AI takes on the growing bed bug problem

July 28, 2020

Pest control experts estimate that the number of bed bug infestations worldwide has increased by more than 4,500% (no, that’s not a typo) in the early years of this century. In part that’s down to increased travel spreading them but also because bed bugs are becoming resistant to pesticides.

Not good news.

But AI may be able to come to the rescue. At least that is what Cambridge-based startup Spotta claims. The company, which just raised $1.18m in seed funding from Cambridge Angels, the Angel CoFund and US VC REMUS, has developed traps equipped with image recognition that can help hotels and homeowners detect the bugs at an early stage before the infestation gets out of control.

Read the full article on the Sifted website here

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