• Jon Stoddard

What Is a WDO Inspection?



WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) or Termite Inspection- as it's commonly called- is an extensive visual inspection that checks for the presence or evidence of past, on-going, or possible conducive conditions future termite infestations. The WDO inspector visually checks for decayed wood from wood-decaying fungus, signs of subterranean termite activity, Drywood Termite damage, or evidence from wood-destroying beetles. The visual inspection consists of a home's exterior, the interior, attic locations, and crawlspaces of applicable homes.

Why Do I Need A WDO Inspection?

Most banks, mortgage companies, guarantors (such as VA, FHA, and HUD), and other financial institutions will require you to obtain a WDO inspection before acquiring a mortgage or financing to purchase a home. A WDO inspection is also necessary because a home inspector will not inspect for wood-destroying organisms, nor is licensed. A licensed individual must conduct a WDO inspection from a licensed pest control company that holds a license through the department of agriculture.

What Should I Know About Hiring A WDO Inspection Company?

When buying a new home, some people tend to look for ways to evade WDO inspection. Some think that it is an unnecessary protocol that banks and mortgage facilities impose on them, and they seek to find a shortcut around it. This mindset stems from a lack of proper information about the importance of WDO. Truth is:

  • WDO inspection benefits mostly the buyer and not the seller or the real estate agent. It is crucial to have a WDO inspection for any home that one may look to purchase. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year.

  • A WDO inspection takes thirty minutes to one hour or even longer to conduct appropriately. It is essential to hire a WDO inspection company with good experience, licensing, insurance, and reputation. Do an online search of pest control companies to ensure you employ the one capable of your needs.

  • Getting a proper WDO inspection can vary in price. A licensed WDO inspection company may differ from one another. Some WDO companies invest thousands of dollars in acquiring certifications, credentials, high-tech equipment, and insurance necessary to provide you with a high-quality service. Some pest control companies that offer WDO inspections do not. Therefore it is essential to research WDO inspection companies before choosing one.

How Is A WDO Inspection Performed?

In no particular order, these are some of the steps involved in getting a proper WDO inspection:


Exterior WDO Inspection

  • The inspector must thoroughly check the home's exterior and look for evidence of and damage from Subterranean and Drywood termites, Wood Decaying Fungus, and wood-destroying beetles. A WDO inspector will also check for dead tree stumps near the structure; wood placed or stored too close to the ground or near the home, leaky downspouts or gutters, improper grading, and other external conditions that may promote the infestation by termites and other WDO insects.


Interior WDO Inspection

  • When inspecting the interior, the inspector pays more attention to window frames, door frames, baseboards, garages, and other areas prone to termite and WDO infestation. Interior WDO inspections take a more sophisticated process than an exterior inspection. It includes both visual and physical inspections involving probing, tapping, and sounding susceptible wood. The inspector also looks out for signs of existing infestation and prior treatments such as brownish discoloration on timber and walls, live termites, tubing, and frass. A WDO inspector may also look for excessive moisture levels, soft or wet wood, and other conditions conducive to infestation.

Attic And Crawlspace WDO Inspection

  • WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) or Termite Inspection- as it's commonly called- is an extensive inspection that checks for the presence or evidence of past, on-going, or future termite infestation. The inspector looks out for decayed wood, signs of termite activities both in dry and subterranean wood types, wood-devouring beetles, damaged wood, or any other factor that may promote termite infestation.

After Completion Of A WDO Inspection

  • After this detailed WDO inspection has been performed, the inspector will create a report, including the findings, recommendations, and estimated cost of treatments.

  • If you are present during the completion of the WDO inspection, your WDO inspector will, in most cases, will walk you around the property to discuss findings. It is usually a good idea to attend the WDO inspection because it is easier to understand results first hand rather than looking at a report. Below is a list of what is found on a wood-destroying organism and an example of each.

What is Wood Decaying Fungus?


Wood Decaying Fungus Image
Wood Decaying Fungus Image

Wood-Decaying Fungus is just as it sounds, any fungus species that will readily consume and digest softwood. During a WDO inspection, these lo