Pest Control Monitoring System

ACES Challenge Entry


Universiti Malaysia Sarawak



Coastal Pasir Pandak is a Malaysian village in Sarawak. Fishing and the sale of fishery goods, such as fresh and dried fish, make up the majority of the villagers’ activities. In the same manner that hygienic procedures were required to dry fish, a pest management system is required to keep those pests at bay. The traditional approach of pest treatment, which is a protracted and arduous process, has been shown to be ineffective for controlling the infestation.

Long-term pest control requires important and sustainable steps that go beyond applying traditional pesticides. In order to monitor pests without using chemical pesticides, this project demonstrated the use of ultrasonic sensors that produce ultrasound to alert of any pests. This Internet of Things-based pest control device offers an economical and cost-effective solution to the issue. In this approach, a pest management system can help lessen the need for pesticide use, which is a step toward addressing ecological and environmental issues.

Learning and Competency Outcomes

In order to solve common difficulties, we discovered how to integrate technology with commonplace items. With the aid of a creative strategy for finding difficulties in a quick, simple, and enjoyable manner, we were able to find considerable purpose for the most basic object and frugal items. The villagers discovered substitutes for conventional approaches that benefit both users and the environment while reaching the same aim with better and advantageous outcomes. Through readily available electronics and digital technology, users of all ages can improve their lives by efficiently interacting with and solving issues.

Playful Aspects

The Arduino Kit is an interactive kit that piques users’ interest and enjoyment, especially the younger generations who get to experiment with technology-based innovation that addresses everyday problems. We also embellish the project with amusing decorations and intriguing shapes, not just for aesthetic reasons but also to make it easier for customers to carry it wherever they go. In order to validate that the sensors function flawlessly, we also showed the utility of the innovation using our hamster.

Frugal Aspects

The pest control device’s fa├žade was constructed using inexpensive and recyclable materials including cardboard and plastic bottles. Due to its affordability and accessibility compared to other microcontroller platforms, Arduino kits were employed.