If you run a pest control company, you know that finding the sources of the problem can be difficult and time-consuming. Even if you can spot an infestation quickly, the labyrinthine nature of houses today means the source could be hiding in many places. If your company has not already started using fiberscopes to find infestation sources, start now. Not only will the search be easier, it will be safer.

Minimal Initial Destruction

Many pest control methods focus on the whole house, rather than on a particular spot; for example, you may end up spraying the floorboards in each room to drive out a bug infestation, rather than opening up the walls to get to the nests themselves. In some cases, though, opening up the walls may be necessary. Rather than go straight to opening up large sections of plaster or drywall, though, use a fiberscope to find the exact spots where you need to start your work. If you've treated for rodents, for example, and suspect that there are dead ones in the walls, you don't want to randomly open up the walls. Instead, using a fiberscope will let you find problem spots without creating a lot of damage.

Less Warning for the Pests

Moving the scope inside the walls can be noisy, but it is less noisy than breaking open the walls. The less noise you make, the less warning you give to pests to make them run away, and thus harder to find. You may want to practice with the fiberscope for a while to get to the point where you can easily extend it without causing it to run into anything.

Safer for You

The last thing you need as a pest control person is to suddenly find pests coming out of the walls at you. This is a risk if you try to access the source of the infestation in the wrong place (while you want to find the source, you don't want to get too close to it yourself). A fiberscope lets you locate the nest and the best vantage point for treating the area without worrying that the occupants of the nest will suddenly charge at you.

Fiberscopes are easy to use and can reach pretty much anywhere. While they look like they are meant for a medical setting — and they are used in medical procedures — they are also very helpful for anyone who needs to look inside walls.