The holiday season is officially in full swing!
Decorating, baking and visits from friends and family have us all
in the holiday spirit, but we do want to remind you of a few simple
steps you can take to keep unwanted pests from spoiling your
Baking is a beloved holiday tradition for many but unfortunately
your sweet treats and pastries are also attractive to pests. This
time of year, we encourage you to clean and conduct a thorough
inventory of your pantry and cupboards, closely inspecting dry
goods, such as flour, corn meal and sugar for pests. This is also a
great way to see what you have on hand before venturing to the
grocery store. Once the pantry is clean, it's time to head to
the store to stock up! Be sure to examine all packaging carefully
and make sure seals are intact and that there are no signs of
damage. This will prevent bringing unwanted pests back into your
Decorating is also a time for family fun, however we do suggest
that you shake and inspect live trees, greenery and firewood before
you bring them inside as they can provide the ideal hiding spot for
pests such as spiders, rodents and ants. Additionally, inspect your
holiday decorations that have been stored away for most of the year
before you bring inside. They can provide the perfect nesting
spot for rodents and other wildlife.
We have put together this list of tips to help you prevent pests
from spoiling your holiday fun:
- Clean up spills immediately and store holiday goodies in
- Before baking, inspect all food, especially dry goods for
potential infestations and check expiration dates.
- When grocery shopping, only purchase sealed packages that
show no signs of damage.
- If a pantry-infestation is suspected, discard all contaminated
foods and other open dry goods in outdoor trash bins and clean the
infested area thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water.
- Inspect Christmas trees, wreaths and other live greenery
thoroughly before bringing into the house.
- Store all holiday decorations in plastic, airtight containers
and when retrieving from the attic or basement, inspect them
outdoors before bringing inside.
- Place screens over vents and openings to chimneys.
- Vacuum and sweep often around the home.
- In the event mice are detected, a pest professional should be
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and
pest-free holiday season!