Full of Turkey & Free from Pests
This time of year is so special because you get to gather with family and friends and express your gratitude. Maybe you want to see loved ones whom you haven’t seen in a while — especially in this year of lockdowns and quarantines. Maybe you’re looking forward to making that special side dish or dessert that you only bring out this time of year. Or maybe you can’t wait to entertain guests and welcome loved ones into your home.
Inviting family and friends over as guests is one thing, but one type of guest you definitely don’t want to see are pests. Problems with unwanted pests are as old as Thanksgiving itself. The first European settlers to the New World dealt with many of the same critters we do today, from cockroaches to flies to ants. No doubt the Pilgrims and Native Americans had to deal with unwanted pests at the first Thanksgiving meal! Thankfully, you have something they didn’t—the professional pest control services of Pest Force.
No matter where you live in Monroe, Athens, Winder, or Loganville, you might see pests as you’re getting ready to entertain for Thanksgiving. As always, food invites pests into your home, and the cooler weather that comes with this time of year can drive them indoors as well.
Pests are looking for a warm place and a food source that can keep them active and comfortable going into the cold winter months. From roaches to rodents and everything in between, pests want to be anywhere but out in the cold. Your house can be just the place they’ve been looking for, especially if you have extra food in your kitchen or dining room before and after Thanksgiving.
Don’t worry though! There are several things you can do to keep pests of all kinds from being attracted to your Thanksgiving gathering.
Some simple, basic measures can help you rest assured that critters won’t bother you.
Store food in hard plastic containers or glass jars. If you have food in “soft” containers like plastic bags, pests can smell them more easily and they can chew through those soft bags. They’re attracted to the food they can smell, so using hard containers made from glass or plastic prevents them from gravitating to your meals or leftovers. If you have metal shelves, use them. Pests prefer wood to metal, so they’re less likely to bother food that’s on metal shelving.
Keep your kitchen neat. When you’re watching football or parades in that turkey coma, the last thing you want to do is clean up the kitchen. But unfortunately, a dirty kitchen serves as an open invitation to all sorts of pests. Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning before guests arrive, and keep the kitchen as clean as you can while you prepare and serve food. Make sure the kitchen gets cleaned up afterward as well, and be sure to wipe up any spills immediately. Treat the areas around your fridge and stove to a deep cleaning to get rid of food debris that can pile up. Don’t forget to wipe down the counters, stove top, and table, and be sure to give your floor a good cleaning after the festivities.
Close up the trash. It’s not just the food on your counters that brings pests in. Your trash is one place where bugs would love to gather. Keep your trash cans closed up every day, but especially during the Thanksgiving feasting season. Take garbage bags out often, and don’t let them pile up in an indoor space. If you eat fruit, seal the peels in a plastic grocery bag before you throw them away, as this can prevent insects from nesting in them.
Don’t let dishes pile up. It’s crucial to rid your home of every crumb that can attract pests, so don’t leave your dishes out to be washed later. Go ahead and wash them, or at least let them soak in soapy water as soon as you’re finished eating.
Sweep and vacuum often. It’s easy to neglect the crumbs under the table or on rugs and carpets after you’ve eaten, but pests don’t ignore them. Sometimes all they need is a few small crumbs, so what looks minor to you may be a feast to them. Be sure to sweep hard floors and vacuum carpets to prevent crumbs from encouraging pests to enter your house.
Don’t leave pet food out in the open. Of course, you want to treat your four-legged friends at Thanksgiving as well, but be sure not to leave their food out because it attracts pests just like human food does. Seal up your pet’s food, and empty their bowl once they’ve finished eating. If you give them bites of your Thanksgiving meal, be sure they don’t leave a mess on the floor or carry food into other rooms.
If you have a pest problem that you can’t handle yourself in metro Atlanta, there’s one name you can trust: Pest Force. Our friendly experts are ready to help you tackle your pest problem, no matter how big or how small your unwanted guests are.
The professionals at Pest Force utilize the latest in pest control technology to give you peace of mind and make your life easier. We’re family-owned and operated, and we’re the most trusted and well-respected pest control experts in Monroe, Loganville, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call when you’re ready to make those pests a thing of the past.