The Buzz on Modern Pest’s SMART Cities

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Portland, Maine and Somerville, Massachusetts were the first two SMART Cities in the United States,  and they have been all over the news. Since then, Old Town, Maine and several Massachusetts cities have also become SMART Cities.

When these cities partnered with Modern Pest, they committed to tackling rat issues head-on.  Using Anticimex SMART technology, Modern Pest will help make SMART Cities safer and more enjoyable for residents and visitors alike.

The Concept

Anticimex SMART is an intelligent pest control system that keeps an eye on things you don’t want to see, predicting and preventing costly infestations in an environmentally-friendly way. The Anticimex SMART system is linked wirelessly, communicating with our office around the clock and giving us full control of the installation to monitor activity.

“SMART City” Concept

  • Modern starts with detailed site evaluations of target areas to identify the ideal deployment strategy- above grade or in the sewer system
  • Modern deploys equipment to hotspots to reduce rodent pressure
  • We then analyze data to determine reductions in population and where additional equipment might be needed

“SMART City” Data

  • Modern’s data provides a visual representation in real time to determine hotspots for rodent control and additional efforts that may be needed
  • “Gatekeeper” monitoring to ensures that pest pressure does not rise before we know about it

Smart Box Technology

  • Smart Box is a multi-catch unit that deals with rodents above ground.
  • When a rat or mouse enters the box, it is electrocuted and deposed of in a containment unit within the box.
  • The sensor in the box wirelessly reports back to Modern so we know when to service the unit.
  • The temperature sensor detects when the environment or product is too hot or too cold.
  • The power sensor monitors the battery status.
  • The water sensor monitors if the product is flooded.
  • Sensor technology is awake 24/7, always ready to detect and act on any activity, giving city officials peace of mind that SMART is working for them.

The Buzz

Here are links to some of the coverage so far:



Rats on the loose: Portland takes aggressive but unique approach to rid them

Bangor Daily News

Old Town uses electrocution boxes and sewer death traps to eradicate rats

Maine Public

Understanding rat biology & behavior—and how to reduce this rodent population in Maine


Rat wars: Boston’s unending battle against a rodent invasion and lessons from surrounding cities

City of Somerville

Somerville Pilots New Rodent-Control Technology


Pilot program in Somerville surveils — and captures — rats


Somerville Pilots New Rodent Control Technology

Wicked Local

No more mischief in Somerville! How the city aims to mitigate the rodent issue

WBZ News Radio

Somerville Introduces New Pest Control Devices That Electrocutes Rats, Mice

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NBC News Boston

Somerville Places Dozens of Traps to Electrocute Rats After Surge in Sightings

Smart Cities Dives

The latest front for smart city tech? Rat control

Cities Today

Cities step up data-driven efforts to outsmart rats


Cities are switching to “smart” rat control

WBUR Boston

Mass. cities scurry to contain rats with electronic traps, carbon monoxide and birth control

(Photo courtesy of Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Lowell Sun

Rodents give residents, city the runaround

Peabody’s new rat control methods sound effective, and horrifying

Photo courtesy of Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The Salem News

Street cleaning, pest control improved in Peabody, city says

Boston Globe

Brookline to bring in high-tech traps to zap and track rodents

The Patch

Brookline Partners With Modern Pest To Tackle Rat Problem

John Guilfoil Public Relations for Police, Fire, Schools, and Municipal Government

Brookline Partners with Modern Pest to Reduce Presence of Rodents Through Digital Technology

Boston Globe

Somerville declares (partial) victory over rats as Brookline readies for battle

Watertown News

City Deploying Rodent Control in Areas of Big Road Construction Projects