The holiday season is upon us! We love this time of year—houses are covered with sparkling lights, stockings have been hung with care, and Christmas trees stand proudly on display with all kinds of beautiful ornaments, sparkling lights, and bugs...uh, what?
That’s right, your beloved tree may have more than just your treasured mementos on them. If you choose to decorate with a live tree, it may come with a few little critters such as spiders, ticks, and ants.
Christmas trees and wreaths make the perfect hiding spot and transportation for pests, so before you bring your tree inside the house, give it a good shake! Most of the little buggers will fall off, but if shaking the tree reveals an infestation, consider getting a different tree!
Here are a few things you can do to ensure your festivities are free from holiday hitchhikers!
- Carefully check Christmas trees or other greenery before bringing them inside.
- If you’ve stored your holiday decorations in an attic or shed, be sure to inspect them carefully for bugs before decorating with them in your home.
- Always store your holiday decorations in plastic airtight containers and keep them in a dry area.
- Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free.
Hope these tips help you enjoy a pest-free holiday and remember…give those trees a good shake before you bring them in your home!
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