The holidays will be here before you know it and that means that decorating your home with festive decoration is perfect. But did you know that your decorations could have some uninviting guests that are more than friends and family? Yes, pests have decided to invade your home and your holiday decorations too. They like to hide in your garage, pantry, closets and even your attics. And these are places where most will store their holiday decorations at least 11 months out of the year. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators have some tips for keeping your home pest-free during the holidays this year.
Inspect Those Boxes
While most wouldn’t think that their holiday decorations have some hidden guests in there, they might. So be sure to inspect the boxes before taking them out of storage. Look for signs of pest infestation which can include rodent droppings, gnaw marks on boxes and spider egg sacs. If you happen to spot something that might look suspicious, take the box outdoors and do further investigation before you unpack those decorations.
If you are bringing in live greenery such as trees, wreaths or holiday plants into your home be sure to shake them outdoor before you bring them inside your home. You don’t want to have any unwanted guests sneaking inside your home for the holidays.
If you decided to do any DIY projects that you may have found on Pinterest and they use things from outside, inspect them first. Making holiday decorations for your home after you found the idea online can be fun, but if it involves anything from outdoors we suggest you inspect the foliage first outside. If you happen to notice that there are creepy crawlers on the item found outdoors, then you can shake it off or not use it. We know that those DIY holiday décor can be cute, but we too don’t want to see your home have an infestation over it.
Examine Your Decorations
As you unpack your decorations after you have checked the boxes, carefully inspect the decorations. Shake off your trees and garlands outdoors in case a pest left some unnecessary items on it for you. Before you hang up the Christmas lights on the house, be sure to check the string to make sure that the wiring is fully intact. Any lights that look like they have been gnawed on or chewed, throw them away and purchase new ones this season.
After the Holidays
When it’s time to take down the decorations after they have been up for a month or so, it will be time to store them. We suggest using durable, sealed containers for your holiday decorations. Refrain from reusing the boxes that you have used for years because that will only lead the pests to getting into the boxes. Pests can’t chew through the containers compared to those cardboard boxes and plastic bags.
If you have already started unpacking those holiday décor boxes and have realized that you might have a problem, please give us a call today. We don’t want you or your family to go through any issues this holiday season. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators hope that you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with your friends and family!