About Wood Destroying Insects & Organisms
There are many types of wood destroying organisms, but there are only a few that are of structural significance. Those wood destroying organisms that are of structural significance are split into two categories wood destroying insects and wood decay fungi.
Wood destroying insects themselves fall into two categories: re-infesting and non-re-infesting.
Non-re-infesting Insects – Non-re-infesting insects cause limited and usually inconsequential damage. Damage is limited to the insects currently infesting the wood. They do not produce offspring that will continue to infest and damage the wood. Once the infesting insects have completed their life cycle, the infestation ends, and the damage stops. They are therefore of limited to low structural significance.
Re-infesting Insects – Re-infesting insects have offspring that will then continue to infest the structure, allowing the wood damage to progress and spread. They are usually of high structural significance. These include termites, powder post beetles, old house boring beetles, carpenter bees, and carpenter ants.
Finding Out If Your Property Has Wood Destroying Organisms
There are two types of termite & wood destroying organism inspections that can be offered to property owners concerned about wood destroying organisms: informal inspections and formal inspections, often known as WDIRs.
Informal wood destroying organism inspections (often referred to as termite or pest inspections) offer allow a broader spectrum of reporting than formal inspections and can only be performed on properties not for sale. The inspector will check for moisture conditions, presence or absence of wood decay fungus, conducive conditions, the presence or absence of wood destroying insects (such as termites, powder post beetles, old house boring beetles, etc.) or evidence that they have been there, and/or other pest issues. This sort of inspection is usually ordered for the peace of mind of the property owner and allows problems to be taken care of quickly if they are found. used to identify any obvious issues with wood destroying insects or to identify conditions conducive to them.
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Formal Inspections or WDIRs
In North Carolina, formal wood destroying insect inspections are often referred to as WDIRs. They are the only kind of inspection that can be offered for a structure that is for sale and are written on an official WDIR 100 form. The purpose of this report is to inform an owner and/or buyer of residential property the status of the property with regards to wood destroying insects as well as what conditions, if any exist, that may be conducive to wood destroying insects. A lender often requires this document to be produced at closing. The inspection should be from attic to crawlspace/basement, with every room inspected. The scope of the report is limited by NC law to wood destroying insects only. Wood decay fungi cannot be reported, nor the presence of other insects that are not wood destroying insects. Reporting of activity is limited in scope to those on, in, or under the structure. That is why these inspections are best paired with a home inspection from a qualified home inspector. We can recommend one, or will happily work with one you’ve already chosen, so you can get the best inspection possible.
We at Adam’s Pest Solutions offer the best WDIR inspections at reasonable rates.
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