In North Carolina, a Wood-Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) is required for almost all homes for sale. The inspection is used to report any current presence of wood-destroying insects, or the absence of them. A thorough inspection of all parts of the home, including permanent attachments such as decks, storage sheds, etc. will be performed.
The pest control operator (PCO) will report all visible evidence of wood-destroying insects as well as any conditions conductive to subterranean termites. A WDIR includes more than just termites – it covers subterranean termites, power post beetles, old house borers, carpenter ants and sometimes carpenter bees. If wood-destroying insects are found during the inspection, it is the job of the PCO to inform the client of the infestation; it is then up to the client to contact someone for treatment.
The following is a checklist of things to remember as a homeowner:
- Schedule an annual home termite inspection with a termite control professional. This is the most effective and most affordable way of protecting your home and property.
- If you are building a home, treat the soil for termites prior to laying the foundation. Proactive measures prepare your property for termites and reduces the potential for a problem.
- Eliminate all possible food sources for the termites. Remove all damp, decaying wood such as wood logs, dead trees, stumps, and roots. Don’t store firewood against your home. Leave a one-inch gap between mulch or other woody groundcover and your foundation. Consider using rubber mulch in the immediate area surrounding your home.
- Termites need moisture to survive. Fix leaking pipes and reduce the humidity in crawl spaces. Avoid water accumulation near the foundation of your home. Make sure drain pipes are clean and clear of debris. Be sure to divert moisture from rainfall and air conditioners with downspouts, and drains.
- Heavy brush or growth around your house provides shelter for termites. Prune bushes and shrubs to allow clearance between your home and your landscaping.