Checking Your Guest List: Termite Prevention During the Holidays

Dec 08, 2023

The holiday season is a time for friends, family, and festive decorations. Homeowners plan parties and invite guests over to enjoy food and fun. During this time of year, even those annoying family members are welcomed with open arms, and the celebration commences. There is one guest that no one should have to worry about, but these guests don’t take time off from their nefarious duties. Termites are active all year long, and even though they may be on Santa’s naughty list, they are happy to wreak havoc on your beautifully decorated home. Thorough termite inspections of your Fremont abode will help keep bugs away and let you return to your eggnog and mistletoe with peace and goodwill toward all.

Tips for Enjoying a Pest-Free Holiday Season

Ready to keep your home pest-free? Utilize these four tips as you get your home prepped for the holiday season:

  1. Check your decorations’ storage boxes. Cardboard boxes stored in a damp basement or garage are an open invitation for termites. They love cellulose, and when they discover the crack in your foundation, they will seek out anything they can devour, including the boxes housing your holiday decorations. It is helpful to check the storage boxes for signs of damage. If you find anything unusual, like the cardboard disintegrating, don’t bring it into your home.
  2. Inspect your natural décor. Some people love decorating with pinecones, dried leaves, tree branches, and potted plants. They love the cozy feeling these materials bring to a home. These items can have tiny hitchhikers attached. Before bringing in any natural outdoor material, take some time to clean and inspect it properly.
  3. Shake your live Christmas tree. You are not alone if you love the smell and look of a live Christmas tree in your home. They often conjure nostalgic feelings and may make you feel like cozying up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Remember that you may be cozying up with more than nostalgia if you cut down your own tree. Take some time to inspect the tree thoroughly before it enters the home, even if you buy your tree from a commercial lot. Termites and other pests could be lurking.
  4. Keep the firewood protected but away from your home. Next to a live tree, a wood-burning fire rounds out many people’s images of a perfect Christmas setting. Termites love wood and will hide in the logs outside. Storing the firewood too close to your foundation is like an open invitation to these wood-chewing bugs. Keeping your wood piles away from your home is the better way to keep termites at bay.

Sleep Well During the Holidays with a Termite-Free Home

Put on your bonnet or cap and nestle down for your long winter’s nap when you seek out the services of Times Up Termite. Our well-trained technicians conduct thorough inspections to aid you in keeping your home free of unwanted pests. We are here to help with different treatment options, such as the eco-friendly, reduced-risk solution called Altriset. It is an excellent choice for homes where children, pets, or pregnant moms reside. We also recommend bait monitoring and bait stations by BASF. Give us a call today to learn more!

Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection and book a termite treatment in Freemont.

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