Wood Destroying Organisms Defined
The term “wood destroying organism,” or WDO, is an all-inclusive shorthand for any sort of pest that causes structural damage to wood building materials. Termites are the most obvious example, and the WDO umbrella includes every sort of termite: subterranean, dry wood, damp wood, and more. The wider definition also includes other insects that feed on wood, such as beetles like the powder post beetle.
Fact: Wood Destroying Organisms (e.g. Termites) cause more property damage every year than all natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, fires, etc) combined.
Now is the right time to get an inspection done on your home or your commercial property!
A wood destroying organism (WDO) inspection produces a written report detailing all detectable damage caused by such organisms. Other signs of infestation are checked for and reported if they are found. WDO inspections look for wood-eating beetles and wood-destroying fungi as well as termites.
Inspecting For Wood Destroying Organisms
As noted above, the WDO classification includes several threats besides termites. However, you should be aware that in accordance with state regulations, carpenter ants and carpenter bees are excluded from the WDO classification in this region. Though they can cause significant structural damage to a home or commercial building, they need to be considered as separate problems.
You can take several effective steps to discourage WDO infestations if you educate yourself on the factors that make a building attractive to organisms like termites. Termites and other wood-eating insects are ground dwellers; they are looking for friendly environments that provide food, shelter, and moisture close to the ground. Measures that increase the distance between wood and soil (e.g. regrading) can help keep termites at bay.
Note that there are many sorts of landscaping, like mulch, which can increase the moisture levels in your soil. This makes it important to separate mulching and similar landscaping from your home’s foundation. According to industry professionals, you should maintain at least a one-foot separation between mulched areas and your foundation on all sides. Take steps wherever possible to minimize unwanted moisture in your home, particularly in crawlspaces and basements. Separate stacked firewood from your home.
A Proper WDO Report Includes:
- Evidence of ongoing infestation by living organisms.
- Assessment of damage caused by WDOs.
- Summary of previous WDO treatments, if any.
Any WDOs the inspector finds must be reported by common name along with clear directions to where evidence was found.
We provide Inspection services throughout the Pikes Peak Region including Fountain, Widefield, The Broadmoor, Manitou Springs, Divide, Woodland Park, Monument, Mountain Shadows, Peyton and Falcon, Colorado.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION:
SOZO Inspection Services, Inc. is proud to be an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector