Preventing Unwanted Holiday Decor Guests
The holidays in Florida are a terrific time: family, friends, perfect weather, and beaches. One thing that can certainly ruin the fun, however, is unwanted pests in your holiday gear. As it sits in your attic, garage, or shed over the long, humid Florida months, these bags and boxes become little condominiums for all kinds of creatures and critters. Brevard County pest control is a year-round engagement, but with the holiday season, your pest preparedness becomes extra critical as you and your family handle odd décor possibly brimming with bugs. But there are some easy things you can do, in addition to calling the local experts at Apex pest control, that will help you get through yet another holiday season.
For one, know thy enemy; common bugs that may find themselves at home in holiday boxes can be varied, but generally we locally find cockroaches, spiders, silverfish, and even the odd mouse. Some of these, of course, are benign and may scuttle away at the first opening of the holiday attic, but others can be of more concern. In Brevard County, brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders can be the main danger to small children and pets. With that in mind, here are some tips to help secure your holiday gear:
- No cardboard: It’s tempting because it’s so easy, but try your best to not store things in cardboard boxes. They not only fail in keeping pests out, but actually act as a safe haven for many. Easily gnawed into and nested, a holiday cardboard box sitting in a Florida attic for 11 months might as well act as a cockroach paradise. Plastic containers, fully sealed, are a much better choice. Additionally, garbage bags aren’t of much help either.
- Don’t Keep it All: What do you need to keep, and what can you easily get the next holiday season? The more clutter, the better for bugs over those long periods when you aren’t using the holiday gear. Some things are just better to replace, and for the things you absolutely must keep, see above on proper storage.
- Check your electronics: Reiterated every year because of its importance, especially in the punishing humid and moist climate of Central Florida, but always check all your lights, plugs, and holiday electronics before re-installing them for the holiday season. A little duct tape can go a long way here, and pests in garages can make wires exposed in no time at all.
Simple but important, these simple tips can go a long way towards having safer holiday décor this season and next. When it comes to Brevard County pest control, it’s always a good idea to call in the experts at Apex Pest Control. We can identify potential trouble spots before they become ones, and we offer a free, no obligation inspection and quote at 866-675-4070.