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The National Pest Management Association shared these suggestions for avoiding infestations during the holiday season.

(Fairfax, VA) — With the arrival of the holiday season, people all across the country are eagerly anticipating festive decorations, giving and receiving gifts and gathering with family and friends around a roaring fire.

“Between spiders and mites in Christmas trees, Indian Meal Moths and mice nesting in boxes of decorations and rodents and spiders making homes in firewood piles, homeowners need to take a few extra steps to prevent these pests from making their way into the home,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Holiday preparations are busy enough without the added hassle of dealing with pest infestations, too.”

In order to protect homes from these unwanted holiday guests, the NPMA offers the following tips:

  • Inspect live Christmas trees, fresh wreathes and garland for spiders and insect nests or eggs before purchasing
  • Shake trees outdoors to remove any pests before bringing the tree inside
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and on a raised structure such as concrete blocks or poles
  • Pack decorations in airtight containers that pests can’t chew through
  • Unpack decorations outdoors so any pests aren’t released into the home

If you’re concerned that pests have entered your home or place of business this holiday season, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.