4 most common wood destroying insects
- Termites: Termites will nest outside of your home, but they feed off cellulose-based plant materials. Termites break down the cellulose fibers found in wood for nutrition. They will eat the wood in your home for a long period before you’ll notice signs of damage.
- Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants will excavate wood and form tunnels to nest. They mostly look to nest in dead and damp wood.
- Powder Post Beetles: Powder post beetles are beetles that lay their larvae in dry wood or lumber. The larvae feed on the wood for 1-5 years while they mature into adults. An infestation may not present itself until years after it began.
- Carpenter Bees: Carpenter bees, unlike most other bees, do not live in colonies. They bore into wood structures by drilling little circular holes to create tunnels to nest. They are most commonly found in frames, eaves, shingles, or sides of wooden homes.
Which home loan(s) typically require a WDI Inspection?
Loans from the Department of Veteran Affairs require a WDI Inspection and a report on the industry-standard NPMA-33 form. Some state and federal loan programs may also require a WDI Inspection as well. It’s best to check with your local municipality for more information.
How do wood destroying insects damage the home?
No matter the species of wood-destroying insects, they all can either eat or nest in wood. When wood is damaged from the inside out from insects, it becomes compromised and may even be structurally compromised. Repairs to significantly damaged areas can be costly.
How do I know I’ve got wood-destroying insects in my home?
Often you can’t tell. It’s hard for any non-professional to spot the signs of wood-destroying insects, especially if the damage is not visible on the surface of exposed wood. Trained pest inspectors know what to look for and how to find it. That is why it’s critical to hire a professional for your home inspection.
Buying a home is likely one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s so crucial that buyers understand exactly what they’re getting into. During a buyer’s inspection, we form a close partnership with the buyer. We’ll be your guide as we explain any property defects or issues we uncover. We’ll also answer any questions you have.
Before the final walk-through with the builder, a new home should undergo a new construction home inspection. We thoroughly search the home for building defects and anything that may have been overlooked during construction. This allows the builder to better prepare the home for its walk-through, which results in an easier and smoother move-in experience.
Many newly constructed homes are sold along with a 12-month builder’s warranty that covers the cost of repairs associated with constructional defects. During a one year home warranty inspection, we help homeowners identify the repairs they should request before their warranty expires. This prevents you from becoming financially responsible for problems that should fall to the original builder.
During a commercial property inspection, we help buyers of commercial buildings better understand their potential new property before making the final purchase. Just like our home inspection services, we make sure that our commercial inspections are thorough and backed by our experienced and dedicated inspectors. We provide you with a detailed report that clearly breaks down our findings and recommendations.