Earlier this week, we re-posted a news article alerting people about the potential to bring hundreds of insects into your home on a Christmas tree. While that many bugs on one tree may be a bit extreme, it got us thinking about some other tips to consider this holiday season. Unfortunately, bringing insects inside your home this season could be the least of your worries.
1- I think almost everyone has seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at some point in their lives. Remember the squirrel scene? We've actually encountered similar scenarios, where a squirrel or other furry critter has hitched a ride inside on a Christmas tree. Our advice? Give it a good shake outside before you bring it in.
2- Rodents can easily hitch a ride inside on a Christmas tree, but you're more likely to experience a mouse problem via more traditional openings. Think about why mice want to come inside during he winter: to get warm. Whether you're bringing a tree inside to decorate or welcoming guests into your home, it's not uncommon for mice to scurry inside when we leave doors open. Now is also a good time to have a pest management professional inspect your basement and attic for potential entry points.
3- Common insects that may hitch a ride on a Christmas tree tend to be outdoor pests like beetles. If you do notice an influx of insect activity, try to save the bug in a plastic bag so a pro at Burgess Pest Management can identify it and treat appropriately. Self-treating with over-the-counter products can be risky if you're misapplying or mistreating the wrong target pest.
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