Pest Control Tools and Equipment

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When you are about to call a pest control technician for the first time to get rid of some insects that have invaded your home, you may be surprised when the technician shows up with an array of tools and equipment to help complete the job. So to help you understand what these devices can do, here's a breakdown of what these professionals use on a daily basis.

Moisture Meters -- Pest control technicians often use moisture meters to help identify areas in your home that are likely to host insects. Most insect infestations are a result of these creatures' attraction to moisture in your home. These meters feature electrodes with insulated contact pins that the technician inserts into whatever surface or material he suspects of harbouring termites and other crawlers. The meters help pest control technicians assess the level of moisture in your walls, flooring and other surfaces. Readings above certain levels can not only help to determine infestation, but they are also helpful in knowing if the surfaces or material are at risk for mould. 

Telescoping Cameras/Mirror -- A telescoping camera is a camera that is mounted on a swivel that can reach areas that are too narrow or hard to reach for an ordinary camera. Telescoping cameras enable a pest control technician to obtain photographic evidence of infestations. A telescoping mirror is a device that enables a pest control technician to get a view of a corner or area that isn't easily accessible.

UV LED Light -- Pest control technicians use UV LED lights to track the urine of rodents such as mice and rats. The UV light is able to detect trace amounts of this urine and with that as a guide, a pest control technician can follow the trail back to the places where these rodents like to hide. UV light is also effective in detecting termite eggs and the droppings of cockroaches.

Hand Pump Sprayers -- These are the sprayers that pest control workers use to apply insecticide to areas of your home that show infestation of spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, ants and spiders. They are hand-held with a small tank that holds the chemical and a wand and hose.

Gel Bait Applicators -- Pest control technicians use these applicators which are shaped like a revolver to shoot out gel baits that are typically placed in the corners of your home or along the baseboards. The bait attracts insects that carry it back to the colony and infect the entire group.

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