Preparing for a Pest-Free Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
All the creatures were stirring, led by a mouse;
The pest-filled stockings were hung by the chimney to air,
In hopes that Terminix soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of cockroaches danced in their heads…

Christmas isn’t the same when you’re welcoming more guests than your in-laws. But unlike your in-laws, these pests – including roaches, flies, and even wildlife – you can actually get rid of.

We’ll help you deck the halls with pest-free holly, so your home is warm and festive for your family for the holidays – but cold and frigid for unwanted pest guests.

If You’re Bringing in a Tree, Check it Twice

Santa double checks his Naughty & Nice list every year, and you should do the same with your Christmas tree.

The easiest way for insects and their eggs to breach your home is taking a ride on your Christmas tree, straight into your living room.

Rouse and remove the hidden bugs that could be cocooning their eggs in the boughs of the tree, giving your tree a good shake and once-over before bringing it into the house. Spiders, moths, and mites are the likeliest unwanted Christmas ornaments you’ll find littering your tree – so look out for webs, cocoons, and egg sacs especially.

Inspect Your Firewood

Sitting in front of a roaring, crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate is an ideal Christmas setting.

But that firewood can bring more into your home than warmth and comfort – namely, household pests that are notorious tunnelers. Ants, termites, wood-boring beetles, and carpenter ants regularly refuge in stacks of firewood – especially if it’s somewhat damp, or piled onto the ground.

To keep your firewood pest-free:

  • Examine and clean any firewood you’re bringing into the house
  • Shake the logs, to remove any clingy insects on the bark
  • Bring just enough firewood, which should be used immediately
  • Stack firewood on elevated surfaces and away from your house; dry wood is less inviting to tunneling pests

Open Decoration Boxes Outdoors

Insects appreciate the confines of dark, undisturbed dwelling to do…whatever it is insects do in solitude.

So there’s arguably no better place for insects to colonize than those decoration boxes that go virtually untouched for 11 months a year.

The chances of a pest infestation only intensify when the holiday boxes are stored in a humid, quite setting, like your basement, crawlspace, or attic. Mice, rodents, and other household pests are not uncommon to find in your box of Steve Harvey ornaments.

To ensure you’re not opening a can of worms – or, a box of bugs – take the decoration boxes outside, and inspect them for live pests, dead pests, droppings, bite marks, and any other pest damage. Wipe everything down, and you’re ready to deck the halls of your home with Christmas cheer!


Our advice should reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation during the holiday season, keeping your family safe & worry-free.

But if your pest infestation is already in your home for the holidays, contact the professional exterminators at Terminix Canada today – we’re experts at ruining holidays! …For pests, holidays for pests.