Termites are Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Oak Hill, Bee Cavesthe forest's friend, because they convert fallen trees and boughs into humus.

Termites are Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Oak Hill, Bee Cavesthe homeowner's foe, because they convert wooden trusses and beams into humongous repairs.

Termites last year chomped almost $2 billion in damage to American homes. Buyers can help protect themselves by ordering a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) report, also called a termite report. In Texas, not every home inspector is licensed to create a WDI report.

What's a WDI report cover?

It documents evidence of infestation by and conditions conducive to five wood-destroying insects in Central home inspection Texas — termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder-post beetles and old house borer beetles.

Termites are Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Oak Hill, Bee Cavesby far the most destructive. The typical home inspection home with wood framing, siding and finishes offers Texas' subterranean termites an all home inspection -you-can-eat buffet. The tiny white bugs (pictured above) stay hidden, so inspectors look for signs like damaged walls or floors, shelter tubes, and papery wings dropped when termites swarm in Spring. The WDI report usually runs three pages.

Should you get a WDI report?

Inspectors joke that there are Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Oak Hill, Bee Cavestwo kinds of houses in Greater Austin: "Those with termites, and those that are Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Oak Hill, Bee Cavesgonna get 'em." HUD, FHA and other lenders require you to produce a "clean" WDI report at closing. They don't want to finance termite-ridden houses. You should be no less diligent.


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Fight that Termite!

You made sure your new home doesn't have termites, by ordering a WDI report. How to keep it termite-free? These six rules will home inspection help.

  1. Clear yards of form boards, wood debris and tree stumps. Keep mulch containing wood one foot or more from foundations.
  2. Stack firewood off the ground and away from the house.
  3. Make sure wooden fences, railings and decks do not touch the house. A one-inch gap thwarts termites.
  4. Don't let wood contact soil home inspection . Deck pillars should be on concrete footings or other non-cellulose material home inspection .
  5. Fix moisture problems, since termites like dampness. Repair leaking water lines, unclog gutters, channel home inspection downspouts away from foundations.
  6. Trim shrubbery so it doesn't touch your house, and keep sprinklers off walls.