The Advantages of Thermal Imaging Technology

To help us efficiently determine possible termite activities in your home, Twinspectors makes use of thermal imaging technology for property inspections.

What is Thermal Imaging Technology?

Thermal imaging technology is one of the most up-to-date methods when it comes to effectively identifying water leaks, electrical problems and infestations that are not immediately seen by the naked eye. A thermal imaging camera is used to scan walls and other surfaces for variations in temperature, so there is no need to break the surfaces and areas of your property unless further investigation is necessary for confirming infestation.

Why We Use Thermal Imaging Technology

Non-invasive and Non-intrusive

Thermal imaging cameras allow our technicians to determine problem areas in your property without disturbing walls or removing ceilings and other concealed areas. This means that we reduce the possibility of damaging parts of a building that are not actually pest infested.

Chemical-free and Environmentally Friendly

Although the technology detects infrared radiation, the thermal imaging camera does not emit radiation itself. In addition, it is a chemical-free method that is safe to use whether inside or outside a building. It can be used for detecting termite activities in timber structures and outdoor surfaces, as well as trees.

Efficient Way to Scan for Pest Infestations

The problem with termites is they can build their nests even within walls and other areas that are not easily accessible, making them impossible to be detected during visual inspections. With the thermal imaging technology, however, they can be tracked down by simply pointing the camera to a surface and allowing the equipment to scan for any differences in temperature.

This method can also help determine risk areas, so the problem can be addressed even before an infestation or the damage occurs.

Detecting Termite Nests with a Thermal Imaging Camera

In terms of pest infestations, the thermal imaging camera is used when inspecting a property for termite activities. It is the nature of termites to create a temperature within their nest that is hotter than their surroundings. The use of thermal imaging technology makes it easier for inspectors to locate these areas in a property through detection of temperature variations.

Once the problem areas have been identified, further inspection will be conducted to confirm infestation and recommendations to address the problem will be provided by the inspector.

The equipment used for thermal imaging is expensive though, which is the reason why only a number of property inspectors make use of this technology. At Twinspectors, however, we don’t let the price of the equipment hinder us from providing our clients an outstanding and reliable service.

Avoiding The Pesky Pests During Summer

Summer is here, and while you’re enjoying the beaches and the warm weather outdoors, pests are getting ready to come indoors – inside your home. Blame it on the heavy rainfall that comes with our summers here in Brisbane!

Why Pests Love Your Home

Summer is among the busiest seasons for our crew at Twinspectors because of the numerous calls from clients. Their common complaint? There is a rodent or an ant attack on their property.

But why are these pests inviting themselves into your place during summer?

Food and water (or moist) are known to be the top reasons why homes are an enticing place for pests. But in summer, the thunderstorms and evening rains cause ants, spiders and rats, among others, to flee their habitats and seek out a drier, warmer shelter. So this is how they arrive at your doorstep – or in the roof void, walls or even furniture.

Common Pests and How to Control Them

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are among the most common uninvited guests of Brisbane residents during summer. They crawl around your bed and sofa. They are too small to be easily seen, and they breed faster in the warmer months.

The quickest way to get rid of them is by using a vacuum cleaner on your mattresses and couch to take out the hidden creepy crawlies.

Cockroaches

If you’ve been constantly hearing some flying sounds or little movements when the lights are out – check for cockroaches. Because they are nocturnal creatures, you won’t know if they are sharing a home with you as they will keep themselves out of sight during the day.

Their entry points are anywhere from crevices to the openings around your walls and doors. Aside from the warmth of your home, they also love your food, so don’t leave any dinners sitting around, else you will be giving them enough reason to prolong their stay.

Rats

While rats are usually taking their time enjoying the weather outdoors, food and messy surroundings are going to lure them into your property. Make sure to clean up the backyard and don’t leave any rubbish or leftover food lying around. Check your drains and roof gutter as pooled water will also attract them.

Ants

You might find the little black ants making their way to your dining table, taking their share of your own food. Worse, they have come with a lot of friends. Ants are able to leave a scent that points other ants into the direction of food, so if you want to keep them out, best to seal food away in airtight containers.

Stopping the Pests Before They Even Arrive

To effectively avoid these pests in summer (and any other season), we recommend that homeowners keep their annual pest inspections up-to-date. This is to help ensure that any barrier systems are properly installed. There are instances when we come across new clients whose homes haven’t had a pest inspection for a while, which is one of the major reasons for the increased risk of infestation.

At Twinspectors, we see to it that your scheduled inspections are maintained and that you have a working barrier system, which will control and prevent pests from entering your property.

What You Need to Know About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the most frequent complaints of property owners we have worked with at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections. Whether be it during a pre-sale inspection or annual inspection, concerns about cockroach infestation will always come forward.

If you want to prevent them from claiming your home as their own, here are some things you need to know about their characteristics and habits:

  • Roaches are constantly in search for a warm shelter, and is one of the main reasons why they may pick your home as the perfect dwelling and not the trash bin on the streets (although you may also find them there scavenging for food).
    • Water is a necessity for cockroaches, while food is usually just an added attraction for their extended stay.
    • They are nocturnal creatures, hence, you will mostly see them at night. This characteristic also makes it quite hard to suspect an infestation since they only appear when most people are already asleep. If you find cockroaches during the day, it could mean that their swarm has multiplied in numbers, forcing some cockroaches to come out of the crowded and infested areas.
    • Their sensory structure helps them detect air movement so they can quickly escape when threatened. These are called cerci, which are found on the rear part of their body.
    • Their antennae and bristles are used for locating food and moisture and they can detect even the smallest amount of food.

How Cockroaches Get Inside Your Home

Most of the time, cockroaches make their way into your home through openings – no matter how small these openings are. Their tiny bodies allow them to crawl through spaces around doors and windows, cracks in walls and other narrow crevices.

Other times, you may be taking them home without your even knowing it. With their size, they can simply fit in the folds of a paper or a pocket of your bag. By the time you come home, they can just slip out and make their way into areas of your home without being noticed. You may also be carrying a paper bag or items from a garage sale where female cockroaches have deposited their eggs.

Preventing and Treating Infestations

Keeping your place free from clutter is always a recommended method of avoiding cockroach infestation in your home. That means taking away their source of food and water – sealing away food in airtight containers, refrigerating leftovers, keeping the trash bin secure and repairing leaking pipes, among others.

When the situation requires more than just prevention, you can call our team at Twinspectors to have your home inspected. Appropriate treatment methods will then be recommended for eradicating cockroaches.

Wood Borers – The Other Wood Pest

When you hear about wood damage to a home’s structure or flooring you immediately think of termites. Whilst these soft bodied creatures can cause a mess and create physical damage to many varieties of timber, they are not alone in the realm of all things tasty in wood. Another insect known as a wood borer, a common enough looking beetle ranging in size from 3mm to 5mm, can cause just as much damage to a home’s integrity.

There are many varieties of wood borer and, as such, their menu and habitat can vary. Our inspection experts at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections are trained to seek out and identify these pests and their habitats.

Indicators revealing a possible invasion may include such things as small holes, namely, flight holes and can vary in size from 1mm to 7 mm, depending on which variety is detected. Another clue to their detection is the accumulation of the faeces and dust created from their boring, referred to sometimes as frass. This soft, sometimes talc-like sometimes gritty substance may appear in conical piles on the floor or create a blistered effect to paintwork.

For some though, it may be years before they discover that they have been housing a wood borer colony in the walls or ceilings of their home as they work from the inside out and can live within the linings of timber, leaving a thin shell to protect them from prying eyes.

Common Colony Names and Locations

Different wood borer breeds possess different food likes and habits. Some prefer furniture, some prefer bark and some will hide undetected in your roof cavity feeding on your soft pine trusses.

There are five types of borers most commonly found in Australia. They are:

  • Lyctine borers, which are the most common and they love dry seasoned sap wood timbers in South East Queensland, hence the need to kiln dry some timbers.
  • Anobium punctatum the common furniture beetle, which will devour seasoned soft woods or damp wood outdoors.
  • The Queensland Pine Beatle Calymmaderus incisus that thrives on hoop and bunya pines.
  • Ernobius mollis that feasts only on bark, so will rarely need attention as it adores the outdoors.
  • Hadrobregmus australiensis, which will attack damp or dying hard woods and soft woods so may invade your home but is rarely found in Queensland or Northern Territory.

The Most Common Household Pests in Brisbane

Household pests are a common problem for Brisbane residents. Most of these pests build their nest in residential structures for one reason – they have an easy access to their food source. Every day, our team at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections encounter hundreds of these invasive creatures.

Below are five of the most common ones.

Ants

Ants are the biggest problem not only in Brisbane, but also in other parts of Australia. They are always on the lookout for water and food – sweet, greasy food. Ants can use crevices and cracks as their entry point. Food is tracked and located using scent trails, and their colonies can be built almost anywhere. It is harder to eradicate ants as they can easily relocate when they are threatened or if their colony is under attack.

Completely get rid of ants not only on the surface but, most importantly, in the colony where the queen ant resides.

Cockroaches

Because of their nocturnal nature, you won’t often see cockroaches and realise that there is an infestation in your home. Cockroaches use human dwellings as their ideal breeding ground because of the warmth, food and water your house can provide. Apart from not being able to see them, what makes it difficult to eliminate cockroaches is that, their eggs have a natural protection from insecticides.

Spiders

There are different types of spiders with various dwelling preferences – some you can find in moist areas while others are located in drier parts of your home. Aside from the cobwebs they leave around different parts of the house, including ceilings, spider bites from certain species can also be dangerous.

Rodents

Rodents such as rats and mice are among the most dangerous household pests. They can breed in huge numbers in a short span of time and cause destruction not only to your home structure, but even food and other items. Rats are known to be wise against traps, which make them quite difficult to control. Rodents may also carry diseases, which can pose as a health risk to your family.

Termites

Perhaps termites are the most destructive pests, feeding on wooden structure and causing huge damage to properties overtime, if undiscovered and unmanaged. They dwell on damp areas as moisture is a necessity for their survival. However, they are often left unseen until they have caused significant damage.

Avoiding and Controlling Infestation

Although these pests can cause huge problems, you don’t really have to deal with it. You can avoid infestations and damage to property by making sure you undergo professional building and pest inspections on a regular basis.

Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections can help you prevent infestations through our annual monitoring services. This will not only save you the trouble of having to get rid of pests, but also save you from spending on damage repairs.

Pest Prevention and Inspection – A Year Round Responsibility

You would think that as the winter is upon us here in Australia we could all relax for a short time and not feel threatened by the invasion of insects and other pests. This is because during the summer the invasion is more obvious, what with the flies, mosquitoes, and moths to name a few.

Sadly, invaluable termite inspection is a year-round requirement. This is also true of all types of pests.

Whilst it is true that termites are at their most active during spring and summer, this does not mean they are dormant or that other predators are not sizing up your home and considering the merits of the particular timbers, et cetera, that are held within.

Winter Pests Abound – They are Just Better at Hiding

Some of the more common nuisances that infiltrate the blissful warmth of your home are woodworm, mice, rats and perhaps the occasional possum.

Woodworm is hard to see and can be transported into your home if you have a wood fire. The wood that you bring into the home for burning may have this little border lurking within. This is an easy mistake to make as you cannot possibly inspect the inner layers of every single piece of wood you bring into the home.

It may be that the lovely old chair you picked up from the garage sale actually had the beginnings of a colony in it and now that you have put it in your home they have run rampant.

Whilst you may suspect there are mice and rats in your home they are hard to spot. They, just like us, appreciate a nice warm environment, not to mention the ready and steady supply of food, water, and bedding that can come from inside.

If there is any way for a mouse or rat to get into the ceiling cavity or under the floor boards they will find it.

The risk here with vermin is that they may do more than eat scraps of food and leave their droppings around for you to find.

They could possibly be chewing their way merrily through electrical wiring, pipes, wallpaper, Gyprock and even brickwork.

Call Us Before You Need Us

If you suspect even the slightest possibility of an invasion, call us at 1300 304 145 before it is too late. The damage caused by termites, mice and rats are rarely covered by insurance companies and the cost to remedy the damage can run into the thousands.

How Thermal Imaging Can Save You Money

One of the technologies we use at Twinspectors for property inspections is thermal imaging. Through an infrared camera, moisture, electrical issues and possible pest infestation can be detected much easily. Our state-of-the-art equipment detects changes in temperature, and this information is then used by our technicians to locate the problem areas in your property.

The use of thermal imaging can be expensive for property inspectors, which is why not many companies offer this service. However, we know how valuable your property is to you, hence Twinspectors uses this technology to provide reliable termite inspections of which residents can take advantage.

Benefits of Using Thermal Imaging

Overall, using thermal imaging has plenty of advantages, which include:

  • Efficient detection

    Because of how thermal imaging works, identification of infestations and other possible problems in your property can be done more effectively, allowing you to get it repaired immediately before the issue worsens.

  • Useful for reaching areas that cannot be easily seen

    The value of homes, as well as commercial properties, can significantly depreciate due to damage brought about by pest infestation, ceiling leaks, electrical problems, and so on. And in many cases, there has already been huge damage done before these problems are found simply because the problem areas are inaccessible or not easily seen.

With thermal imaging, however, these scenarios can be avoided. There is an advantage of early detection as the equipment can scan areas of the property that cannot be seen right away.

  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors

    Aside from being able to use it on walls, roof voids, slabs and flooring, thermal imaging is also useful for external structures and parts of your property. It can be used to determine whether there are possible infestations in your surroundings – garden, home exteriors, nearby trees, fences, and other outdoor properties.

  • Helps determine the exact location of the problem

    Our equipment allows us to zero in to a specific location where the problem may exist, so you will no longer waste your time trying to figure it out. When repair is necessary, you will know which areas you should be paying attention to.

Reduced damage to property

Early detection of potential problems on your property will definitely reduce the damage, as well as save you money from huge repair costs. But aside from this, thermal imaging also helps avoid having to intentionally damage parts of your property just to check and verify whether a suspected problem really exists.

Keep Your Property Safe From Pests

Dealing with pests in autumn can be a tough challenge, because just when you thought summer was over and they would be hiding, you realise they are indeed hiding – but in your own property! Twinspectors can help you with this. We exterminate the rodents and cockroaches that keep themselves warm and comfortable in the walls, roof voids and other unattended areas of your house.

Can I Prevent Them From Invading My Home?

During autumn, rodents and cockroaches are the most visible pests in your home. The rats will be looking for a place to protect themselves from the cold weather, whilst the cockroaches can easily slip through the crevices and spaces under the doors. And the worst part—they will breed so you will find more of them in your property unless they are exterminated.

But before all that happens, you can always prevent them from getting past the entry points of your home. Seal cracks and openings, and install screens on your vent, windows or doors to block their way from trespassing.

If you have outdoor plants that hang against the wall, or are growing against the wall, you can trim the branches and leaves so that the rats can’t use this as their access to your roof or windows. You should also place the rubbish bin as far as possible from your home, because rodents may scavenge for food from the bin and just end up making their way to your house.

Reducing Their Number

If they have started invading your home, you should double check for any openings from where they access your home and seal it immediately. They will also look for food inside your home – mostly in the kitchen, but not just that area – so be watchful about where you keep your food and make sure it is stored and sealed properly. Crumbs and spills should be cleaned up and dishes should not be left overnight. Water leaks should also be fixed. This way, you are reducing their survivability and once they run out of food, they will start looking elsewhere and leave your property.

Have Your Property Inspected

You should have your property inspected for pest invasions, most especially if you are planning to sell or have your home rented. If you are looking for affordable building and pest inspections, Twinspectors will get the job done. We will send a two-man team to your home for inspection, ensuring that everything will be done in detail and nothing will be left amiss.

Say Goodbye to Uninvited Guests

No one likes an uninvited guest in their homes or offices, particularly the creepy crawly kind.Cockroaches are incredibly common in Australia; however, this does not mean that we have to put up with them.

There are many different species of cockroaches; the ones more commonly found here are the Oriental and German variety. You will recognise the German cockroach for its brown colour and it is smaller than the Oriental which is quite dark brown.

Either way, we are all familiar with what these nasty little guys look like with their twitchy antennae and oval shaped bodies. The site of them can bring forth shrieks from some and disgust in others. In short, nobody likes to see them.

Health risks of cockroaches

Any bug that spends time crawling around in the dark, dusty, filthy corners of your home can hardly be clean. We are well aware that cockroaches feed off food scraps, including whatever may be rotting in your outside or inside bins.

They are also not above eating faecal matter. What’s more, after they have eaten the good food and anything else putrid they can find, then vomit and defecate on our food.

Here’s the fun part; the bacteria they have ingested can stay in the cockroach for months or years at a time, and they have just unloaded it onto the food you plan to eat.

For this reason, it is likely that they can cause a number of health upsets such as gastroenteritis, salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. It is also believed that they can cause allergies in some people and can harbour the polio virus.

Life and times of a cockroach

Cockroaches live up to 12 months and females lay from 10 to 40 eggs at a time. They thrive in humid and hot conditions, which is why the warmer the climate the more we tend to see them.

Cracks in walls, kitchen cupboards, under sinks, in drains, gardens and more are the places you will find cockroaches making their home. Kitchens of course are their most favourite because it means they are not far from food and water sources.

Prevention

A tidy home makes it harder for cockroaches to live and breed. Clean all food preparation areas well, empty rubbish often and clean under items such as appliances, et cetera. However, the best prevention and treatment method is by organising the service of professional building and pest inspections.

At Twinspectors we can offer annual building and pest inspections to ensure your home is not overrun with cockroaches in conjunction with you taking appropriate measures in-between times.

Should we find any signs of these uninvited guests, we will then discuss with you the appropriate methods to rectify the issue. Check us out online today and let Twinspectors take care of your home with you.

Thermal Imaging and Pest Detection

If you are eyeing that all important pre purchase pest inspection, then it pays to get in touch with a service that provides only the best in pest detection. Twinspectors is the service to call if you are looking for thorough and accurate termite detection. We make use of innovative thermal imaging technology to come up with accurate readings on what is going on underneath the surface.

Termite Detection Issuesaccurate termite detection

One of the big challenges when dealing with termites is that they are practically hidden from sight. When they do become visually obvious, chances are that there is already damage done to your property. They typically start from the outside of the house, then build mud tunnels leading to the property. In some cases, they build their nests within the wooden structures, so they can stay hidden from sight for a long time.

Detecting termite presence does not have to be destructive. It can be done in a non-destructive manner with the help of advanced technology. This is where thermal imaging comes in. With thermal imaging, what is hidden can be imaged to form a basis for the presence of termites.

Technological Advantage

At Twinspectors we pride ourselves in adopting technology that will make a difference in the service we provide clients. Many companies do not use thermal imaging for termite detection because it is costly. But our company does not sacrifice quality for cost. Thermal imaging gives the company that significant advantage over other pest control services. We use this technology in its pre-sale, pre-purchase and regular building inspection services to ensure that we are giving only the best kind of service.

This detection tool makes use of infrared technology to create a visual representation of what is happening underneath. Critical to the successful detection of termites through thermal imaging is the moisture content. Termites thrive when there is moisture. Thermal imaging detects even the smallest changes in heat and moisture to indicate if there is indeed termite infestation going on. Thermal imaging makes it possible for technicians to have a visual representation of areas that are hidden from sight.

Thermal imaging cameras are highly sensitive and can be effective in finding termite nests and sub-nests. Indeed, this tool is very efficient in zeroing in on the termite colonies. But in some cases, it is not enough to rely on thermal imaging alone. To improve the accuracy of termite detection, we combine thermal imaging with other imaging technologies.