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Home For The Holidays: A Pest Control Checklist For Maine Homeowners

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The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also attract unwanted guests to your home. Maine homeowners need to be vigilant about pests during this time of year. To help you stay pest-free, use our comprehensive home pest control checklist to ensure you have a happy and hygienic holiday season. If you are already struggling with an infestation, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions for effective pest control services in Maine that work.

Santa's Little Helpers: Common Holiday Pests To Watch Out For

As temperatures drop in Maine, pests seek warmth and shelter indoors. Here's a seasonal pest list to keep in mind:

  • Cockroaches thrive in warm, damp environments, making homes an ideal habitat. They can carry various pathogens and allergens, triggering allergies and asthma in sensitive individuals. Cockroaches can contaminate food and surfaces. 
  • Mice are small, agile rodents that can fit through tiny openings in search of warmth and food. They reproduce rapidly and can contaminate food with their droppings. Mice can cause damage to property by gnawing on wires, insulation, and wooden structures.
  • Rats are larger than mice and can also carry diseases, making them a significant health concern. Rats are prolific chewers that are capable of causing structural damage by gnawing through walls, pipes, and even concrete. They reproduce quickly.
  • Spiders seek shelter indoors as fall arrives and create unsightly webs. Most spiders are harmless and beneficial because they prey on other insects. Some species, like the brown recluse or black widow, can be venomous and pose risks to humans. 

These pests can enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices, often unnoticed. Decorations and abundant food sources can be inviting to seasonal pests.

Pest-Proof Your Décor: Holiday Decorating Tips

Festive decorations are a hallmark of the holiday season. However, some decorative items can inadvertently invite pests into your home.

Follow these tips to pest-proof your décor:

  • Inspect greenery. If you're using live greenery like Christmas trees and wreaths, thoroughly inspect them for any signs of insects or pests before bringing them indoors. Shake greenery outside to dislodge pests.
  • Secure your Christmas tree in a tree stand with a water reservoir. Regularly watering the tree not only keeps it fresh but also prevents it from becoming a haven for insects.
  • Avoid food decorations. While edible ornaments and garlands might look charming, they can attract pests. 
  • Choose pest-resistant decorations. Plastic, metal, glass, and fabric ornaments are less likely to attract insects or rodents than edible or natural decorations.

After the holidays, clean and sanitize your decorations before storing them. Use sealed plastic containers to prevent all types of pests from infiltrating your storage spaces. 

Pest-Free Cooking For Festive Feasts: Holiday Kitchen Hygiene

The holiday season is synonymous with delicious feasts and baked goods. However, the kitchen is a prime target for Maine pests due to the abundance of food.

Here are a few tips on DIY home pest control and how you can maintain a pest-free kitchen:

  • Store food properly. Seal all food items in airtight containers to maintain pantry organization and prevent pest contamination.
  • Clean as you cook. Clean up spills and crumbs immediately. Pests are attracted to food residue.
  • Empty the kitchen trash regularly and make sure that the bin has a tight-fitting lid. Consider using trash bags designed to resist punctures and leaks to minimize odors that attract pests.

By maintaining holiday kitchen hygiene, you'll worry less and enjoy more quality time with your loved ones during this special season. 

Don't Let Pests Take Over Your Holidays: Contact Us Today!

Despite your best efforts, if you find signs of pests in your home—act quickly! There's a solution for every seasonal pest. Contacting a professional pest control company can help you identify the extent of the infestation and implement effective measures to eradicate pests.

With over 80 years of experience, our technicians at Big Blue Bug Solutions can quickly identify the culprits and eliminate them at their source. Contact us today to schedule an inspection before the holidays and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Maine.