Holiday Pest Control Tips

December 15, 2022

One thing that’ll surely put you off your holiday spirit is unwanted pests! Like us, these pests also love the holidays. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may be overlooking – or forgetting – pest prevention measures that could make or break your mood.

Don’t let pests ruin your holiday plan. Follow these simple tips to keep the bugs off your holiday to-do list so you can enjoy quality time with family and friends:

Hide the treats.

Cookies and cakes, chocolate and fudge, candy canes, and chocolate barks. Even Santa’s milk and cookies! These beautifully crafted goodies look great, but these scrumptious treats also attract more than just compliments.

During the holidays, it’s important to clean up after food preparation and consumption. Any remnants serve as treats for pests all over the kitchen – those roaches and ants will surely be lining up to get a treat!

Holiday Decorations

Where you store these festive decorations and the type of storage containers you keep them in, are important during the eleven or so months they are kept in hibernation. Why? Because these places are known to attract pests. What better place to hide than a cozy dry box in an attic, garage or shed, where they’d be out of sight most of the year?

Cozy Weather for All

And with the cold weather comes the need for a cozy fire. Be sure to inspect it for signs of infestation and make sure to only bring enough wood you intend to burn at a given time. Storing them indoors can allow pests to invade your home – and there’s nothing cozy ’bout that!

Checkpoints at Entryways

You would be surprised at how pests can enter your home. One sure way to keep them out is to use every entrance as a checkpoint before bringing anything in. And we mean anything – shoes, bags, clothing, decor, firewood – EVERYTHING! Even your pets!


Yes, even your pets. Wanting to bring your pet indoors during the cold is understandable. Just make sure to check for pests that may hide in the fur, like fleas. And while we’re talking about pets, make sure to only put out enough food for one meal. We wouldn’t want to provide a feast for those pesky pests!

Prepare for the Next Season

At the end of this holiday, make sure to store your holiday decor in a plastic storage bin with a proper closing mechanism. Avoid using cardboard boxes. Dispose of trees, garlands, or firewood far away from your home, as they can attract pests like termites and rodents

Year-Round Pest Control

Achieve satisfaction in never having to worry about those pests by availing of our services all year round! Regular treatments from Sunrise Pest Management will ensure that your home and holiday will be safe from infestations.

FAQ Section

1. What kills powder post beetles?

To kill powder post beetles, common methods include:

  • the use of insecticides, particularly borate-based products that can be applied as sprays, foams, or injected into infested wood. 
  • heat treatment involves subjecting infested wood to temperatures above 120°F (49°C) for several hours while freezing can be effective by exposing infested items to temperatures below 0°F (-18°C) for a few days. 
  • in severe cases, removing and replacing heavily damaged wood may be necessary.

It is advisable to consult with a professional pest control specialist to determine the most appropriate and effective approach for eliminating powder post beetles.

2. What state has the most roaches?

While cockroaches can be found in varying populations in many states across the United States, it is difficult to pinpoint a single state with the absolute highest number of roaches. Roaches are highly adaptable pests that thrive in warm and humid environments, so states with such conditions may have higher populations. States in the southern region, including Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, tend to have significant roach populations due to their climate and favorable habitats. However, the prevalence of roaches can also depend on factors such as urbanization, sanitation practices, and pest control efforts, making it challenging to determine a single state with the highest number of roaches.

3. Can pest control get rid of termites?

Yes, pest control professionals can help get rid of termites. Termite infestations can be challenging to handle without professional assistance. Pest control companies employ various methods to eliminate termites, including the use of liquid termiticides, baiting systems, and localized treatments. They have the expertise to identify termite colonies, assess the extent of the infestation, and develop a targeted treatment plan. Additionally, pest control professionals can provide ongoing monitoring and preventive measures to prevent future termite problems. If you suspect a termite infestation, it is recommended to contact a licensed pest control company for an inspection and appropriate termite treatment.

Pest Control in Bremerton, Seattle, and Grays Harbor

Don’t let pests ruin your holiday and your year. We are your source of professional pest control services for any pest problem in Port Townsend, Bremerton, Grays Harbor, Washington, and surrounding areas like Jefferson, Kitsap, Bellevue, Aberdeen, Mason, and more. Call us now and start living a stress-free life in a pest-free home.