How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

The holidays are in full swing, and before you know it you will be left with the daunting task of putting away all of those Christmas decorations. Did you know that those beautiful Christmas wreaths, lights, ceramic nativities, and even your artificial Christmas tree can be a favorite hideout for pests all year long?

There are a few simple and inexpensive steps you can take now, so you don’t end up with a serious pest infestation later. The last thing you want is to create a safe haven for rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders or scorpions.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations 

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Use proper storage bins. When storing your Christmas decorations, avoid using cardboard boxes. The tape, cardboard, and glue are a favorite food among roaches and silverfish. They can easily slip through the crevices of these cardboard boxes too. Opt instead for plastic tubs with tight fitting lids. These will surely help keep the bugs out of your decorations.

Use a Christmas tree bag. Again, toss the cardboard box your artificial Christmas tree came in, and use a Christmas tree bag that will tightly zip. Rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats love nesting in artificial trees year round. These trees provide pests with a safe shelter, much like they’d find in the wild.

Quickly throw away your real tree. That wonderful smelling Evergreen you chopped down on a family outing needs to be quickly disposed of; before rodents and other pests take notice, and take cover inside.

Seal linens in plastic bags.  Your stockings and Christmas tablecloths can offer a quick meal for pests like clothing moths, and cockroaches. Make sure items like these are sealed in plastic bags to keep out any humidity which can also attract pests.

Christmas_Tree_BoxThrow away edible decorations. I know you spent hours on that beautiful gingerbread house you made, but pests like mice and rats will quickly make a meal of it. The same goes for those candy canes you used to decorate the tree. Edibles will only attract pests.

Inspect storage area. Before you start stacking those plastic tubs of Christmas decorations in your garage, basement, or attic; look for existing signs of pests nearby. Rodent droppings, spider webs, and dead insects are a dead give away of a pest problem.

Clean, clean, clean. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, and before you start stacking the plastic tubs, make sure the area is clean. This simple act can go along way in keeping the bugs and pests away.

Get pest control. If you see any signs of pests where you are storing your Christmas decorations, get help from an Austin exterminator. Scorpion control, roach control, and spider control treatment plans can keep those pests away from your décor all year round. You don’t want to get bit or stung when you get them out for next season.

Happy Holidays From Blog Pest Control

All of us bug guys here at would like to wish you all Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2015. May your Holidays, and your Christmas decorations be pest free.


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