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You know that little pitter-patter you hear during the holidays? No, it’s not your children sneaking around trying to uncover your presents. It’s bugs, vermin, mice and spiders invading your home, looking to get in on the celebration. Because, unfortunately, the holidays are ripe with opportunities for pests to enter your house.

According to the National Pest Management Association, firewood and Christmas trees can bring in ants and spiders, boxes of decorations can harbor mice and baking ingredients can transport pantry pests.

To keep your holiday cheer reserved for only human consumption, cross these tips from the NPMA off your Christmas prep checklist:

  • Make sure live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands are free of spiders, insect nests or eggs before buying and bringing into your home. Shake greenery outside to remove bugs before dragging it indoors.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from your house on a raised structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
  • Unpack decorations outdoors.
  • Check expiration dates on ingredients before throwing them in your holiday cookies. Purchase food that is sealed in packages with no sign of damage.
  • Store baked goods and opened ingredients in airtight containers.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods, such as flour and rice. The small repels pantry pests.
  • Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers.