Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report

Working with The Jones Team means you will have a team of real estate professionals watching out for you, guiding you through the buying or selling process, consulting every step of the way.  One of the many services we offer our clients is our list of service professionals in a wide variety of industries.  You can think of us as your own personal BBB.  We give our clients the opportunity to work with like minded professionals who share our passion for customer service and the well being of the families we help.  One of these professionals is Scott McGrath.

Scott McGrath and his team at McGrath Pest Control provide exceptional service at a fair price, and they habitually go above and beyond to exceed the expectations of their clients.  I invited Scott to be a guest blogger on our site, and he graciously accepted.  So from time to time we'll have the benefit of hearing about important pest related issues from a professional you can trust to protect your home and your family.  Below is the scoop about the WDI inspection report.  Enjoy!


In the pest control industry, one of my many duties includes being an official termite inspector for potential home buyers. When a buyer or agent calls me to inspect their new home, it is my duty to give a complete run down of potential issues they could run into if they decide to buy the home.


Of course the main reason I'm there is to decide if the house has termites or not, but those are not the only pests I’m looking for. The report I fill out is call a Wood Destroying Insect Report. This includes not only all kind of termites, but also carpenter ants, carpenter bees, pine bark beetles, or anything else that could eat or destroy the wood encompassing the home.


Now the WDI report is a visual report. This means, as I walk around, I will mark any and all items that I see which could be conducive to a wood destroying insect. The picture below is a typical termite tunnel.


A typical termite tunnel 






This is what the home buyer does not want to see.


In addition to termite tunnels, I also will point out to the home buyer any potential conducive conditions that could either invite or hinder the ability to identify the presence of wood destroying insects. The next two pictures show a typical house that for me, the exterminator, is potentially bad. A real quick note…it is important to find out early that there is termite activity in or around your home before too much damage is done, which means you have to see the tunnels to know you have them. If you can't see the foundation around your house, then you can't see the termite tunnels forming either. Notice in these pictures how the dirt is above or at the brick line. This can be very conducive to termite activity.


Conducive conditions to termite activity



        Another example of conducive conditions for wood destoying insects


The next picture shows the same issue.


Protect your home from wood destroying insects by keeping conducive conditions to a minimum


The ground cover may be nice to look at, but it is very dangerous when it comes to termite identification. Termites are attracted to moisture and fungus. How do you think the conditions are between the ground cover and the house? That's right. It's dark, wet, and humid under there. A virtual Miami beach for termites.




The last picture I want to include consist of rotting wood that develops around a home.

 Rotting wood on your home can lead to big insect problems if not repaired


For the most part rotten wood means that moisture has gotten into the wood. Pretty typical right? The problem with that is that certain wood destroying insects such as carpenter ants are attracted to moisture infested wood.




It is my job to point out anything and everything I see to the potential home buyer. Now most of the items I point out are normal wear and tear of the house, but I have to let the client know what I see and the potential problems that could occur. Then they can make an educated decision about their new home purchase.


Hope this helps!

Scott McGrath


Thanks Scott for sharing this valuable information with us!  Scott shares the same philosophy on customer service as The Jones Team, and he is always available to answer questions about this or other pest related questions you may have.  Below you'll find his contact information.  The Jones Team is proud to have Scott and the folks at McGrath Pest Control on our team!


Scott McGrath
McGrath Pest Control
281-469-8284 fax


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