Using Thermal Cameras for Pest Inspections

No matter where you live in the world, you share your habitat with other creatures. Some are tolerable, but others like the termite are pests.

Although there are approximately 4000 termite species, only about 10% are a nuisance to humans.


Those that pose a threat to our homes are mostly subterranean and have very specific environmental needs, such as . As a colony moves in on a targeted area it constructs a tunnel system or  “gallery”. These galleries are rapidly humidified, as they’re dug out and the temperature is actively regulated.


Traditional, common investigatory techniques have to excavate or destroy entire areas to detect and eradicate an infestation, but there is a way all of that can be avoided.

With FLIR’s thermal cameras the slightest temperature variations in the termite galleries can be detected without the need to destroy parts of your home. Using the camera you can simply point at a suspected infested area to see the damage clearly and trace it back to the source.


FLIR thermal cameras are available in many shapes and sizes; although all models will do the job, it’s best to get the camera with the highest thermal sensor resolution your budget will allow. Remember you are dealing with tiny pests, so the more powerful the thermal sensors, the easier it will be to capture the smallest details and accurately lead you to the most minute termite traces.

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For more information on our FLIR thermal camera range and accessories please visit our thermal camera website at

You can also check out our FLIR Thermal Camera videos on our YouTube channel here.

Our FLIR building inspection video.

Alternatively you can pay us a visit at our Perth office at Unit D2, 33-37 Murry rd South, Welshpool where one of our friendly technicians will help you get started.