The last turkey sandwiches have finally been eaten, and the radio stations have all made the switch to songs about Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. The stores are full of holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gift for everyone on their list. All over boxes filled with tinsel, brightly colored ornaments, and thousands of tangled Christmas lights are making their way out of attics, basements, and garages to begin the process of making Missouri a winter wonderland. Throughout this hectic time of the year the last thing many people are thinking about is what might be coming in with all those boxes that have been stored all year.
Common household pests such as spiders, cockroaches, and rodents have had months to make their way into any stored items in areas like your attic or garage. They tend to find out of the way spots to hide and may have done so looking for a warm spot to spend the winter. Mice frequently have been known to set up a nest among all the newspaper that you probably have used to protect your ornaments from breaking or nestled into garland or even artificial Christmas trees.
To avoid accidentally introducing unwanted pests into your living space, it is important to inspect any box thoroughly before unpacking it. Check the outside for any chew marks or potential food stash, as well as rodent droppings in or around the boxes. Cockroaches never travel alone, so be on the lookout for any dead bugs that might be there as well. Spiders are a bit tricky, so make sure you are handling each box with care. If you see any sign of pests, give us a call at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions. We will come and do a home inspection to make sure that you do not have an infestation that could ruin your holiday.
It is not unheard of for people to have to dispose of whole boxes of decorations thanks to some of these unwanted pests. You can avoid it by switching out stored boxes and bags for heavy-duty plastic totes with secure lids for next year. During this busy time of the year, you can even count on us here at Rottler to make decorating the outside of your home easier by calling us to come do it for you. Rottler uses only the best, safest, and most efficient lights available to turn your home into the show piece you have always wanted. After the season is over, we will even come take them down and store them until the following year. The hours that you might save in detangling all those lights alone is worth your consideration.
From pest control to lighting up the night this holiday season, Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions wants to make sure that your holiday is as smooth as possible. Give us a call today and let’s talk about how we can help you and your family make the most out of this joyous time of the year.