So there are no mud tubes snaking through your wall. You’ve knocked on wood and have heard no hollow sounds either. And yet, you have the sinking feeling that termites are eating their way through the structural foundation of your home. The question is, how do you prove it? Now, you can confirm your suspicions without having to call a pest control expert pronto.
Application software developers are creating a new way to bust these termites. Harnessing the power of technology, these wood-eating insects can be exposed through a mobile app. The termite detection app goes by the name “Termite Buster”.
Hills News published an article featuring this first-of-its-kind termite detection application. Chris Kirk, co-founder of the app, uses patented detection software to identify termite activity. It works with smartphones’ noise-cancelling microphones to uncover the presence of termites.
Nearly Catastrophic Proportions
The article noted that the cost of damage and repairs caused by termites are around $1.5 billion dollars each year. Ion Staunton, an acclaimed entomologist, added that termites are spread out all over Australia, with Tasmania being the only state unaffected.
“A few years ago CSIRO and Archicentre Australia conducted separate surveys and found that about every third house had been attacked by termites,” said Staunton. “…Termite damage can decrease a home’s value at an average of about $50,000.”
Pest Control Still Absolutely Necessary
Termite Buster is available for download at the iTunes app store for $9.99. For those interested in purchasing the app, take note that it is not marketed as an alternative to a professional pest control inspection. Instead, it enables homeowners to easily check for termites and be informed if they need to call the exterminators to wipe out these pests.
Who knows? Maybe next time we’ll hear about another state-of-the-art mobile innovation that determines other sorts of pest infestations. From cockroaches to rats and spiders, the possibilities are endless.
In the meantime, call a pest control company to know for sure. At Masters Pest Control Sydney, we use reliable termite control methods to detect and stop termite infestations. Call (02) 8007 4666 for termite control Sydney wide!