Wood Destroying Insects (also called "WDIs") can wreak havoc on a home's structure with no obvious visible signs. A WIN Home Inspection Land O' Lakes Wood Destroying Insect (Termite) inspection can be performed during your home inspection or as a stand-alone service. A Wood Destroying Inspection/Termite inspection is a non-invasive, visual inspection meaning that wall/floor/ceiling coverings, insulation, furniture, stored items, shelving, etc. are not moved or disturbed. As part of a Wood Destroying Insect inspection, the inspector is looking for signs of past or current Wood Destroying Insect infestation, such as shelter tubes, bore/exit holes, frass, as well as any visibly accessible damage left behind by a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) infestation.
Wood Destroying Insects (WDIs) are specifically defined by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) as: Termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, and Wood Destroying (Infesting) Beetles. We provide our findings using state and other standards. The completed report will include recommendations regarding whether treatment is warranted based upon what is visible and accessible during our Wood Destroying Insect inspection. For more information about Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspections, please contact us.
Some basic things that any home owner can do to help prevent WDI infestation or damage to their home includes:
Fungal rot, fungus, and mold/mildew are not wood destroying insects (WDIs), therefore, the detection of and testing for these items are specifically outside the scope of a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection per the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and industry standards.