Tips for Keeping Pests Out of the Holiday Decorations


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The holiday season is in full swing, and many families have the tradition to set up Christmas or New Year’s decorations to add a festive environment in their homes. As you are pulling out the trees, wreaths, lights, and other items, consider the fact that these decorations might be the place where pests hide out during the rest of the year.

The best thing that you can do is be careful about how the decorations are stored after the holiday is over. A little bit of proactive work right now will go a long way to reduce the risk of a pest infestation in the future. Here are a few tips to keep the pests out of the Christmas decorations:

  • Invest in the Right Storage Bins: Cardboard boxes aren’t going to cut it for long-term storage. Rodents and insects can eat through the cardboard to build nests inside the box. Instead, invest in durable plastic storage bins with tight-fitted lids.
  • Throw Away the Real Tree: Don’t leave a real tree up in the house for too long. It can be a magnet for rodents and insects, especially after the tree has been up for a while.
  • Seal Fabric and Linens: The tree skirt, Christmas stockings, tablecloths, and all other types of fabric should be sealed in plastic bags. This storage technique will reduce the risk of moths and cockroaches. Plus, the plastic will decrease the damage due to humidity.
  • Clean the Storage Area: When all of the boxes and bins are pulled out of the storage shelves, take the opportunity to sweep the floors and wipe down the shelves. Eliminating dust and cobwebs will reduce the risk of a pest infestation problem.
  • Don’t Store Edible Décor: Even though it was fun to make gingerbread houses, these items shouldn’t be stored. Food will attract rodents and lead to major problems in the future. Throw away the leftover candy canes and anything else that might be a food source for

If you discover a pest problem when you pull out the holiday decorations, then it might be a good time to call a pest control expert. Talk to our team for more information about the services that are available in Temecula: Riche’s Termite and Pest Service at (951) 233-7697



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