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How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Holiday Decorating In Connecticut

A mouse standing on a Christmas ornament.

Pests access your home in startling numbers during the holidays in Connecticut. These hitchhikers cling onto the holiday decor in your attic or basement and travel with it as you decorate your home. As you carry that box of ornaments down from your attic, you could inadvertently bring along some unwanted guests. Pest control and prevention often brings on added expenses to the holiday season. 

To prevent an influx of uninvited guests, you should inspect your holiday decor before bringing it into your living room. Many people are not even aware that pests inhabit their attics, garages, and basements. And, without taking the proper precautions, you could be carrying pests into the most sacred areas of your home. Additionally, the holiday season coincides with winter weather, and many pests see your home as a safe haven amid harsh winter weather. As a result, they may invade your home to escape the cold. 

How To Spot The Signs

To prevent an infestation, you need to take the proper precautions. Unfortunately, if your home is already infested, this comes with other challenges. If you have rodents in your attic, you may find chewed-up decorations. In the case of a spider infestation, you may find cobwebs draped over your old decor. Many different pests could effortlessly destroy your holiday lights. 

You should inspect all stored items individually before bringing them into your home. Check not only for the presence of pests, but also for the signs of an infestation. These signs include the following:

  • You could find droppings that vary in size depending on the pests. Typically, pest dropping are capsule-shaped and small. 
  • You may smell the scent of urine. 
  • You could find bite marks on your decor
  • You could find broken holiday decor. 
  • You may find transparent shed skin in the shape of the pest itself.

Preventing Pests From Entering 

To prevent these pests from entering your Connecticut home, you’ll need to take the proper precautions. There are a number of pests capable of invading your home, so you’ll need a number of preventive measures to stop them. Here are some ways you can prevent an infestation inside your home:

  • Inspect boxes for signs of an infestation. This means taking out each item individually. For the safety's sake, use gloves. 
  • Check for bite marks, especially on your holiday lights. 
  • Examine your firewood before bringing it into your home for the frigid winter months. Make sure to keep your firewood at least 20 feet away from your Connecticut home. 
  • Regularly take out your trash.
  • You may buy more grocery items during the holiday season. Inspect your groceries before placing them in your cupboards. 
  • Store food in airtight containers to prevent food contamination.
  • Keep a clean home. This means regularly cleaning your countertops with disinfectant, vacuuming your carpets and decluttering your entire home. 
  • Carefully examine and forcibly shake your trees before bringing them into your home. If possible, purchase an artificial tree. 

Traveling For The Holidays

If you’re deciding to travel during the holiday season, you could still run the risk of infesting your home. Bed bugs are common parasitic hitchhikers, latching onto your luggage at the hotel or your clothes while you're on the train or plane. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent these pests from invading your home. Be sure to inspect your luggage carefully when you return home, store your dirty clothes in a sealed bag, and keep your luggage away from the bed.

Call Big Blue Bug Solutions!

If you believe pests have infested your home during the holiday season, you should seek professional assistance to control your uninvited guests. We encourage you to contact the place with the highest quality pest control. Reach out to Big Blue Bug Solutions. Our residential control program includes three preventive visits each year. After we remove pests from your home, we ensure they stay out. Call us at Big Blue Bug Solutions!