If you think you may have any sort of an infestation then a great starting point would be to use our infrared thermographic services to help identify the possible infestation. This is an excellent solution prior to hiring an expensive exterminator. The cameras capture the heat given off by small mammals such as mice, rats, carpenter ants or even from a wasps nest. This of course can be used for both interior and exterior detection.
Rodent and Insect Detection
No matter how clean and careful you are, you can still fall victim and get infested with insects and rodents. A pest infestation could cause a lot of damage to your house, and it is a health hazard as well. Take for instance ants, they eat away any wooden item they can find. That could affect the structural integrity of your home. Needless to say you don’t want them getting into your clothing or bedroom for that matter.
Pests are cheeky as well. They will always hide in the darkest corners of your home to ensure they don’t get discovered. You could be living with pests in your home for months and not realize it. As such, it is important to get your home inspected periodically, to ensure there are no pests hiding about. Infrared thermographic inspections are a great technology that we use to detect pests.
Infrared thermographic inspections can detect all kinds of pests, regardless of where they are hiding. The technology involves an infrared camera that captures any thermal infrared emissions. These emissions are caused by heat changes. Rats, mice, wasps, bees, and carpenter ants are some of the most notorious pests. We are going to explore how each of these pests is detected during an infrared thermographic inspection.
Rats and Mice
Rats and mice are both from the rodent family, and they are almost similar except that mice are generally smaller in size. An adult mouse is the size of a young rat. Both rodents adore any chance they can to get in and hide in your home. Apart from destroying anything that they come across in your home, rat and mice leave a trail of urine and feces. That will in turn leave a foul odor, and you could contract a slew of diseases from it. To make matters worse, these rodents will even bite you while you sleep. This too could cause a wide range of rodent-borne diseases.
Rats and mice are warm-blooded. Their bodies emit a temperature and hence infrared radiation. Their infrared emissivity makes them easily detectable by an infrared thermographic imaging camera. The imaging camera is able to produce graphic images of the rodents when their hideouts are scanned. The inspections are best done during cold weather when the rodents are radiating a lot of heat due to the cold surroundings.
Our infrared thermographic inspection specialists have experience in scanning rodent-infested homes. They know all the possible hideouts for rats and mice. The inspectors do not only scan to find where the rats and mice are, but they also scan the home for any damages they might have done. As mentioned above, rodents leave behind a trail of urine. The inspectors will map out this trail, to ensure every part of your home where the rats or mice have been, has been catered for.
The rat urine makes that specific area wet or moist. The moist area will absorb more heat than the other areas, and it is easy to detect with the infrared thermographic imager. Structural damages caused by these rodents are detected in a similar fashion. If the rodents create a hole through a particular part, the air around the hole will have a different thermal emission than the surrounding area. It will appear as an unusual shape on the infrared thermographic imager.
The main aim of the infrared thermographic inspection is to detect the rats or mice themselves, and any damages they might have left behind. It will be easier for you to exterminate the rodents when you know exactly where they are. You also need to know what sort of damages they’ve caused so that you can arrange for repairs. Our report after the inspection will map out for you all the spots that need attention.
Wasp Nets and Beehives
If you have ever been stung by a bee or a wasp, then you certainly would not want any of them in your house. They are dangerous when they come in swarms. Wasp and bees do not just settle in your home as a swarm. They start with one of two, and the rest of the family migrates in. Then can hide so well chances are you won’t even notice you have these unwanted guests in your home.
Wasps create wasp nests all over your house. Wasps are very territorial and aggressive; you could get stung at any minute. Bees are quite territorial as well. Wasp or bee stings are very painful. Wasps are worse because they can sting multiple times. If you are allergic to any of them, the sting could have far-reaching implications than just pain.
Wasps and bees can do a lot of structural damage to your house as well. Bees and wasps drill into wooden parts of your home to create hives. Wasps love to drill into wood and lay eggs. These holes will certainly compromise the structural integrity of your home.
It is very important that you conduct commission regular infrared thermographic inspections, in order to identify the presence of bees and wasps early before they become a big problem. Bees and wasps will always stay packed together in their hives and nests respectively. They tend to have higher thermal emissions than the surrounding areas. They are easily indefinable with the infrared thermographic inspection imager. They also have a very distinct shape that shows on the graphic images.
Our infrared thermographic inspectors will also scan your home for any damages the wasps or bees may have done. The infrared thermographic technology helps them identify any hole and nests created by these pests. As mentioned earlier, such holes can affect the strength of a certain structure in the building. It is important that they are identified and repaired. You will have an easier time with the exterminator when you are certain of where the bees or the wasps are hiding.
These little insects are not called carpenter ants because of their prowess in carpentry. They are carpenter ants because of the damage they can do to anything wooden. Carpenter ants will eat away a whole piece of wood within a very short while. Carpenter ants tend to get into the house during cold weather, as they seek warm spaces. These ants will eat anything in their path. It’s scary to imagine what happens when they get into your bed or your clothes.
The fact that these ants nest in wood means they can cause serious structural damage to your house. They do that at a very high rate as compared to any other type of pests. Your roof or floor could literary come crumbling down if carpenter ants are allowed to thrive in them for long periods of time. Like most pests, these ants will have done significant damage to various structures in your home by the time you start seeing some signs. Getting your home inspected for carpenter ants if you live in an area where they are present is therefore quite essential. You should get your house inspected regularly, and especially at the onset of the cold season. Infrared thermographic inspections will certainly capture all the carpenter ants hideouts in your home.
Just like the bees, carpenter ants travel and settle in as a group. They, therefore, generate a significant amount of heat in their trail, and in their hideouts. Their high thermal variation with the rest of the surrounding makes it easy to identify them with the infrared thermal imaging camera. Our experienced inspectors know all the likely hideouts for these ants. Even so, they will still scan your whole home to ensure all the carpenter ants in the house have been discovered.
Infrared thermographic inspections also help to identify the trail of damage left behind by these ants. They do not just stay in one place. They will eat through the wood as they move forward. It is important that the damage they have done is ascertained so that you know what the repairs would entail. These ants leave hollow or disfigured wood parts behind. The unusual shapes will appear on the infrared camera, and our experienced inspectors are able to note them as damaged structures.
If you live in an area that has a history with carpenter ants, regular infrared thermographic inspections are essential. These ants get into the house within minutes, and their trail of destruction happens fast. After we’ve conducted the inspection and clearly mapped out the carpenter ants trail, we are able to identify how they got into the house. We will give you recommendations on what you should do to prevent any more infestations.
Benefits of Getting Professional Home Inspectors
It is important that you contract home inspectors who know what they are doing. Pest infestation is a very serious problem, and your inspector must be able to identify the pest hideouts and their trail from point of entry to the hideout.
Our infrared thermographic technology and experienced inspectors do not leave anything to chance. They will scan your entire home with the infrared thermographic imager. The imager records footage and images taken during the inspection. These images and footage are then thoroughly analyzed by a team of experts at our offices. After the analysis, the experts will prepare a comprehensive report, and provide recommendations of what should be done.
You need to have a clear understanding of how the pests got in, and where they are hiding before you call an exterminator. That way, the exterminator will not charge you exorbitant fees, and you’ll be able to ensure they get rid of all the pests. Also, the inspection report enables you to take measures that will ensure the pests cannot get back into the house again.
A huge benefit is that we will not have to demolish any part of your home or business to find out where the pests are, or what damage they have done. The technology allows as to map out all these aspects without having to go behind the walls or above the ceilings.
Get in touch with us today if you haven’t had your house or business inspected for rodents and insects. It is a quick and seamless inspection process, that will provide you with a comprehensive view of any pests that might be hiding in your house. Our recommendations will also help you find the best ways of getting rid of the pests, and ensure they do not come back.