Wood Destroying Insect
Sooner or later you'll buy or sell a home. And
you'll be asked to provide a "Wood Destroying Insect" report for
the prospective buyer or you'll want a report for the home you
plan to buy. Although Louisiana has not mandated this, as in
many other states, more and more buyers have learned the hard
way to inspect first before buying. Many homeowners are unaware
of any termite infestations, until the inspection reveals a
problem. If you are the unlucky buyer of a termite infested
home, you may have expenses you did not expect. The price of a
termite inspection is "cheap insurance" considering the
cost of treatment. I know of many distraught homeowners, who
sold a home they owned for only a short time, that had
infestations that appeared to be several years old.
Unfortunately for them, they did not request an inspection
before they bought the home.
- Protecting home equity
- Cheap Insurance
- Mortgage requirement
CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE FOR TERMITES
The first thing you need to know is that any structure
containing wood or cellulose material provides a natural food
source for subterranean termites. Even structures that are
mostly steel and concrete are vulnerable to termite attack. The
list below is to provide some general conditions conducive to
- Earth-wood contact
- Firewood stacked against foundation
- Wood debris in crawl space
- Wood mulch (within 3 ft of foundation)
- Faulty grade
- Insufficient ventilation
SCOPE OF WDI REPORT
A trained and qualified representative of this company will
conduct a careful inspection to determine the presence or
absence of visible evidence of infestation from wood destroying
insects. The inspection will be made in those areas, which are
readily accessible and where infestation was most likely to
occur. No inspection is made in areas, which require the
breaking apart, or dismantling or removal of any objects.
This is not a structural damage report. A wood destroying
insect inspector is not ordinarily a construction or building
trade expert and, therefore is not expected to possess any
special qualifications, which enable him to detect the extent of
structural damage if damage or other evidence of wood destroying
insects is noted in this report.
STATEMENT OF PEST CONTROL OPERATOR
A. The inspection covered the readily accessible areas of the
property, including attics and crawl spaces, which permit entry.
Special attention was given to those accessible areas, which
experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to attack by
wood destroying insects probing and/or sounding of those areas
and other visible accessible wood members showing evidence of
infestation was performed.
B. The inspection did not include areas, which were
obstructed or inaccessible at the time of inspection.
C. This is not a structural damage report. Neither is this a
warranty as to absence of wood destroying insects.
WHAT IF YOUR HOME HAS TERMITES
A. If the inspection finds signs of subterranean termites the
report will note the visible area of infestation and proper
control measures to be performed. Insect or infestation observed
will be noted.
B. The pest control operator will then give you written bid
with a graph detailing the proper control measures to be
C. After the treatment has been performed the pest control
operator will issue another report showing that proper control
measures have been performed.
D. A One-Year Re-Treat Guarantee will be provided. In most
cases the Guarantee will be renewable