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DIY Pest Control Tips For The Holidays

Get your home ready for Christmas by making sure it’s PEST FREE. The holiday season can be a stressful time with baking, shopping, and decorating to prepare for your guests.

Keep reading for DIY Pest Control Tips For The Holidays.

Baking Christmas cookies?

According to a recent article from PestWorld, they encourage homeowners to make sure your festivities aren’t unknowingly attracting pests!

“While preparing for the holidays, it’s important to make sure your festivities aren’t accidentally attracting pests. Taking simple precautions while baking and decorating is a must to protect your home from pests.”

–Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA

Baking and cooking during the holidays can attract Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles, as well as other typical household pests, including Palmetto bugs, (aka American Cockroach), spiders, and ants.

DIY Tips To Prevent Pantry Pests

  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Inspect boxes and bags for any damage before buying items at the grocery store.
  • Keep kitchen surfaces clean, mop floors regularly, and be sure to dispose your garbage in a sealed receptible.
  • Remove water dishes for pets at night.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes on the counters or in the sink.
  • Run the garbage disposal daily! This will eliminate food in the drain to keep pests out.
  • Clean surfaces in your kitchen to reduce grease on oven hoods and walls near stoves.
  • Wipe out the insides of cabinets regularly.

Decorating With Pests In Mind

This is for those who decorate their homes with fresh greenery like wreaths, trees, or garlands. These beautiful and classy decorations are great for the Christmas season, but can bring in lots of pests!

  • Before decorating, be sure to thoroughly inspect all live greenery for any pests or eggs.
  • Shake out all of the live greenery before bringing decorations indoors.
  • Place the greenery far away from the home when disposing of it to avoid attracting pests.
  • Do not place lights directly above the entry doors to your house. The further lights are from the door, the less likely pests are to fly in at night.

Before lighting up your fireplace…

  • According to Clemson’s home and garden information center, firewood brought into homes is a “classic route” for some beetle and ant species to enter the structure.
  • Other insects may also be brought into the home on potted plants that were moved indoors to avoid the cooler temperatures.
  • According to our sources, taking firewood or infested plant material back outdoors or removing pests like aphids around a Christmas tree typically does the trick to removing pests and does not require insecticide treatment.

Still Having Pest Problems?

Let our trained pest professionals come eradicate your pest problem to keep your home bug free during the holiday season, and throughout the year!

We offer quarterly, guaranteed pest control or a one-time interior, exterior treatment. Click here to learn more about our services and pricing.

source(s): https://hgic.clemson.edu/uninvited-holiday-guests/ ; https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/press-releases/dont-let-pests-make-your-home-theirs-for-the-holidays/

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