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Tips for a Pest-Free Holiday Season

December is here and the pests are near. With the holiday season upon us, we’re welcoming friends and family into our homes to partake in the Christmas cheer. While it’s a wonderful time of year to mingle in merriment, there may be some house guests you don’t want to wander into your midst. And no, we’re not referring to an unexpected visit from your in-laws. Pests love to invade homes in the colder months and can put a real damper on holiday cheer. To keep your home pest-free this Christmas, here’s what to look out for:

1.    Inspect Your Christmas Tree

While a real Christmas tree brings the fresh smell of pine into your home, it can welcome insects, spiders, and mites in as well. While the chilly outdoor temperatures act as a great deterrent for infestation, a tree brought indoors can awaken these insects due to your home’s heating. Before picking a Christmas tree, give it a thorough inspection. Some signs of pest infestation include:

  • Nests
  • Webs
  • Empty casings
  • Tiny red and brown dots
  • Brown cocoons

From a variety of flies to beetles and aphids, no tree is exempt from the threat of holiday bugs. It’s best to be thorough and scrupulous now so you’re not dealing with an infestation later. Give the tree – as well as garland and wreaths – a good shake before bringing them inside.

2.    Keep Your Space Clean and Food-Free

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s no better time to indulge in delicious foods. And sadly, there’s nothing a pest loves more than free food. Especially when they’re rich and tasty holiday treats. As a result, it’s crucial you engage in prompt and thorough cleanups throughout the holidays.

Additionally, ensure you’re storing leftovers properly to keep pests at bay. Keep them in tightly sealed glass or plastic containers, as paper and cardboard ones are easy for pests to access. Furthermore, don’t leave leftovers to rot in the fridge and regularly empty your shelves of baked goods and other uneaten treats. Lastly, since pests love to hide in warm, humid areas, keep your sinks, toilets, showers, and garbage/ recycling bins clean and dry as well.

3.    Be Mindful of Boxing and Unboxing

Unless you keep your Christmas decorations up year-round, they likely lay dormant for a good chunk of time. If they’re stacked in cardboard boxes inside a dark, warm basement, you risk pests like beetles, roaches, and rodents nesting amongst your precious ornaments.

So, when you drag your holiday decorations out of their hiding space this year, open them outside and look for signs of pests. If you notice signs of an infestation, box them back up and call for pest control in Vancouver so it doesn’t spread to the rest of your home. When packing your holiday decorations back up, keep in mind that it’s best to use tightly sealed, plastic bins as these are harder to infiltrate.

4.    Be Careful with Edible Decorations

Using food to construct holiday décor is a fun and cost-effective way to introduce some Christmas cheer into your home. Building gingerbread houses, hanging popcorn garlands, utilizing candy canes, and placing milk and cookies by the tree for Santa are all part of the holiday fun. While you may expect to see a cookie or two missing after a visit from Mr. Claus, a gathering of pests isn’t the Christmas scene you hope to awake to. Keep an eye on your edible decorations to catch pests before they have a chance to infest and do your best to toss them at the end of the season.

5.    Seal All Entry Points

Prevention is better than a cure, therefore before the holiday season hits, give your home a once over to seal off any potential entry points. Look for gaps and holes in the structure of your home, sealing them with caulking or sealant if found. You can also hire our team to locate these points if you’re unsure of what to look for.

Call For Pest Control in Vancouver and Surrounding Cities

While googling “pest control near me” isn’t at the top of your list for fun, holiday activities, we know that pests don’t adhere to seasonal hours. If you have a pest problem this holiday season, our team at Atlas Pest Control are here to not only rid your home of pests, but stress as well. Reach out today for reliable, efficient, and responsive pest control services.

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