Wood Destroying Organisms – WDO Structural Pest InspectionsWood Destroying Organisms by Interstate Pest Management -Serving Portland - Vancouver - Longview - Kelso

Structural pest inspections are extremely important, though their value is often significantly overlooked. Since wood destroying organisms are capable of causing severe damage to the structural integrity of any building, home and property owners should always be on the lookout for these dangerous pests. 

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to identify an infestation before the damage is done. In many cases, these pests aren’t noticed until the building requires thousands of dollars in repairs. That’s why it is so important to turn to expert structural pest inspectors like Interstate Pest Management! Our trusted professionals have been serving homes and businesses in the Pacific Northwest since 1963, and are sure to help you catch an infestation early. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

What Are Wood Destroying Organisms?

As their name suggests, wood destroying organisms (WDOs) are any pests that cause damage to wood. The most common WDOs include carpenter ants, subterranean termites, wood infesting beetles, and rot fungus. Additionally, structural pests are often drawn to standing water. Therefore, buildings and properties in wet climates or with plumbing issues are at a higher risk of an infestation.

It can be challenging to identify a structural pest outbreak before it causes significant damage. However, there are several clues of an infestation that homeowners should be aware of:

  • Termite tubes
  • Nests
  • Swarming
  • Damaged wood
  • Dead insects

Hiring a Certified Structural Pest Inspector

A structural pest inspector can help screen your home or property for an infestation before it can cause too much damage. Here are some times to hire a certified structural pest inspector:

  • When buying a new home. Home inspections often do not include a pest inspection, so it is important to schedule one before making an offer.
  • When refinancing your home. Many refinancing loans are contingent on a structural pest inspection. So, if you’re looking to refinance, now may be a good time to set up an appointment. 
  • If you suspect an infestation. If you spot any signs of an infestation, it is important to call your local experts right away to avoid expensive damage.
  • As a routine checkup. Structural pests are experts at hiding, especially in low-traffic areas like crawl spaces or basements. To make sure your home or business is always safe from WDO damages, it’s important to schedule routine inspections.

Residential and Commercial WDO Inspections

With nearly 60 years of experience serving homes and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest, the expert inspectors at Interstate Pest Management can help you identify an infestation before it gets out of hand. Our professionals thorough and comprehensive industry-standard inspections for both residential and commercial properties, and we always provide detailed written reports of our findings. For a meticulous and reliable WDO structural pest inspection, call Interstate Pest Management today!