The holiday season is upon us. And whether this time of year evokes joy or dread, the hustle and bustle will come nonetheless. It will bring together our relatives and friends, prompt indulgent feasting, and come with plenty of opportunities to host. So, as you prepare for Thanksgiving and the influx of guests, make sure that your home is holiday-ready.
- Clean as you go. Thanksgiving is a messy affair. From basting to baking, spills and splatters are inevitable. And if there’s one thing bugs love most, it’s a collection of stray crumbs or a puddle of something spilled. So, rather than creating the inevitably disastrous mess, left for a single cleanup, we suggest you clean as you cook. Put ingredients aways as you use them, wipe down messes, and do a few dishes along the way. This will minimize the bug incentives that come with a feast!
- Keep your trash sealed. While you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, bugs will find their own feast in your trash. Your collection of thrown out crumbs and scraps and unwanted food is the perfect target for small insects and large rodents alike. So be sure that all points of entry to your trash are tightly sealed.
- Clean dishes as soon as you can. Scraps of food, left to dry and wilt in your sink, are sure to attract pests of all sorts. And at Thanksgiving, dishes become especially troublesome. So, strive to get them washed as soon as possible. Recruit some guests, call on the kiddos, and do whatever it takes to minimize the amount of exposed food.
- Refrain from garage storage. While cooking for the masses, you may require creative storage and resort to keeping your food in the garage. However, doing so makes your food especially vulnerable to a pest invasion. So, to keep it safe, we recommend keeping your food stored inside and securely sealed.
- Properly store your leftovers. One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. But if they are not correctly stored, they may be lost to some pesky critters. Be sure to use quality storage containers with tight-sealing lids to keep your food from becoming an easy target.
- Keep your doors closed as much as possible. This holiday season is all about having an open door to guests! But make sure that this is only figurative language. As you welcome friends and family into your home, refrain from leaving any doors open. With open doors, pests of all sorts will find their way inside.
- Remove lawn debris and trim back overgrown bushes and trees. Pests love to live in dark and damp places such as piles of leaves and stacks of wood. So be sure that this Winter’s collection of firewood is kept far from your home and that all fallen leaves are removed from your yard. With fewer bugs in your yard, you will be met with fewer bugs inside your home.
- Keep outdoor trash cans elevated. Larger pests like mice and raccoons love to sneak into your trash and enjoy your holiday feast’s leftovers. And while they may look unassuming, these critters are impressively talented at squeezing their way into tight spaces like your trash cans. So, avoid the chances of their invasion by elevating them off the ground.
- Call on a pro. Bugs don’t just reside in your trash and yard debris. You can find them in even the cleanest of places. So, to prevent their nuisance this season, we recommend that you call on a pest control specialist. They will inspect your home and identify any problem areas to make sure your house is holiday-ready.
Thanksgiving kicks off the most wonderful time of the year, some might say. It is a time for gathering with friends and family, giving thanks, sharing memories, and of course, feasting. So as you enjoy the festivities, be sure that your home is protected from party-crashing pests. And for expert bug extermination and pest control, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Pete’s Pest Control. We are your local Hesperia pest control service, and we are prepared to serve you this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!