Contrary to popular opinion, we do have pest issues in areas like Pullman and Moscow. Our primary invader is the carpenter ant. The problem that is starting to develop is that while we have a slew licensed inspectors in the area (and the number is growing), only two of us are still licensed as pest inspectors.
The Washington State Standards of Practice for home inspectors is pretty clear. We are required to report any conducive conditions to pest infestation and wood destroying fungus and, if not also licensed as a Structural Pest Inspector, refer our clients to an SPI if we suspect insect damage.
One of the realities of the marketplace is that home inspectors market to Realtors rather than directly to clients. I have my doubts that the referral will consistently take place. There is a great deal of resistence to pest inspections in this area. There is an ecomonic incentive to try to avoid messy areas like termites and carpenter ants and, of course, the liability involved inherent to a pest inspection.
I've elected to keep my pest licensed. I don't make much additional revenue from it but it does leave me in a better position to serve my clients. Fortunately for me, the Realtors that I work with want a good solid inspection and will work with and help their clients when they get the report.