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21 January, 2021 - 22:34 By Tony Quested

Spotta expands into £multibillion insect pest markets

Hi-tech pest control business Spotta has capped a strong first year of commercial operations with accelerated product development and market reach for 2021 from its Cambridge HQ. 

To support its growth into new territories and pests, the company has doubled its headcount and secured partnerships to further extend its commercial reach.  

Having secured $1.18 million in seed funding last July, Spotta’s ambition to revolutionise the pest control market – providing monitoring technology to help prevent wide-reaching infestations – has continued to evolve.

Designed for the hospitality market, the company’s Bed Pod monitoring system for bed bugs was the pillar of 2020. Following the successful first year of Bed Pod in the UK hospitality sector, the company adapted its sales strategy to work directly with pest controllers in the UK, Europe and North America as the coronavirus pandemic hit. The Bed Pod is also set to be installed in its first community housing association in 2021. 

The company’s service provider partnerships help pest management professionals provide effective monitoring. In December, a partnership with BadBug was announced, extending Spotta’s representation in key European markets including France, Germany and Scandinavia. 

In late 2020, Spotta announced its development of the Forest Pod, currently in trials with Forestry and Land Scotland monitoring Pine Weevils. The company aims to deliver the Forest Pod to market later in 2021. 

Spotta’s technology is also being applied to Red Palm Weevils, with initial trials set to take place in Q1 2021 and further trials in the Middle East later in the year, where the pests cause extensive damage to coconut and date farm crops. 

To support the growth in partnerships and systems, as well as allow the business to further develop, the Spotta team expanded in the start of 2021. 

Two new engineering recruits – Hanting Qin (R & D Engineer) and Jordan Docker (Firmware Engineer) – along with Ekansh Mittal (Commercial Lead) and Helen Snook (Office Manager) joined the team, cementing the company’s reputation as an exciting place to work and develop. 

Robert Fryers, CEO and co-founder of Spotta, says: “It’s been a busy 12 months and our ability to grow rapidly – despite the challenges our initial target market of hospitality faced from the pandemic – reflects both the huge opportunity for our technology and the fantastic contributions from our team. 

“The year ahead looks even more promising with the launch of Forest Pod later this year and trials due to start on our product targeting Palm Weevils. Insect pests cost £320 billion despite the use of four million tonnes of pesticide to treat each year: our monitoring systems can help reduce the cost and environmental impact of pesticides by detecting pests early.”

Neil D’Souza-Mathew, Spotta’s CTO and co-founder, adds: “The addition of new team members gives us a great footing to continue our business growth, from developing the technology and hardware to discovering further applications for our monitoring solutions.” 

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