Computers Against Cockroaches

Bugs, creepy crawlers, insects, flying pests and other menaces are all the same to me. They are things to be eradicated in any manner possible, as long as it is safe. I have lived in too many places that were invaded. Fumigation was a matter of regular practice. Sure, pest control measures are more modern, less harmful and toxic these days, and fairly cost-effective. But is there more we can do? Can computer technology enhance treatment and prevention? Can it help keep those dirty cockroaches at bay!

The world runs on eco-friendly fuel (at least it wants to) so we have to consider this fact in weighing the various modes of insect repellence. DDT had its short day and we don’t want a recurrence. Think about how much better it is to use sound waves or vibration-emitting devices to deter unwanted intruders. Some critters are necessary in the garden because they eat their enemies, which helps plant health and therefore growth. So you have to decide when, where, and why you want to exterminate.

A great benefit of technology is looking for signs of termites. You can see their castoff wings at times, but they can also be undetectable with the naked eye. They can be buried in nooks and crannies in walls and floor–anywhere there is wood. Experts in the field have gone beyond traditional inspection methods with thermal infrared imaging. Here’s how it works. Termites emit infrared radiation from their metabolism, even though they are cold blooded like most insects. In other words, the subterranean pests release carbon dioxide as a byproduct of their digestive system. In fact, they produce more carbon dioxide than any other living organism. Now that is news!

The technician will carry a highly-sensitive programmed infrared camera that will sense active colonies. They also detect temperature variations caused by high moisture areas that are likely infestation locations. The screen on the camera will show darker or lighter areas that are the tip off. These are the warning signs of what is hidden in walls or underground.

Technological advancement thus helps many ordinary life problems, sometimes in rather exciting novel ways. Thermal scanning is the “smart” way to detect what lies behind concealed areas. It is a superman kind of process that warms the heart of geeks everywhere. There is also a new area of pest control software that deals with the business end of the industry, further evidence of great creative minds at work. Staying on the crest of technology will help fight the competition and keep an enterprise up-to-date and productive. The programs keep accounts and inspection reports at close range of servicemen and customers alike. As a consumer, you understand more of the process and where your property stands in the fight against insect evil.

I think a good club idea would be “Computers Against Cockroaches” as an umbrella term for people who want to get started inventing new systems for pest control research and practice. I venture to guess that a lot more can be done in this area to keep one’s habitat insect free.