Deck The Halls, Not The Pests: Holiday Pest Control Tips For Los Angeles Homeowners

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You might not think you need pest control services in Los Angeles for the holidays. After all, our winters are mild, so pests are not necessarily driven indoors by frigid temperatures. However, there are still many aspects of our holiday celebrations that can attract them. Find out how The PEST Group can protect your home from pests this holiday season.

The Holiday Pest Invasion: Understanding The Seasonal Challenge

There are multiple types of pests in Los Angeles that can become more attracted to our homes as the holidays get into full swing. These include:

  • Rodents

  • Ants

  • Moths 

  • Flies

  • Cockroaches 

  • Spiders

Pest infestations usually come into your home because of certain holiday decorations or the abundance of food associated with most holidays that occur this time of year.

Food decorations are a major pest attractant. Things like cornucopias and gingerbread houses are usually uncovered all the time, meaning pests have unfettered access to them. Lighting at night can also attract certain pests, and live decorations, like Christmas trees and wreaths, can ferry them indoors.

The many dirty dishes associated with cooking holiday feasts are also a major pest attractant. While you are eating your holiday meals, pests will be eating theirs off the dirty cookware in your sink.

Pest-Proof Your Décor: Holiday Decorating Tips

Pest control needs to ramp up around the holidays in response to the increase in pest attractants. The good news is that you can take many measures to keep pests at bay this holiday season. Do things like:

  • Hose or shake off your Christmas tree before bringing it into the house.

  • Leave other live decorations, like laurels and wreaths, outside.

  • Ensure window screens and door sweeps are in good condition before installing holiday lights.

  • Keep food decorations covered at all times they are not in use.

  • Don't run cables from inside your house to outside, as these can create openings for pests. 

Taking these measures can help you ensure that you do not increase your home's attractiveness to pests this holiday season.

Safe And Effective: How Our Experts Handle Holiday Pest Invasions

Unfortunately, if you get a pest infestation in your home during the holidays, you will likely need extra help to get rid of it. Most over-the-counter pest control products do not eliminate entire infestations. They only temporarily reduce pest populations, which will bounce back a lot faster than you think. That's why you'll need professional home pest control help to eradicate pests this holiday season. 

The expert pest control advisors here at The PEST Group will go the extra mile to ensure you have a pest-free holiday season this year. Our suite of professional-grade pest control products and our trained experts can eradicate entire infestations from your house to ensure the only guests you host this holiday season are the ones you invited. 

Traveling For The Holidays? Tips To Protect Your Home From Pests

Even if you're not hosting for the holidays this year, you still need to think about pest prevention. Pests may take advantage of your house being vacant to move indoors in your absence. In order to avoid finding unwanted squatters when you return from your holiday vacation, take the following steps:

  • Take out all garbage before leaving and ensure garbage cans are sealed tightly. 

  • Throw away leftovers and store all pantry foods in airtight hard-shell containers. 

  • Seal any potential pest entryways in your home's exterior before leaving. 

  • Take care of moisture problems like condensation issues and leaky pipes.

For the best pest protection this holiday season, trust your friendly local pest control experts here at The PEST Group. Whether you're hosting a horde of holiday guests or vacating your home for vacation, we've got you covered. Give us a call or visit our contact page to get started today.

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