Ask a Professional: How do I protect my home from pests when decorating it for Christmas?
It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is already here! Time to put up the tree, string the garland and light up the house with festivity. As exciting as this time is, it’s important to think about what pests may be getting into your home during this time. Pests like ants, mice, spiders and ticks may hitch a ride on your holiday decorations and make your home theirs. But, no need to fear! There are many things you can do to protect your home this holiday season.
Before bringing a live Christmas tree or other greenery into your home, inspect the pieces carefully. Consider shaking them out a bit before bringing them inside to encourage the hidden pests to fall off.
When you pull out your holiday boxes that have been packed away the entire year, try unpacking them outside. People most often store boxes like these in attics, basements, crawlspaces, garages or other comparable spaces, pests often make their way into the boxes.
At the end of the holiday season, be sure to keep a few things in mind. Make sure all décor boxes are airtight when you pack the away at the end of the holiday season to prevent pests from invading your containers. Cardboard boxes and plastic bags can be easily chewed through by pests such as mice. Also, discard any live trees or wood away from your home. Pests like mice and termites make themselves at home in wood piles, so it’s best to keep them far from your home.
So, as you prepare for another holiday season, keep these things in mind. It sure will make this busy time a little less hectic if you don’t have to seal with unwanted pests. If preventative measures don’t work and pests still make their way inside, call a pest care professional. At Bug Zero, we specialize in ridding your home of pests like these and can help you take one thing off of your holiday to-do list.
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