At the recent “Made in Yorkshire” awards ceremony, the British pest control manufacturer PestWest was announced as the winner of the Digital Engineering / Technology Award for its flyDetect product. The ceremony and dinner were hosted by Insider Media Ltd, publisher of Yorkshire Business News, and took place at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds.

“We are very pleased that PestWest was recognized for the technology with which we developed flyDetect. It has taken years to develop and is the first of its kind in the pest control industry, ”said Fred Hurstel, PestWest Business Director, in a press release. “Flying insects contaminating products remain an important issue for many industries, and early detection of potential flying insect problems is a great advantage when tolerance to insects is not required.”

He continued: “During the current and ongoing pandemic, it is especially important that hospitals, manufacturers and pharmaceutical industries have the assurance that insect detection is guaranteed while ensuring the safety of their employees, and flyDetect enables them to do so via remote monitoring.”

FlyDetect’s 24/7 remote monitoring system has an integrated high-resolution camera that captures the entire sticky board. The product is designed to send instant notifications when an infestation occurs. The detection thresholds can be adjusted to the sensitivity of the situation in which flyDetect is being used, making it ideal for industries like food manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, the company says.


The PestWest range of electric fly control devices was first developed by Mike Kemp in the early 1980s. In 1991 PestWest Electronics Ltd was founded to develop the electric fly control series within the Killgerm Group, and also further developed the concept of insect light traps, which use sticky boards to control the insects.

In 2001 a separate company, PestWest USA, was founded to serve the American market, which PestWest had entered in 1993.