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We love this time of year. Nightly drives through a sea of sparkling trees and wreaths and coming back to beautiful heirloom ornaments and décor welcoming you home. Decorating for the holidays is the perfect way to bring the spirit of the season into your home. Unfortunately, sometimes an unexpected pest can quickly turn decorating into a sour experience.

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To evade unwelcome house pests like rodents, silverfish and spiders, we encourage homeowners to use caution when unpacking decorations and carefully inspect live greenery including trees and wreathes. It's a good idea to shake outdoors before bringing them in. Looking for telltale signs, like gnaw marks, droppings, and spider egg sacs can also help you avoid bringing infested items inside.

  • In an effort to make holiday arrangements stress-free, NPMA offers these tips to keep pests from dulling the shine of this year’s décor:
  • Shake off trees and garlands. Carefully inspect them for pests or eggs that can hide in branches before bringing them indoors.
  • If copying a DIY natural decoration from Pinterest or other craft site, inspect all foliage outside the home before beginning projects.
  • Store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away from the home. Inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors.
  • After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for pests like mice. Look inside boxes for droppings or gnaw marks. Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact.
  • When storing décor after the holidays, use durable, sealed containers that pests can't chew through instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

These guidelines will make holiday decorating a seamless process. If you require a Pest-Free service or are interested in an estimate, please call 1-800-532-5266 and we will be happy to help.

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