The holidays can be a little stressful. The last thing you need is a bug infestation. Here are four tips that will help you stay pest free for the holiday.
Tip number one: A bug FREE Christmas TREE.
There are many insects that cocoon their eggs in the boughs of trees. Look for cocoons and give your tree several good shakes before you bring it into your nice, warm home. There is nothing worse than a hundred insects crawling all over your Christmas presents on Christmas morning.
Tip number two: Look out for BOGS in your yuletide LOGS.
If you didn't pick up on it, bogs is bugs. You try rhyming Christmas stuff with pests. Anyway, I digress. There are a ton of bugs that burrow into logs or lay their eggs in there. If you bring firewood into your home, you could be bringing in several insect species, especially if your wood is untreated or you purchased firewood that has travelled across borders to get to the store you bought it from. Buy local and burn quickly is the rule of firewood pest prevention.
Tip number three: What in TARNATION is in my DEC-RATIONS?
Stored decorations always have a chance of bugs being inside them, especially spiders. If you don't store your decorations in a hard plastic bin with a sealed cover, you may be in for a surprise. Always open decoration boxes outside to keep bugs from getting out and into your carpets and furniture.
Tip number four: Do what the OX says or you'll have bugs in your BOX-es!
Okay. I just used the ox so I could make the rhyme work. But the ox says don't store edible ornaments or you'll get rodents, roaches, earwigs, and a host of other bugs that like to nibble on stored food. From a pest-prevention perspective, edible ornaments are generally a bad idea all the way around. If you're looking to exclude pests from your home, the last thing you want to do is put food out.
With a few alterations in the way you do your holiday decorating, you can reduce the number of bugs and rodents that want to make your home their winter home, and you can keep from getting a good scare when you open up those stored boxes. A little precaution just makes sense.