Sniffers to snuff out pests

Many homes and businesses deal with termite problems but a place you don’t often see the pest inspectors is around power poles.

Sparky the kelpie and Buzz the black labrador paid a visit to Dubbo yesterday as part of an Australian-first trial to use sniffer dogs in order to detect termites in power poles.

Country Energy’s North Western regional general manager Peter Halliwell said the trial will take place in the Bourke and Nyngan region and will incorporate using the dogs to detect termites in 2000 poles.

“We are always trying to find better ways of maintaining our network,” he said.

“The network in these areas has always been very susceptible to termites, due to the soil type and the (dry) environment surrounding the network

“It is an ongoing issue and many poles have to be replaced.