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The Bug Finder Can Hear Insects Chewing

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Jan 18, 2012 • References: gizmag and wired
Locating termites or other bugs in your home probably doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but if you’re suspicious that creepy crawlies are sharing your space, you’ll want to consider the Bug Finder to help you in your search.

The Bug Finder is a “sensitive accoustic device” developed by researchers at Edith Cowan University. It’s a contraption that can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing! The Bug Finder’s wireless sensor detects chewing sounds, and the sensor itself can be attached to the wood in your home—every few meters, suggests Wired UK—so you can determine whether there are termites chewing up your house. If the Bug Finder detects some chomping, it sends a text or email with the location of the termites to a pest control center.

While the Bug Finder is not yet available for the masses, the research team homes to make it available soon. It’s currently targeting public properties, such as schools and timber bridges.