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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.
We’ve gathered a few Christmas pest control tips to help you keep your home pest-free this holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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