The smell of fresh pine trees is a great way to get anyone into the holiday spirit. But did you know that when you bring your tree or wreath into the home, you could also be an invitation for mice and other pests for the holidays?

If you want to be sure that none of these unwanted guests invade your home try these steps:

  • Shake the tree firmly to oust any spiders and insects.
  • Remove all bird’s nests remains since they may contain mites.
  • Check the branches for signs of eggs or egg cases and remove those branches.
  • Dispose of any debris in your outside trash can.


Do not spray your tree with aerosol pesticides. These products are highly flammable and can do more harm than good. Most pests will die within a few days due to lack of food and will be vacuumed up after falling from the tree, otherwise contact our professionals.

Make sure to seal tightly all leftovers to prevent roaches and rodents from having their own special holiday feast! Remember to remove your trash nightly outside of the house.

Want to prevent unwanted pests from appearing next year? Put decorations in hard plastic bins that have a tight seal, pests like mice can quickly chew through cardboard boxes and bags and make their way in.

Mice may look cute on a Christmas card but not in the house! Follow these tips to make sure the only guests in your home for the holidays are welcomed ones!

Contact our ACE professionals at and schedule a thorough inspection of your home for the holiday season. Additionally, contact us if you are in need of emergency services before your guests arrive!