Tis the season to hang the wreath, decorate the tree and burn the yule log. Did you know that the yule log originates from an old ritual known as Yuletide? This was a pagan festival of fire in which a log was burned during the Winter Solstice (darkest night of the year) to bring back the power of the sun. Since the ancient festival of Yuletide, many cultures have altered the yule log tradition to be part of their own religious or society rituals. But no matter what, the yule log always fits into the cozy feeling of the holiday season nicely!

If you are one of those who sticks to your holidays traditions of burning the yule log, cutting down your own tree or hanging fresh Evergreens around the home for the wonderful scent then we wanted to remind you to watch out for pest sightings. Unfortunately, spiders, mice and other pests can quickly become part of your holiday traditions if you are not careful when bringing in those “real” decorations.

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From the team at Wil-Kil Pest Control, here are some tips to help those in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Eau Claire as well as residents throughout Wisconsin prepare for a pest free holiday season.

  • If you are bringing in any decorations including wreaths and trees make sure to give them a good shake to dislodge pests. Also letting them warm up in the garage or basement is a great idea. Once warm, critters will wake up and become active and this is not something you want to take place inside of your home.
  • Inspect your decorations from the outside for any pests or signs of pests including spider webs, mouse droppings, or of course live pests.
  • Keep firewood stored outside at least 20 to 30 feet from the home and up off the ground to avoid wood infesting pests from coming inside on the logs.
  • Only bring in enough wood for the current fire because once the wood heats up inside, insects are likely make their way out of the logs and into your home.

So, before you burn the yuletide log or dress the tree, make sure that you have taken the necessary steps to avoid an unwanted pest infestation. If you do notice a serious pest problem resulting from your holiday decor or firewood then allow the Wisconsin pest control pros at Wil-Kil Pest Control to safely and effectively get rid of pests in your home.

The holiday season is all about tradition so don’t let pests become one of yours. For more information on holiday pest control in Wisconsin, please contact us today!