodent activity with a precise date, location, time and even species. This approach enables professionals to track trends, establish seasonal risk for a specific property, generate a history log, and develop a personalized and accurate plan.
On that note, let’s take a look at some recent technological advancements that can help mitigate the environmental effects of rodent control methods while offering more substantial long-term economic advantages –
- Motion-Activated Surveillance Camera Technology: Motion-detecting surveillance cameras with night vision are ideal for capturing rodents in action. Whether placed inside or outside, these cameras can effectively identify and monitor pest control problems. For example, 1env Solutions (United Kingdom) offers an extensive range of rodent control products, including high-quality, motion-activated inspection cameras. Designed to help remove rats and mice from domestic as well as commercial properties, they also help conduct visual assessments of hard-to-reach and restricted areas.
- Ultrasonic Technology: Ultrasonic deterrent devices emit a sound that is undetectable by humans. While the pressure and frequency of the emitted sound drives mice and rats away, ultrasonic technology is also employed to complement traditional mechanical rodent control devices as well as outdoor baiting. An example is Varna Enterprises’ (India) Ultrasonic Rodent Repellent, which helps chase rodents permanently. With no chemicals or poisons, these units are highly compact, safe, environmentally friendly, and non-irritating.
- Long-Range Electronic Sensor Technology: Long-range or remote electronic sensor technology system comprises electronic monitors that attach to mouse traps. The PMP receives instant notifications when a rodent is caught, when the batteries need replacement, or if the monitor is damaged or ceases to function. In this regard, Anticimex SMART is an intelligent pest control technology that continuously monitors an area remotely and transmits the data to Anticimex’s (Sweden) local office. Essentially, the system employs algorithms to predict infestations before they happen, based on trend curves. Anticimex SMART also utilizes specialized traps designed to eliminate rodents from sewers, which are a common entry point for rodents.
Innovation in terms of cost-effective and sustainable rodent control measures can help reduce the reliance on harmful chemical pesticides and their associated environmental impact. Staying updated with the latest developments is essential to comply with changing regulations and industry standards, as well.
Hence, these factors play a pivotal role in encouraging the ongoing R&D efforts in the pest control industry, subsequently boosting the growth of the global rodent control market growth over the upcoming years.
Specialized protocols and professionals trained in managing sensitive environments are essential for locations such as hospitals as well as the food & beverage industry to ensure patient and food safety.
Rodents can carry diseases, which may be transmitted to humans through direct contact or contaminated food and surfaces. For instance, rodents are known carriers of various diseases, including Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), and Plague.