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termites use to invade a structure), termite fecal pellets, wings, and pellet kick-out holes in walls, beetle “frass” (a fine powder produced by wood-boring beetles), and termite “galleries” (the etched grooves and tunnels that termites eat through wood). Inspectors also probe for areas of soft wood caused by wood-decay fungi.

   The State of Florida licenses WDO inspectors through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) and they must work under the supervision of a Certified Pest Control Operator (CPCO), while home inspectors are licensed through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

   A WDO inspection report in Florida can only be completed using a state-mandated form (Form 13645), using very specific language and format. It is always separate from the home inspection report.

   In essence, a home inspector is not legally allowed or specifically trained to do a WDO inspection. To read a very complete analysis of what is involved in a WDO inspection and how to determine if someone is qualified and licensed to perform one, we suggest you click on the link below to download a bulletin from the University of Florida, IFAS Extension Service, entitled “Choosing a Licensed Wood-Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspector.”


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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