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How Technology Is Changing the Way One Company Finds TermitesJune 21st, 2012 by
This article was crafted with the help of Breda Pest Management.
The Termite Belt
If you own your home, chances are you’re already wary about termites—especially if you live in the middle of the “Termite Belt.” Typical termite inspections often involve searching the basement or crawling under the house looking for telltale mud tunnels, but one pest control company in Atlanta is hoping to revolutionize the way you search for termites in your home.
Termite Inspections Using Infrared Cameras
“That’s the way the industry has been trained. That’s just the way that they’ve done it the entire time I’ve been in the business,” says Rodger Breda of Breda Pest Management. “But our success is due to being on the edge of technology. We are the only termite and pest control company in the state of Georgia that uses infrared cameras and a Termatrac for all termite and pest inspections.”
“The infrared camera allows us to detect things that will remain hidden during a standard visual inspection. With the screen, we can show you everything we’re seeing; you can even see the studs in your wall. What it’s looking for is anomalies, the problem areas,” explains Rodger, a 39-year veteran of the pest control industry.
Methane Gas from Termites
“With termites, they give off a methane gas. Now, when the colony is big enough, this methane gas will show up yellow on the camera. That’s when we say, ‘Whoa, we’ve got some termites here.’ This camera is very sensitive.
It will notice any temperature changes happening within the wall as well as heat and moisture sources or movement occurring behind the Sheetrock. This is how we locate the infestation. Then, using the Termatrac, we can determine if the infestation is active.”
Non-Invasive Methods of Inspection
But what about damage? Does the Termatrac or infrared camera compare to the non-invasive method of baseboard inspection? “Both devices are non-destructive, and they are among the most advanced pieces of technology in the industry,” Rodger reassures. “And with these devices, we can find termites before it’s too late.”
This article was crafted with the help of Breda Pest Management, an Atlanta, Georgia expert in Pest & Termite Control. While we strive to provide relevant information to all homeowners, some of the material we publish may not pertain to every area. Please contact your local Best Pick companies for any further area-specific advice.