Rid Your Home of Holiday Pests

Mouse playing with Christmas Ornaments

During the holidays, you naturally expect to have your home filled with guests as family and friends come to visit and share in the celebrations. However, there are some unwanted guests in the form of pests that you will want to keep an eye out for and eradicate as soon as possible before they spoil all the good holiday cheer. A combination of prevention and eradication will help keep your home free of the bugs that seek refuge against the bitter cold of winter.

Christmas Trees Pests

When you bring a live tree into your home, you have to expect that there will be some pests living in its branches that will come along for the ride. Examples include spiders, mites and aphids. This year, Floridians may see Asian Lady Beetles invading their premises. These bugs were brought into the state to help control crop pests such as aphids, noted a report from the Northwest Florida Daily News.

It’s prudent to carefully inspect your Christmas tree before making your purchase. However, if some bugs do manage to make it into your home via this route, you can use a vacuum cleaner to pick up aphids and beetles.

You will also want to avoid hanging food-related decorations, which are popular but will tend to attract pests. Ornaments made of dough and garlands made from popcorn will make tempting food choices that may attract more bugs.


Ticks found in pine trees can land on pets and humans and make their way into your house as well. Since ticks can carry diseases, you must pick them off as close as possible to your body using tweezers. Vacuum up ticks that you see and promptly discard the vacuum bag. You will want to contact pest control professionals to handle an intractable infestation.

Prevent tick infestations by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and tucking pant legs into socks when outdoors. Apply insect repellant designed to counter ticks and keep both your family and pets protected.


If you keep a lot of books in your family’s home library or a multitude of paper documents in your filing cabinets, chances are that they have attracted the attention of silverfish.

One of the best things you can do to prevent silverfish infestations is to clear your home of unneeded paper, such as stacks of old documents in your home office that you can shred and recycle.

To protect your books and office materials and get rid of annoying silverfish, you can arrange for professionals to begin a pest control treatment that is both effective and as environmentally friendly as possible.

Peridomestic Roaches

Peridomestic is the scientific term for “around the house” and is used by pest eradication professionals to refer to cockroaches that have taken up residence in your home.

Again, prevention is the best defense, keeping your home free of food debris (such as leaving a snack plate in a bedroom or on the living room couch). When faced with an infestation, catching or smashing roaches on an individual basis won”t stem the tide so you will want to have experienced technicians come and apply a treatment.

To get the most joy out of your holidays this year, it pays to be vigilant against incoming pests that threaten to infest your home. You don’t want any of your family members or houseguests to be bothered by bugs when our knowledgeable professionals are standing by to help. For more information on dealing with tree pests, silverfish, ticks and other annoyances or to get started on a pest control and eradication program, please contact the licensed and professionally trained experts at Bug Out Service today.