Thanksgiving marks the official start to the holiday season each year, and as families gather around the table together to eat, share stories, and relax – it is a time to celebrate, reflect, and be thankful. But as a host, it can also be stressful and nothing can ruin a holiday gathering faster than the sight of unwanted pests in your home! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful reminders to keep your home pest free this year and tackled some of the most common infestation problems people can run into this time of year.
Moths, Beetles, Cockroaches
Moths, beetles and roaches are often drawn to perishable food items that are kept in pantries, such as pancake mix or muffin boxes. They burrow in and when you open up the packages the next time, you’re in for a shock! Next week, you’ll already be busy enough with preparing a turkey and all the fixins and running to the store to pick up essentials takes time you don’t have. Instead, raid your pantry now and then you can go buy everything you need over the weekend. That way, we it is time to cook, you’ve got all the right ingredients in front of you already. It is also helpful to keep food stored in hard, plastic sealable containers which are harder for these insects to breech. Remember that these critters can often follow you home from the grocery store, so make sure to check any packaging for rips or tears. The smell of rotting food attracts these bugs, so throw out any old food now.
If you haven’t already sealed up your home, this weekend is the time to do it. Rodents such as mice and voles can easily enter your home through cracks in the foundation or unsealed doors and windows. The recent temperature drop has all of us shivering, and mice and voles, while responding better to the cold, aren’t any different. This is the time of year when they are often looking for a warm place to spend the winter and your home looks like a winner, especially with all that food for them to eat! Use a caulking gun to fill in any visible gaps, and spray the perimeter of your home to help keep the pests at bay over the coming week.
In recent years, there has been an increase in bed bug infestations around the country. If you’re having family come to visit you, you run the risk that they may bring some unwanted guests with them as well. Spray your home this week so that next week, you’re in good shape and you’re less likely to have a reoccurring issue.
If you’re the one doing the traveling, bring a flashlight with you and check mattress and box spring, you intend to sleep on, for black fecal deposits. Check for dried, brown blood stains. And, inspect the backboard and any furniture in the room, for tiny seed-like bugs to ensure that you’re not the one inviting unwelcome guests back to your home.