Tips to avoid a pest infestation when decorating the home for the Holidays
As families across the country get into the Holiday spirit by digging out their decorations and unpacking strands of twinkling lights, Hulett Environmental a pest management company servicing South Florida urges caution against pests that can make their way into the home via boxes of ornaments, fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreathes and even firewood. Ants and spiders can easily hide in the branches of trees and crevices of firewood, while mice can chew through cardboard boxes of decorations that have been stored away since last season. Unfortunately, these pests can pose serious health threats, from food contamination to the spread of disease, once they find a way inside." Hulett advises homeowners to carefully inspect these all items for pests before bringing them inside the home. Hulett recommends the following tips to specifically prevent a pest infestation when decorating for the Holidays:
- Inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands for spiders, insect nests or eggs before purchasing. Shake greenery outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside.
- Unpack decorations outdoors so pests aren't released into the home. Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers that pests can't chew through.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.