Happy family mother, father and child daughter decorate Christmas tree. Pioneer Pest Management, serving Portland OR & Vancouver WA talks about watching for pests when decorating for the holidays.

The holiday season is here and for many people, it means decorating your home with trees, wreaths, twinkling lights, and other family-favorites. But before you deck the halls, it’s important to watch for pests, especially in your live greenery and stored boxes. Mites, spiders, insects, and rodents could be in your holiday decorations.

You don’t want to invite these pests into your home, especially during the holidays. Fortunately, we at Pioneer Pest Management are here to help. We’re offering tips you can try to help keep pests out of your holiday decor.

Common Pests that May Live in Christmas Trees

Freshly-cut Christmas trees are beautiful and they really make your home smell cheerful. However, when you decide on a living tree, you also run the risk of bringing insects and arachnids into your home such as:

  • Adelgids
  • Aphids
  • Bark lice
  • Bark beetles
  • Praying mantises
  • Moths
  • Spiders
  • Psocids
  • Webworms
  • Sawflies
  • Weevils

Bird nests have also been known to show up in live trees.

Storing Your Holiday Decorations

  • Use plastic containers with airtight lids to store your holiday decorations rather than cardboard boxes or bags. This will make it harder for pests like rodents to chew through.
  • When bringing your holiday decorations out from storage, unpack them outside first so you can inspect them. Look for signs of rodent droppings, gnaw marks, and insect eggs.
  • When buying a fresh wreath, garland, or tree, shake them out really well and inspect them for pests. Most Christmas tree lots will shake them out for you.

Use a fireplace in the winter? Store your firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, on a raised structure. When you bring it indoors, brush it well to remove any pests.

We hope that you and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday season. If you’re experiencing a pest problem or want to learn how to stay pest-free all year round, give us a call. We’ve been providing environmentally friendly pest control to the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area since 2001.

Decorating for the Holidays? Watch for Pests! in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Serving Customers on the East Side:


Portland | NE Portland | Gresham | Happy Valley | Clackamas | Milwaukie | Mt Tabor | Belmont | Lloyd Center | Laurelhurst | Hollywood District


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And in the Vancouver WA Area:


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