Common Pests that Hide in Holiday Decorations

A spider spinning a web on the tree.

There’s nothing like decorating for the holidays. Sharing old memories while getting ready to make new ones is a great way to bond with the family. Spotting pests among all that glitter and tinsel, however, can put a damper on the holiday spirit in no time.

From avoiding bugs in boxes of ornaments to preventing pests in the attic, learn how to reduce the likelihood of unwanted guests this Christmas and beyond.

How Bugs in Boxes Can Ruin Your Holiday

 Many families pass down ornaments and decorations throughout the years. Others keep decades’ worth of Christmas or Hanukkah cards for sentimental reasons. Even those who go the minimalist route enjoy breaking out those shiny tree ornaments and that glistening garland. But what if your search for a favorite decoration turns up a silverfish instead?

As winter weather sets in, you may be gaining some new roommates without even realizing it. Attics, garages, sheds, and unfinished basements may not seem all that appealing, but they provide shelter to pests. When you bring those seasonal decorations in, you also treat your “guests” to even nicer accommodations.

In addition to their unpleasant appearance, pests can cause damage to your home and put your health at risk. From receiving bites from spiders in the garage to termites gnawing their way through your home’s wooden structures, learn how you can prevent pests from ruining this special time.

How do pests get in my house?

During the holidays, pests have a surprisingly high number of opportunities for making their way indoors. A warm, cozy home can be had simply by hitching a ride from elsewhere –or from just inside your attic or garage. Pests can get into your home during the holidays by hitching a ride on:

  • Christmas trees
  • Ornaments
  • Wreaths
  • Boxes of holiday decorations
  • Untreated pine cones and other DIY decor from the backyard

How to Avoid Hauling in Bugs in Boxes

 Avoid storing things in cardboard boxes when possible. Cockroaches enjoy munching on the glue that holds them together, and spiders are fond of hiding in dark, cluttered spaces. Before bringing decorations into your home, remove everything from each box. Have a trash bag at the ready for pest droppings, shells, and dust. Additionally, inspect ornaments and other holiday keepsakes for pest damage.

How to Keep Boxes in Your Garage Pest-Free

Toss those nasty old boxes and replace them with clear plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. In addition to minimizing the risk of your holidays becoming a hiding place for bugs, you’ll enjoy an easier, more organized decorating experience next year. Everything will be easy to wipe down, and you’ll be able to see what’s in each container.

Other Ways to Avoid Holiday Pest Infestations

 If tidying the house isn’t your strongest talent, prevent ants, mice, and other pests from invading your territory with our helpful tips. In addition to keeping pests away, you’ll be prepared if judgmental relatives show up for dinner. Stop a holiday pest infestation in its tracks by:

  • Replacing worn weather stripping
  • Storing firewood away from the house
  • Keeping a broom handy at all times in case of cookie crumbs
  • Immediately donating or placing unwanted food in a sealed trash can
  • Sealing gaps, cracks, and other openings in your home’s exterior
  • Trimming tree and bush branches away from your home

Safeguard the Holidays from Pests with McCall Service

Whether you’re tired of finding pests in the attic every year or want to avoid bringing them home in your Christmas tree, these tips will help prevent pests from robbing your holiday season of joy. Already have an infestation? Contact McCall Service for a free quote. Our Florida pest control professionals will work with you to keep the holidays merry, bright, and pest-free.

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