Termite Inspection Tools: What Is A Thermal Imaging Camera?

A thermal imaging camera detects infrared energy (heat signatures) and displays that energy as an image. This allows trained professionals to identify unusual heat signatures. When these heat signatures are found inside a house, it can indicate a termite nest.

So a thermal imaging camera works by:

  • Reading and displaying heat signature, not actually seeing the termites through the wall.
  • Identifying walls that are suspiciously cold (potentially hollowed out) or hot (potentially a termites nest).
  • This then highlights a suspected area that can be tested with other tools such as a moisture meter.
  • If you get extremely fancy, you can also use radar to detect movement behind the walls to provide an even higher level of accuracy.

How We Use Thermal Imaging Technology In A Termite Inspection

We use thermal imaging during termite inspections to provide the most accurate analysis of your house. Because termites are destructive, missing a termite nest could cost you thousands. 

By getting Ivey’s Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control, you are getting a guarantee that if there are termites in your home, our trained staff will find them. To do that, we invest in all of the latest technology and training, such as the thermal imaging camera. 


Termites Are Not Easy to Find:

Termites can get behind your walls and cause major structural damage to your home before you even know it. Unfortunately, termites do not make themselves easy to find. That’s because termites avoid light and instead nest in dark and damp areas. For example:

  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Tree Trunks

If you do spot a termite, you can guarantee that it has friends. Termites gather in large groups to create the temperature-controlled environment termites need to thrive. This is also one of the main reasons thermal imaging works so well. To a trained eye, the difference in temperature in a certain region of a wall is a clear indication that there is a termite nest. 

Termites may also nest near hot objects such as wiring or hot water pipes, so you need to know what to look for in these inspections.

How Do Termites Create Heat?

It may seem strange that a cold-blooded insect can generate heat. There are a lot of reasons how termites can generate heat, but the main reason is the mound structure. The mound structure alone was found to result in a relatively constant mound temperature. Other methods termites use to increase nest temperature include:

  • Gathering in groups
  • Metabolic heat (heat generated by the metabolism and blood perfusion)

Interestingly, termite mounds have inspired modern architecture and increased our understanding of the role structure plays in regulating temperature. Today, many buildings are designed using termite mounds as inspiration for effective temperature regulation.

How Can You Find Termites?

If you think that you have termites around your house, you should get a professional to have a look. You can, however, take steps yourself to find the termites before committing to hiring a professional.

If you haven’t yet seen any termites around your house, but would like to check if there are any signs yourself, here are a few things you can do.

  • Walk around and tap the wall of your house, listening in for any hollow spots inside the wall. If you notice a spot that sounds hollow, there’s a good chance you have termites. 
  • Check around your house for any old wood such as a trunk, garden bed or firewood. If there is, check for termites. If you notice any termites it’s highly likely that you’ll have termites in your house as well.
  • If you have access to a thermal imaging camera this is a great way to spot termite nests anywhere. Thermal imaging cameras are one of the only ways to find out if termites are in your house with high certainty. 
Get In Touch For A Termites Inspection In Maryborough, Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast

If you are serious about finding and getting rid of termites from your house, give Ivey’s Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control a call. We provide termite inspections across the Fraser Coast, including Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounding regions. 

You can contact Ivey’s Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control at any time by calling 0428 420 667 or filling in the quote form.