I am new to the pest control industry and am looking for advice on what tools or equipment I should have when performing a termite inspection.
Finding termites can be tough. After all, they have had a few million years to perfect the art of hide and seek. There are plenty of tools available that make the hunt a little easier, but the amount of options can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few basic tools that will help any trained and experienced inspector to spot those subtle clues that termites leave behind. First, nothing beats a good flashlight. Something with a minimum output of 100 lumens should do the trick, but the brighter the better. I would also recommend keeping a spare set of fresh batteries with you if your flashlight is not rechargeable. Second, a probe such as a screwdriver or an awl is handy to check building materials for wood decay, rot, termite or other insect damage. A telescopic inspection mirror is another low-tech but useful tool for seeing around or behind items during any pest inspection. Lastly, a moisture meter is always useful for detecting high moisture conditions hidden behind walls or other construction materials. In addition to the above mentioned items, there is a nearly endless list of hi-tech gadgets such as methane detectors, acoustic sensors, infrared cameras, and even x-ray machines that can help you to find termites. Ultimately, what you decide to include in your termite inspection toolkit may come down to personal preference and financial limitations. While any of these tools can be helpful when used properly, nothing replaces training, experience and a careful eye for detail.