Jingle Bugs: A Comprehensive Guide To Holiday Pest Management For Sunrise Homes

November 30, 2023 - Ants

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You might think the Christmas season is a time when you can ease up on your pest control efforts, but the reality is that pest control in Sunrise should actually be ramping up during the holiday season. This isn't just because certain species of pests are looking to get indoors during the time of colder weather and more limited food sources. It's also because your house virtually explodes with pest attractants during the holiday season, starting with all that delicious candy on Halloween and running through to the tasty finger foods of New Year's Eve. 

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

There are multiple types of pests you'll need to keep an eye out for during the Christmas season. These pests often enter your home because they smell Christmas foods or food-based decorations. Gingerbread houses are a good example of common food-based Christmas decorations that can attract a wide variety of pests, including:  

  • Ants 

  • Flies  

  • Roaches

  • Rodents

  • Silverfish 

All these pests and more will be interested in this carbohydrate-rich treat, especially because a gingerbread house is virtually always uncovered, making it easy for these pests to access. Other holiday foods also act as pest attractants, including candy canes, orange-and-clove pomander balls, and more.

Pest infestations can also be carried inside on live Christmas decorations. For instance, if you wind up buying a Christmas tree full of spiders and spider eggs, you could wind up finding a lot of eight-legged gifts under that tree in a few days or weeks.

Decking the Halls Without Inviting Pests: Pre-Holiday Preparation

Since most pests are either drawn to food decorations or carried in on living decorations, you will want to focus your prevention efforts on these items. First, never leave any food uncovered at any point. Even if you have a gingerbread house in your home, you will want to figure out a way to place it under some sort of covering that prevents pests from accessing it on all six sides.

You will also need to take care of your Christmas tree before bringing it into the house and trimming it. Though this is not a common practice, it is a good idea to hose off your tree in the yard before bringing it inside. This not only helps wash away any pests that infest the tree, but it can also help eliminate allergens that can float around your home. 

You might also want to consider contacting local pest control professionals before the holiday season starts in order to get a pest inspection and get out ahead of any potential infestations.

Pest-Free Cooking For Festive Feasts: Holiday Kitchen Hygiene

The main thing you have to worry about with holiday cooking is the mess it leaves behind. Making spectacular meals for large groups of people takes a mountain of work, and it leaves an even bigger mountain of dirty dishes and messy countertops in its wake. Though it might be tempting to leave these messes for another day after many exhausting hours of cooking, this is not a good idea.

To avoid attracting pests, you will want to clean up after cooking as soon as possible. This may mean having the people who are not cooking clear dishes while the chefs are in the kitchen, or it may mean cleaning in shifts. However you decide to get the cleanup done, getting it done as fast as possible can help reduce the time that cockroaches, flies, and other pests have access to dirty dishes and dirty countertops. 

Investing in quality pest control services, like the kind GOTBUGSIKILL offers, can also help keep pests away from your holiday meals. If you have had professional pest control performed around your home, there will already be barriers in place to keep pests away from your Christmas goodies. 

Pest-Free Holidays Made Easy: Professional Pest Control

Preventing pests from inviting themselves to your Christmas festivities might not feel in keeping with the holiday spirit, but it's something that you'll have to take care of to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. There's no better way to ruin your Christmas celebration than finding cockroaches near the cake and rodents in the wreath. 

That's why you should seriously consider receiving professional pest control services before the holidays begin to ramp up. The experts at GOTBUGSIKILL can help you prepare your home for the holiday season, mitigating the increased risk of infestation that this time of year brings. So don't wait until you find pest presents in your stocking. Give us a call or visit our contact page to schedule your pest inspection today!

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