Termites cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States. Drywood termites are very common in Tampa and the surrounding areas. They feed on materials that contain cellulose, such as wood and paper. When the drywood termite feeds on these materials in nature, the process returns nutrients back to the soil. But when they infest your home, they can cause serious and expensive damage. They feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Left untreated, a small infestation can grow quickly. Often, one of the first signs of a drywood termite infestation is dropped wings. They swarm from exit holes (small openings) in the wood, and lose their wings soon after swarming. They are attracted to light. They are blind, so the light helps them find each other so that they can mate. Drawn by the light, they can enter your home from the outside.If you suspect an infestation, look for termite bodies and wings on windowsills, in spider webs and in light fixtures. Another sign is frass, tiny pellets that are produced by the drywood termite. They obtain moisture from the wood or cellulose. Once they have absorbed all the moisture in the wood they have eaten, the remaining dry material is waste. These pellet-like droppings are generally the color of the wood on which the termites feed. Small piles of frass can be found near infested wood. Drywood termites can invade wooden structures, attics, wooden furniture and other places.
Droppings and Wings from Drywood Termites
A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO)Inspection Report is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms. Usually this means subterranean or drywood termites, but will also cover wood destroying beetles and wood destroying fungi.
A WDO inspection report is provided when a home or other structure is being sold and the mortgage lender or buyer requires the inspection as part of the transaction. If an inspection is done for these purposes, the inspection must be reported on a specific report form as required by Florida Law. (Chapter 482, Florida Statutes). The form is sometimes called the “1145 report” because of the old form number.
The WDO inspection can only be done by a wood-destroying organisms identification cardholder (or a certified operator with the wood-destroying organisms category) of a pest control company like VIP Pest Control licensed by the state of Florida. These employees must receive special training to be qualified as WDO inspectors.