Tips For Preventing Pest Infestations During The Holiday

Schendel Pest Services Offers Tips For Preventing Pest Infestations During The Holiday


December 14, 2009 (Topeka, KS)—With the holiday season upon us, families across the country will begin pulling out boxes of decorations and digging into pantries for baking ingredients. But with these annual traditions comes the risk of bringing a variety of pests – from mice, rodents and spiders to a group of insects known as “pantry pests” – into homes.  Schendel Pest Services encourages homeowners to use caution to prevent unwelcome pest guests this season.

“Mice, rodents, spiders and other pests find their way into homes by hiding in boxes of holiday decorations that have been stored in attics, basements and garages since last season,” says Brent Boles, president of Schendel Pest Services. “They create homes in these undisturbed items and then find new places to infest once these boxes are moved into family areas such as living rooms and kitchens.”

To prevent such pests from hitchhiking into homes, Schendel recommends that homeowners keep holiday decorations – especially items like dried foliage, potpourri and Indian corn – in airtight containers during off-seasons. Decorations should be unpacked outside and inspected carefully. It is also important to inspect live foliage that is brought indoors during the holidays, including Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands that can harbor pests.

Pantry pests, meanwhile, earned their name because of their tendency to be found in pantry foods including flour, cereal, dry pasta, spices, dried nuts and fruit. They can also be found in decorations that contain dried flowers or potpourri. The most common pantry pests include beetles, ants, weevils and Indian meal moths.
“Pantry pests are often brought into homes through infested packages of food from the store,” says Boles. “It is important to carefully examine pantry items before use – especially items that haven’t been used since the past year. If you do find pantry pests, treatment is imperative to keep them from multiplying and contaminating other foods.”

Schendel Pest Services also recommends the following tips to keep pantry pests away:
•    Store food items in insect-proof containers such as glass or plastic, with tightly sealed lids.
•    Do not mix old and new food items, as this can spread an infestation.
•    Never purchase groceries if the packaging is broken.
•    Keep cabinets, pantries and countertops clean and free of crumbs.
•    Dispose of any food that is expired or shows signs of a pest infestation.

About Schendel Pest:  Schendel Pest Services has provided complete pest management services to commercial, industrial, and residential clients since 1947.  Schendel’s corporate office is located in Topeka, Kansas and Schendel provides services to customers in five states – Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Additionally, Schendel Pest Services is a partner with Copesan Services, which enables the company to sell and service commercial accounts on a national basis.