It’s that time of year when we get together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. But it’s also the time of year when pests of all sorts find their way into our homes, potentially disrupting your festivities.

Or, if you’re really unlucky, resulting in total destruction of your house a la National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Of course, that’s an exaggerated example of what could happen, though it’s still a good idea to be safe rather than sorry. Here are a few ways you can pest proof your home for the holidays and avoid any potential disasters.

Before You Buy Your Tree

The scene from Christmas Vacation certainly is funny, but it also has a ring of truth to it. All kinds of critters like to make their homes in Christmas trees—squirrels, owls, raccoons, snakes, and more.

If you’re buying a pre-wrapped tree, there’s a possibility some creature has decided to hitch a ride. Take a moment to thoroughly inspect the tree and shake it before bringing it home. This will help get any furry (or feathery) friends out before they take up residence in your house.

There are few things worse than getting your tree home only to find it’s infested with insects, which then spread throughout your house. There are a number of insects that could potentially find their way into your home, including spiders, mites, adelgids, saw flies, and more. Before you buy, be sure to look for signs of an infestation. Some common signs include white spots where pine needles come out of the branches or on the needles themselves, small holes in the trunk or sawdust nearby on the ground, tiny red or brown dots, or even spider webs or egg sacks.

Call In The Pros!

Of course, if for whatever reason you end up with a furry creature or a houseful of insects, it’s a good idea to call a professional. We can come and remove the unwelcome guests safely so you can go back to enjoying the holidays.