California WDO Reports

The California Termite Report or Wood Destroying Pest and Organisms report has only made one significant change in the past 20 years.  Going from 8.5 x 14 to 8.5 x 11 paper size and dropping a check box grid off the first page.  The new report was required effective July 1, 2003.  There were several reasons for the changes but one of the biggest benefits was it worked better for fax machines.  Once fax machines got passed the phase of thermal paper on rolls, everyone would stock their fax machines with 8.5 x 11 paper.  This was always a headache when faxing the older 14″ termite reports.

Another significant change was the change in storage and archiving of termite reports by the Structural Pest Control Board of CA.  Back in the day you had to send a full copy of every report you made to the board and they would store them in case a complaint would be filed.  After being overwhelmed with paper work they went to a simplified reporting system that allowed you to send basic information about your reports on a floppy disk.  Eventually they moved to a system that allows you to log in and upload your activities on your own.  Only the date, property address, type of report, and inspectors name is stored.  If a complaint is filled the board will search the database for reports on the property in the past 2 years and then request a copies of the full reports to be faxed to the board for review.

Old report samples: