ENJOY A PEST-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON
Arrow Exterminators Offers Tips to Prevent Pests from
Spoiling Holiday Cheer
As many homeowners across our area enjoy the holiday season with
unusually mild temperatures, the local pest population is
celebrating as well. Typical weather this time of year
goes a long way to diminish the overall number of pests, but our
weather of late has been anything but typical so Arrow
Exterminators is encouraging homeowners to be extra vigilant this
"It takes a sustained period of overnight temperatures below
freezing to significantly reduce the pest population," said Arrow
Pest Expert, Shay Runion. "Homeowners are often engaging in
activities this time of year such as baking, parties and decorating
that can provide an entryway or welcoming environment for
A flurry of baking in the kitchen is a sure sign the holidays
are here. Cookies, cakes and candies are delicious treats for
the holidays, but are also attractive to pests. Many types of
ants are attracted to sweets and pantry pests such as Indian meal
moths and merchant grain beetles can be found lurking in flour,
cake mixes, dried fruits and corn meal.
Decorating is also a time for family fun, but it is important to
take precautions when bringing live trees and wreaths inside as
they can provide the perfect hiding spot for pests such spiders and
ants. Additionally, decorations coming out of storage into
the main living areas of the home may be harboring rodents and
other wildlife. And while a roaring fire is a welcome holiday
sight, that stack of firewood is also the perfect nesting spot for
many pests including spiders, termites and rodents and provides
easy transportation into the home.
Finally, holiday gatherings are filled with a lot good food and
good times, but can also provide a feast for uninvited guests like
mice, cockroaches and ants looking for food and shelter this time
To help keep homes pest-free this holiday season, Arrow
Exterminators recommends the following tips:
- Clean up spills immediately and store holiday goodies in
- Before baking, inspect all food for potential infestations and
check expiration dates.
- When stocking up, only purchase sealed packages that
show no signs of damage.
- 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.
- Store firewood off the ground and at least 20 feet away from
- Seal all holes and cracks along the foundation and any openings
around exterior doors and windows.
- Place screens over vents and openings to chimneys.
- Vacuum and sweep often around the home.