For most of the year, our boxes of holiday decorations and family heirlooms sit alone and forgotten in the back of a storage area, basement, or garage. Then, as winter approaches, our minds turn once more to the excitement that comes with unpacking those boxes and unloading the holiday joy they represent around your home.
Your mind is notably not focused on pest control and preventing critters from getting into your home. However, indoor infestations tend to rise around the holidays since we happily bring in aging boxes full of supplies through the doors. To continue to celebrate the festivities, here are some tips to avoid a vermin scare this year.
Check Your Tree and Garland
Whether you like to use real material for your tree and the garland that decks your halls or prefer the tree you have used for decades, there is still a chance of invasion. If you use a real tree or garland, inspect it thoroughly before purchasing it. Give them a slight shake to spur any hiding insects into movement. At the end of the season, dispose of them away from your home to keep rotting materials from attracting more insects.
Even synthetic material can harbor buggy fugitives. The close-knit needles of most trees throughout the rest of the year call to bugs like moths and other pests like spiders. When you store them at the end of the season, package them tightly and preferably in an airtight bag to stop them from being hospitable to insects. Store them in a high, safe, dry area to stop mice and rats from chewing through them.
Boxes of Decorations: Location, Location, Location
As you take down the loads of fun decorations you had put out only months before, you might feel a bit of nostalgia, but you still want to do it thoroughly, so it is just as much fun next year. Cleaning any of your decorations first often puts off pests. As you pack them into boxes, ensure that they sit in an area off the ground and in a dry location. If you notice any droppings around the area, it is not good to put boxes there. It is also best to use a hard plastic container with a lid that fits securely over the top instead of easy-access boxes.
Safely Secure Fabrics
Fabrics for the festive season act as a beacon for moths. Storing these in plastic bins is the best way to keep them out. Shake the fabric out well before putting them in the containers to try and get rid of any flying pests that could already be hiding in the folds. Doing so will help you avoid unhappy holes the next year.
Keep Firewood in a Dry Area Outside of the Home
Chestnuts roasting over a fireplace is well and good, but keep the kindling for that fire well away from your home in a dry place to stop bugs that will inevitably be attracted to the pile. Brush any wood off that you bring in and only bring in the amount you will burn within the next 24 hours or less.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you will still be faced with a pest problem. If you find yourself struggling to juggle an infestation along with the other holiday chores, call experts at Thomas Pest Control to take this concern off your plate. Replace it with a holiday cookie instead.