Help! I Have Bugs in My Holiday Decorations

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How to Keep Your Home Pest-Free This Holiday Season

With the holidays coming up, we have lots to look forward to: time spent with family, delicious holiday food, chilly nights, and the warm, cozy feeling that we get from a home that’s been decorated for the holidays.


Of course, decorating your home isn’t without its potential hazards. If you’ve just opened up a box of holiday decorations only to find that it’s infested with bugs, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Unfortunately, holiday decorations can introduce bugs and rodents into your home, including spiders, mice, cockroaches, and other pests.

The key to keeping your home pest-free is to properly inspect and store your holiday decor. Proper storage not only keeps your holiday decorations safe all year long, it also cuts down on your risk of ending up with a pest infestation.

Want to keep your home pest-free this holiday season? Keep reading for our top holiday pest prevention tips.

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Inspect Holiday Decor

Boxes full of holiday decorations can harbor unwanted pests. By bringing these boxes into your home, you could potentially end up with a serious pest infestation. For this reason, it’s essential to inspect your holiday decorations before you unpack them. Watch for signs of rodents, moths, roaches, and other pests, particularly if you’ve stored your holiday decorations in cardboard boxes. Pay especially close attention to wreaths, garlands, and other items with lots of nooks and crannies where pests could be hiding.

In addition to stored holiday decorations, freshly cut Christmas trees can sometimes harbor bugs. Spiders, moths, mites, and other bugs often live in or on Christmas trees, and the warm conditions inside your home can seem particularly inviting to them. It’s a good idea to inspect for Christmas tree bugs before bringing a tree into your home, or opt for an artificial tree if you’re especially concerned about the risk of encountering pests.


How to Properly Store Holiday Decorations

When it comes to pest control, prevention goes a long way. Properly stored holiday decorations are less likely to harbor pests, effectively reducing your risk of introducing pests into your home when it comes time to unpack them and decorate.

Wondering how to store holiday decorations? First, inspect each item before putting it in storage to ensure that it’s pest-free. Next, wrap the item and place it in an airtight container. We recommend hard plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Avoid cardboard boxes at all costs: these are prime real estate for pests, particularly when placed in your garage, attic, or basement. Never store edible decorations like candy canes or stringed popcorn. For that matter, it’s not a good idea to store pine cones, either: these can attract pests, too. Finally, choose an optimal place for storage. If possible, store your decorations in a location that’s already pest-free.


Stay Pest-Free All Year Long

The holidays are a busy time, but it’s important to stay on top of pest prevention and pest control. Particularly here in South Carolina, pest control is a year-round project. With our warm, humid climate, pests can be an issue all year long.

Are you dealing with a pest infestation? Looking for a pest control company in South Carolina? We can help! Home Pest Control offers affordable, comprehensive pest control services that are safe for you and your family. Our environmentally friendly methods are highly effective, ensuring that your home stays pest-free throughout the year.

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November 20, 2019

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