Wood Destroying Organisms – WDO Inspection

Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) is cause for great concern amongst homeowners, buyers, and sellers. For this reason, as certified home inspectors, we are knowledgeable about these creatures and the importance of a complete WDO inspection on your home.

The most common and destructive wood-destroying organism is the termite. There are thousands of termite species in the U.S., and a termite inspection can identify problematic termite species that can cause significant damage in and around the home.

Although commonly referred to as a “termite inspection,” WDO stands for “wood-destroying organism,” and a proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and dry wood types), wood decay, wood-boring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, fungus-like dry rot, wet rot or conditions conducive to infestation; and evidence of past treatments.

Unlike most states, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) requires the licensed WDO Inspector to report on Wood Destroying Organisms. Most states only require the reporting of Wood Destroying Insects.

We at Sterling Home Inspection Services are here to help you better understand the damage the wood-destroying insects can do to your home and the preventative measures that can be taken.

Subterranean Termites:

Live underground in protected nests

Resemble grains of rice

Feed on wood

Develop wings in the spring

Dried insect wings are a sign of their presence

Build tunnel systems

Live underground in protected nests

Drywood Termites: 

Create nests above ground

Infest attic or high spot in a home

Don’t require a water source

Football-shaped pellets fall from the nest

Dampwood Termites:

Rarely found in the house

Usually adjacent to a house near moisture

Do not construct tunnels

Formosan Termites: 

Mainly found in Texas and Louisiana

Colony is usually larger than subterranean termite colonies

Able to chew through metal and plastic to reach the wood

We at Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. are here to help you better understand the damage the wood destroying insects can do to your home and the preventative measures that can be taken.

Sterling Home Inspection Services, Inc. is qualified to perform a thorough Termite Inspection on your home to ensure that everything is as it should be and can help guide you to make sure that your home is completely safe.
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