With many online shopping deals, countless numbers of people can expect an overflow of packages at their doorstep in the coming weeks ahead. What many people do not expect, is that those packages could be harboring pests, giving them direct access to your home. To avoid the surprise of a pest infestation this season, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is recommending homeowners take steps to properly inspect their packages before bringing them inside.
Cardboard boxes and other paper products provide as great sources of shelter and food for pests such as rodents and cockroaches. Pests can find their way into packages while they’re being sorted at distribution facilities or for the short amount of time they’re left sitting on the doorstep, making inspection necessary before unpacking.
You can avoid any run-ins with pests hidden in packages by following these steps:
- Inspect packages for any signs of gnaw marks or droppings as these are signs of a potential rodent infestation.
- If possible, open your packages outdoors. Check for pests and eggs, make sure to remove anything suspicious before bringing inside.
- If pests have gained access to your package, remove your items and dispose of the box in a sealed trash bin.
- Break down all boxes, infested or not, and dispose of them promptly. Having a pile of cardboard becomes attractive shelter sites for pests.