Protecting Food Safety Through Data-driven Pest Management

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Learn how the ActiveSense® system is helping Flower Power Pest Control provide data-driven pest protection.

When a baking confectionary manufacturer announced it was relocating to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Matthew Kensinger and Jerry Wiglesworth of Flower Power Pest Control knew hiring a pest management professional would be on the top of their needs upon relocating.  

For food manufacturers, rodents are an unfortunate reality of the business. During the manufacturing process, food facilities generate food odors, heat and water – natural rodent attractants. Not to mention, the sheer size of these facilities provides a lot of opportunity for rodents to enter without detection.  

With the baking confectionary manufacturer moving into an 82,000 sq. ft. facility, Flower Power knew there would be a lot of ground to cover during each service visit. Plus, the facility had 14-foot drop ceilings and several hard-to-access areas that would be a challenge to protect with traditional methods. To overcome these site challenges, Flower Power turned to the ActiveSense® system.

“ActiveSense helped us get in the door,” Wiglesworth said. “When we started talking about what it can do, that set us apart from our competition and they were very impressed.”

The ActiveSense system allowed Flower Power to offer not only proactive, but data-driven, pest management by enabling them to monitor rodent activity remotely 24/7 and be notified in real time of any activity. That extra layer of protection offered by the electronic remote monitoring system helped Flower Power win the business.

“What the customer liked the most about this product is that we can basically give them service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without being on-site,” Kensinger said.

Located in a former big box store that was undergoing renovations, Flower Power immediately got to work installing 30 exterior rodent bait stations equipped with ActiveSense sensors to help monitor and manage rodent pressures from the surrounding area.

The data gathered by the system over several months helped Flower Power streamline their bait station placements. Not only were they able to reduce the number of exterior rodent bait stations and sensors to 15, but Flower Power was also able to target areas with the highest rodent pressures to maximize their management efforts.

As construction neared completion, Flower Power turned to protecting the interior —specifically, those hard-to-access areas. The 15 ActiveSense sensors that were no longer in use on the exterior were moved to the interior and installed on multi-catch traps and clam-style snap traps.

Ten clam-style snap traps equipped with sensors were placed in the drop ceiling, while five multi-catch traps equipped with sensors were placed in hard-to-access areas to monitor for rodent activity.

With sensors monitoring these time-consuming inspection areas, Flower Power only needed to check those traps when notified of activity. It also freed up time for Flower Power to focus on other pest pressures, including an active fly problem.

The data gathered by the ActiveSense system not only informed Flower Power’s ongoing service, but it was also supplied to auditors. By downloading the data captured and including it within the site’s logbook, auditors knew exactly where and when activity took place and how quickly Flower Power responded and what corrective action was taken to resolve the problem long-term.

Thanks to the ActiveSense system, the Flower Power team was able to streamline the time spent checking traps and use the efficiency gains to provide a prescriptive pest management program that left the manufacturer better protected.


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