Could My Fresh Christmas Tree and Wreath Have Pests?

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The festive season is here! Maybe because it's so close to the end of summer, but whenever this time of year sneaks up, it always feels sudden. It might be hard to step back and relax when there are so many celebrations to prepare for and decorations to put up around your house. However, we hope that you get a moment to recharge this winter, but before you put your feet up, have you considered what you may have brought into your home on the wreath or Christmas tree? This isn't something we often think of, but all decorations that originate from the outdoors have a chance of bringing critters along.

To be clear, there is little chance of introducing a harmful insect indoors. For instance, we frequently receive inquiries about whether or not Christmas trees might contain ticks. The simple answer is that it's very unlikely that this scenario will occur. Unless a creature like a mouse is residing in your tree (ticks are often attached to small rodents), you generally don't need to be concerned. Ticks tend to reside in underground burrows alongside mice and other animals that create winter shelters. On the off chance that a tick is on your holiday decorations, there are a couple of ways to discourage them from entering your home.

One of the primary methods of keeping bugs out of your home is by creating a time buffer between the time you purchase your decorations and when you install them in your home. For example, after purchasing a tree or wreath, consider leaving them in your garage or in an outdoor shelter for a few days to give critters a chance to escape back into the outdoors. The second choice is to vigorously shake the tree before bringing it indoors. If a tick is discovered in your tree, make sure to get rid of it right away. Ticks are tenacious pests that can be hard to get rid of. Placing the tick in a plastic bag and throwing it in the garbage is a foolproof removal method.

Pest control West Windsor: We’re your source

At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked for nearly two decades to ensure our customers are defended against ticks and the diseases they can carry. With the help of our tick control treatments and our highly trained technicians, we can guarantee a dramatic reduction in the tick population on your property. We understand the risks that accompany tick encounters, and we’d like to assist you in keeping such dangers from your life.

The odds are slim, but ticks may be found in wreaths and Christmas trees. To defend against these pests, Mosquito Squad of Princeton is your source for pest control West Windsor. Give us a call at (609) 778-1797!

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