The traditional method for detecting termites is by using a ‘tapping stick’, flash light and a moisture meter. This method cannot detect activity behind the walls and under the floors without demolishing parts of the house. However, a thermal pest inspection detects termite activity in the wall cavities by using a thermal camera. Thermal pest inspection cameras are now becoming more popular as the process is less intrusive than the traditional method and it is now becoming more affordable.
What are thermal pest inspections?
Thermal pest inspections are pest inspections that use a highly sensitive thermal camera to scan and take photos of walls to pick up abnormal heat and moisture in the wall frames to indicate pest infestation. The termite activity that the camera picks up would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, unless the wall or flooring was removed.
How do thermal imaging cameras work?
Termites enjoy warmer temperatures, and a group of termites gives of a large amount of radiated heat and moisture which is detectable on wall surfaces using the thermal cameras. The cameras scan the walls for termite or other pest activity in a matter of seconds and then are able to take photos of the infested areas for future reference. Temperature differences give off different variances, the cameras have technology to see the different variances in surface temperature, therefore being able to detect hot areas that the termites will thrive in. Different variances are shown in the photos through different colours. In the photos the hot regions are shown as yellow or red, while cold areas are depicted by purple and blue tones, this makes spotting infested areas easy.Find Out More Cincinnati, Ohio.
Why is thermal pest inspection vital?
Some homes may not have any noticeable evidence of termite infestation. Due to the cameras ability to see variances in temperature, it allows technicians to accurately identify potential and immediate problems that you may have missed if you were conducting a traditional pest inspection. Surface temperatures are changed by pests and living organisms in an area of your home. This technology means the problem areas can be pinpointed without the need of demolishing the structure of the home. An advantage of the thermal imaging camera is that it doesn’t limit the inspection to areas that are accessible. Areas that are hard to reach can be easily scanned with the thermal camera.
Thermal pest inspections: Benefits
Most termite activity is hidden in wall cavities and are often left unnoticed until they reach the roof. By the time the termites reach the roof void they have usually caused significant damage to the wood in the wall frame. With the aid of the thermal camera, technicians can now quickly locate the areas in the home that are infested. Some benefits of thermal pest inspections include:
Assisting in carrying out non-invasive inspections
Helps determine an accurate treatment procedure
Allows you to view inaccessible areas
Save on time and money by determining the exact location of the infestation
Offers a more detailed inspection analysis
Minimizes risk of missing any hidden problems
If you need a pest inspection, ensure the company uses thermal imaging cameras. This will mean that you get accurate results without causing damage to your property.