Termatrac T3i’s Technology Comes to the U.S.
Finds Termites Through Walls with Accuracy and Reduced Use of Chemicals; Saves Homeowners Time, Money; Provides Peace of Mind
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2011 — Progressive pest exterminators have abandoned the practice of filling homes with toxic chemicals and, instead, are using a handheld instrument straight out of a CSI television episode. The new Termatrac® T3i tracks termites through walls, enabling pest control experts to attack the bugs directly.
The device, now being introduced progressively into the United States, looks like a futuristic spaceship. It communicates using Bluetooth wireless connection to a portable digital device.
Using radar, heat sensors and moisture detection, it pinpoints the location of termites and other pests so exterminators can target their treatments on specific areas. The Termatrac T3i can then be used to confirm the demise of the pests.
"It's a bullet instead of shotgun blast," said Peter Baldwin, director of sales and marketing for Termatrac. "It gives exterminators, home inspectors and others the ability to actually see what they're working on. It's no longer necessary to break holes in walls, build tents over homes, or fill an entire home up with chemicals and hope those toxins hit their mark."
Equally important, said Baldwin, the Termatrac T3i's accuracy means pest control experts can use less pesticide and households don't need to be disrupted.
That was important to Barbara Frank, owner of a 4,500-square-foot home in Tampa, Fla. When she suspected that she had drywood termites, which are primarily found in Florida, Southern California and Texas, exterminators told her that she, her family and her pets would have to leave her home while workers attacked the insects traditionally, including building a tent over her house and filling it with chemicals.
"Having to tent my large home would have been a nightmare," she said. "We have four cats and expensive furniture." Fortunately, she found Bug Smashers, an exterminator in Palm Harbor that uses the Termatrac T3i.
"The exterminator found two areas in my cabinets that were infested," said Ms. Frank. "He was able to treat it locally with an injection of pesticide without tenting and fumigating my home. We didn't have to move out or fill our house with pesticide. And we saved thousands of dollars."
Manufactured by Termatrac LLC, based in Los Angeles and Queensland, Australia, the Termatrac T3i is held against the wall by the pest control expert. Radar beams pass through sheetrock and other common building materials, locating termites and other pests. At the same time, a moisture sensor confirms conditions conducive to termite presence. Finally, a thermal sensor picks up tiny changes in surface temperature, a common sign of termite infestation.
"Termatrac was developed in conjunction with scientists at Griffiths University in Queensland and Dr. Andrew Tirkel, a leading Australian radar expert, because we knew there had to be a better, safer way to track down and eradicate termites," comments Baldwin.
"The T3i means less damage to homes, less use of chemicals, more confidence and peace of mind in the results and better customer service. It creates a new age in termite and pest protection."
Termatrac was founded in Australia in 1990. After conducting research at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, the first hand-held detection radar device was developed. Additional studies and testing continued and the first version of the device was launched in 1999.
Today, Termatrac is a multinational corporation. Its technology, patented worldwide, is used throughout Asia and is now being introduced to the United States. Information about the Termatrac T3i is available at http://www.termatrac.com or from local exterminators and home inspectors who use the device, or by calling (310) 242-5854.