How does the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System (RMS) compare to manual rodent monitoring?
The Bayer RMS helps pest management professionals (PMPs) and food handling facilities comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices, the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative’s benchmarked food safety standards. Automating rodent monitoring processes and implementing prevention-oriented maintenance plans can have a positive impact on food safety programs.
24/7 monitoring and automated rodent capture alerts provide PMPs and food handling facilities with real-time notification of unsafe conditions introduced by rodents, enabling timely corrective actions. Additionally, the system helps food processors accurately monitor and record rodent activity in facilities to prevent rodent-introduced food safety hazards.
In what conditions can the RMS operate?
The Rodent Sensor is rated to a dust and water resistance of IP54.a It will operate in temperatures ranging from -18C to +55C (detailed in the System Technical Specifications). It is appropriate for use in a wide range of conditions including cold storage rooms and semi-wet production areas.
The Gateway is able to receive RF messages in the sub-1GHz ISM bands from multiple monitors. It is based on a wireless communication technology that has both low power and long range capabilities; this allows the Rodent Sensors to be deployed in a wide variety of places (e.g., in buildings, outside) and maintain the ability to communicate with the Gateway.
Who sets up the RMS?
Bayer will provide support to the PMP or facility staff for platform set-up, installation and user training.
What will the Pest Control Service Provider do during weekly visits now that interior rodent stations do not need to be checked each week?
While checking every trap every time is no longer necessary, the RMS requires maintenance, testing and cleaning. The facility’s risk to food safety is evaluated in a detailed facility assessment which forms the basis of the System Maintenance Program. The System Maintenance Program recommends inspection frequencies (i.e., the number of monitors to be randomly checked and inspected on a monthly basis) in response to a risk-based model driven by the likelihood of pest activity, cleanliness of the area and severity of prior rodent contamination. This systematic approach is based on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program on file for the facility. The System Maintenance Program enables a more proactive approach to pest management, enhancing the overall IPM Program of the service provider.
What reports will be available for my customer visits and audits?
The system will generate an Area Event Report at every service interval, advising the service provider which monitors have had activity, which have been moved and may need to be repositioned or any other possible actions needed. The reports use up-to-date data to provide meaningful insights. These reports can be easily retrieved, expediting the process of regulatory compliance with regard to rodent control.
In addition, a Verification Report can be generated for an auditor, PMP or other interested party. This report allows interested parties to check the integrity of the communication system over a period of time, as well as trend reports of monitor activity and movement.
What happens when there is a capture?
The Bayer RMS provides an early warning of potential rodent activity. This allows the service provider or facility management to perform an area inspection, root cause analysis and document the actions taken in response to the alert, proactively enhancing food safety and compliance.
aIP = ingress protection; explanation of the letters is given in IEC 60529 (Ed. 2.1), clause 4.1