TrapSmart Electronic Trap Monitoring Earns Accolades from
Wildlife Control Expert Rob Erickson
TrapSmart technology meets and exceeds wildlife control expectations
Vernon, NJ – February 29, 2012 – Thomas Watson, founder and president of NJ-based Trapsmart, a wildlife control technology,and James Burgio, co-creator of Trapsmart and design and marketing expert of GPS tracking systems, announced today that Rob Erickson, wildlife control expert and author of Innovative Skunk Control has chronicled his positive experience with TrapSmart technology in the January/February 2012 issue of Wildlife Control Technology magazine. Erickson is a regular contributing editor to the magazine and is a highly regarded member of the wildlife control industry.
Erickson’s article, Electronic Trap Monitoring details a real-life hands-on situation that Erickson faced when called in to help a metal foundry that had been experiencing raccoon problems for over 15 years. The foundry was located adjacent to a creek and a ten acre section of woods, an excellent habitat for raccoons and other wildlife. With an open vented roof to allow heat to escape from the foundry ovens, the building itself could not be secured against the continuing wildlife invasion. Gaining access through the roof, the raccoons would make their way to the office area to have their young. Urine stains covered the office ceiling and the smell was overpowering.
Utilizing GPS-based technology, the TrapSmart product line allows you to monitor multiple traps from one location. Erickson devised a population reduction plan on the property, starting with eight to ten traps. The difficulty was in implementing an efficient yet effective way to continuously monitor the traps. Erickson was 30 miles away in the opposite direction and it would be difficult for him to meet the legal requirement to visit every trap at least once every 24 hours. “The first thing that came to my mind was TrapSmart,” writes Erickson. So he set the traps, attached the TrapSmart monitoring devices and set up email alerts to be sent to the foundry’s plant manager, shift manager and maintenance supervisor who could immediately check the traps to alert him when an animal was caught. Every night for the first several weeks Erickson had to remove trapped animals.
“Since starting this project last year, I have never had to do anything to this unit. Nothing!” writes an impressed and enthusiastic Erickson. He also noted that for over a year, TrapSmart has performed flawlessly and has lived up to its weather resistant claim as it has weathered rain, snow, temperature extremes of -30 degrees to 100 degrees without problems. This is the first year that the foundry has not had a litter of young born there in more than 15 years.
Wildlife control is often a difficult and unappealing task that requires costly, extended and unnecessary journeys to check on often empty traps. Up until now there has been no option to meeting the legal requirement to visit every trap at least once every 24 hours.
With the objective of designing a fully automated, fail safe methodology to notify trappers as soon as an animal entered a trap, Thomas Watson, a professional pest control operator and James Burgio, an expert in the design and marketing of GPS tracking systems, teamed up to develop the TrapSmart product line. TrapSmart harnesses the power of GPS technology to improve the efficiency, productivity and profitability of wildlife control efforts.
For additional information on the TrapSmart Advantage, visit www.trapsmart.com or call 973-907-0280.
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About TrapSmart: TrapSmart provides computer-based monitoring of all trapping sites 24/7 and enables remote monitoring of multiple traps, improving trapping efficiency by reducing wasted travel time, removing the liability associated with animals trapped in excess of statutory time limits and enabling quick response when a trap is occupied. TrapSmart delivers real-time text and email alerts the minute a trap door is shut so you can respond immediately, minimizing damage and ensuring humane wildlife treatment. One TrapSmart control unit can manage multiple sensors on many cages, and can easily be retrofit on any existing wildlife traps. Extensive research and development and wildlife control testing ensures that TrapSmart will work under most environmental conditions and provide extended coverage using cellular network and SMS back up technology. For more information, visit www.Trapsmart.com