As the temperatures drop lower and lower, many pests will hibernate, hunker down, or simply die off. But under the right conditions, like oh, say, springtime temperatures in your house, many pests will be happy to stay active all winter long. According to the National Pest Management Association.
Infestations are still possible through the winter months, especially around the holiday season when people bring Christmas trees into their home or drag boxes of decorations in from the garage or shed. Here are three way to keep those critters from ruining Christmas.
Oh, Christmas tree!
Many insects, like spiders, mites, and moths plant nests in trees, wreaths, garland, and other greenery. If you bring greenery in from the cold with a nest in it, those baby insects will think it is springtime. Let me tell you, the holidays are not sweeter with a hundred baby insects crawling on all the gifts. Anyone who has ever experienced this will tell you, shake your greenery and check for insect cocoons before bringing them into your warm house.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse?
If you are like most, you store your decorations in the basement, attic, or garage. These are prime locations for pests. As you dig out those boxes of lights, ornaments, and festive decor, look for gnaw marks, holes, or droppings. This will give you an indication that pests have been around. Regardless, always open decoration boxes outside first, just in case you acquired some stowaways, like roaches, mice, or rats.
When it is time to pack things up, consider storing your holiday decorations in sealed, hard plastic containers. It might cost a little, but it will save you hassle next year, and keep your decorations protected from moisture and humidity.
Oh, you better watch out…
This is the time of year to get cozy by the fireplace. That means you'll be bringing firewood into your house. Be aware that spiders, termites, ants, and a host of other wood-chewing insects can hitch a ride into you house on firewood. Always look for insects or nests before bringing the wood inside. And always buy your wood local. Firewood that is shipped over state lines has a much higher probability of insect activity, especially if it is untreated.
There's no place like home for the holidays, keep yours pest free by following these simple tips.