Have a Holly Jolly (And Pest-Free) HolidayNPMA Staff
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The National Pest Management Association shares tips for
avoiding holiday pest infestations
The holiday season is filled with decorating, baking and
celebrating with family and friends. Unfortunately, many pests,
including rodents, pantry pests, spiders and mites, have been known
to try to join in the holiday fun. The National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) urges consumers to take
precautions against pests that may invade their homes via
decorations, firewood and baking ingredients.
“Everyone enjoys the festive spirit of the holidays.
Unfortunately, as we bring beautiful parts of nature indoors to
decorate and warm our homes, we could be rolling out the red carpet
for pests, as well,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for the NPMA. “Ants, spiders and more can easily be brought
in on firewood, Christmas trees and other greenery. Mice can be
smuggled in through boxes of decorations and baking ingredients can
harbor pantry pests. By taking a few preventative steps, homeowners
can keep their homes safe and healthy for their families this
To keep pests from spoiling your family’s holiday fun, the NPMA
offers the following tips:
- Inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands
for spiders, insect nests or eggs before purchasing. Shake greenery
outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised
structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
- Unpack decorations outdoors so pests aren’t released into the
- Check expiration dates on ingredients before use and only
purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.
- Store freshly baked sweets and opened ingredients in airtight
- Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like
flour and rice - the pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
- Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers that pests
can’t chew through.
- If an infestation occurs, partner with your local, licensed
For more information on common household pests, prevention tips
and to locate a qualified pest professional, visit www.pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.