Typical homeowner insurance does not cover the costs associated with pest damage, but there are protection plans available. Typically referred to as termite bonds, these policies help cover the costs for treatments and repairs due to an infestation of termites. When you are involved with a claim, it's important to document as many details as possible. This includes the first signs of the termites, key attack areas, and any other visual evidence to help with your claim. A variety of video tools can be used to showcase problems to the termite control company. This type of of documentation can also help expedite the process.
The following five tools are ideal for capturing the movement and destruction of termites at your home.
Macro Video Lens
Termites are tiny pests, hard enough to see with the naked eye. When focusing on a video camera, you could end up with a lot of blurry footage. Instead of struggling to capture scenes, you can install a macro video lens on your video camera. Macro lens are specially designed to capture small and tiny details.
When recording on a macro lens, you have the ability to zoom in on details like the termites or small piles of saw dust that are created from the insects. Macro lens come in a variety of zoom lengths. Your best option is an adjustable zoom so you can create close-ups and wide shots as needed.
The more you zoom in on a camera, the easier it will be to see any slight movements on the footage that you capture. To help keep the video as smooth as possible, it's important to place the camera on a tripod. When capturing footage of termites, you may find that you are in tight or low areas. In this case, you should equip the camera to a pocket tripod. The pocket tripod will still provide the stability while allowing the camera to fit in tight spaces.
When shooting damage or termite footage on the exterior of your home, the tripod will help stabilize the camera through gusts of wind.
A lot of termites are naturally nocturnal. This means that a lot of the footage will only be able to get captured at night. To help capture the footage, consider a video camera with night vision built into it. By turning on the night vision function you can capture termite movements and the destruction that they are causing. You will be able to capture them at their most active point, creating compelling footage to use during a claim.
Super Sonic Boom Microphone
If you already have a camera and you do not have night vision, then you can still use a video feed to capture great audio. By adding a super sonic boom microphone onto the camera, you have the ability to capture the small sounds of termites literally eating your home. Even if a human cannot hear the sounds in person, a camera can pick up small details to help track the termites around your home.
By carefully listening to the footage you capture, you will be able to hear the chomping sounds, slight buzzing, and movements of termites in your home.
Time Lapse Video Footage
Capturing the effects of termites could take days or even weeks. To see the full destruction, it's a good idea to use a video camera with a time lapse feature. This feature will capture footage and then parse it together to create a time lapse montage. For example, three days of footage can be condensed to a one minute montage. This can help show the evolution of termite damage and be used for the claim.
Contacting a termite company as soon as damage is noticed is an important step in removing them from your home. After you have set up a termite control consultation or appointment, the next step is to capture proper video footage, even if it's just for your own personal records.