As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 18 June 2015

Rentokil looking at using drones for bird control

11 Jun 2015

Pest control firm Rentokil Initial is looking into using drones for bird pest control, according to the firm's global director of enterprise, Anthony Meadows.

Meadows, who was speaking at Computing's Enterprise Mobility and Application Management Summit 2015 yesterday, said that the company has to carry out a lot of ‘bird work', and that it is looking into the use of drones as an alternative control method.

"Instead of having to get a ladder out, we could send a drone up with a camera," he told delegates.

Meadows was taking part in a discussion around the Internet of Things (IoT), which he believes is "huge" for the pest control company.

He said one of the projects the firm is currently working on is ensuring that pest boxes have sensors so that workers know when a rodent has been caught.

"It's not easy to get a mouse in a box. What that means for us when it comes to providing services is that you have to check every box which can be a very time-consuming process, meaning that we aren't using our time [efficiently] to help customers," he said.

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