Wood Destroying Insect Reports (WDIR) are used by inspection and pest management companies to officially record the results of a WDIR inspection, performed prior to the purchase of real estate property. The purpose is to determine if there are any wood destroying insects causing, or potentially causing, damage to the property. These wood destroying insects are termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, and carpenter bees. More in depth explanations about these insects can be found in Pestdude's page on WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS .
Section I : General Information
Section II : Inspection Findings
Section III : Treatment
Section IV : Attachments
Section V : Obstructions and Inaccessible Areas
Section VI : Additional Comments
Section VII : Inspector's Signature
Section VIII : Statement of Buyer & Seller
Section IX : Important Consumer Information Regarding the Scope and Limitations Of the Inspection
Image gallery of Wood Destroying Insects and their damageThe mortgage company to determine if there are any problems with respect to the infestation of wood destroying insects uses this inspection report. The result of this inspection may mean that a treatment for the wood destroying insect will be required for the mortgage to be issued to the buyer (or homeowner if this report is for a refinance of currently owned property). This will usually require hiring a pest management professional because the mortgage companies usually prefer to have written proof of treatment along with some kind of written guarantee. Go to Pestdude's site on HIRING A PEST MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL for more information on that.
This includes the official name and address of the pest management firm and the phone number, usually not the toll free number.
This is the state issued pesticide business license number. See STATE AGENCIES to determine what businesses are registered with the individual states and their license requirements and procedures.
This number pertains to ongoing FHA or VA type mortgages or loans
The property address is the identifying location of the inspected property. The name of the person authorizing the inspection does not appear anywhere on the report because the report deals with the property only.
This is the printed name of the individual performing the inspection
This further describes the property that is being inspected. This usually includes one of the following statements:
- Single family house
- 2-Family House
- Multi-Family House
- Commercial Facility
This means that there was no evidence located of wood destroying insects.
This section describes in enough detail the evidence that was found that indicates there are wood destroying insects in the structure. This section further describes this evidence as being:Upon determining that there is some evidence of present or past infestation by wood destroying insects, it should be noted that there could be hidden damage in such areas as inaccessible areas, behind walls and ceilings, etc. Every effort will be made by the inspector to determine if there is damage to these areas but that will probably not be determined during the inspection.
- Live Insects: (description and location) - This describes the actual live wood destroying insects found during the inspection.
- Insect parts, frass, exit holes, or shelter tubes: (description and location) - This describes other evidence that the wood destroying insects leave behind when they are infesting a structure. A description of this evidence and the insects that this evidence implicates can be found at Pestdude's WOOD DESTROYING INSECT section.
- Damage from wood destroying insects: - This describes the presence of damage caused by wood destroying insects. This section does not, or should not, indicate the extent of the damage, only that the damage exists. For further evaluation of the damage, you will need to consult a carpenter or engineer.
Any visible evidence that was noted earlier in this section needs to be categorized as either:
PREVIOUS TREATMENT : Evidence of previous treatment is also noted on the report to determine if the evidence of infestation can be associated with a treatment. Some of the usual evidence of treatments include:
Attention Homebuyer: The WDI inspection firm is not responsible to repair and damage disclosed by this inspection, including without limitation, any wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage which exists in areas or in wood which ere not accessible for visual inspection as of the date of the inspection, except as provided by separate contract. Also, wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage may exist in concealed or inaccessible areas. This inspection firm cannot guarantee that any wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage disclosed by visual inspection of the premises, as noted, represents all of the wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage which may exist as of the date of the inspection. Damage and any corrective action should be evaluated by the buyer and/or their qualified building expert to determine the extent of damage and need for repair.
This report is not a guarantee or warranty as to the absence of wood destroying insects nor is it a report as to structural integrity.
1. About the Inspection: The inspection was conducted in the readily accessible area of the identified inspected structure(s). If visible evidence of the infestation by wood destroying insects is reported, it should be understood that some degree of damage, including hidden damage, might be present.
2. Scope of the Inspection: A wood destroying insect inspector is trained to look for visible signs of wood destroying insect infestation. A representative of this inspection firm has conducted an inspection, which may include probing and/or sounding of the unobstructed and accessible areas of the subject structure(s) to determine the presence or absence of visible evidence from wood destroying insects. For the purposes of this inspection, wood destroying insects include termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and reinfesting wood boring beetles.
3. What the Inspection Covered and Validation: The inspection covered the readily accessible areas of the structures inspected, including attics and crawlspaces which permitted entry during inspection. This inspection did not include areas, which were obstructed or inaccessible at the time of this inspection. All structures, which were inspected, are specifically noted. Neither the inspector nor the company for which the inspector is acting have had, presently have, or contemplate having any ownership in the property. This report shall be considered invalid for purposes of securing a mortgage and/or settlement of property transfer if not used within ninety (90) days from the inspection date.
4. Common Obstructions and/or Inaccessible Areas: No inspection was made in areas which required the breaking apart or into, dismantling, removal of any object including, but not limited to: moldings, floor coverings, wall coverings, siding, ceilings, insulation, floors, furniture, appliances, and/or personal possessions, nor were areas inspected which were obstructed and/or inaccessible for physical access. Your inspector may write out inaccessible areas or use the key in section V. If any area, which has been reported as inaccessible, is made accessible, the inspection company may be contacted for another inspection. An additional fee will apply.
5. Consumer Maintenance Advisory regarding Integrated Pest Management for Prevention of Wood Destroying Insects: Information regarding prevention of wood destroying insect infestation is helpful to any property owner interested in protecting the structure from infestation. Any structure can be attacked by wood destroying insects. Periodic maintenance should include measures to minimize possibilities of infestation in and around a structure. Factors which may lead to infestation from wood destroying insect include foam insulation at foundation, earth-wood contact, faulty grade, firewood against structure, insufficient ventilation, moisture, wood debris in crawlspace, wood mulch, tree branches touching structures, landscape timbers, and wood rot. Should these or other such conditions exist, corrective measures should be taken by the owner in order to reduce the chances of infestations by wood destroying insects, and the need for treatment.