It’s that time of year again, where we start preparing for our holiday season! Whether you are ready or not, the holiday season is here, and we will soon be feasting on our favorite holiday meals and welcoming many of our friends and families over to our home to celebrate the holidays. When holiday guests arrive, there is always a possibility that a few uninvited guests can show up and wreak havoc on your festivities! Let’s learn more about how to keep your home pest-free for the holidays.

Pests can unknowingly be introduced into your home from various places such as the grocery stores, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, packages received in the mail, luggage, and clothing. Especially with the colder weather fast approaching, many pests and critters, seek out warmer places inside your home to protect themselves from the cold as they can gain access into your home through cracks, crevices, holes in walls, floors and foundations that have not been properly repaired or sealed. As for those who like to go out into the wild or visit their local farm to bring back their prized turkey, one can unknowingly bring a few hitchhikers along the way.

There are many insects that may be on your wild caught or farm raised turkey. Although there are several species of insects that can be found, the most common one found on turkeys and birds including some poultry species are bird mites. Bird mites are not like the head and pubic lice. These mites feed on the blood, feathers and skin of the birds. Even though the bird mites can bite, human blood does not allow them to complete their cycle. They can transfer onto the humans that are handling the birds which can leave the handler with skin irritation and discomfort. The head and pubic lice are blood sucking insects that need to feed on human blood to survive.

We can thank our feathered friends for their involvement in providing insect control as they consume many insects annually which help lessen the insect population. Let’s not forget that many of the prepared meals served annually include the use of ingredients like flour, sugar, spices, and grains that haven’t been used since last holiday season and have been kept away providing ample time and opportunity for food stored product pests such as the drugstore beetles, cigarette beetles, saw toothed beetles, red flour beetles, indian meal moth and rice weevils to grow and multiply in the small food stored containers kept away in the pantry.

Other pests such as cockroaches and ants can find their way into your home in search of food, water and sweets that are often found on the kitchen table, counter tops and kitchen sinks. To make sure that they don’t become permanent residents, there are solutions to keeping your home pest-free this holiday season!

  • Perform a thorough inspection of your home and seal/repair any cracks, crevices, water leaks, soffits, holes in walls, floor, foundations, and any other openings from the outside that may allow pests/critters access into your home.
  • Discard grocery bags, boxes, and packages brought into your home as soon as possible.
  • Keep all areas free of food and spills.
  • Keep the sink free of dishes and throw out the trash.
  • Wipe tables and counters.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers.
  • Discard any food items containing food stored product pests, wipe down and vacuum the pantry.
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop.
  • If you still need help in resolving your pest issue, contact a Certified Pest Control Operator.

For a Pest-Free Home, Call Trapline Pest Solutions at (407) 970-5645 to schedule your appointment today!

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