Does a termite inspector also check for carpenter ants?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Evidence of carpenter ants and their damage is not included in a WDO inspection report in Florida and many other states because they do not ingest the wood, and only bore into it for nesting. The inspector may tell you about any signs of carpenter ants found during the inspection, but it is not required and not part of the WDO report. For more info, see our blog post Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida?  and Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites?

WDO is a acronym that stands for Wood Destroying Organism. Although a WDO inspection is commonly called a “termite inspection,” it also covers several types of wood-destroying beetles and wood-decay fungi (wood rot)—all of which can damage the wood structure of a home over time. The inspection is a visual one, limited to accessible areas of a home; so, inaccessible parts of a crawl space or attic, along with parts of the home behind dense stored items, are not included. The protocol for a WDO inspection in Florida, and the required two-page form for the report, are regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    To learn more about WDO inspections, visit our blog post Do I really need a termite-WDO inspection? And see our blog post I think I have termites. What does a termite look like? for help identifying a termite. 

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To learn more about termites, see these other blog posts:

Should I be worried about termites if my neighbor's house is being tented?

Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim? 

How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?

How long does Bora-Care® last? 

 Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house? 

How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?

Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection? 

If termite damage appears to be old, does that mean that termites may no longer be present?

How do I know if my WDO/termite report is "clear"? 

When do termites swarm in Florida?

Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites? 

Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

Do I have to tent the house if I have termites? 

What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?

What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house? 

What is a termite shield?

How do termites get into a concrete block house? 

Do termites eat concrete?

What is a clean WDO?  

What do termites eat?

How do I treat wood rot  that's listed in my termite-WDO report?  

What's causing those holes in the fascia?

Does wood chip mulch in the yard attract termites?

I'm buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection? 

• I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?

   Visit our TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND PESTS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 


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