When the holiday season ends, it’s time to pack away the decorations again. While you might just want to get it done and over with, it’s important to be considerate of how you’re putting everything back in storage. To help, here are a few tips for how to pack away holiday decorations and protect them from year-round pests.
As you’re taking ornaments off the tree, inspect them for any evidence of pests, like spiderwebs or bite marks. Throw away or wash any with evidence of pests, and place the clean ones carefully in sealed containers. We recommend something with hard walls that a rodent couldn’t get through. It’s also a good idea to throw away any ornaments crafted with edible elements as this could attract a variety of pests.
Trees & Wreaths
If you have artificial trees and wreaths, make sure you store them in a plastic bag or similar container instead of a cardboard box. Over time mice, spiders, centipedes or other common house pests could make this their new home as the box deteriorates.
If you have holiday tablecloths, napkins or other linens, make sure you wash them thoroughly before placing them in storage. Pests will be drawn to any food residue left behind from your festivities. It is also a good idea to put them in a sealed bag to protect them from moisture, mildew and mold.
Lights, Knickknacks, Etc.
Everything else should be appropriately stored in some kind of storage bins that are not made of cardboard. Plastic or canvas containers that seal are the best way to keep your decorations safe and ready for the next holiday season.
If you’re worried about keeping your home pest free in the new year, contact K&C Pest Control. We can recommend pest proofing techniques, and help with any concerns you might have. Call (920) 582-9000 to get started.