In new light of the termite problems that have been plaguing Australia for a while now, a team of three people, Nick Akroyd, Chris Kirk and Keiron Liddle have developed a mobile smartphone application to help houseowners determine whether they have termites in their houses or not. However, this does not count as termite inspections in Sydney as this merely indicates whether there are termites in certain places or not. The name of this application is “Termite Buster” and it does its job of busting out the hiding places of termites. One of the major reasons for the development of this application is the need for house owners to perform the required termite checks before buying the house. If they don’t perform these checks they might end up needing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the house.
Another name for termites is “head bangers”. This name arises because of the termite’s tendency to bang its head against the heads of other termites to warn the entire termite colony of imminent danger. But to start this process, it needs to first sense danger. This danger is instigated in the minds of these hive animals by lightly tapping against the surfaces of the walls where the termites might be residing. After the head banging sequence starts, the smartphone’s microphone must be kept near the surface of the wall to detect these faint noises which are otherwise too soft for the ears of humans. There are also some special features within the app. It has been loaded with software and data to determine which type of termite is present also. The leader of their team, Kirk also stated that their team isn’t looking to steal the jobs of professional agencies which perform termite inspections in Sydney but are rather trying to enable everyone to be aware of the happening within the walls of their house.
David Merritt, an associate professor at the school of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland also stated that this application would be useful, provided the microphone present in the smartphone was powerful enough. However, if the house owner himself has hearing that is acute enough, there might not be a need for this application.