A few days ago my cousin sent me a picture of a spider. She found this spider in a box of Christmas gifts she had shipped to her house. Like so many of us this time of year, she has boxes coming in daily. The cute little spider she sent me a picture of turned out to be a brown recluse. Most people know the name “brown recluse” because it is one of the most dangerous spiders in the United States. Little hitchhikers on shipped boxes are much more common than most of us think.
Get rid of the box when you have opened it. Don’t leave a stack somewhere. Don’t leave them outside. If spiders or other insects are not already living in the boxes, they will be if they are left for them to find. And if they are already there, they will breed, and you will have a real problem on your hands.
Whether you have a real or artificial Christmas tree, the potential for pest invasion is there. If you decide to go with a real tree the potential for pests is obvious. You are bringing their home into your home. Shake out the tree, check for spider webs, and have the interior of your house treated by a professional, because even after you throw out your tree, the pests will remain inside your house. If you prefer an artificial tree, chances are it has been in a box, in your attic all year, which is the perfect place for pests to make a home. If you do keep your artificial tree in a box, consider switching to a plastic tub that seals. Clean your tree before you put it up. And as always, have a professional do a treatment for anything you missed.
With a few simple safeguards your Christmas will be a little merrier ,and your New Year a little happier. Happiest of holidays to you and yours.