Termite & Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections

Protect your home against termites, powderpost beetles & wood-destroying insects.

Wood-destroying organisms (WDI) are capable of causing significant property damage. The signs of termite, powderpost beetle or other wood-destroying insect activity isn’t always simple to spot, but early detection can help preserve your investment and save you thousands in repair costs. That’s why we recommend WDO inspections be included as part of any general home inspection and before finalizing any real estate transaction.

AmeriSpec termite inspectors receive special training to assist in the wood-destroying organism inspection process. AmeriSpec termite experts, where available, identify clear warning signs of possible damage to your home or business, taking time to determine whether or not your property may require additional treatment.

When hiring a home inspector, asking for a WDO or other specialty inspection can be a valuable, easily-added step to safeguard your property’s long-term health. Whether you’re looking to protect your newly purchased home or ease the mind of a potential buyer, local wood-destroying organism inspectors can help perform inspections identifying a range of possible damage from:

  • Termites
  • Powderpost beetles
  • Carpenter ants
  • Carpenter bees
  • Old house borers
  • Fungi
  • Other wood-destroying insects & organisms

The Professional Termite Inspectors

AmeriSpec experts suggest homebuyers hire a qualified termite inspector to avoid repair costs that, normally, won’t be covered by your homeowners’ insurance. Before finalizing an investment in any home, ask your local AmeriSpec home inspector if they offer WDO inspection services.

AmeriSpec home inspectors with WDO training are prepared to look for signs of termite and other infestations by evaluating your home or business’ exterior and interior. An inspector might examine the perimeter, checking where the building’s siding meets soil or mulch. Our inspectors also carefully check decks, porches, balconies and, if required, your home’s attic.

WDO Inspectors Identify Early Warning Signs

AmeriSpec termite inspectors survey properties thoroughly, typically using a screwdriver or other inspection tool to test if any wood within the home or its structure has been weakened. Wood-destroying insects consume wood, eventually softening it and making it susceptible to collapse. Our local inspectors also know to search for mud tunnels, a common indication of hidden WDO access points.

As part of your wood-destroying insect inspection, AmeriSpec inspectors generally complete the NPMA-33 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection form. Depending on the results, you may need to consider treatment by a licensed pest control company. If necessary, your local termite inspector can help you find treatment options for your unique WDO needs.

In addition to your home’s exterior, inspectors will check for wood-destroying insects near or under all sink cabinets, visible floor joists, rim joists or band boards, beams and posts. For more information on what you can expect during the WDO inspection process, read our comprehensive guide covering everything you’ll need to know come inspection day.

Specialty Inspection Services Information

Radon Testing

Extended radon exposure can result in lung cancer. Protect your home and your health by testing for radon with a local AmeriSpec inspector today.


Bacteria and fungus exposure can be a serious problem in both residential and commercial environments. Find out how AmeriSpec can help.

Septic Systems

Septic system problems can come to light in a variety of ways. Identifying an issue involves knowing what to look for, as some indicators can be more obvious than others - and that's where AmeriSpec comes in.

Carbon Monoxide Testing

This service determines whether your business or home’s combustible appliances are releasing harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

Lead-Based Paint

AmeriSpec inspectors identify any presence of lead-based paint in and around your property. Our experts test paint, soil and dust to keep your property safe.


From pool pumps to saltwater corrosion, local AmeriSpec pool and spa inspectors conduct visual examinations and test all pool equipment to ensure it runs properly.

Well Water Quality Inspection

Well water quality services include testing for impurities and sampling and analysis for other quality parameters.

Irrigation System Inspection

When considering the purchase of a home with a lawn irrigation system, consider a professional irrigation system inspection from AmeriSpec.

Thermal Imaging

AmeriSpec uses its professional knowledge of building construction and IR thermography to identify thermal patterns that may indicate air or water leakage, excessively hot electrical connections or insulation abnormalities.

Drone Surveying

Assessing damage on high or steep rooftops risks additional damage to the roof and possible injury to the inspector. Surveying by drone can avoid these risks while granting visual access to damage or deterioration of a home or building and the surrounding area.

Water Bacteria Testing

Tests for water bacteria assess a business or home's water supply for contaminants and pollutants, such as chlorine, lead and coliform bacteria.

Sewer Scope

A sewer scope is a video inspection of a home’s lateral sewer line, the privately owned pipeline that leads from the house—at or near the foundation—and connects to a publicly owned city (or HOA) tap, or septic tank.

Energy Assessments

An AmeriSpec inspector will professional inspector will observe, measure and evaluate the factors affecting energy usage in your home.

Gas Leak Detection

During a Gas Leak test, professional AmeriSpec inspector will utilize instruments that not only identify small leaks at their source, but can also be used in areas where we would typically avoid placing our noses.

New Construction

As construction practices, materials and installation skills have changed, it has become common practice to have a professional inspector review homes under construction. Discovering incorrect installations early on during construction can help lead to a better built home.

Termite & Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections

You could save thousands and prevent significant property damage with a termite inspection from AmeriSpec.

Specialty Inspections Resources

Tools and resources from AmeriSpec for specialty inspectors