The holiday season is one of the best times of the year. Seeing family and friends and spending time with them is something everyone enjoys. Unfortunately, time can also be spent with rodents and pests. Of course, the holidays fall in the cold, winter months leaving pest searching for a way into your home and finding warm shelter. They are annoying to see and oftentimes difficult to completely get rid of. Luckily, there are precautions you can take around your living space to limit or prevent a pest infestation.
Cracks and Crevices
Since pests are so small, they can fit through just about any opening they find throughout your house. That goes for both the interior and the exterior. Cracks in windows, ventilation, and crawl spaces will serve as entryways for pests looking to come inside. Patching these up with sealant, such as caulk, will limit how many pests come in. Inspect the perimeter of your home before the holiday season truly hits to find any openings.
Don’t Leave Leftovers Exposed
As families gather for the holidays, big meals are commonly eaten. As a result, the host can be stuck with multiple days worth of leftovers. If you happen to be that host, don’t be careless with the excess food. Properly seal everything, whether it needs to be refrigerated or not. Unsealed food in the refrigerator, if left too long to the point where mold develops, will spread that mold throughout the rest of the refrigerator and attract pests. Unsealed desserts that don’t need to be kept cold will also attract pests because of all the sugar.
Be Cautious of What You Bring Inside
Firewood, holiday trees, and other decor are often brought inside during the holiday season. While it makes the house look pretty, it can also be a way of transportation for pests. Ants and termites can be difficult to spot on firewood or a natural holiday tree, so double-check those things before bringing them into your home. Lights and decorations that may be stored in boxes in the attic or garage will likely have spiders and other pests inside as well.
Keep Up On Cleaning
With all the food, decorations, and foot traffic that may be coming into your home this holiday season, it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that some are too exhausted to keep up with cleaning. Pests flock to dirty and messy areas, so making sure the cluster in your home does not get out of control is important.
Dealing with a pest problem that you need solving before that big holiday party? Contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control today to help you get started.