6 Tips For a Pest-Free Home This Holiday

NJ Pest Control Tips For a Pest-Free Home This Holiday

The holiday is here again, and it seems like it comes around so soon every year; it seems like summer was just yesterday. But now that it is here, it is time for festive home decorating and holiday gift shopping and giving,

As we get deeper into the winter and are heavily involved with the holiday spirit, our attention to what is happening in our house can get overlooked. Behind the scenes, a host of damage, disease and food contamination may be lurking within the home. These are common issues, and if not addressed early on, homeowners may find themselves dealing with a pest infestation.

In this article, we address the best ways to avoid a pest infestation and have a pest-free home this holiday season. Prevention is the best protection!

1 . Cold Weather Brings In rodents

With cold weather comes various rodents like mice. They enter homes in search of food, shelter and warmth. They will enter through crevices and cracks in foundations and doorways.

With them, they bring a host of disease organisms and parasites. They can also cause damage by chewing on wires and storage boxes as they shred insulation and contaminate the areas with their saliva and droppings.

2. Wreaths and Christmas Trees

Christmas time is a time for wreaths and Christmas trees. Unfortunately, with these items come insects, fleas, ants, spiders and other pests. They can be hidden well into the branches. While purchasing thoroughly inspect them.

Before bringing them into your home, let them sit outside or in the garage for at least twenty-four hours, then re-check their branches and the trunk of the tree and look for signs of bugs or eggs. For the Christmas tree, you can vigorously shake it as well.

3. Check The Firewood

Do you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove? Did you know that number of pests can be buried deep inside firewood? Additionally, they can emerge into homes, by the way, of firewood.

A few tips to keep pests out of your home; while outside keep the firewood off the ground, keep it dry, inspect it before bringing it inside and burn the firewood immediately.

4. The Stored Away Boxes

Many of our garages, sheds, attics and basements are not sealed with 100% efficiency. Therefore, pests will enter, especially during the colder months. They will seek shelter and warmth and find storage boxes to be the perfect place. As we bring holiday decoration boxes into our homes, we subject our homes to a possible pest infestation.

To prevent pests from getting into your storage boxes, we highly recommend using plastic containers vs. cardboard boxes. Use secure plastic bins with lockable lids. Keep the area where your storage is clean and dry.

When bringing the storage containers with your holiday decoration into the home, check them thoroughly before moving them into the main living area.

5. Be On The Lookout

Prevention is the best protection. By applying the tips above you will be on the right path to a pest-free holiday. However, this does not always ensure that a pest will not enter somehow. And as one pest enters, pest infestations can quickly happen thereafter.

If you want to be at peace of mind, hire a professional pest control company to be on the lookout for you.

6. Hire Pest Control Services

To have a pest-free home this holiday, the professional pest removal and control team at NJ Pest Control is here for you to combat un-invited pests. By choosing NJ Pest Control, you can rest assured your holiday season will be pest-free. So invite the guests, start the party, and enjoy the holiday season to its fullest.

Have a pest-free home this holiday season!