What is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection (WDI) Report?

Damaged wood from termites in Baton Rouge LA home - Dugas Pest ControlWhen selling a home, it is essential that a number of checks are carried out. These include structural, electrical, and plumbing. With termites found in almost all US states, checking for these insects is also highly recommended, especially as some lending institutions require this before giving a mortgage to a potential buyer. For this reason, it is best to have a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report, also known as a WDI Report, filed on a property. When you have a WDI inspection, you can ensure a professional termite control company will enlist an expert to look for all signs of active or past termite activity in a property. Read on to learn all you need to know with the termite experts at Dugas Pest Control.

What is a WDIR?

A wood-destroying insect inspection report is conducted by a registered pest control company. It is written up after a thorough search through a home for either the absence or presence of wood-destroying insects such as termites. Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is an essential document for all homeowners.

1. How is the WDI inspection performed?

The termite inspection is performed visually. Here, a pest control company will check all the areas that are easily accessible to them, particularly major structural points within the building. Special attention is paid to areas that are vulnerable to attack from these insects. The contractor will look for past or present evidence of activity. This can be found in the structures themselves or wood debris left by the insects.

2. What is inspected during a WDIR?

Any permanently attached wooden structures such as decks or porches are included in the search but detached structures are not. Certain areas are regarded as inaccessible that would require any dismantling of the house. These include the inside of walls or beneath carpets or floor coverings. If these are to be inspected, the customer will need to provide access—lifting up carpets for example—and an additional fee might be charged.

3. What are the results of a WDI report?

The WDIR must include information on either the presence or absence of wood-destroying insects. This includes either finding these insects (dead or alive) or evidence that they have been at work in the structure of the home (wood debris left behind).

Although termites are the most common insects found, the report also includes powderpost beetles, old house borers, carpenter ants, as well as carpenter bees. Note, a WDIR will never act as a warranty to the fact that the insects aren’t present. Nonetheless, it is a good preventative measure.

Wood Destroying Insect Inspections in Baton Rouge LA

Although not a requirement in many cases, a WDIR should be something that is carefully considered by the realtor as well as the seller and buyer of any property to ensure the home is not infested with wood-destroying insects. Considering the fact that termites are one of the most common—and dangerous—pests in our region, it is also recommended to invest in a report. Contact Dugas Pest Control for more information on procuring a WDIR today!

What is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection (WDI) Report? in Louisiana

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