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Around The Holidays, Beware Cheer-Stealing Pests

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AGAWAM, MA -- At this most wonderful time of the year, Braman Termite and Pest Elimination thinks building occupants and residents should heed signs that creatures may be stirring. According to the experts at Braman, provider of pest management services, pests can put a heavy and even dangerous damper on holiday spirits.

Mice, perhaps the most common type of winter pest, are not only potential disease carriers but may present a serious safety hazard as well. “They have a habit of chewing insulation and wiring, which poses a very real fire risk,” said Jerry Lazarus, third generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination. “Wires and rodents make a dangerous combination, and you’re bound to find both in storage areas.”

To help ensure a safe and relaxing holiday season, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination and National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggest these tips:

· Shake off trees and garlands before bringing them inside, and carefully inspect them for pests or spider egg sacs that can hide in branches. Because temperatures have been consistently above 40 degrees, there is the possibility of deer ticks being on items brought indoors.
· Do NOT use chemical sprays on trees; most insect repellents are highly flammable. · If copying a DIY natural decoration from Pinterest or other craft site, inspect all foliage outside the home before beginning projects.
· Store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away; inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors.
· After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for pests like mice; look inside boxes for droppings or gnaw marks.
· Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact because mice are renowned for gnawing wires.
· When storing décor after the holidays, use durable, sealed containers that pests cannot readily access instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.


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