Tuesday, December 23, 2014
When the last present has been opened, the last piece of pie has been eaten, and the new year has safely begun, it is time to pack away all of those wonderful decorations. Lights will need to be carefully wrapped. Bulbs will have to be tucked in boxes. And, the wide assortment of delicate ornaments will need to be gently wrapped in paper towel.
As you're packing your holiday knick knacks 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 attic, garage or basement. And, it will protect and preserve your holiday keepsakes.
Toss out any edible decorations. If you threw something together with popcorn, cranberries, or some other edible item, consider lovingly putting it in the trash. If the item has produced strong sentimental feelings, consider putting it in a ziploc bag before you stow it away. Food items lure in bugs and mammals that are able to smell those items through the box.
If you store an artificial tree, especially one that has had food decorations on it, shake it out thoroughly and vacuum it. Then, store it in a plastic bag. Trees retain smells that attract pests.
Store all decorations in a plastic tote, and make sure the lid seals tightly. Insects and rodents 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.
Keeping all storage areas dry and well ventilated 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 invading pests. Spiders, termites, rodents, and other pests get into attic spaces, cellar areas, and places that are undisturbed. Proactive pest prevention is always the best course. Stay safe, and stay vigilant, as you start the new year.