Which Pests are Attracted to Holiday Decorations?

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You’ve decked the halls and are enjoying family traditions, including delicious treats and fun activities with people that you love. It’s fun to see the tree up and holiday décor both inside and outside, showing the festiveness of the Christmas season.

While you are enjoying the glimmering lights and smell of fresh pine, it’s also important to understand how these holiday decorations might attract pests into your home. Here are some of the most common types of insects and rodents that might be a problem during this season:

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Not only could pests be hiding in the Christmas tree, but they also might be living in the wreaths, garland, wooden lawn reindeer, and other décor. Additionally, it’s possible that you might have pests in the leftover décor from the Thanksgiving season. For example, old pumpkins and hay bales attract mice and other rodents who are looking for a place to nest.

  • Aphids: These small insects look similar to ticks, but they have 6 legs. They are attracted to the sap in pine trees.
  • Spiders: Various types of spiders like to live in trees because the pine needles and branches provide a good support to build a web.
  • Adelgids: Typically purple or yellow in color, these insects are typically near the buds of the tree where the needles are attached.
  • Bark Beetles: These winged insects are small and usually black, brown, or red. They feed on fungi or mold that is present on stressed trees.
  • Bark Lice: Also known as bark flies, these small insects have soft bodies and wings. They feed on many types of organic material and can come into the house on wreaths, garland, or trees. The good news the temperature changes usually mean that they often die when coming inside.
  • Rodents: Additionally, the risk of rodent infestation goes up during the holiday season. These furry creatures chew on many different types of holiday decorations, including wires, cardboard boxes, wood, and more.

Call for Local Pest Control Services

Keep an eye out this holiday season, and throughout the year, to identify any signs of pests in your home. If you find that there is a problem, then it’s time to call for professional pest control services. Riche’s Termite and Pest Service is just a phone all away: (951) 233-7697.