Indiana Patent of the Month – April 2023

The fight against rodent infestations in commercial and industrial establishments has always been a battle. Conventional methods of monitoring rodent traps are often labor-intensive and time-consuming. This is where wireless electronic smart-sensor traps come in, allowing for remote monitoring of the traps.

However, the cost of converting existing manual monitoring programs to more automated systems using smart-sensor traps can be a significant hurdle. Fortunately, Fumigation Service & Supply Inc. (FSS), a full-service pest management company, has developed a method of converting conventional manually monitored capture-and-release rodent traps into remotely-monitored traps. The company targets quality, safe and innovative solutions for the food, feed, grain, seed, and logistics spaces including distribution and export.

FSS’ method involves attaching a smart-sensor to the trap and retrofitting a bracket to restrict the movement of rodents into the capture chamber to a pathway in sufficient proximity for detection by the smart-sensor. The bracket is designed to have a one-piece construction and is formed of 24 gauge galvanized steel, making it durable and long-lasting.

What makes this invention even more impressive is the ease of installation. The bracket is provided with a downwardly extending lip, and the attaching step is accomplished by press-fitting the bracket lip into the space between the opposed one-way entry corridors.

This method of retrofitting conventional traps with smart-sensors and brackets is a game-changer in the rodent management industry. It allows for more efficient monitoring of traps while minimizing the costs associated with converting to a fully automated system.

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