Want to figure out if termites, carpenter ants or other insects might be causing damage to your desired home? Get yourself a wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection to play it safe.

A WDI inspection is necessary for homebuyers who do not wish to discover compromised wood after closing on a home and get stuck with unforeseen repair costs. These can be completed alongside a routine buyer’s inspection, a reinspection or other services.

The insects that cause the most damage to the wood in your home are termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and carpenter bees.

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable! Bugs can destroy a home from the inside out.

These bugs often leave distinct marks, damage, and other signs, allowing us to determine what kind of wood-destroying insect has infested the home. We can also spot an active infestation. From there, a professional opinion can be sought to remedy any damage if we believe the structure may be compromised.

A WDI inspection will give you:

  • Peace of mind that the property you are living in/buying doesn’t have an insect infestation
  • The confidence that you will not have to pay for extensive repairs on compromised wood in your home
  • The authority to hold the seller accountable for neglecting to resolve issues prior to the sale
  • A report (Industry-Standard NPMA-33 form) to indicate insects or damage observed, and if treatment is needed


A WDI inspection is a beneficial process to have conducted on your property. Critters can creep, crawl, and cause costly damage to your home. Protect yourself, and your investment, with a WDI inspection.


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. 


Reinspection FAQs

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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.


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Buyers Home Inspection

Buyer’s 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.

Pre Listing Inspection

Pre-Listing Inspection

If you’re selling a home or property, it’s a good idea to have it inspected before it’s listed. Houses with a pre-listing inspection are more attractive to potential buyers. Pre-listing inspections give sellers the chance to work with us to uncover issues or necessary repairs. We’ll also give you our expert recommendations on what repairs to make before showing the property.

New Construction Inspection

New Construction HOME Inspection

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.

11 Month Warranty Inspection

ONE YEAR HOME Warranty Inspection

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.

Re Inspection


After a buyer’s home inspection, the buyer and seller of a home will come to an agreement about what repairs should be made before closing. Once those repairs are made, a re-inspection can be performed in order to ensure all agreements were honored and that the necessary repairs were made.

Commercial Building Inspection

Commercial Building Inspection

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.


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