Everything You Need to Know About WDI/WDO Inspections

The professionals at Bless This Nest understand the concerns that come along with WDI (Wood Destroying Insects) inspections and the stress of what a poor report can bring with it. Our mission is to try and set your mind at ease about the testing and answer all of your questions along the way. Many financial lenders will even require that you get this test done in order to obtain financing approval which adds to the stress. Here is a brief look at what you should know about WDI inspections and how they impact a home.

Why You Need This Inspection

Aside from whether or not your lender requires this inspection, it’s an important one to consider, especially if you live in a geographic area prone to these types of pests. Wood eating ants and termites can do irreversible damage to a property which turns into a hefty bill.  

What a WDI Isn’t

Contrary to what many appraisers or inspectors might suggest, mold and mildew shouldn’t be considered a WDI. The only way they would be able to claim this is if they were highly skilled certified biologists, and even then it’s still not valid. If you have mold or mildew issues, you need a mold specialist and a remediator to handle the problem, not a WDI inspection.

The WDI Inspection Process

Here is a glimpse into the inspection process and how we conduct our WDI inspections.

  • As soon as we get onto your property, we will be looking for signs of pests. These creatures tend to start at the boundaries of your property and work their way to your front door.

  • We will then head to the exterior perimeter of your home looking for actual insects or signs of where insects could be penetrating your home. This can include termite “tubes,” and conditions that wood-eating/damaging insects tend to be attracted to. It’s not uncommon to see these pests in old decaying tree stumps, branches that are touching the home or in damp areas like downspouts.

  • If exterior detection of an infestation is present, with permission, we may try to strategically remove a small portion of an exterior piece of siding (or similar) to see how extensive the damage is near the entry point. This can give us great insight as to what might be happening elsewhere in the home.

  • From there we will move into the interior of the home paying close attention to the garage, window trims, doors, and basement. These are all common places that WDIs like to reside. We will search for similar conditions as we did outside and try to learn how extensive the issue is.

  • We will then follow up with a report so you can take action in finding a specialist who can either treat your home or determine if more significant action is required.

We would be happy to help you with a WDI inspection and welcome any questions you might have about the process or its costs. Please feel free to give us a call or connect with us online, so we can tackle these issues asap.