Termite/Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspections

What to expect from a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection

First and foremost, any structure containing wood or cellulose can be susceptible to termite infestation...to include structures that are constructed of mostly steel. 

General conducive conditions around the home that make an attack more likely include, but are not limited to: wood to ground contact, foundation form boards left in place, any wood in contact with the structure, heavy foliage and high soil levels.    

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Our inspector will conduct a careful and detailed inspection of the readily accessible areas around and within the home.  This will allow our inspector to determine the presence OR absence of any wood destroying insects.  

Possible wood destroying insects include:  termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles and wood boring flying insects.

The report itself is an official document promulgated by the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Service (SPCS).  The most current version is SPCS/T-5.  The basic report is 4 pages and can increase from there based on findings and pictures in the report.  

The report will attempt to identify:

  • active infestations of wood destroying insects

  • previous infestations of wood destroying insects

  • previous damage to the structure from wood destroying insects

  • any conducive conditions around the structure and recommendations to resolve those conditions

  • if possible, any previous treatments to the property and/or structure

  • and recommendations for treatment, if needed

The report will also include a detailed diagram of the structure(s) with measurements of the foundations perimeter.  All areas of current or previous activity and conducive conditions will be annotated on the diagram.

It is important to keep in mind that a WDI inspection is only a visual inspection of readily accessible components at the time of the inspection.   All comments in the report are based on what was readily accessible and visible during the time the inspector was present at the home.  

No inspections are made in any areas that require dismantling objects or removing materials; therefore, it is not a warranty and/or guarantee to the absence of wood destroying insects.

For additional resources, please visit the Structural Pest Control Service.  

Matthew Colia

Commercial Technician License #847461

Pest Inspection Network, Inc.

26504 Tuscan View

San Antonio, TX 78261

TDA TPCL #783068