It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Even For Pests Arrow Exterminators offers tips to prevent pests from spoiling the holiday fun
The holiday season is upon us-the tradition of decorating our
homes, picking out the perfect tree, and digging the holiday
decorations out from the attic or basement. But these annual
festivities can often bring unwanted pests into your house or
disrupt pests who have been nesting in the house undetected, making
pest control a necessity during the holidays.
Common pests during this time of the year include mice,
squirrels and other rodents who are known to hide in attics and
basements where the holiday decorations are typically stored. The
most common rodent is a house mouse, a pest that can breed very
quickly and bring with them other pests like fleas, ticks, mites
and lice. Besides being a nuisance, their droppings and urine can
cause allergies in children and spread disease such as
Additionally, brown recluse spiders pose a risk this holiday
season as they can easily hitch a ride into homes on the family
Christmas tree or from within a bundle of firewood. These spiders
are often found living outdoors in dark areas around woodpiles.
Mostly considered a nuisance, brown recluse spiders will bite if
provoked, leaving behind painful, open sores.
"Although it can be funny in scenes from classic holiday movies,
pests can quickly pose a problem and ruin the holiday festivities,"
said Shay Reunion, Arrow's pest expert. "Homeowners need to check
their attics, basements, and garages for pests, as well as inspect
their trees and holiday decorations thoroughly before bringing them
into the house. Pest problems can often be avoided with a
To keep your home pest free this holiday season, Arrow
Exterminators recommends some simple steps :
- Seal all holes and cracks that are larger than the diameter of
- Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
- Store holiday decorations in sealed, plastic containers.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement
foundation and windows.
- Inspect Christmas trees thoroughly before bringing them into
- Vacuum and sweep often around the home.
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five
inches off the ground.
Arrow protects homes from pests with the STEPS™ Total Protection
System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest
Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of home and property
to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the
pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most
environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and
help prevent any future recurrence.