A professional inspection for Wood Destroying Insects (WDI) is important because termites, carpenter ants, and other wood destroying insects can cause significant damage to a home. The most destructive wood destroying insect in New York is the eastern subterranean termite, and they are active from New York City to Buffalo.

termite damage to finished wood wall
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Termite damage on a finished wall inside a home. Notice the tunnel like appearance of the damage and the earthy termite shelter tubes.

Why do I Need a Professional Termite Inspection?

A professional WDI inspection is often referred to as a "termite inspection" and the report required is called an NPMA-33 Form. In New York State, NPMA-33 reports must be completed and signed by an individual who is certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Category 7C - Termites.

The majority of WDI inspections are typically conducted as part of real estate transactions, and there are a few reasons for this:

  • A home buyer wants to know if there is evidence of termites or termite damage in the structure.

  • A professional inspection for WDI is typically required by most lenders, such as FHA, VA, and HUD, to secure a mortgage or refinance a home. 

  • The seller want to make sure their home doesn’t have termites before they put it on the market.

The threat of termite infestation is high on Long Island, every home should be professionally inspected, and early detection prevents the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs. Inspections also help to identify conditions that make a property more susceptible to termites (and other wood destroying organisms) so they can be corrected to minimize the risk of attack. 

Why Choose Paramount for Termite Inspections?

We are certified and trained to perform WDI inspections in New York State. We typically prepare our reports the same day our inspection is completed to keep the mortgage / refinancing process moving. If evidence of a problem is discovered during our inspection, we have the resources to quickly and effectively treat the property to help avoid a delay in closing. We also include re-treatment warranties on all of our work so you can rest assured that if wood destroying insects come back, SO WILL WE. 

Don’t take a chance on overlooking a termite infestation!  If you’re purchasing a home, you definitely want to know before you commit. To determine whether your home, or one you are interested in buying, has termites, schedule a termite inspection with a certified pest control company (LIKE US) in addition to your regular home inspection.

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