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Cabal Inspection Services,with its Miami home base, can provide you with a termite inspection for your home. Unlike other home inspection companies that have to hire outside companies for this service, Cabal Inspection Services has a State Certified Pest Control Operator on staff. What does this mean to you? Convenience. Only one call to make and one inspector to deal with for your home and termite inspection needs.

A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Report, better known as a Termite Inspection is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an 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. In Florida, carpenter ants and carpenter bees do not have to be reported.

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 licensed by the state of Florida. These employees must receive special training to be qualified as a WDO inspector. A written inspection report must be provided and a specific report form provided by the state must be used if a fee is charged to perform this inspection.


A WDO report tells the client if the pest control inspector saw any evidence of the following:

  • Live termites or other wood destroying organisms.
  • Evidence of infestation by termites or other wood destroying organisms (including wood destroying fungi).
  • Damage by the termites or other wood destroying organisms.
  • Previous treatment for termites or other wood destroying organisms.
The inspector must report the common name of the wood destroying organism identified and the location of the evidence.  If any of these areas are not accessible for inspection, these areas and the reason they are inaccessible must be reported.

A “clear” report is a report that states that no evidence of the wood destroying organisms infestation or damage was visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.  It does NOT mean, however, that the client can be absolutely assured that there are no wood destroying organisms infesting the structure or that there is any damage from termites or other wood destroying organisms.  It is very possible for termite or other WDO damage or infestations to be behind walls or in some other inaccessible location even in structures that receive “clear” reports.  Such an infestation or damage may be hidden (therefore not visible and accessible), or may have been repaired by the seller and therefore not visible and accessible to the pest control operator.

In addition to the WDO inspection, clients should obtain any and all written documentation of previous treatments, contracts and past inspection reports.

More information is available from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control (850) 921-4177 or www.floridatermitehelp.org