What is a WDO inspection? 

Although commonly referred to as a “termite inspection,” WDO stands for “wood-destroying organism,” and a proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and dry wood types), wood decay, wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestation; and evidence of past treatments. 

When obtaining a mortgage or a mortgage guarantee to finance the purchase of a home, You most likely will be required to obtain a WDO inspection by the bank, the mortgage company, or the guarantor (FHA, VA, HUD, etc). 

Florida is a great place for termites to flourish, A termite inspection, or as it called by the State of Florida, Termite and Other Wood Destroying Organism Report (WDO Report), is required and strongly recommended when purchasing a home. 

Florida’s hot and humid climate is ideal for several species of termites to flourish, so it is important to perform a termite inspection regularly. In addition, our homes are at risk much earlier in the year than in other regions. Florida is home to three main types of termites: subterranean termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites. 

Common signs of termite damage to a wall include:

  • Small pin holes, where termites have eaten through the paper coating on drywall and/or wallpaper. 
  • Faint ‘lines’ on drywall. 
  • A hollow sound when you tap on the wall.
  • Bubbling or peeling paint.
  • Baseboards that crumble under slight pressure.
  • Jammed doors or windows.