How to Keep Termites and Other Pests Out of Your Home for the Holidays

Once the cold snap and snow arrive, you may think that your chances for termite problems are over. That’s not the case. It’s important to understand that termites are foraging for food sources (aka your warm home) around the clock right underneath you. Termites are a hidden invader and their damage can be hard to spot, so that’s even more of a reason why you should be on guard and protecting your home from current and future infestations.

At this time of year, it’s usually the more the merrier, but termites and other pests are the last guests you want visiting for the holidays. Here are a few ways that insect pests can hitchhike their way into your home this winter.

  • Decorations stored in cardboard boxes, especially those stored in damp areas without air conditioning (like your garage or attic), can be harborage for pests, such as spiders and roaches. If you’re unsure what’s inside, unpack the boxes outside and carefully inspect the decorations before bringing indoors.
  • Live Christmas trees are also a sneaky way for pests like spiders and mites to make their way inside your home. Before bringing your tree inside, inspect it closely and shake it to dislodge alive or dead insects.
  • Firewood that’s stacked on the ground and against the outside walls of your house can increase your risk of infestation with termites and other wood-destroying pests when brought inside the house. A good rule to follow is to store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and its foundation.

The Sentricon® system offers total termite colony elimination, so if you have another type of pest infestation, your pest management professional can suggest treatment options for those. If you don’t pay attention to what you’re bringing inside your home, you may be saying hello to unwanted holiday company soon. And looking ahead, once you’re done rocking around the Christmas tree, check out these tips for packing up holiday decor.