Termite WDO Inspections
What is a WDO Inspection?
A WDO inspection or termite real estate inspection is a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection. This inspection is also known by other names such as a Real-estate inspection, clear to close inspection, or just a termite inspection. A WDO inspection is typically required by a financial institution when a potential home buyer looks to take out a mortgage on a home they may buy. Sometimes a current homeowner may want to refinance the home they may be currently living to get a better interest rate. I have also seen many times when current homeowners have a WDO inspection who may be looking to see what their home may have in the way of Wood Destroying Organism before they list it on the market for sale, curiosity, or routine inspections for home upkeep records, etc. The purpose of this inspection for the lender is to be sure that the home does not contain an abundance of Wood Destroying Organisms and/ or damage. It allows them to require treatments if need be or the opportunity to have the repairs done before they invest in the property to be mortgaged. For the sake of the home's potential purchaser, The WDO inspection serves as a tool to see what extent of Wood Destroying Organisms may be "VISIBLY" seen by the licensed inspector.
What Do You Look for in a WDO Inspection?
In the state of Florida, there are five wood-destroying organisms recognized by the state. They are as follows:
Subterranean Termites (the most common termite found in North America. These termites are the most economically important wood-destroying insects in the United States and are classified as pests. They feed on cellulose material such as the structural wood in buildings, wooden fixtures, paper, books, and cotton. A mature colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million workers, and the primary queen of the colony lays 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to add to this total)
Drywood Termites (Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies in sound, dry wood. Each colony consists of offspring from an original pair (male and female). There are three growth stages – eggs, immature, and adults. Drywood termites are larger than local, southwestern subterranean species).
Old House Borers (Hylotrupes is a monotypic genus of wood-boring beetles in Cerambycidae's family, the longhorn beetles. The sole species, Hylotrupes bajulus, is known by several common names, including house longhorn beetle, old house borer, and European house borer. Originating in Europe and having been spread in timber and wood products, the beetle now has a practically cosmopolitan distribution, including Southern Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Mediterranean).
Powder Post Beetles (are a group of seventy species of wood-boring beetles classified in the insect subfamily Lyctinae. These beetles, spider beetles, deathwatch beetles, common furniture beetles, skin beetles, and others, make up the superfamily Bostrichoidea. While most wood borers have a large prothorax, powder-post beetles do not, making their heads more visible. In addition to this, their antennae have two-jointed clubs. They are considered pests and attack deciduous trees, over time reducing the wood to a powdery dust. The damage caused by longhorn beetles (family Cerambycidae) is often confused with powder-post beetles, but the two groups are unrelated. Their larvae are white and C-shaped.
Wood Decaying Fungus (is a variety of fungus that digests moist wood, causing it to rot. Some wood-decay fungi attack dead wood, such as brown rot, and some, such as Armillaria (honey fungus), are parasitic and colonize living trees. Fungi that not only grow on wood but cause it to decay are called lignicolous fungi. Various lignicolous fungi consume wood in various ways; for example, some attack the carbohydrates in wood, and some others decay lignin. Empirical models can estimate the rate of decay of wooden materials in various climates.
How is a WDO Inspection Performed?
Your Imperial Pest Prevention WDO termite inspector is a licensed professional through the State of Florida. A proper WDO termite inspection consists of several steps, which may not necessarily occur in any order:
EXTERIOR INSPECTION: Your qualified Imperial Pest Prevention WDO termite inspector will look for signs of termite activity (such as termite shelter/mud tubes, as well as conditions that could be conducive to termite and other WDO infestation (such as earth to wood contact, stucco siding below grade/ improper grading, leaky gutters or downspouts, or tree branches overhanging or touching the home). The inspector will also look for evidence of infestation by other wood-destroying insects as well as moisture areas. It is important to remember that a WDO termite inspection is a visual inspection only, and possible hidden damage can be present and unseen.
INTERIOR INSPECTION: With special emphasis on baseboards, exposed drywall exit holes, the garage, door and window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to host wood-destroying organisms. This part of the termite inspection will be both visual and physical and typically involves visually inspecting, tapping, probing, and sounding susceptible wood. It is important to note that a WDO termite inspection is a visual inspection only. It may be possible that hidden damage can be underlying in hidden locations and unseen.
ATTIC AND/ OR CRAWL SPACE INSPECTION: Attic and crawl spaces will be inspected if clearance is acceptable. There are always locations not able to be seen or physically inspected. The inspection of attics and crawl space areas will check for all Wood Destroying Organisms in the attic trusses, roof sheathing, and framing. In crawl spaces it will consist of the floor joists, sills, and sub-flooring locations. It is imperative to know that a WDO inspection is a visual inspection only of what is available to see, and possible hidden damage may be present and unseen.
The termite inspector will also be looking for obvious live termites or other insects, dead termite bodies or wings, and other evidence of infestation such as mud tubes, frass/ pellets, signs of prior treatments, and damaged wood, as well as conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels). A detailed digital report and graph with the summary of the inspection and its findings will then be completed and emailed in a PDF format. This includes a standardized inspection form regulated by the State of Florida. Remember that a WDO inspection is a visual inspection only and guarantees that wood-destroying organisms are not present. Possible hidden damage can be present and unseen. A proper termite treatment such as the one Imperial Pest Prevention provides is the only haven to know your property, and its hidden areas are protected. Remember, a termite treatment works for your property 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If termites are found during your inspection, remember, termite treatments can be as simple as a termite spot treatment and as severe as requiring tent fumigation. If you have any questions after you receive your inspection report, we recommend you to contact us. We are always here to help and answer any questions you may have regarding your WDO inspection.
Why Choose Imperial Pest Prevention for a WDO Inspection?
Imperial Pest Prevention is the number one provider of WDO inspections in Volusia and Flagler County of Florida. We work with many Home Inspection Companies, Realtors, Lenders, Homeowners, Mortgage companies, etc. We have performed over 23,000 WDO inspections to date as of the year 2020 and, in most cases, deliver our WDO inspections to your VIA email in a PDF digital format the same day. In most cases, within hours of completion. Imperial pest prevention also employs staff that is knowledgeable to answer any question on the spot and after receiving your reports if you should have any.
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