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Christmas Decorating Tips for Pest Prevention

The holiday season is a time of fun and celebration, but it’s also a time when pests can find their way into our homes. To help create a pest-free summer season, it’s important to take preventive measures when decorating your home. As Auckland’s leading pest exterminators, we have put together 5 valuable tips on how to decorate your home for Christmas while keeping pests at bay. It’s crucial to remember that pests are always on the lookout for food, warmth, and shelter. By taking some proactive steps, you can protect your home and ensure a pest-free holiday season.

Choosing Pest-Resistant Decorations

When selecting decorations, opt for materials that are less attractive to pests. Avoid using natural untreated materials like straw, dried flowers, or untreated wood, as these can serve as a welcome invitation for pests. Instead, choose pest-resistant alternatives such as recycled plastic or metal. If you’d prefer more natural options, look for treated material and thoroughly check natural items for any hidden pest guests.  

Proper Storage of Decorations

Once the Christmas season is over, proper storage of decorations is essential to prevent pests from taking up residence in your boxes. Use sealable containers to store your decorations and avoid cardboard boxes, as pests can easily chew through them. Additionally, make sure your storage containers and area are clean and dry to avoid any moisture-related issues that can also attract pests.

Keeping Food Items Covered

While food is an integral part of the holiday season, it can also attract unwanted guests. Keep all food properly covered and stored in pest-proof containers. Avoid hanging food items around your house or on your Christmas tree. Make sure to seal any opened packages tightly to prevent pests from getting inside and spoiling items. It’s also important to clean up any food crumbs or spills promptly. 

Food container to not allow pests in

Regular Cleaning Schedules

Maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment is crucial for pest prevention. Regularly remove clutter, especially in areas where pests are known to hide, such as attics, basements, and storage areas. Vacuum and dust your home each week, immediately clean up food and spills and seal and dispose of rubbish daily. Keep your garden maintained, with organic waste disposed off-site. Remember to use a hot soapy wash to clean food scrap bins each week to avoid smells and pests. Consider freezing food waste, and only putting waste into food scrap bins on collection days. 

Hiring Professional Pest Control Services

If you’re facing a persistent pest problem or want a preventative pest control spray during the holiday season, it’s wise to seek professional assistance. Pest control experts have the knowledge, experience, and tools to effectively identify and eliminate pests from your home.

At A-Jet Pest Control, we offer professional pest control services to help keep your home pest-free during the summer season. Our team of experts is trained to handle all types of pests and can provide effective solutions tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and enjoy a worry-free holiday season.

Remember, a little proactive effort can go a long way in keeping pests at bay and ensuring a happy and pest-free summer!

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