Predator X-Ray Photos
The following images were taken with the Predator X-Ray
Inspection System, and show the amazing results that
are possible with this state-of-the-art equipment.
Live Termites in Galleries
The Predator X-Ray Inspection System will often
show live termites in their native galleries.
The images are usually clearest when x-raying
a fascia board or rafter tail, or other locations
where the wood is exposed and can be x-rayed directly.
Building materials such as stucco or drywall may
interfere with the display of the termites, but
the galleries are still very evident. In this
image, the termites are the white 'blobs' within
the darker cavities within the wood.
|Termite Damage in Door Jamb
Damage inside a structure can often be very difficult
to detect from a visual inspection. In this image,
an x-ray of a door jamb revealed extensive damage
along the edge of the jamb, but there was no visual
evidence to suggest the jamb had any problems. Notice
how the grain of the wood gets very jagged where
the termites have created their galleries around
the door hinge. Also, notice how the wood is much
lighter in color near the jagged edge. Because the
X-Ray measures densities, this indicates that the
wood is no longer as dense in these light areas
as in the other darker areas. This variation in
lightness and darkness is very typical when x-raying
|Termite Pellets in Stud Bay
Once a portion of a structure has been identified
as possibly being infested, an x-ray is taken of
the bottom plate to determine if there are any termite
pellets in the stud bay. In this case, a small pile
of pellets is visible to the very far right of the
image. We x-rayed the stud they were next to and
were able to follow the galleries to the end of
the infestation. A local treatment was recommended
once the precise location of the infestation had
been determined with the Predator.
|Conduit Inside Structure
The Predator X-Ray Inspection System is
capable of penetrating up to 1/2" steel pipe,
and can reveal suprising items within structures
from time to time. In this image, electrical conduit
was discovered, but more interestingly, the three
wires inside the conduit are completely visible.
|Bottom Plate with No Termites
A customer may require proof that their home does
not have a termite infestation. In this image, the
bottom plate shows no termite pellets and no damage
to the wood. With the Predator X-Ray and the optional
acoustic emission detector, we were able to provide
proof-positive that there was no termite infestation
in this structure.