The Never Good, the Bad and The Ugly
Why They Keep Bugging You?
Wood-destroying insects (WDI) are capable of causing significant property damage. The signs of termite, powderpost beetle or other wood-destroying insect activity isn’t always simple to spot, but early detection can help preserve your investment and save you thousands in repair costs. That’s why we recommend WDI inspections be included as part of any general home inspection and before finalizing any real estate transaction.
Vitale inspectors receive special training to assist in the wood-destroying insects inspection process. Our experts identify clear warning signs of possible damage to your home or business, taking time to determine whether or not your property may require additional treatment.
When hiring a home inspector, asking for a WDI or other specialty inspection can be a valuable, easily-added step to safeguard your property’s long-term health. Whether you’re looking to protect your newly purchased home or ease the mind of a potential buyer, our wood-destroying insect inspectors can help perform inspections identifying a range of possible damage from:
- Powderpost beetles
- Carpenter ants
- Carpenter bees
- Old house borers
- Other wood-destroying insects & organisms
What We Are Looking For
Vitale WDI inspectors survey properties thoroughly, typically using a screwdriver or other inspection tool to test if any wood within the home or its structure has been weakened. Wood-destroying insects consume wood, eventually softening it and making it susceptible to collapse. Our local inspectors also know to search for mud tunnels, a common indication of hidden WDI access points.
As part of your wood-destroying insect inspection, Vitale inspectors generally complete the NPMA-33 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection form. Depending on the results, you may need to consider treatment by a licensed pest control company. If necessary, we can help you find treatment options for your unique WDI needs.
In addition to your home’s exterior, inspectors will check for wood-destroying insects near or under all sink cabinets, visible floor joists, rim joists or band boards, beams and posts.
The Professional WDI Inspectors
Vitale Inspectors suggest homebuyers hire a qualified WDI inspector to avoid repair costs that, normally, won’t be covered by your homeowners’ insurance.
Vitale home inspectors with WDI training are prepared to look for signs of termite and other infestations by evaluating your home or business’ exterior and interior. An inspector might examine the perimeter, checking where the building’s siding meets soil or mulch. Our inspectors also carefully check decks, porches, balconies and, if required, your home’s attic.