There are many things to love about the holiday season. The holiday decor, food, movies on TV and spending time with friends and family are just a few reasons so many people look forward to this time of year. Unfortunately, most of the U.S. experiences harsh winters and may even be bombarded by snowstorms.
With so much going on this time of year, pests are typically the last thing on our minds. But, you may want to reconsider that.
Pests, like rats, mice, cockroaches and spiders, seek shelter from the harsh cold. If your home is not prepared for winter pests, you might come across an unexpected visitor.
We’ve gathered a few Christmas pest control tips to help you keep your home pest-free this holiday season.
Keep Firewood Away From Your Home
Rodents and ants can create a nest in bundled up wood. If you place your firewood alongside your home, you run the risk of pests coming across your home and potentially gaining access. It’s recommended you keep firewood 20-30 feet away from your home.
Inspect Wreaths and Trees
Regardless of whether your tree is live or artificial, check for signs of pests prior to bringing it into your home. Rodents like mice can make themselves at home in and around your Christmas tree. Your should also check for spiders, aphids or other insects prior to bringing trees/wreaths inside your home.
If you purchase a live tree, be sure to have the tree shaken before bringing indoors. Many lots have automatic tree shakers that will lessen likelihood of your bringing a pest indoors.
Secure Trash and Recyclables in Sealed Bins
After your holiday meal, wildlife, like raccoons, will happily snack on your leftovers. When throwing away food, make sure your trash bins are at least 20 feet away from your home and closed securely with a lid.
Store Decorations and Seasonal Items in Plastic Bins
We recommend you store seasonal items, like decorations, in a sealable, plastic bin. Plastic lasts longer than cardboard and it’s harder for pests to enter plastic bins. Many people store decorations or other seasonal items in cardboard boxes, but it’s much easier for a mouse or rat to chew through cardboard than plastic. Cardboard boxes are more likely to deteriorate, especially if areas of your home have experienced flooding throughout the year.
Even better? Keep these bins above ground, on a shelf or ledge
Keeping boxes above ground or on shelves is a great way to avoid pests! Storing boxes on a raised platform does a better job preventing pests from entering boxes and from nesting beneath them. Using shelves and ledges for storage also reduces clutter, which pests like cockroaches and rodents, love hiding under.
Looking for more advice? Read our Bug Doctor Nancy Troyano’s recent interview on Realtor.com
Pest Control All Year Round
No matter the time of year, Ehrlich is here to provide you with pest-free living. For more information on our pest control services, contact us online or give us a call at 888-986-2074.