Smart Pest Control: IoT Crop Protection

According to Berg Insight, the number of active in-field monitoring and control devices that can be applied to Pest Control is anticipated to reach 1.7 million units by 2025. Smart Pest Control solutions using IoT connectivity are emerging as a game-changer, offering precision, sustainability, and enhanced crop protection.

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IoT Devices and Technology in Smart Pest Control

Smart Pest Control relies on the following IoT devices and technologies:

Pest Control Device Type 

Example IoT-Enabled Brands 

Smart Traps (Rodents) 

Rentokil PestConnect 


Victor Smart-Kill Electronic Mousetrap 

Smart Insect Lights 

DynaTrap Flylight with AtraktaGlo Technology 

Smart Electronic Pest Repellers 

PestBye Advanced Plug-In Pest Repeller with Smartphone Control 

IoT-Integrated Agricultural Pest Control 

Arable (Agricultural IoT pest monitoring and management) 

Semios (Agricultural IoT pest and crop management) 

The relevant IoT connectivity devices and manufacturers are represented by: 

Connectivity Device 


IoT Modules  

Gemalto, Quectel, Telit, u-blox, Sierra Wireless, Digi International, Multitech, Particle, NimbeLink, Link Labs, Senet 

IoT Gateways  

Sierra Wireless, Digi International, Multitech, Link Labs, Senet 

Cellular Modems  

Gemalto, Quectel, Telit, u-blox, Sierra Wireless, Digi International, Multitech, NimbeLink 

Pest Control Devices and Sustainable Crop Protection

  • Challenge

    Traditional pest control methods often involve the widespread use of pesticides, harming beneficial insects and the environment. 

  • Solution

    Smart Pest Control minimizes pesticide use by targeting treatments only where needed. This approach can reduce pesticide application by lowering environmental impact the risk of pesticide resistance.  

Early Pest Detection and Rapid Response

  • Challenge

    Delayed pest detection can lead to significant crop damage.

  • Solution 

    IoT-based pest traps and monitoring systems provide early detection, allowing farmers to respond promptly to emerging pest threats. This can prevent potential crop loss.

Precision Application

  • Challenge

    Conventional pest control methods often result in overuse of pesticides, harming non-target species and the ecosystem. 

  • Solution 

    Precision application through drones and smart sprayers targets specific areas affected by pests, reducing pesticide drift and minimizing harm to beneficial insects.

Data-Driving Decisions with IoT Sensors and Connectivity 

  • Challenge 

    Pest control decisions are often based on routine schedules and visual inspection. 

  • Solution 

    Automatic data collection from pest traps and sensors and analysis facilitates the process of documenting pest outbreaks and helps to develop heat maps for farmers to take precautions. 

Reduced Environmental Impact 

  • Challenge 

    Unsustainable pest control practices can harm the environment and lead to long-term ecological damage. 

  • Solution 

    Smart Pest Control promotes sustainable agriculture by minimizing pesticide use, protecting beneficial insects, and reducing environmental contamination. In addition, reduced damage to plants leads to lower water requirements for irrigation as healthy plants can better withstand periods of water scarcity.  IoT devices and connectivity can save nearly 230 billion cubic meters of water, with 35% thanks to smart water grid operations, and remaining water savings will be supplemented by IoT-enabled agricultural applications like crop management and remote pest control. 

Learn more in Transforma Insights.

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