Rat catchers turn hi-tech with facial recognition | News


Charles Dickens once described rats as “fine, stealthy, secret fellows”, but the days of their stealth and secrecy may be over.

The pest control firm Rentokil Initial has developed a modified form of facial recognition technology aimed at tracking individual rats to locate the best places to trap them.

While many people might think that all rats look the same — basically, evil and menacing — Rentokil believes that cameras placed in sites known to be infested with the vermin will provide the images necessary to identify individual rodents.

The new rat-catching technology, due to be unveiled this week, has been designed at the company’s innovation hub in Crawley, West Sussex, and has undergone initial British trials at an undisclosed location. “The world of pest

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