It’s the first week of December, and Plunkett’s Pest Control is wondering if it’s too early to start Holiday decorating. I think the consensus here is that everyone is ready for the Holidays to begin, so we say let the Holiday decorating commence! Wreaths for the front door, Holiday lights for your home and all those Holiday decorations are ready to be pulled out of their boxes in the basement or attic where they typically spend 11 months of the year. What happens when you get those decorations out and find out they’ve been destroyed by insects or rodents over the past year? Gorgeous family heirloom ornaments, wreaths and advent calendars that you may have had in your family for generations are now gone, and you are one very unhappy camper. To keep your stored holiday decorations safe, prevention is key, like it is in most other facets of pest control. Here are a few holiday storage tips from Plunkett’s to make sure that your favorite family Holiday decorations remain safe for another year:

  • First, when unpacking ornaments and other holiday decorations, keep an eye out for escaping insects. You may want to do your unpacking out in the garage, or even outside, if the weather permits! This means that any insects or rodents that may have been hiding with your holiday decorations can escape outside of your house.
  • Avoid packing your holiday decorations in cardboard boxes or bags. These are easily accessible for rodents and insects and also don’t do well with high humidity and can be damaged easily by water if you should have a leak or flood in your basement or attic. You should look at investing in durable plastic bins with tight fitting lids for holiday decoration storage. This can keep your beloved decorations safe from pests and anything that can happen in your storage areas.
  • If you are lucky enough to have a real Christmas tree, or are choosing to use natural decorations for your home, initially leave these items outdoors. Bring them into a garage or shed before you bring them into your home to allow them to warm up a bit. Once these warm up, any insects or other critters that may be living inside your natural decorations will warm up too, and become active. Inspect your natural decorations (including Christmas trees) for insects like spiders, mites and pine aphids. While inspecting pine tress, be careful of your eyes- pine needles are sharp and can easily poke you in the eye.
If you do find insects have found their way into your home, you can easily take care of most of these with a vaccuum. But if you find that you have a pest problem that has gone out of control, or you just don’t want visiting family and friends to have to deal with annoying insects and rodents, contact the professionals at Plunkett’s. We want to help you enjoy a pest free Holiday this year, contact us in Alexandria, Bettendorf, Milwaukee, and throughout our service area for all your pest control needs.

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