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Technology provides a more sustainable future for rodent management

The use of technology is the ‘norm’ for facility managers and is already being used to improve efficiencies and sustainability in many areas of the business. However, pest management has been slow to the party, with limited digital options on the market, but there’s now a solution available.

Gary Nicholas, the Digital Pest Management sales manager at Bayer Environmental Science, says with all aspects of sustainability high on the agenda for businesses, facility managers should be adopting the technology out there to help improve the efficiency, traceability, accountability and transparency of rodent management.

“Facility management businesses use technology in waste management, cleaning and security services and pest management, should not be any different,” he says.

This tool can provide facility managers with accountability for rodent management on their site, as it gives them access to all the required resources to be confident in the system they have in place.

“Digital Pest Management provides a full trap activity history, ensuring complete traceability and transparency. It also helps reduce the manual aspect of rodent management and reporting, which can be inaccurate and hard to interpret. Live reporting removes the risk of any mistakes and is always up to date.

“It also allows facility managers to adhere to current stewardship guidelines. It uses smart traps, allowing rodenticides to be integrated into the wider rodent management programme and used in a very controlled, precise and targeted way,” adds Gary.

“When it comes to sustainability, an automated, digital system like this can help improve efficiency and effectiveness, which can reduce the financial investment required for rodent management. The targeted and precise use of rodenticides also helps improve environmental sustainability,” he explains.

“From a social aspect, this system is also much safer for people and wildlife, as there’s a greatly reduced need for rodenticides on site, which are of course toxic.”

Gary says facility managers have been using technology for several years and so now a solution is available for rodent management, it makes sense to use it to help improve the sustainability, transparency and compliance of this across facilities.

For more information, please visit www.environmentalscience.bayer.co.uk/pest-management/digital-pest-management or contact the Pest Solutions Team on pestsolutions@bayer.com.

5 Minutes With… Bayer Environmental Science’s Gary Nicholas

In the latest instalment of our FM industry executive interview series we spoke to Gary Nicholas, UK & IE Sales Manager (DPM) at Bayer Environmental Science, about Digital Pest Management, the role data & analytics can play in controlling pests and the rewarding nature of working with the facilities management community…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

The Bayer Group is managed as a life science company with three divisions – Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science, Bayer are very well known for our chemical products and we’re now combining these with digital solutions.  Solutions such as Digital Pest Management (DPM) to enhance our professional pest management products range.

What benefits and ‘value adds’ does DPM offer FMs?

DPM allows for real time 24/7/365 chemical-free remote rodent monitoring.  The software is able to produce trend analysis and other analytics from the data capture. Benefits and ‘value adds’ of this for FMs are such thing as:

  • Real time live digital site plans showing the precise location of each individual trap. Smart traps that can be represented on the digital site plan by coloured icons which change colour depending on their status.  No more guessing or ‘not knowing’ where traps are located and what state of service they are in.
  • Real time trigger and capture notifications which can be sent to QA and pest manager’s devices, or indeed anyone who is authorised to receive alerts through the system software. Vastly reduced reaction lead time to pest sightings and activity.
  • Reducing the use of chemicals and rodenticides to a point where usage is very precise and very targeted and used only when absolutely necessary.
  • Heat mapping technology which provides invaluable data on current and historic rodent activity, where activity is reducing, increasing and importantly where there is no activity.
  • Daily diagnostic system checks on every trap on every site, which provides QA and pest managers with automated digital, data driven reports on status and activity. This is the equivalent of having all traps inspected, serviced and digitally reported on 365 days a year.  Real time 24/7 integrated pest management systems.
  • Audit ready systems supported by the manufactures.
  • Transparency of service.

All of this would be impossible to achieve without DPM.

Do different types of site require different DPM solutions – what are the key considerations?

Not necessarily different solutions, but each site will have individual needs.  The system is flexible enough to allow bespoke solutions to meet those – Key considerations would be:

  • Nature of the business.
  • Size of the particular sites where DPM is to be installed.
  • Are non-chemical solutions preferable? I.e. food & beverage manufacturing, critical health care, and the impact of using chemicals on the business and surrounding environment.
  • Levels and locations of recent, current and historic rodent activity
  • Will the customer benefit from an audit ready digital platform? Invariable the answer to this will almost always be ‘Yes’.
  • Tailoring the system to the exact requirements of individual managers and their sites.

What is your biggest priority in 2021 (in terms of developing the DPM solution)?

To ensure businesses managers, FM managers and pest managers are aware that our system is available and on the market.  To demonstrate its functions and all the benefits of DPM.  We’ll also be ensuring that everyone’s able and confident to work with our system on their sites. Myself and the Bayer DPM team are dedicated to offering our full support to all users for as long as it is needed.

Tell us about the underlying technology in Bayer’s DPM solution

It’s a cloud based, remote management system, developed in conjunction with Microsoft that uses LoRa technology to connect smart traps, both rat and mouse, to a central Gateway.  It can be used indoors and out, plus smart traps are water and dust resistant. Continual development and data refreshes bring new features and functionality – ultimately the solution is designed to enhance and compliment the skills and abilities of the service technicians and the wider pest management industry, bringing all the benefits of digital to their customers.

What role does data and analytics play in more effectively managing pests?

In short, monumental improvements in ‘knowing’ the pest status of sites, every day of the year.  In particular, trend analysis helps PCOs understand and get to the ‘root causes’ of infestations, control infestations in a very targeted and much quicker manner, and predict when and where future activity may occur, understanding the rodent behaviour and  acting accordingly. Therefore, the data protects people, property, assets and reputations from rodent damage. Plus, using data to ensure when chemicals and rodenticides are needed and employed means the system is very targeted, precise and therefore sustainable.

In 2025 we’ll all be talking about…?

The widespread use of mobile apps to self-manage medication and personal healthcare. Providing real-time status on such things as vaccinations and wellbeing.

Which person in, or associated with, your industry would you most like to meet?

All of my Bayer colleagues in our team. COVID restrictions have so far meant that we have been unable to meet in person since I joined Bayer last October.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the FM sector?

Not surprising, but certainly what I have learnt most is just how much I enjoy working with the FM industry. It’s challenging at times in terms of tailoring specific solutions to such diverse needs and requirements, but always great fun and very rewarding.  I’ve met a lot of lovely, interesting people, surveyed some iconic and often fascinating buildings and locations, and made some life-long friends from within the FM industry/sector.

You go to the bar at the Facilities Management Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

Sauvignon Blanc – Chilean if available, and a large one, thank you!

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Being the person at Bayer ES leading the commercialisation of, in my opinion, professional pest management’s latest and most exciting innovation in the past 50 years or more. I get let loose on the technology and get to showcase it to businesses and people across the UK, Ireland and also into Europe! That’s amazing!

And what’s the most challenging?

Helping the pest management industry to shift its mindset from age-old ways of thinking and working and getting those people to share our vision that digital innovation brings.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Be yourself. Trust and believe in your own ability and never stop learning.

About Gary Nicholas

Over 35 years working within the pest control industry, the last 20 of which have been working closely with Facility Managers and Building Managers, previously as Surveyor & Account Manager and now as UK & IE Sales Manager (DPM) for Bayer Environmental Science. Lives in NW England in the beautiful Fylde coastal town of Lytham St Anne’s with wife Paula. Outside of work, enjoys watching Rugby and MotoGP as well as having a keen and active interest in aviation and flying.

Digital Pest Management – Innovating pest control for facility managers

Traditional methods of pest management are based around ‘generations old’ methods of manually checking each control point and bait station. This ‘manual’ method is not only very time consuming and inefficient, but it also relies on the service technician recalling the status of every control point inspected, its precise location and manually writing up a report.

‘There has to be a better way!’ Well now there is! – Bayer Digital Pest Management

Gary Nicholas, UK and IE Bayer sales manager for Digital Pest Management, discusses the technology behind the system and how it can benefit facility managers…

Digital Pest Management

Digital Pest Management is a monitoring system designed in conjunction with Microsoft to make rodent management and control across commercial sites much more efficient, transparent and targeted.

It is a cloud-based system which remotely inspects every control point or bait station, every day of the year, and produces a data based digital report together with real time capture alerts to show when rodents are active.

The system also improves sustainability through reduced and precise use of chemicals and rodenticides.

This is innovation that will bring integrated pest management into the 21st century, giving pest managers, facility managers and the clients they work with, the knowledge, traceability and transparency to efficiently and sustainably manage rodents on all sites and across all industries! – Win, Win, Win!

The traps are similar in appearance to those already widely in use to control rodents, but what makes Bayer’s unique, is the specialist smart technology contained within the base of the trap.

This technology provides facility managers with a wealth of useful data including:

  • A digital site plan showing the precise location of each individual trap. Our smart traps are represented on the digital site plan by icons which change colour depending on their status. No more guessing or ‘not knowing’ where traps are located and what state of service they are in.
  • Real time trigger and capture notifications which can be sent to facility manager’s devices, or indeed anyone that is authorised to receive alerts through the system software.
  • Heat mapping technology which provides invaluable data on current and historic rodent activity, where it is reducing, increasing and importantly where there is no activity.
  • Daily diagnostic system checks on every trap on every site, which provides facility managers with automated digital reports on status and activity. This is the equivalent of having all traps inspected, serviced and digitally reported on 365 days a year. A real time 24/7 integrated pest management system.
  • An audit ready system fully supported by the Bayer Digital Pest Management team based right here in the UK.

All of this ensures that facility managers can be fully compliant with their pest management obligations.

How can Digital Pest Management benefit facility managers?

Due to the flexibility of Digital Pest Management, it can be installed in sites such as:

  • Food industry facilities
  • Shopping centres & retail parks
  • Hotels, hospitality/events venues and stadiums
  • Office complexes
  • Education facilities
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Warehousing and logistics facilities
  • Plus, many more…

The system can also be used on long or short-term projects such as construction and development sites. Access can often be restricted on these sites and physical attendance can be reduced, so Digital Pest Management can be beneficial.

Another benefit for facility managers is the historic data storage on the Bayer cloud database. With this information and the analytics produced from it, they can work alongside their pest managers to identify reoccurring problem areas, predict future activity and where infestations are likely to occur, thus allowing the root causes of infestations to be identified and future infestations prevented.

The daily data reports are particularly useful on sites comprising of multiple businesses and occupants, as it can provide facility managers with the evidence required to flag these problems to the specific businesses.

Innovative technology such as Digital Pest Management can greatly enhance site management, allowing facility managers to improve efficiency, traceability and transparency when it comes to pest control.

More information on Digital Pest Management

  • For additional information on Digital Pest Management click here
  • Read a real-life example here
  • Watch a video on Digital Pest Management here

Innovation in pest sector benefits facility managers

By Bayer

Digital Pest Management can change the way facility managers offer pest management services to clients across their business portfolio, by improving efficiency, traceability and transparency.

Gary Nicholas, Bayer sales manager for Digital Pest Management explains that traditional methods of pest management are very manual, which is time consuming and inefficient, but new innovative technology means there is now a solution to this.

“Digital Pest Management has been designed in conjunction with Microsoft to make rodent management across commercial sites much more efficient, transparent and targeted.

“It’s a cloud-based system which remotely inspects every bait station, every day of the year, producing a digital report that includes real time capture alerts when rodents are active,” he says.

The rodent traps are similar in appearance to those already widely in use, but what makes Bayer’s unique, is the specialist smart technology contained within the base of the trap.

Gary says this technology can provide a wealth of data to facility managers including:

  • A digital site plan showing the precise location of each individual trap. The smart traps are represented on the digital site plan by icons which change colour depending on their status. No more guessing or ‘not knowing’ where traps are located and their state of service.
  • Real time trigger and capture notifications which can be sent to facility manager’s devices, or indeed anyone that is authorised to receive alerts through the system software.
  • Heat mapping technology which provides invaluable data on current and historic rodent activity, where activity is reducing, increasing and importantly where there is no activity.
  • Daily diagnostic system checks every trap on every site, which provides facility managers with automated digital reports on status and activity. This is the equivalent of having all traps inspected, serviced and digitally reported on 365 days a year. A real time 24/7 integrated pest management system.

For more information, please visit www.environmentalscience.bayer.co.uk/pest-management/digital-pest-managementor contact the Pest Solutions Team on pestsolutions@bayer.com

Bayer turns its AV systems up to 11

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical company Bayer has unveiled new AV systems throughout its Green Park headquarters in Reading to create collaborative meeting spaces, meeting rooms and presentation suites.

The pharma giant hired Shure Distribution, MiX Consultancy and Focus 21 to handle the work.

“The convergence of IT and AV is not a new trend but something of increasing significance for new builds and refurbishment,” explained Glynn Seymour, IT project lead for Bayer.

“The Bayer UK headquarters move was part of a wider culture change to a more agile way of working and our new home had to reflect and support this, whilst adhering to corporate standards in many areas. We were challenged to create a variety of meeting spaces that were versatile but retained ease of use and bolstered the image of Bayer as an innovation-driven Life Science organisation.”

Shure Microflex products were chosen for the project as they are corporate network ready and can connect to networks and third-party control systems using standard protocols for remote management and campus-wide implementation, delivering versatile, flexible meeting spaces that had to be consistent, reliable and easy to use.