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Your Guide To Holiday Pest Control

Bugs are definitely worse in spring, but you can still have an infestation, especially around the holidays when you’re bringing things into your home that bugs love to hitchhike on. Here is a short guide to help you prevent an accidental infestation this season.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Before you start roasting those chestnuts over an open fire, here are a few things you’ll want to know. Let’s start with a common theme. Any time you bring something from the cold into your home, you have a chance of bringing in dormant egg sacks that are waiting for spring so they can hatch. BioOne Online Journal recently did a study of purchased firewood and stated that nearly half the bundles purchased revealed dozens of species of insects, even as long as eighteen months after purchase. They connected this spread of insects to untreated wood taking long trips over state lines. They suggest to buy local and burn quickly. And if you store wood at your home, store it away from your exterior walls and keep it five feet off the ground. This will keep those pests from infesting your home.

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how lovely are your branches!

Insects love to lay their egg sacks in Christmas trees as well. If you bring a cold Christmas tree into you home, especially if it has traveled a long distance to get to your home, it could have eggs waiting to hatch. Though not as much of a threat as porous firewood, trees can have a variety of insects. Shake your tree thoroughly before bringing it into your home, and inspect with a flashlight for fuzzy web-like sacs tucked into boughs. This will save you from having hundreds of spiders crawling your walls for Christmas.

And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

Another way egg sacs get into your home is in decoration boxes stored in a shed, garage, or barn. This is also a way roaches, mice, and poisonous spiders enter the house. When storing decorations, try to use a sealed, hard plastic container. This will prevent unwanted intruders when the holidays come.

If you get an infestation, call a professional so it can be dealt with thoroughly and you can stay focused on what matters: being with family.

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