Wood Destroying Insects (WDI)
What Do We Expect In
The four (4) WDI examples in Pennsylvania are:
- Carpenter ants
- Carpenter bees
- Powder post beetles
Each year, Main Line Inspections
performs thousands of wood-destroying
insect inspections, as required before a home is sold or
refinanced. Commonly called a 'WDI
report,' or 'Termite Report',
its purpose is to look for any signs of visible evidence of termites,
powder post beetles, carpenter ants, or carpenter bees that may be
present in the structure. The current
owner is usually responsible for treating any reported
infestation before the transaction can be completed.
Both seller and buyer should be aware that this report covers only what an inspector concludes from what is visible on the date of the inspection. Wood-destroying insects choose secretive hiding spots that are often impossible to detect. This means that a report indicating no visible infestation is no guarantee that these insects are totally absent from the home.
Homeowners are sometimes reluctant to admit to potential buyers that their homes are damaged by termites. For some people, the mere mention of the words "termite damage" conjures up images of tiny insects with very big teeth dining on weight-bearing wood beams until a property collapses in a heap of sawdust. Thankfully this is not usually the case.
If you are the seller, your best approach is to openly acknowledge any insect activity and damage in your house and have it addressed if necessary. This helps ensure your home’s sale ability and avoids potential legal problems. If you are the buyer, we recommend that you order the WDI inspection and accompany the inspector during the examination. In this way, you can know what was seen and what was inaccessible and make your own decision about the home you are considering.