Termite & WDO Inspections South Florida
Termite Inspection (WDO)
Although commonly referred to as a termite inspection, WDO stands for wood-destroying organisms. A proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and dry-wood types), wood decay, and wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestations, and evidence of past treatments.
A proper termite and WDO inspection consist of several steps: An inspection of the exterior of the home, looking for signs of termite activity as well as conditions conducive to termite and other WDO infestations (such as wood that is too close to the ground, dead tree stumps by the house, 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.
An inspection of the home’s interior, with particular emphasis on the garage, door, window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to WDO infestation. This part of the inspection will be both visual and physical and typically involves visually inspecting, tapping, probing, and sounding susceptible wood. The inspector will also be looking for live termites or other insects, dead termite swarmers, other evidence of infestation (tubing, frass, signs of prior treatments, etc.), damaged wood, and conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels).
Inspector will provide a detailed written summary of the inspection results in a standardized inspection form developed by the NPMA, photos, comments, remediation recommendations, and/or an estimate for treatment if necessary.