As the most wonderful time of year approaches, many of us will begin to dig out the Christmas decorations from the attic, basement, or backyard shed. Unfortunately, the same places we store the decorations are the same places known for harboring bugs. Are there pests hiding in the boxes full of the sparkling magic of the season?
Likely Pests Found in Christmas Decorations
Pests in Pennsylvania love attics, sheds, and basements. They are protected from the elements of bad weather and have plenty of food to keep them satisfied. Many pests love to chew on glue, cardboard, and tape found in the cardboard boxes that hold many people’s holiday decorations as well as some of the holiday decorations themselves. The most common pests found taking up residence in your holiday decorations include silverfish, spiders, cockroaches, and rodents.
Why Are Pests More of a Problem During the Holiday Season?
When you think about the holiday season, what comes to mind? The endless boxes of decorations you dig out from their storage places so you can cover your home in holiday cheer, and the abundance of cookies and holiday treats left on serving platters on kitchen counters and the dining room table for friends and family to share? And for many, it is a home full of visiting friends and family who may unknowingly bring bed bugs or other pests in on their luggage or clothing. All of these situations can contribute to having more pests in your home than usual, from spiders to cockroaches, and even rodents.
Eliminate Pests from Your Home During the Holidays and Beyond
One way to reduce the risks of setting pests free inside your home when unpacking holiday decorations is to bring the boxes outside first. Shake the decorations out, vacuum them clean, and inspect everything thoroughly before bringing them into your home to decorate. It’s one more step during the busy holiday season, but it can really pay off by preventing pests from being brought into your home.
When packing your holiday decorations to put back into storage this year, consider using plastic, airtight bins with sealed lids to keep pests from getting inside.
If you’re noticing an increase of pests throughout your home, give Witt Pest Management a call. Our expert pest control solutions can eliminate them and prevent future pests from getting into your home during the holiday season and beyond.