High Priced & Useless Termite Tools- Listening & Sniffing Device

Continuing with our series on expensive termite tools that may not be worth all what you pay for, I want to share with you two more. As with the others in my tool box I don’t completely discount these nor am I trying to dissuade you from having them. It’s just an honest look at a few weapons against termites that you’ll see advertised as fool proof detection miracles that truthfully, are anything but.

One caveat on my listening device- it is not specific for termite detection, it is more for the automotive or engine industry. It picks up pings and slight ticks very well but for the ultimate in termite eaves dropping you would need something like the AED 2000 which hones in on the proper frequency and filters out extraneous noises termites don’t make. That however will set you back several grand and my little listening tool I use was a steal on Ebay for right around $100. It has picked up the ticking noises of termites, carpenter ants and even a mouse rustling about in a wall void. You can find this or very similar devices on line which clearly tout the pest control application so being somewhat tight with a dollar-I went with it.

The sniffer is something that should be a very useful tool, it picks up methane gas down to 5 ppm (parts per million) so for the money I laid out for that, you might think I’d never miss another hidden infestation. Both of these however have let me down even when the termites were obvious and I really didn’t need the tools to confirm it.

For the set up of this video remember. This is a wall with known active termites complete with workers, soldiers and alates. Any tool worth its weight should be able to pick these up. To see the other tools I’ve demonstrated check out this link. To watch the video below just click the arrow and enjoy.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • harvey ivy

    hey jerry, my name is harvey ivy in dayton ohio, license no#20102, i am having a problem with termite post treatment pricing, and how apllications should be performed, can you give a little direction and help as to what to do.

  • Hey Harvey,

    I’d be more than happy to help. Just send your question a long on my Ask The Bug Doctor page where it’ll be easiest to go back and forth. http://pestcemetery.com/bug-doctor/

    Look forward to hearing from you