Holiday decorating can enhance your home’s aesthetics, warming it up with festive lights and greenery. But could jovial decorations be inviting in more than the holiday spirit?
Clark, your neighborly pest control expert, is here to help California and northern Nevada homeowners evade unwelcome pest visitors – rodents, spiders, moths, and other pests – on your “naughty” list this holiday season.
Pests like to find out-of-the-way locations where it’s likely they won’t be disturbed. These include attics, closets, crawlspaces, storage sheds and garages – all places where homeowners often store their holiday decorations the other 11 months of the year.
Boxes of fabric decorations, artificial trees and wreaths, and outdoor decorations make ideal locations for pest harborages, as they provide shelter and are easily accessible to pests unless they are stored in tightly sealed boxes.
Clark recommends that you inspect boxes and storage containers carefully before taking them out to start decking the halls. What should you look for?
Signs of a possible pest infestation can include rodent droppings and gnaw marks, spider egg sacs, or dead insect carcasses. If you spot something that looks suspicious, take the box outside for further inspection before you unpack the decorations inside your home.
If you’re decorating with live greenery – including trees, wreaths, and holiday plants – in your home, give them a good shake outdoors before bringing them in. You don’t want a mouse or spider sneaking in to make your home their home for the holidays and beyond.
To make your holiday decorating pest free, Clark offers the following tips to keep pests on your naughty list this holiday season and all year around:
Remember, if your home as a problem with pests during the holidays or any time during the year, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home.