Pests That Hide in Christmas Decoration
December 5, 2017
Unpacking the Christmas decorations is an excuse to take a trip down memory lane. For many people, every ornament or festive decoration you take out of the box can trigger a memory from holidays you’ve shared with friends and family. Bringing in the Christmas tree or putting up wreaths can set the mood for the holiday season. Unfortunately, your good times can come to an unexpected halt if you should unpack some unwelcome holiday “guests” along with your decorations! Pests like spiders, silverfish, and stink bugs frequently take up residence in cardboard boxes stored in our attics, crawlspaces, and basements; while spiders and even rodents can hitch a ride into your house on the tree or wreaths!
Old, beat up cardboard boxes full of Christmas cards, popcorn strings, Christmas stockings and other fun decor is the ideal retreat for pests. You probably won’t notice the pests as you carry the boxes to your living room, and as you set the boxes down to get another one, there is a good chance the silverfish, spiders, stink bugs, or silverfish will become disturbed by the moving of their environment so they are likely to make their way out of the boxes and into your home in search of a new hiding place. Beyond the obvious distress that seeing these critters can cause, the more pests have the ability to spread through your home, the harder to eliminate they become.
Picking out the Christmas tree is a treat that many people enjoy every year as a regular family tradition. When you bring it inside and get it decorated, there is nothing quite as beautiful as your brightly lit and decorated tree during the holiday season. Because the tree is outdoors, there is a very good chance that it is the home of spiders or other pests. If they are still on the tree when you bring it indoors, then you face the potential of a pest infestation in your home. How can you enjoy your Christmas decorations without increasing your risks for pests? Try the following pest control tips:
Store Christmas decorations in plastic bins with lids.
Store an artificial Christmas tree in a tree bag instead of the cardboard box it came in.
Check your real tree before bringing it into the house.
Store Christmas linens and stockings in plastic bags or totes.
Discard edible decorations including the gingerbread house and candy canes.
Clean your storage area thoroughly before stacking Christmas decorations.
If you see any signs of pests when you take your Christmas decorations out or see evidence of pests where you keep your decorations, give Adams Exterminating Company a call. We can provide year-round pest control solutions to keep scorpions, roaches, spiders, rodents and other pests out of your Christmas decor and your home all year round. Being pest-free during the holidays is a huge gift, but often the work required to protect your house is very time-consuming. With Adam's Exterminating Company giving your property the attention it needs and providing you the information you need about possible pest risks and solutions, you will be equipped to keep out pests no matter the circumstance, and with our help, you won't have to worry about pests setting up house in your home.