There’s one surprise nobody wants this holiday season: Bugs!
Unfortunately, if you’re removing decorations from storage or buying a Christmas tree, you’re going to encounter bugs, whether you notice them or not.
Don’t want spiders, beetles, mites, or other creepy crawlies over for the holidays? Us either. Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Webbing, bird nests, cocoons, egg sacs, adult bugs, even squirrels and other rodents are all known to hide in Christmas trees. Yuck, right!?
Thankfully avoiding these little disasters is super easy. All you need to do is thoroughly inspect your chosen tree at the lot before bringing it home, or at the very least, in your lawn before moving it inside. Look closely through the branches and trunk for signs of pests, like webbing, eggs, pest damage, and of course actual bugs and rodents. If you see anything suspicious, it’s best to select another tree, regardless of what the employees at the store might tell you. Similarly, natural wreaths, garland, and other greenery can conceal hidden hitchhikers, too, so give them a good once over as well.
If you’re worried your Christmas tree or greenery might have bugs. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Simply add 1-2 teaspoons of Yardsafe to a pint bottle of water. Shake to mix. Then, simply mist your tree all over for even coverage. It’s that easy. Not only will this kill any hidden bugs, it will help protect your greenery from future infestations.
Because holiday decorations are usually stored in pest-friendly spaces like attics, garages, and basements, it’s a good idea to check them for bugs and unpack them outside before using them.
Exercise caution, though, as venomous spiders like brown recluses and black widows are among the possible stowaways. We suggest wearing some hand protection like gardening gloves during the process, too, just in case.
If you’re squeamish about inspecting these items by hand or suspect that bugs are indeed in your decorations, you can simply leave them on your porch, patio, deck, or balcony to rest for 24 hours. This will give any hidden hitchhikers the chance to escape your decorations before you bring them inside. Follow up by giving your decorations a good spray with the Yardsafe mixture outlined above to keep them bug free, so long as the item will not be damaged by exposure to water. If it’s an item that cannot get wet, Cedarcide Original will do the trick
Of course, the best way to avoid bugs in your holiday decorations is simply to store them correctly, and we’ll show you just how to do it in the section below.
It’s simple: properly stored holiday decorations are far less likely to harbor pests.
Start by inspecting each item before storing it to verify that it’s pest-free. Next, always use hard plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Avoid cardboard boxes, as these are easily penetrated by pests, and actually serve as an attractant and food source for many types of bugs. Avoid storing organic items like candy canes, pine cones, and natural wreaths, too.
Lastly, choose a storage location that’s already known to be pest free, or simply remove and repel bugs from the area with a quick spray of family-safe Cedarcide Original (which can be safely used all throughout your home, including carpeting, fabrics, furniture, and more).
The best way to prevent indoor bugs? Target them at the source: outside. While monthly lawn treatments for killing and repelling outdoor bugs are typically only required from February to November, if you live in a warmer climate or it’s still warm in your region, we strongly suggest spraying your lawn again now. Doing so might just save your holidays and guests from unwanted buggy visitors.
To protect your lawn from biting and damaging bugs (which will also help prevent indoor bug problems), treat your entire yard with the Lawn & Garden Kit monthly until you experience two consecutive weeks of freezing temperatures. Make sure to treat shrubbery and bases of trees, too.
Fires are just the greatest, especially this time of year. They’re cozy, nostalgic, and a great excuse to circle up with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, firewood can also spell big trouble when it comes to winter pests.
Firstly, firewood is among the most common ways bugs hitch a ride into our homes during the fall and winter. Fortunately, a simple inspection before bringing a bundle inside is usually sufficient for preventing pest problems. Secondly, firewood can cause outdoor bug problems, too. Much like mulch, leaf piles, and dense shrubbery, firewood is a favorite hideout for all sorts of pests, including spiders, scorpions, rodents, wasps, ticks, ants, termites, and more. For this reason, it’s good practice to store firewood no closer than 20 feet from your home, preferably on a raised platform that keeps the logs off the ground.