That smell of freshly cut tree. Hot chocolate. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. (And with zero guilt, of course, because…well, ’tis the season!) And decorating. Lots and lots of decorating. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you deck those halls::
Before bringing any live greenery indoors, give it all a good shake to force any potential pests to fall out.
As you unpack boxes filled with lights, ornaments and other decorations, be on the lookout for any signs of potential pest infestations like gnaw marks or rodent droppings.
Holiday plans usually involve some baking. Keep all baking supplies in airtight containers. Consider adding a bay leaf to canisters with dry goods — the smell will often keep the bugs away while not affecting the supplies.