Termites will feel the heat
THE hunt for armies of home wreckers in Rockhampton has gone high tech. Emrod Pest Control owner Rod Metcalfe is turning up the heat on termites with a new thermal imaging camera and yesterday was excited about his recent acquisition as he checked over a Rockhampton home.
He said the sophisticated equipment, "worth about the same as a small car'', could detect surface temperatures as low as .5 of a degree, which provided them with a valuable tool in tracking down termite nests.
"It's very sensitive,'' Mr Metcalfe said.
"You can put your hand on the wall and walk away and still see the hand print on the wall.''
"You can walk through the carpet and see your footprints.''
However he stressed the camera was just another tool in the detection of the damaging pests which will affect one in five homes.
"Nothing replaces the eyes and ears,'' he said.
"They are still the best tools you have.''
Termites generate 35 degree heat and on one occasion he thought he had found a termite nest in a roof, only to find the heat source was coming from a possum.