Keep Pests Away from Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Ant 1You've tweaked your stuffing recipe, had the carpet cleaned and picked out the perfect centerpiece. So, what happens if pests threaten to ruin your holiday plans? Don't let bugs or rodents take over your gathering. Head off an infestation so you and your family can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without the threat of unwanted guests. Find out how from Tim's Pest Control.

Home (Not so Sweet) Home

Your home is cozy and inviting. Unfortunately, pests enjoy crashing the party for just that reason. From silverfish to spiders, bugs make themselves right at home if conditions are right. While many insects aren't dangerous to your family's health or safety, they can do a lot of damage to your home and its contents. And everyone is bound to be uncomfortable with the prospect of creepy crawlers running rampant.

Pests: A Danger to Your Home

Mice and rats can be found chewing on wiring, creating a major fire hazard. Carpenter ants and termites threaten the structural integrity of your home by burrowing through wood. Silverfish enjoy dining on fabric, books and a variety of other materials. Asian beetles create a lingering odor and leave behind a stain when crushed. None of these situations are ideal at any time, let alone at the beginning of the holiday season.

Health Risks of Pest Infestations

Rodents can also create serious health risks. Hantavirus is a potentially deadly virus spread by the droppings of deer mice. Although most spiders are harmless, some varieties have painful bites that produce severe side effects. And bed bugs aren't just gross. Their bites cause uncomfortable red spots, and some people even have allergic reactions.

How to Prevent Rodent, Bug and Spider Infestations

Most prevention lies in proper food storage and careful, consistent cleanup. The majority of pests come looking for food, water or shelter; depriving them makes your home less attractive. Everyone in the household should be on board to ensure that your house, condo or apartment is pest-free for Thanksgiving. These tips will help prevent invasions by bugs, spiders, rats and mice:

  • Clean up messes and spills as soon as they happen
  • Keep sugar and other baking ingredients in airtight containers
  • Reduce or eliminate clutter
  • Replace cardboard boxes with plastic tubs
  • Keep your lawn free of dead leaves and other debris
  • Seal gaps and cracks around the house
  • Replace worn weather strips

These preventive measures should keep most pests out of your home before your Thanksgiving guests arrive. However, if you do experience an infestation despite your best efforts, calling in a team of professionals is a must. Ensure that your guests talk about the amazing meal and even better company -- not the critter spotted crawling across the dining-room floor. Fortunately, help is available from the experienced pros at Tim's Pest Control in Norwalk CT. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.

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