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If you’re selling, buying, or financing a new home, inspections reassure everyone that the property up for sale is structurally sound and worth the investment. Real estate pest inspections and WDIRs are crucial to the home-buying process, and it’s important to understand exactly what these reports cover and what they don’t.
WDIR stands for Wood Destroying Insect Report, which covers specific species such as carpenter ants, carpenter bees, termites, and wood-boring beetles. This report is different from a home inspection that covers structural elements of the building in need of repair, which usually occurs at least 30 days before closing.

Home inspectors who notice signs of insect damage often request a WDIR. Certain states and counties, FHA and VA loans, realtors, and savvy home buyers may require this report, too
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What does a WDIR include?
Western technicians complete WDIRs when conducting a visual inspection of home interiors and exteriors. Our certified experts look for existing damage, signs of wood destroying insects (WDIs), and areas that may be prone to infestation. The WDIR records the following:
  • Live Insects: Includes sightings of live wood destroying insects, discarded wings from swarmers, or active Eastern subterranean termite mud tubes
  • Dead Insects: Notes findings of WDI carcasses, either whole or in part
  • Visible Damage: Describes evidence of entry holes, a blistered or bubbled look on painted surfaces, hollow-sounding timber, and wood that crumbles due to gentle probing, among other signs
  • Evidence of Prior Treatment: Explains any proof of prior pest control efforts
  • Vulnerable Conditions: Specifies areas where wood or foam insulation touches soil, excessive moisture, improper drainage, and other potential problems
  • Inaccessible Areas: Designates obstructed or physically inaccessible parts of the home excluded from the inspection
  • Treatment Recommendations: Suggests measures needed to solve WDI problems in the home
What isn’t part of a WDIR?
While WDIRs are a crucial part of the home-buying process, they can only inform realtors and potential property owners about the building’s current state of wood destroying pest infestation and damage. Reports are valid for 90 days from the date of inspection and are not a warranty. Also, WDIRs concentrate solely on pests that cause structural damage, so they don’t include information about rodent issues or insects like cockroaches and bed bugs.


Some professional home inspectors include WDIRs along with their services. However, without specialized wood destroying insect knowledge, subtle signs of infestation and damage can go unnoticed. Western Pest Services offers licensed, professional real estate pest control inspections, in addition to related pest control treatments, to give you peace of mind before buying or selling a home.

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