The holiday season has come and gone. Presents have been unwrapped, treats have been consumed and the much-dreaded packing begins. Whether your decorations have miraculously multiplied, or you’ve decided to downsize, it’s critical to develop a system of organization. And while those decorations are patiently waiting in boxes until next season, they could play host to unexpected critters. Do you ever wonder where those mysterious insects in your home are coming from? There’s a chance they’re nesting in your holiday decorations. As you’re packing away the lights and wreaths, keep in mind these tips for avoiding pests in holiday décor. 1. Check ornaments hanging from your tree. These can be attractive to small critters and pests. As you take each off the tree, check for gnaw marks or signs of droppings. Take a quick look inside them, too — some pests can crawl inside! 2. Clean out your storage bins and containers before you do any packing. There’s no saying what could have accumulated in those boxes during their months in storage. 3. Separate your holiday decorations into different containers. Instead of storing trees and wreaths in their original cardboard containers, consider investing in special bags that will repel moisture and keep the pests away. 4. Be cautious of greenery. Some greenery might already have been home to pests when you bought it! Be cautious of any items that came in contact with greenery and thoroughly clean those areas in your home. 5. Use lids and more boxes. Fewer boxes make it tempting to fill each box to the brim — or until they overflow — and that’s not a good idea. Always use the lids on boxes to prevent pests from entering. 6. Ditch edible décor like popcorn strings. Some of these can be preserved and used again next season, but it’s best to keep those memories in your heart and not in your storage bins. Edible décor is a magnet for pests. Toss it instead — you can make more next season. 7. Wash holiday linens before storing them. Tablecloths may have accumulated food crumbs, and you don’t want to feed insects over winter. 8. Place linens in plastic bags inside containers so moths can’t get to them. 9. Invest in new boxes. That cheap, plastic bin is a pain every year. If you have a box on its last leg, or one that’s simply not durable enough for your hundreds of lights, invest in some new ones. You’ll be happy you chose more durable containers that pests won’t be able to enter. 10. Place your containers in a clean, safe area. Clutter only makes it easier for pests in your holiday décor to hide out. If you come across a pest invasion as you’re packing your holiday decorations, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help. The best method of pest control is to keep them out in the first place. Plunkett’s prides itself on performing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which means we first employ non-chemical, exclusionary tactics for eliminating pests. We don’t spray on the interior unless we have to. Our family-owned and -operated company has been in the business for over 100 years. We have the experience and expertise to get rid of pests in holiday décor for good, so your decorations will be safe and sound until next year. Contact us today to schedule a service.