FLIR C3 | Thermal Imaging Camera for Termite Detection

 

Removing the scourge of pest infestation from your home is something we take seriously at RIP Termite & Pest Control Services. We’re not satisfied until your property is completely pest free, whether it’s Termites, Rodents, Wasps or Cockroaches. This is why we choose to use state-of-the-art technology to ensure we do our job to the highest of standards. One particular tool we use that puts us one step ahead of the competition is the FLIR C3 thermal imaging camera for termite detection. With its pinpoint accuracy, the camera is able to help us directly locate and diagnose the extent of the infestation.

What is thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging is the generation of pictures that are created not from light, like typical photographs, but from heat and slight differences in heat (which is indicated by the differences in colour in the image). The FLIR C3 is designed to be your go-to tool for building inspections, facilities maintenance, HVAC, or electrical repair. This slim camera fits easily in your pocket so you can take it anywhere. Its integrated touch-screen is a snap to learn, so you can quickly get to the job of finding hidden problems, documenting repairs, and sharing images over Wi-Fi.

Why we use the FLIR C3

We use the FLIR C3 thermal imaging camera for termite detection because of its many features and benefits.

MSX® Image EnhancementThe C3 features FLIR's unique MSX that adds key details from the onboard visible light camera to the entire infrared image in real time. The result: an all-in-one, undiluted thermal picture with visible light features that lets you instantly recognize where the problematic heat pattern is. MSX is real time whether watching the camera's LCD or streaming video over USB.

Thermal imaging for termites is just one of the many tools and techniques we use to provide clients with the very BEST pest infestation removal service in Melbourne. To discover just how we can help you, get in touch with RIP Termite & Pest Control Services today. Call us on 1300 371 708 or email admin@riptermiteandpestcontrolservices.com.au to make a booking.

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5 TERMITE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR HOME

Found throughout Melbourne & Regional Victoria, termites are a national problem. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 Melbourne homes will have termites. Protecting your home before signs of termites arise is one of the best ways to save money and keep your family safe when it comes to these destructive insects.

Termites that have been nesting in your home for years can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This type of damage is not usually covered by home insurance.

Be proactive about preventing termite damage by searching for termite signs in your home on a periodic basis and maintaining a termite protection plan by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services. This helps remove any concerns of having to repair new termite damage in your home.

Three signs of termite activity below:

1. BLISTERS IN FLOORING

These areas or blisters can indicate termites feeding within or below. Subterranean termites can cause damage to the subfloor, which can make your wood flooring appear as if it has water damage.

2. HOLLOWED OR DAMAGED WOOD

Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more. This can be caused by termites chewing through wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage. Hollowed wood usually inside looks like a honeycomb and sounds empty on the inside.

3. EVIDENCE OF SWARMS

Discarded termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points. This is caused when termites (Alates) swarm out of their nest to mate and find a place start a new colony. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they will never need them again. Termite wings are all the same size.

4. MUD TUBES

Mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed. This is because subterranean termites nest underground and forage up to their food source, which is often a house structure. These termites require certain temperature and humidity levels to survive. Their tunnels help block out cool, dry air, effectively turning your home into an environment where they can thrive. It also helps to protect the termites from their main predator, the Black Ant.

5. DRYWOOD TERMITE DROPPINGS

Drywood termites nest inside of wood. While tunnelling and eating the wood they’re infesting, they create galleries that they like to keep clean. To keep them clean, they create kick out holes where they remove their excrement. Since drywood termites eat wood, their excrement is wood, which essentially creates mounds of pellets. These mounds of pellets, resembling sawdust or coffee grounds, may indicate the presence of drywood termites.

Unfortunately, even if you don’t see signs of termites, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Termite damage can go unnoticed for a while, and by the time damage is noticed, significant structural damage may already be done. That’s why it’s best to be proactive when it comes to termite control. Help protect your home by contacting RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708 today to schedule your termite inspection.

Yes, termites are also known as white ants, the term “termites” is more precise. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services white ant treatment is therefore exactly the same as our termite treatments. Have a look at our about termites page for more information.

DIY termite treatment is a very bad idea, as identifying the termites is a very important step towards successfully treating termites. Disrupting termites could mean that they move and attack another area of your home. Our RIP Termite & Pest Control specialists have the experience and skill to eradicate your termite infestation.

RIP’s termite control technicians are equipped with devices which can not only see termites, but can hear termites. The latest equipment is accessible to all our technicians and has moisture meters, knocking rod, FLIR C3 Thermal Imaging so the termites have very little chance of remaining undetected.

You can reduce the risk yourself by obtaining expert advice. Call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services, the termite specialist and request a free advice. You will be advised to have some kind of ‘protective’ treatment, but you will also be given advice about how your home can be re-arranged in order to reduce the risk. This can really make a difference.

Typically, in an average home in Melbourne, we find the following ‘conducive conditions’ which, if attended to, will reduce the risk of termite infestation:

Lowering the ground level around the walls of your home

A high ground level increases the termite risk. You should step UP into your home. For homes on slabs, this usually means that the slab edge is just covered but the weep holes are exposed. For homes on stumps, this means that the air vents are not covered and the sub-floor can get ventilation.

Don’t use red gum sleepers for retaining walls

Sleeper retaining walls provide nesting conditions ideal for termites. If you have retaining wall metres from your home, you should think about removing it.

Badly chosen building extensions and conversions

High proportions of termite infestation we go to are caused by badly chosen add-ons to buildings. New concrete slabs poured against existing timber floors, and garages converted to living areas.

Never join timber floors with concrete slabs and always confirm your plans to a termite specialist before you build.

Reduce the moisture around your home

Termites need water to maintain the high humidity within the nest in addition to wood. By eliminating these needs, the homeowner can do their part to avert these pests from becoming a problem in their home. Improving drainage and fixing leaky plumbing in order to reduce available soil moisture.