Homeowners should keep an eye out for termites

Reducing humidity can lower infestation risk.

Rising temperatures may result in an array of risks not covered by homeowners insurance. Among these is termite infestation.

Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators offered advice for protecting against termites, which cause billions of dollars in damages every year. Homeowners may want to reduce humidity in crawl spaces and use gutters and downspouts to keep moisture away from their property's foundations.

Sealing cracks where pipes enter the house can prevent pests from entering. Homeowners should also inspect firewood thoroughly before bringing it into the house and keep shrubbery and fallen branches away from the building. This spring's lower temperatures will not keep termites away, according to Arrow pest expert Shay Runion.

"Termites are always active in the spring, so it is imperative that homeowners get an inspection early," Runion said. "Once a termite infestation begins, they work quickly causing significant property damage."

Homeowners should contact an exterminator immediately if they notice evidence of tunneling in and thinning wood, according to the report.

Damage related to mold or other pests is also not covered by home insurance policies, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Therefore, homeowners should take reasonable precautions to protect against these risks.ADNFCR-2378-ID-19659913-ADNFCR

Posted: March 9, 2010

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