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Wood Destroying Organism Inspections

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When people hear the word ‘wood destroying organism,’ most immediately think of termites. This is a great first guess – especially since termites damage over 600,000 American homes yearly. In reality, these tiny insects fall into a subgroup of WDOs known as wood destroying insects. They share this title with carpenter bees, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and other pests. 

When performing a WDO inspection, experts look for more than just these insects. Wood decay, evidence of past Infestations, damage to wooden structures, evidence of past treatments and favorable conditions for infestations are all potential issues the inspector will look for. Any of these signs can indicate the presence of these organisms. 

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspections are critical to identifying the type of infestations, areas of infestations, and levels of infestations necessary to recommend control methods to resolve the issue(s).

This course is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) for license renewal. Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biology and ecology of common wood-destroying organisms.
  • Identify and describe termites, fungi, and common wood-destroying organisms.
  • Communicate treatment and management options for wood-destroying organisms.
  • Understand conducive conditions and recommend methods to prevent termite damage.
  • Inspect crawlspaces, basements, and foundation structures by following an Inspection checklist and WDO form.
  • Understand the critical laws concerning wood-destroying insects.
  • Describe the value of an inspection in relation to a real estate transaction.
  • Recognize the different foundations and implications of each regarding inspection, treatment, and prevention.

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