'Tis the Season - What's Welcoming Pests this Holiday?
December is finally here and the holiday season is in full swing! People are beginning to decorate their homes and that includes picking out the perfect Christmas tree. We may be trying to bring the festive vibe into our homes, but we may also be unknowingly bringing in unwanted pests. Best Pest Control wants to make sure your home remains pest free this holiday season. Check out a few tips from the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Your Christmas Tree
If you choose to bring a live Christmas tree into your home, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that they are pest magnets. Not only may bugs be living in the tree, but they can also lay eggs. When you bring the tree into your warm house, bugs will be more comfortable and the eggs may hatch. The USDA Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists all the pests that could be brought into your home through your Christmas tree. This doesn’t mean you have to ditch the real tree for a fake tree. Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree in your home? You can still have a real tree, we just recommend you take a few precautions. You should always shake out your Christmas tree before bringing it inside. When you do this, closely inspect the tree for any signs of pests. Once the tree is inside, check the tree regularly for any bugs or signs of them. This will help prevent any infestations.
Wreaths & Garland
Most wreaths will be on the outside of your door, but they attract pests and those pests can find their way into your home. There are a lot of options you can choose from when it comes to holiday wreaths. Selecting one without natural elements like evergreen branches is less likely to attract insects.
Garland adds a beautiful and whimsical touch to your home. While live garland brings a seasonal smell and adds an extra pop of color, your safest option is to go with fake garland. Garland is a great host for pests, so if you do go with the real stuff, it’s best to shake it out and look it over before bringing it inside.
Pine cones are a seasonal décor item, and they make great crafts for kids around the holidays. However, just going outside to collect pine cones can introduce many pests into your home. Whether they’re store-bought or you collect them from the great outdoors, it’s important to inspect them and to make sure they are critter free. A good way to ensure they aren’t the home for pests is to bake them at 250 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. This will help get rid of bugs and sap.
For some, gingerbread houses are a holiday staple. Not only are they fun to look at, but kids and adults love building them and putting them together. Humans aren’t the only ones that love gingerbread houses. They could also attract pests and sugar-seeking bugs. In order to avoid attracting pests and ants, you should wrap your gingerbread house up at night and stick it in the fridge.
Happy Holidays From Best Pest Control
It’s getting colder outside and pests will be finding new ways to sneak into your home and enjoy the warmth. Best Pest Control knows that regular pest control can help keep those pesky bugs out. If you find unwanted pests in your home this holiday season, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. We can help make sure your home is pest free this holiday season.