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Stop pests from targeting your storage items

The holiday season has officially come to a close, and it’s time to pack away all the festive decorations until next year. As we start the process of organizing and storing our holiday decor, it’s important to be mindful that many pests see these items as irresistible nesting spots, sources of food, and even prime breeding grounds. To ensure that your storage areas remain pest-free, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep those unwanted visitors at bay.

Seal it up

One of the most effective ways to prevent pests from getting into your storage items is by properly sealing them. Make sure to use airtight plastic bins with secure lids. Avoid using cardboard boxes, as pests can easily chew through these and make themselves at home. If you must use cardboard, consider using packing tape to reinforce the edges and corners.

Inspect before you store

Before packing away your holiday decor, take the time to inspect each item for signs of pests. Look out for droppings, gnaw marks, or any other evidence of infestation. If you do come across any signs of pests, it’s crucial to address the issue before storing the item. Contact Ecola Termite and Pest Control at 800-471-BUGS (2847) for professional assistance and peace of mind.

Clean and dry

Pests are attracted to the scent of food and moisture, so it’s important to thoroughly clean and dry your decorations before storing them. Wipe down any ornaments, wreaths, or garlands to remove any food residue or dampness that might attract pests. Additionally, consider using airtight bags or containers to store any fabric or textile-based decorations, as these can harbor pests if not properly cleaned.

Don’t forget about the tree

Many families opt for live Christmas trees during the holiday season, but it’s essential to take extra precautions when it comes to storing them. Before bringing the tree indoors, thoroughly inspect it for any signs of pests. Once it’s time to take it down, carefully remove all decorations and shake the tree to dislodge any pests that might be hiding in the branches. Store the tree in a secure bag or cover to prevent pests from infesting it during the off-season.

Stay vigilant

Even with proper precautions, pests can still find their way into your storage areas. Regularly inspect your storage spaces for any signs of infestation, such as droppings, chew marks, or nests. If you suspect a pest problem, contact Ecola Termite and Pest Control immediately for professional and effective pest control solutions.

By following these tips and staying vigilant, you can ensure that your storage items remain pest-free throughout the year. Remember, prevention is always the best defense against unwanted pests. Contact Ecola Termite and Pest Control at 800-471-BUGS (2847) to schedule a consultation and protect your home from pests today. Don’t let pests ruin your holiday spirit – take action now to keep them at bay!

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