Preventing Maryland Pests From Ruining Your Holidays

December 19, 2019

When you go down to the basement or up to the attic to pull out decorations, you probably aren’t thinking of the many pests that could be hiding among the ornaments. Pests are not a desirable addition to any holiday celebration, but is there anything you can do about it? We’ve gathered answers to your most-asked question when it comes to keeping your home pest-free this holiday season.

a rat hiding in a holiday decorative bowl during the winter inside of a home in frederick maryland

Which Pests Can Ruin Your Holidays?

Although we often think of pests as a summer-only problem, there are several common Maryland pests that cause many problems in the winter. Some pests that may hide in your house this winter are mice, rats, squirrels, cockroaches, and spiders. How do you know if you have a pest infestation? Is there anything you can do about it? We’ve got you covered!

How Do Pests Get Inside During The Winter?

In order to answer the question: “How can we prevent pests?” or “How can I keep my house pest free?” you need to first find out how and why pests are getting inside. Here are several of the most common ways pests get into homes, and suggestions on how to prevent them from entering:

  • Pests can hide in your decorations and storage. They may have been living unnoticed in your house for months. Once winter comes along, you might disturb their hiding places by moving storage items, such as decorations. It will feel like there's a sudden invasion when, in actuality, these pests might have been hiding there all along.

  • Organize storage areas to prevent pests from hiding in cluttered spaces. Use dehumidifiers in these areas to lower the moisture content, something that attracts many pests.

  • Check inside boxes and packages that allow pests to be carried into homes. If you order gifts online, there’s a good chance you’ve had a box sitting in front of your door. Bugs may find their way into these boxes when it’s being shipped or after it makes it to your front porch. Either way, you’ll be bringing the bugs in with the box. If the box has an opening or looks damaged, you can open it outside so that you won’t be bringing in any unwanted visitors.

  • Pests can get in through holes and cracks in the exterior of your home. Mice can get through a hole the size of a quarter, and cockroaches can fit through spaces even smaller. Pests can also get in through vents that aren’t properly sealed or tears in screens. Seal off entry points with caulking and check the exterior of your house regularly for cracks or holes. Repair water and storm damage as soon as possible.

What Is The Safest Way To Handle Holiday Pests?

If pests do get into your home, despite these prevention efforts, let Royal Greens send our experts to take a look. We might be able to help you identify how these pests are getting inside. We can then help you create a plan for minimizing any entry points.

We can help you prepare for your holidays by getting rid of pests quickly and efficiently. Our expertise makes pest removal safer, so you don’t need to deal with harsh chemicals, and we can get them out of your house much faster than a do-it-yourself approach would. Don’t let pests ruin your holidays, we can put you in charge of the festivities and we’ll take care of the pests. Call Royal Greens today to request your free, instant quote!

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