Why pest police are unique
Pest Police Australia are the only Pest Control Company in Victoria to use Termite Detection Dogs during their pest inspections making us the only Company that possess all tools available in today’s market. We are committed to giving our customers the best termite inspection possible.
Termite Detection Dogs
Over the past 3 years the implementation of Termite Detection Dogs has received lots of publicity in both print media and television. They are an effective tool in the fight against termites. Termite Detection Dogs have unbeatable detection skills, they are mobile, fast working and adorable.
Termite Detection Dogs have a recorded success rate of up to 97% accuracy. They have the ability to find the presence of live termites in all environments. They can detect termites where conventional detection techniques fail. Termite Detection Dogs can detect live termites through carpets and under rugs, no other method can achieve this unless all floor coverings are removed.
Termatrac is a breakthrough development in the detection of termites, invented and developed in Australia using technology similar to radar, Termatrac is the exciting answer to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry with no interference to the building material or termite activity.
With no drilling, tapping or prodding, Termatrac is the answer to termite detection without termite defection! With Termatrac, the pest professional enjoys the advantage of accurate detection and customer peace of mind.
Termatrac, explained simply, emits signals which penetrate the material that is being searched. If these signals are interrupted by termite activity, the liquid crystal display will alert you to this activity. Termatrac relays this information to the operator, so that they can pinpoint the termites in an instant. Then you can:
- track the extent of their activity without disturbances
- track termites to entry point
- locate nests via entry point
- determine the most suitable termite treatment procedures
In the past few years, a new technology has emerged as a significant tool in the ever-lasting fight against Termites. It’s known as a few names, usually Thermal Imaging or Infrared, but both make reference to the same genre of devices. The technology itself has been around for many, many years, but only recently has the technology advanced to a stage where it’s affordable for businesses to employ it with a reasonable result.
As with all technologies, there’s a lot of myths floating around, so here’s a couple of short lists on what Thermal Imaging can and cannot do.
Thermal Imaging Can:
- Reduce time in trying to locate an area of significant termite activity, when there’s a known infestation,
- Allow the user to pinpoint areas of suspicion,
- Help carry out non-destructive inspections,
- Provide both the user and their client more reassurance that the job has been done properly,
- Supply evidence of infestation, or lack of, should quality of a technician’s job come into question.
Thermal Imaging Cannot:
- See through walls,
- Pinpoint individual Termites,
- Tell the user if an area of suspicion is actually caused by Termites or something else,
- Be used as an “all in one” inspection tool,
- Replace skills of a technician trained in the locating and management of Termites.
How exactly do Thermal Imaging Cameras work?
Everything has a different heat pattern due to various environmental factors (sunlight, ambient temperature, humidity, etc) and what the object is made of (density, moisture content, etc). Because the nature of all things is to reach an equalibrium (where temperatures are all the same), heat is moved from one object to another to try and get to this equalibrium Termites enjoy temperatures from 28-36ºC, and make their nests and leads sit at around this temperature. As ambient temperatures are usually much lower than this the imprint this has on walls and other building materials can be seen.
Having a Thermal Imaging Camera is like having tens of thousands of highly tuned, non-contact thermometers, producing an easy to understand and interpret picture.
Nearly all pests, termites and other common wood destroying organisms need moisture and high humidity to survive and multiply, thus they will seek the locations of high moisture and humidity to inhabit. Such areas can contribute to infestation by termites, carpenter ants and other fungal growth. Thus the location of areas of excess moisture is one of the most important elements in the location, control and eradication of wood destroying organisms
At Pest Police Australia we only use the best the best equipment available including the Tramex Moisture Encounter Plus MEP.
The Moisture Encounter PLUS MEP is an upgraded version of the world’s most popular and successful non-destructive moisture meter the Moisture Encounter .
With no probes or pins to cause surface damage, the MEP uses external rubber electrodes, in direct contact with the surface for best sensitivity and signal penetration.
Non-destructive measurement, no surface damage to material being tested. Three measurement ranges optimized for testing different materials. Deep signal penetration up to 1¼ inches (30mm) to detect elevated moisture through most covering materials without having to damage the material being tested. External rubber electrodes make direct contact with material for best sensitivity, repeatability and greater depth of signal penetration. Wide range of readings of 5% to 30% on the wood scale and 0 to 100 on the comparative scale for other materials. Large, clear, easy to read meter. Hold function allows the user to “Freeze” the reading taken in awkward locations. Audio Warning Tone for high moisture readings. Can be switched on or off. Auto Power-Down switches the meter off when not in use. Preserves battery power.