“Turkey, stuffing and so many delicious foods for us to eat… Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the most enjoyable times of year where families come together and celebrate. ”
Pest problems around the holidays cause unwanted stress when it should be filled with joy and laughter. It’s no secret that most families are preparing to cook one of the largest meals of the year where there are plenty of leftovers to go around.
Take proactive measures to protect your holiday feast from unwanted holiday pests:
Food & Storage Tips
- Store food in tightly-sealed containers.
Whether the food is prepped or un-prepped, make sure they are tightly-sealed until it’s ready to be cooked. A family of rodents can live off a crumb for days while ants and roaches can survive for about a week.
- Keep fresh fruit in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it.
When finished eating, put the peel or core in a baggie before disposing in the trash can – the extra layer of protection will keep insects from laying eggs in the half-rotted fruit carcasses.
- Take your trash out regularly.
You may have cleaned up the mess and put it into the trash (including crumbs) but make sure you take it out … rodents and insects can find their way into the trash can too.
- Make sure food is only eaten in certain rooms.
The more rooms that you enter with food, the more likely you are to have all types of unwanted houseguests because of falling crumbs and food.
- Storing holiday leftovers.
Seal them up tight and store them out of reach of rodents and other household pests, like in the fridge or hard plastic containers – nothing that the smell can leak out of.
- Clean, clean, clean… We cannot say it enough!
This is one of the most important rules to follow to stay pest free. Make sure there are no food or crumbs left behind. Clean regularly to remove food scents. Vacuum regularly. Cleanup spills immediately. Put dirty dishes in hot, soapy water rather them leave them in a stack near the sink.
- Kids coming home from college?
When your kid(s) get home from college, put their laundry (and bags, if possible) in the dryer for at least 30 minutes on high heat to kill any possibility of bed bugs.
- Seal all cracks, crevices and holes around the house and buildings.
Examples: busted vent screens, gaps in crawl space doors, holes in exterior façade, replace window screens, replace weather stripping in doors and windows. Use insulation, caulk, building material or call a professional. Rodents can fit through extremely small holes.
- Don’t forget to clean the forgotten rooms – the attic and basement.
Take a few minutes to look for places rodents and other pests may seek shelter to get ahead of the problem and call a professional like Live Oak Pest Control.
- Set-up ongoing pest control service.
It’s always better to prevent a problem instead of solve a problem. Call Live Oak Pest Control today at 386-362-3887 to setup a customized prevention plan for your needs.