WDI (Termite Inspections)

Professional Real Estate Inspection Services

If You Think You Need a Termite Inspection

 

Don't Wait, Get It Now! 

 

Hire someone with a good reputation who will take their time and look in every nook and cranny. That is why we have partnered with one of the leading pest control companies in the area to provide our clients with quality pest and termite inspection reports.

New Leaf Pest Control, LLC are licensed professionals who are experts in the control, management and elimination of termites, cockroaches, ants, spiders, rats and mice, fleas, mosquitoes, bedbugs, wasps and stinging insects, and all general pests. They specialize in eco-friendly pest and termite control solutions.

You have no choice in who the home seller contracts with, but armed with your own termite report, you can give the seller a copy to pass on to their pest control company.

Termites hide deep in the wood, and they are very difficult to detect. Sometimes there will be no sign the home is infested. Termite infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings or insulation. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed because the outer surface is usually left intact.

 

 



Wood-Destroying Insect Reports

(WDI Reports)

 

 

Termite pests cause serious damage to wooden structure. It takes a professional to find all of the visual indicators. In fact, in many cases the termite inspection is so important that the lender may require it to be done prior to making the loan.

Our termite inspection reports are easy to read, comprehensive, informative, and factual as to the actual conditions present at the time of the inspection. All WDI reports include pictures of the section one items. This is a service that most of our competitors do not provide. If requested we can also provide cost estimates to perform termite repairs and treatments.

 

Square FootagePrice + TaxTotal
0-2400 Sq. Ft.125 + 10.31$135.31

2400-3400 Sq. Ft.

145 + 11.96$156.96

3400-4400 Sq. Ft.

165 +13.62$178.62

4400-5400 Sq. Ft.

185+ 15.73$200.73

Note: If the house is on a Pier and Beam Foundation ADD $100 to the prices listed above.

 

 

 

Wood Destroying Insects (WDI) 

General Definitions:

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Reports: These reports are commonly referred to as a Termite Inspection Report. It is a visual inspection to the readily accessible areas of the home and contains valuable information on the conditions of the property. The inspection report will indicate if the structure contains wood destroying pests or conditions deemed likely to lead to wood destroying pest.

Complete Report: This is a report where the entire structure is inspected on our first inspection. It includes all attached components (i.e.: decks and patio covers).

Limited Report: This is a report where one or more components of the main structure, or one or more components attached to the main structure were not inspected. All condominiums and most town homes are limited reports, as we are not inspecting the entire structure or building.

Supplemental Report: This is a report of findings on previously inaccessible areas or changes made to the original report.

Reinspection Report: This is a report of findings used to verify that items found in the previous report have been repaired if done by parties other than Professional Real Estate Inspection Services PLLC.

Wood Destroying Pest: Includes subterranean termites, dry wood termites, damp wood termites and wood destroying beetles in addition to carpenter ants and carpenter bees.

Certification: This statement is issued stating the home is free and clear of termites, or other wood destroying pest, in the visible and accessible areas.

Notice of Work Completed: This form is required to be issued after corrective work is performed. The form must contain a notation of all the work that was performed as well as the work that was not performed.

Section 1 Findings: Section 1 findings indicate active infestations or infections in addition to the cause of the infestations or infections.

Section 2 Findings: Section 2 items include conditions deemed likely to lead to future infestations or infections.

Further Inspection Findings: These are areas that are normally inspected and for whatever reason were inaccessible on our original inspection.

 



 

5 Signs Of Termites

 

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites use ‘mud tubes’ to get around, sort of like an enclosed escalator between the nest and a food source – the mud tubes keep them safe from the outside world while protecting them from predators and the environment.

Termite mud tubes are made of soil and wood and are about a pencil width wide; tubes are usually found around stone or concrete foundations and wood structures.  These tubes are how termites get into your home from below the ground.  If you should run into some, check and see if they are still active tubes.  Break the center section of the tube but leave the top and bottom sections intact, wait a few day then check back to see if the middle of the tube is rebuilt.

In a home with concrete walls, subterranean termites build their mud tubes in the crevices found around the foundation – termites easily exploit the gaps or crevices in the concrete or bricks.  Most homeowners never see or know these pests are there, and the only way a person will find out about termites in mud tubes is when replacing a cabinet or door frame.

Finding mud tubes means that there is an existing infestation in your home.  Termites only build these tubes when they have to, to get to a food source that is blocked by the foundation or concrete block.  This occurs when the colony is large enough to risk exploring to find greener pastures.

Blisters in Wood Flooring

Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring can indicate termites feeding within or below.

If your infestation is serious, you may see the damage before you spot any termites. Raised floorboards or bumps in the wall are signs of an infestation. Often masquerading as water damage, swollen panels are not a good sign. Termites live just below wood surfaces which can cause panels to swell. This can also cause the paint to bubble. If you’ve ruled out water damage, then termites might be your problem.

 

Termite Droppings

Mounds of pellets, resembling sawdust or coffee grounds, can indicate the presence of active termites. Termite droppings are one of the telltale signs of a termite presence in your home.  When termites tunnel into wood they push out excrement and it falls directly below where the ‘kick out’ hole is located. Most homeowners confuse the brown pellets with sawdust and just sweep or vacuum it up without realizing there is a problem, but upon closer examination it become evident it is not sawdust.

The difference between sawdust and termite excretion is its shape.  The ‘frass’ or excrement will be granular and have six sides, although it will vary in color from a very light brown to a very dark brown according to the color of the wood termites are munching.  Frass is shaped like a deflated football or an oblong pea.

Termites keep their galleries (homes) clean by pushing the pellets out, and this is good news because this frass may be the only sign you see of a termites infestation.

Termite frass is a sign of a drywood termite infestation.  If they are pooping then they are eating and you should hire a professional to assess how far they have gone, what damage has been done, and what next steps should be taken in terms of treatment.

 

Evidence of Termite Swarms

When termites swarm and fly out of their nests, they do so to mate and start another colony. After swarming, termites usually leave discarded wings. There may be piles of wings by a window or table; they will look shiny and translucent like fish scales. There may also be several black or brown dead termites found.

Swarming termites will not hurt you or bite you and don’t spray them with insecticide. Vacuum up the dead and discarded wings and call a termite professional to do an evaluation of your home.

Hollowed or Damaged Wood

Termite-damaged and hollowed wood usually has a honeycomb interior and an empty sound when tapped on the surface. When it comes to termites, the damage is real – and it could be easy to find. Simply knock on any wooden structures in your home. You can easily hear the hollow sound or punctured wood. Often, you can see cracks on the surface, splitting, or other extensive damage. Often, these disastrous pests create “galleries” or tunnels within the wood. They empty spaces that run parallel to the grain, leaving wooden structures hollow. This could be a sign of a serious infestation.