At Christmas, the festivities take on a whole new meaning when you welcome guests other than the in-laws. By following the tips below, you will be sure to have a holiday season without unwanted guests … either pest or rodent.
Thus, you can decorate your home to make it welcoming and festive for your family, while keeping pests away.
IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A CHRISTMAS TREE, PLEASE EXAMINE IT CAREFULLY
The valid Santa Claus who has been wise every year. You should also check whether or not your Christmas tree has any little intruders.
The best way for insects and their eggs to enter your home is through your Christmas tree.
To wake up and get rid of the pests that could hide their eggs in the branches of your fir tree, shake it vigorously before installing it in the house. Since spiders, butterflies and spider mites are not welcome in your tree, validate if it has cobwebs, cocoons or bags filled with eggs.
When the holiday season is over and it’s time to get rid of the tree, be sure to vacuum to remove any residue, such as pine needles, insect eggs, or anything else. element coming from the fir tree.
HOW TO STORE YOUR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
If you decide on an artificial Christmas tree, how you choose to store it is important in order to ensure adequate protection against rodents. Instead of keeping it
in its original cardboard box, instead store it in a bag designed for this purpose to prevent rodents from nibbling the cardboard box and destroying the tree.
CLEAN YOUR DECORATIONS BEFORE STORING THEM
Even if you think you have eliminated all the pests and eggs before installing the tree inside, you will now need to be doubly vigilant before taking it apart and storing it. As you remove the decorations from the tree, check for traces of pests, such as cobwebs, mouse droppings, or chew marks. Even if you don’t see any traces of pests, it is recommended that you clean your decorations with a damp cloth or duster. Thus, your decorations will be clean for the following year and free from any parasitic activity.
DEEP CLEAN AFTER A RECEPTION
Everyone knows the importance of cleaning dishes and cutlery after a festive meal in good company. Remember to wash tablecloths and napkins before putting them back in their storage space, in order to protect yourself against rodents. Indeed, rodents and insects are constantly on the lookout for crumbs, liquid traces or food scraps. Clean the surfaces well to avoid attracting pests, leaving a scent trail that they could follow into the drawers.
INSPECT YOUR FIREWOOD
During the holidays, there is nothing better than sitting comfortably in front of a fireplace, with a mug of hot chocolate in your hand.
In addition to providing warmth and comfort to your home, be aware that firewood can also include pests, some of which are excellent for tunneling. Indeed, ants, termites, wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants regularly find refuge in piles of firewood, especially if they are damp or piled on the ground.
Store firewood on raised surfaces and away from the house; dry firewood is less attractive to pests
OPEN DECORATION BOXES OUTSIDE
Insects like dark and quiet places. So, what better way for insects than to colonize in decorative boxes that are stored for 11 months!
The risk of pest infestation increases when these boxes are stored in a damp place, such as a basement, crawl space or attic. It is common to find mice, rodents or other pests in decoration boxes.
To make sure you don’t open a box full of pests inside the house, take the boxes outside and inspect them for live or dead pests, feces, bite marks or other damage. Wipe down the boxes and set up your Christmas decorations to add a festive touch to your home!
HOW TO STORE YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AFTER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD
While it’s best to open Christmas decoration boxes outside to prevent any pests from getting inside, here’s what you can do to prevent them from making their home in your home. decoration boxes the rest of the year.
Mice and rats can sneak into boxes, destroy your decorations and leave their droppings there to ruin the holiday mood. Choose your storage containers carefully to protect yourself from rodents. Cardboard boxes or plastic bags are no match for rodents that try to enter them. Instead, opt for plastic storage containers with tight lids so pests can’t get in. In addition, such containers will protect your decorations from humidity, water damage or mold.
CHECK STORED ITEMS OCCASIONALLY
It is recommended to check stored items a few times during the year. Check for pests, water damage, or leaks. Plus, protect your home from pests and rodents by repairing cracks in foundation, floors and walls. It will also help protect your decorations and preserve your memories.
Our various tips should reduce the risk of pest infestation during the holidays and give your family peace of mind.
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