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What Is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

There seems to be no end to the list of inspections and red tape to get through before you sell or buy a property, whether it’s residential or commercial. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, selling your current one, or if you’re a real estate agent, you’ll need to add a wood destroying insect inspection to that list.

A-1 Pest Control makes it easy to cross it off though, thanks to our qualified WDIR inspectors in North Carolina. 

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What is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

A wood destroying insect inspection report, also known as a WDIR, is legally required for all residential and commercial properties being sold. 

The inspection has to be completed by a qualified inspector, like those at A-1 Pest Control, who will make note of signs of infestation from wood-destroying insects. Those include:

  • Subterranean termites
  • Powder post beetles
  • Old house borers
  • Carpenter ants 
  • Carpenter bees 

In North Carolina specifically, WDIR inspectors look for evidence of pests that are especially common in our state. That includes termite swarms—also known as termites with wings or flying termites—which appear from March to September, Eastern subterranean termites, and the Formosan subterranean termite.

What is Included in a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

When a qualified inspector comes out to complete a wood destroying insect inspection report in North Carolina, they will start by examining the property for signs of current or past infestations of wood-destroying pests common to North Carolina, like termites and carpenter ants. 

Following the inspection, a WDIR pro will make observation notes from the initial visual inspection of the property. The report requires the inspector to make note of any signs of infestations. That includes the insects themselves, of course, but it might also include:

  • Termite droppings
  • Termites swarming 
  • Discarded termite wings
  • Damaged wood
  • Wood dust 

The WDIR only includes the inspection of areas that are easy to access in the house and attached structures. It does not require inspection of areas that are difficult to access like crawl spaces or behind walls. The WDIR report doesn’t include potential infestations that aren’t visible, it is only based on evidence that can currently be seen.

Five Areas Covered by the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection

A wood destroying insect inspection report is made up of five simple sections: 

Section 1

This section includes basic identifying information like the buyer’s and seller’s names and the location of the property.

Section 2

Section two of the WDIR form requires the inspector to note any areas of the home that were not able to be inspected because they weren’t easily accessible. 

Section 3

This is where any observed evidence of wood destroying insects should be noted, if any. There is also space to describe what treatment was given or recommended. 

Section 4

If no evidence of wood destroying insects was found, the inspector will check the box here that no infestation has been observed. 

Section 5

Section five is the only section of the report where potential infestations might be noted. Here an inspector can indicate if there are conditions in the home that might be favorable for a subterranean termite infestation to occur.

A-1 Pest Control Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Next Steps

When you hire an A-1 Pest Control qualified inspector to complete a WDIR, they will complete the inspection at your convenience. Once finished, we will submit the documentation to the proper parties. 

If we do find evidence of wood-destroying insects like termites in your North Carolina home, our team of specialists will develop a treatment to solve the problem quickly, along with a quote for services. 

That means if you want to sell a home as quickly as possible but the WDIR finds evidence such as a termite swarm, A-1 can work with you to choose a treatment plan to get rid of termites. That way, you can get your home on the market without being too far behind schedule. 

Contact a WDIR Qualified Inspector in North Carolina

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for your wood destroying insect inspection, look no further than A-1 Pest Control. Our team of experienced pest control specialists can perform the inspection, submit the wood destroying insect report (WDIR), and even come up with a plan to address any infestation they might find quickly and effectively. 

We bring our safe, communicative, and trustworthy approach to every North Carolina home that we treat, along with our decades of experience in pest control and home inspection. Contact us at  828-929-0647 or fill out the form below to learn more about Wood Destroying Insect Inspection.