Thanksgiving only comes around once every year, so why let pests ruin your delicious dinner? During the fall, pests come out of their hiding spots to search for food and warmth. Here are some easy, yet effective ways to keep your home and your Thanksgiving holiday weekend pest-free.
1. Store food securely
When purchasing ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast, make sure you don’t leave them uncovered or out in the open for extended periods of time. Always keep food covered when not serving and store containers securely in the fridge or pantry. Keep in mind that cardboard boxes and wrappers are not bug-proof. Instead, use airtight containers that fully seal, especially if you’re purchasing items ahead of time. This goes for leftovers too. Make sure everything is put away in sealed containers and not left out.
2. Keep the kitchen as clean as possible
When cooking or baking, it’s easy to make a mess. We recommend that you clean up and put away ingredients as you go. If you spill something, wipe it up immediately. Don’t give stains or spills the chance to set in. When you’re done, it’s helpful to vacuum or sweep up the floor to get any crumbs you might have missed. The cleaner your home is, the less welcoming it is for pests. When it’s time to sit down for your Thanksgiving meal, try to keep everyone in the same area. Not only does this make cleanup more manageable for you, but it also limits crumbs and spills you might not notice in other rooms.
3. Take out the trash
With family and friends in town to celebrate the holiday, it’s easy to let the trash pile up. Make sure your trash cans have a tight-fitting lid and take them out when they do fill up. Make sure your guests dispose of food waste only in a kitchen trashcan and not in trashcans throughout the house. In addition, keep your outside trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins clean and away from the home. It’s also good practice to rinse bottles and containers before putting them in the recycling bin.
4. Maintain your lawn
Many infestations start on the lawn and make their way inside your home. Because of North Carolina’s warmer climate, lawn care isn’t just for the summer months. Make sure to mow your grass and pull any weeds that grow near your home. Remove leaf piles or put them on the curb for pickup. Keep firewood and other wood debris from being stacked directly against your home. If you plan to cozy up next to a fire after your meal, inspect your firewood before bringing it into your house.
5. Use pest management year-round
The best way to keep pests away from your home is to not invite them to visit in the first place. In addition to the information shared above, hire Pestech of Greenville to make pest management part of your home maintenance routine. We are fully licensed and equipped to offer you a complete range of indoor and outdoor pest management and extermination services. We provide monthly, quarterly, and one-time pest control services to keep pests out of your home before, during, and after the holidays.
We’re here to help. Give us a call at 252-353-4760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free estimate.