While packing your holiday decorations away, there are a few thing you might want to do to make your home less attractive to household pests.
Following these tips could save you from a spider bite, a cockroach scare, or a family of rodents living in your storage areas.
Discard edible decorations.
If you created edible decorations with items such as popcorn or cranberries, consider lovingly putting it in the trash.
If the item has sentimental value, consider putting it in a zip-lock bag before you store it.
Food items lure in bugs and mammals that can smell items through the box.
Any artificial tree, especially one that has had food decorations on it, shake it out thoroughly and vacuum it.
Store it in a plastic bag.
Trees retain smells that attract pests.
Place all decorations in a plastic box with a tight-fitting lid.
Insects, rats & mice can chew through boxes and paper, and may nest in your holiday decorations.
Clean all plastic, metal and hard ornaments with an alcohol wipe or soapy water. This will make them less interesting to pests and preserve their appearance.
Wash all fabric decorations before storing them.
Keep all storage areas dry and well ventilated. This will make your home less attractive to pests and keep your decorations safe.
Bugs and rodents love a cluttered mess. Spiders make webs and lay eggs, mice build nests, and a whole host of other insects enjoy crawling around in the confined spaces.
Bugs don’t like wide open spaces. If your attic or basement is clean and orderly, you will give pests less of a reason to stay.
By following these tips, you can make your holiday keepsakes last longer, and keep them safe from pests.
Spiders, termites, rodents, and other pests get into attic spaces, cellar areas, and places that are undisturbed.
Proactive pest prevention is always better than a cure!
Stay safe, and stay vigilant, as you start the new year.