The holidays are a very busy time, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about keeping your home safe. When you are a customer of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, you can trust that your home is safe from invading pests all year long. Offering wildlife removal for that squirrel in the attic, or pest control to eliminate those cockroaches from your kitchen, we are the St. Louis pest control professionals you can trust. We can even help with your holiday decorating! Our professionals keep your home safe from pests no matter what the season, but there’s a different kind of safety that is required when the Christmas season rolls around. Planning on having a Christmas tree in your home? Most folks that celebrate this holiday do, so here are some helpful tree safety tips from the Missouri wildlife pros at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.
When you decide to bring a Christmas tree into your home, there are a few things you need to be concerned with. Keeping the tree alive is important, so that it doesn’t become a dried out fire hazard. Cut about 2 inches off the bottom of the tree trunk to expose fresh wood before you put the tree into your tree stand. This can help the tree absorb water better, allowing it to stay fresh and green for longer.
Add fresh water to the tree stand every day. Inside a heated home, the water in the stand can dry out quickly, so adding water to it every day can make sure your tree always has a supply of water.
When choosing a Christmas tree, pick the freshest one you can find. You don’t want the needles to be falling off it already, as that’s a sign of a tree that was cut too long ago. Since Christmas trees account for many house fires during this season, you’ll want to be sure you’re bringing the freshest tree possible into your home.
There are actually sprays available in hardware stores and online that can aid in making your Christmas tree more fire-retardant. These sprays provide seasonal holiday tree fire protection that you may find useful in keeping your home safe from tree fires.
Keep trees away from heat sources; not only will heat sources dry your tree out more quickly, they can also cause trees to catch fire.
Don’t keep your tree up for longer than necessary. The longer the natural tree is in your home, the more chance there will be of it drying out and possibly being the cause of a house fire.
Use only LED lights on your Christmas tree. Along with being energy efficient and affordable, they have a much longer lifespan than incandescent lights and they don’t give off the same kind of heat given off by incandescent lights. LED lights are far less likely to cause your tree to catch fire, helping to keep your home safe this holiday season.
If you are not going with a fresh tree and instead decide on an artificial tree, make sure that it is labeled as fire resistant. Many people use the same old artificial tree that they have for years, so there’s a good chance your tree is old and doesn’t have the latest in fire-retardant technology.
The pest control pros at Rottler want you and your family to stay safe this holiday season. If you are having problems with raccoons in trash cans on your property, ants inside your home or even rodents feeding on your Christmas sugar cookies, our pest control experts can help! Call us today for more information on our pest control and wildlife removal services.