Picture this: You have a new team member, and their sole purpose is to be a 24/7 set of eyes and ears in your food distribution facility or warehouse and check for the presence of rodents. Now, what if this team member then also sent you a text message or email anytime they detected rodent activity? Or even just a message to let you know they are on the job?

Fortunately, this new team member won’t cost you what another employee would. We are actually talking about our electronic rodent monitoring devices, a type of remote monitoring system that uses a bait trap and a radar to detect and trigger an electronic alert when rodents are present no matter where you are.

This new technology is revolutionizing rodent control in the food processing and manufacturing industry. Up until now, rodent monitoring systems were manual – meaning bait traps would need to be checked during each visit from your pest professional. Automated rodent monitoring systems streamline the pest management process so you know which specific traps caught a rodent, and therefore reserves more time to identify why there’s an issue and how to remedy it. You’ll know if you have a problem now, not weeks later.

How does it work?

Once a rodent enters the bait trap a radio signal is sent, passing the information into the cloud. An alert is sent to the user at the other end, namely your pest management professional. Once the alert is retrieved, the pest professional will respond accordingly.

What are the benefits of rodent monitoring devices?

Real-Time Data: Remote monitoring technology provides real-time data on rodent activity inside and outside of a structure. With no delay in receiving this valuable information, better informed decisions can be reached using facts, not guesses.

Faster Response: With the data available sooner to the client and service provider, decisions can be reached faster on what corrective actions need to be taken to remedy the situation. And, as we all know, time is critical when it comes to preventing disease-transmitting rodents from threatening food products.

Preventative: FSMA regulations stress the importance of prevention, and remote monitoring technology falls in line with that approach. The data produced supports an integrated pest management (IPM) approach and helps pest professionals design and deliver preventive vs. reactive rodent management strategies.

Time Saving: Deploying remote monitoring technology can free up time for QA managers, inspectors and service technicians to perform the real work of pest management including more comprehensive inspections, interacting with clients and identifying the root cause of pest issues.

The Client Experience 

One of the first to test this breakthrough technology, Wil-Kil started working with remote rodent monitoring in November 2016. Shane McCoy, director of quality and technical training, worked with a confectionary manufacturing facility who agreed to participate in a trial program. After a full year, the client had transitioned entirely to using all remote monitoring and noticed a great difference.

The remote monitoring devices helped to identify issues quickly, sending alerts of activity to both the client and Wil-Kil, who promise a 24-hour response time. The client liked that Wil-Kil could respond to captures in a short period of time, making them audit ready. As for the service technician, they spent a lot less time checking traps they knew had no activity, and more time being an investigator and solution provider for pest issues.

The Future of Rodent Monitoring

Do remote rodent monitoring devices completely rule out the need for vigilant inspections and assessments? No. But it can serve as 24/ 7 ‘watchdog’ in your facility. It is then up to the pest management professional to deliver and build rodent management programs tailored to the client’s specific requirements.


Want to see how rodent monitoring really works? Check out the video below. Wil-Kil’s preferred remote monitoring device is the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System – which is what our pest professionals use for our clients.

Also check out our remote monitoring educational series:

Part 1: Remote Monitoring: Not Your Grandfather’s Rodent Management

Part 2: Remote Monitoring: Is it Right for You?

Part 3: Remote Monitoring: A Case Study

Wil-Kil is one of the first to implement this new, revolutionary technology into our IPM strategy. If you have more questions or are interested in getting a quote, give us a call!


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