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Why Pests Love the Holiday Season Too

While you’re getting ready for holiday festivities, in the background, some pests may be celebrating right along with you!



You may not realize it, but pests can be commonly introduced into your home via some surprising ways, such as your Christmas tree! Other easy access routes may originate from wreaths and firewood. Some pests can live deep in the crevices of wood. To prevent bringing pests into your home, inspect wood for eggs, pests and nests and shake off trees and greenery outdoors before bringing them inside.

Decorating your home and tree can bring much joy, but also can bring about another way in which pests can enter your living space. Boxes of decorations kept in storage areas such as garages, attics and basements are great places for pests to hide. Unpack any holiday decorations outside or in the garage and keep decorations sealed up in storage bins with tight-fitting lids for an extra dose of protection.

Looking forward to all of those holiday goodies? So are pests! It’s no secret that pests love FOOD. Before making those delicious treats, check your pantry for any expired ingredients and also check items that haven’t been used in awhile. For best pest prevention, keep food items stored in containers, clean up food messes and don’t let those dirty dishes sit overnight.

If you’re planning a holiday getaway, keep in mind that you may not escape hidden pests. Bed Bugs specialize in holiday travel and are sneaky hitchhikers. Bed Bugs travel easily in your luggage and personal belongings. If you’re checking in somewhere, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices.  Perform an outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home.  Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.

All of us at Safeway Pest Management wish you a happy and pest-free holiday season!

If you’re in need of professional assistance with a pest issue, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net.


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Preventing Pesky Pantry Pests

pantrypest.jpgFinding pantry pests while preparing a holiday meal can immediately curb any appetite. There are various varieties of pests that can invade food products, but the most common in Wisconsin are the Indian-meal moth, the Saw-toothed grain beetle, the Red flour beetle and the Cigarette beetle.

Although these pests are for the most part harmless, they are the last thing we want to see when we open a package of food.

Pantry pests are typically found in dry goods such as flour, pancake mix, cake mix, macaroni, cereals, dried fruit, spices, crackers and pet and bird food and surprisingly, even potpourri. Stored food insects will most likely infest opened products, but are capable of chewing their way inside or finding a way inside via a seam or fold in the packaging.

Food of any age can become infested, although food items that have been stored on shelves for long periods of time are most susceptible to infestation. Infestation can occur anywhere from the production process to storage on shelving in your home, but most infestations happen in store or in home.

Preventing Pantry Pests

  • Inspect packages for damage at the store before bringing them into your home. Look for any tears or openings on the packaging. Also check the freshness date.
  • Use oldest items in your pantry first. Rid your pantry of old, unused items.
  • Store items in airtight containers, especially if you buy in bulk.
  • Keep birdseed and pet food in closed containers and inspect those containers regularly.
  • Keep food storage areas clean. Vacuum any loose food remnants in cracks and corners.
  • Add a bay leaf to stored containers of dry goods such as flour and rice, the pungent smell repels many pantry pests.*
  • Call a licensed pest management company if you find a pantry infestation.


The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your pantry pest problem or any other insect problem that you may be dealing with. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.


*Tip Source: NPMA


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