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Preventing Christmas Pest Problems

While it may not be practical here in Brisbane to “deck the halls with boughs of holly” due to our sub-tropical climate, we still love our Christmas decorations!

The problem is that after being stored away for most of the year, those boxes may just hold some nasty surprises … so here are our top tips for a pest-free Christmas.

Pests in your Christmas Tree?

With artificial trees being the usual choice for Brisbane families, at least you won’t have to worry about pests on a live tree coming into your home.

Instead, your Christmas tree, lights, and other decorations will usually be pulled out of storage. For the past eleven months they have been in the garage, shed, or ceiling space – somewhere dry, sheltered and out of the way. Exactly the type of conditions that many pests prefer!

There could be a nasty surprise lurking among the branches, so we recommend you inspect your Christmas tree and other ornaments carefully before decorating.

What’s in the Box?

When unpacking your decorations, you may notice signs of insect or rodent activity such as droppings, larvae cases, cobwebs, or chewed electrical cables. That’s why it’s worth investing in sealed plastic crates and containers, to keep your Christmas decorations safe from vermin.

Edible Ornaments

For old world charm you can’t go past strings of popcorn, salt dough ornaments and gingerbread houses when it comes to decorating for Christmas. However having items like these around your home is like hosting a free buffet for pests such as ants and cockroaches, so are probably best avoided.

Christmas Pest Control

If you’ve lived on Brisbane’s northside for any length of time, you probably already know that redback spiders like to build their webs on toys, bikes and other items left outside. Outdoor Christmas decorations are no exception, so check yours carefully before packing them away.

And should you be unlucky enough to find a nasty surprise like an insect infestation at this time of year, call the professionals at A1 for all your Christmas pest control needs. We’ll sort out your pest problem quickly, efficiently and affordably – because the last thing you want to spend money on at Christmas is pest control!


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