Tips To Help You Avoid Pests This Holiday Season

With Christmas just a few short weeks. There is definitely a buzz of excitement in the air, but nothing can put a damper on your holiday celebrations faster than an invasion of uninvited guests.  No, we are not talking about Aunt Betty and her 30 cats, we are talking about pests!

Inspect your decorations before you hang them up; after sorting through the chaotic mess in the attic and finding all of your holiday decorations, to avoid bringing pests in to your living area, consider unpacking them outdoors. Shake out all of your decorations and carefully inspect them before bringing them back in to the house. Pay close attention to the folds of fabric items, such as tree skirts or holiday wall hangings and the same rule applies for your Christmas tree or wreath. Before you bring a real or artificial tree into your living space, make sure you inspect it and shake it diligently to release pests such as spiders or mice who may be making a home in your perfect holiday tree.

Keep your kitchen clean; the sweet smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven can draw relatives from miles away to your kitchen, unfortunately it can also attract ants, cockroaches and pantry pests as well. When baking this holiday season, make sure to properly clean up, including wiping up any crumbs or spills, emptying the trash regularly and not allowing baking dishes to accumulate in the sink.

Make sure your holiday travels do not include bed bugs; if you are not celebrating the holidays at home, be on the lookout for bed bugs. When you arrive at your hotel, make sure you thoroughly inspect the room before bringing your luggage or your family in. The most common places to find bed bugs include:

  • On or around mattresses and box springs
  • On bed frames and nightstands
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Behind electrical outlets, light switches and wall hangings

After your search concludes and you suspect a bed bug problem, contact hotel management and request a new room well away from your current one or consider leaving the hotel altogether. Also, just to be safe, upon returning home, wash all of your clothing in the hottest water allowed by the fabric and inspect your suitcases for bed bugs that may have traveled home with you.

Cockroach Control Programs

Taking an integrated pest management approach is important to ensure successful long term control
of cockroaches.

The following steps should be followed in an integrated pest management program:

1. Inspection
2. Identification
3. Recommendation
4. Treatment
5. Evaluation
Such a program should incorporate effective non-chemical and chemical control methods that best fit
the environment where cockroach control is required.
Typical non-chemical measures that should be adopted include improving sanitation, eliminating
moisture, reducing clutter, sealing cracks and crevices, storing food in closed containers, and removing
food scraps.

As far as cockroach treatments are concerned, cockroach baits have become the number one choice
for professionals in controlling cockroaches. This is because good quality baits can achieve a very
high level of cockroach control, with the minimum amount of product, causing the least amount of

Cockroaches pose a serious threat to human health. They emit allergens that
worsen asthma symptoms and transmit disease pathogens that cause diarrhea,
typhoid fever, dysentery, and food poisoning, among other ailments.
Cockroaches are also loathed by most people and invoke a stigma that creates
the perception that infested homes or businesses are dirty and disgusting. This
reputation can have a devastating effect on a restaurant owner’s business, an
apartment manager’s occupancy rate, and a homeowner’s self esteem.

Do Mosquito Foggers Work?

A little bit. But it is important to understand that foggers only kill adult mosquitoes in the direct vicinity of the foggers. They do nothing to address eggs and larvae in your yard. They are also topical, so they’re not going to get into some locations that mosquitoes hide, such as underneath your deck or in shrubs, bushes, and other ornamental plants and trees. Foggers purchased from over the counter retailers have active agents that don’t work very well or for very long.

Mosquito reduction is a proven method for reducing the risk of mosquito-borne pathogens. Here’s how it works:

  • A technician does a detailed inspection and identifies locations in your yard that allow mosquitoes to live or breed.
  • Routine spray treatments are applied in strategic areas around your property to make hiding spots a mosquito trap.
  • Breeding areas that can be modified to resist mosquitoes are suggested to you, and areas that cannot be modified are treated with larvicide to make them unusable for mosquito breeding.

Best Mosquito Control Options

When done by a professional, mosquito control can drastically reduce mosquito populations in your yard, and when you reduce mosquito populations you are also reducing your exposure to the dangerous pathogens they are able to spread.