A Wood Destroying Insect Inspection or WDI (commonly referred to as a Termite Inspection) is an inspection that is required by most lenders. As the name suggests, the WDI is an inspection for wood destroying insects including: termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and reinfesting wood boring beetles.
Some tips from the National Pest Management Association to consider completing to help protect your home against wood destroying insects:
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry.
- Eliminate leaks at exterior faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units outside the home.
- Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose caulk and mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Direct water away from your house through downspouts that discharge away from the foundation and keep your gutters clear.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your house and five inches off the ground.
- Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
- Remove rotting tree stumps from the property.
- Have a termite inspection every year.