Connolly Pest Management

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Wood Destroying Infestation Insect Reports

Connolly Pest Management††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Phone: 480-964-3555

2550 N. Brimhall Rd†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fax: 480-833-7140

Mesa, AZ 85203†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Email: info@connollypestmanagement.com

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Donít be bugged by Bugs

Homeowners are usually reluctant to admit to† potential buyers that their homes have been damaged by termites. For some people, the mere mention of the words ďtermite damageĒ conjures up images of tiny insects with very big teeth dining on weight bearing wood beams until a home collapses in a heap of sawdust. Thankfully, this is not usually the case.

As a protective measure, banks and lending institutions require that homes be inspected for damage from termites or other wood destroying organisms before closing the sale of the home. A Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIIR) is a document prepared by CONNOLLY PEST MANAGEMENT that informs the lending institution and buyer the results of the inspection.

Text Box: What a WDI isnít.
Text Box: What are WDIIRs good for anyway?

A WDI is not a structural damage report.† WDIIRs only tell you about damage relating to infestation, not about damage for other reasons, such as earthquakes or floods. Neither is the report about whether or not a structure is structurally sound.

A WDIIR is not a guarantee of the absence of termites or other wood destroying organisms.† An inspection is an important tool in evaluating the soundness of a structure, but there are limitations. After all, an inspector canít pick up a house and look under it, or take it apart and put it back together.

A WDIIR is not used for inspecting for molds. A WDI is not designed for nor is it used to report molds, in addition the inspector is not there to† inspect for mold.

So what good is a WDIIR, if it canít guarantee that a house is free from termites or other wood destroying organisms? Well, aside from identifying obvious infestations and previous treatments, WDIIRs highlight potential problem areas. Here are some things that buyers should look for.

 

1. Cracks in foundation walls. It only takes a crack 1/32Ē wide to give termites and other wood destroying bugs hidden access to a house.

2. Leaking pipes and faucets. Termites, as well as other insects, seek out moisture for survival. Leaking pipes can keep wood and soil continually damp and create a perfect home for termites.

3. Wood debris around and under a house. Pieces of scrap lumber or firewood kept next to a structure can support a colony of termites.

4. Sprinkler systems and/or bubblers placed near the outside wall of a structure. Excessive watering can dilute pesticide treatments around foundation walls.

5. Flower planters. Planters allow hidden and direct access to unprotected siding and cracked stucco when built in direct contact with a house.

6. Trellises and wooden fences. If a trellis or wood fence touch soil and is in contact with a structure, it provides a direct link between the subterranean termites in the soil, and wood in the structure.

 

WDIIRs provide valuable information for the sale of a home, and document it present condition for future reference. Unfortunately, there is no state law that requires a WDIIR for the sale of a structure; it is a requirement of the lending institution. State law dictates that WDIIRs meet certain minimum standards.

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A good termite job should include:

A thorough inspection of the structure

†-Inside and out.

†-Identification of wood to earth contact, such as a trellis or† wood fence in the ground that contacts the† structure.† Locating areas of excessive moisture and faulty grade.

†-Soil that slopes toward the structure that allows water to pool around the foundation.† Proper application of Termiticide

-according to the label, and within federal and state Guidelines.

Text Box: Whatís a WDIIR?

Can you tell the differences

King and Queen Termite, the breeding pair of a hive.

Worker termite (above) and the Soldier Termites (right ) are the workers.† These are the ones you might see and do all the damage.†