What is “pest and dry rot?” Seriously I am a home inspector, shouldn’t I know to what these
terms are referring?
The words, “pest and dry rot,” are really confusing to this poor home inspector. What exactly is a pest? I know a family here in Salem, Oregon that has the south side of their home covered in box elder bug
s every year! They do not do any damage to the home (they eat tree sap) but they definitely qualify as pests.
To limit the confusion with these terms I try to not use them. I will always trade P&D with WDO
(wood destroying organism report).
Spiders, box elder
bugs, nosy neighbors can all be terrible pests however they will not destroy your home.
Carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, termites, fungal deterioration will be part of my report and they are what home owners need to pay close attention too and control aggressively.