Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays every year, filling the appetites of families and friends across America. Turkey, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce - there are so many great foods to eat on the table!
And... so many crumbs to fall on the floor!
Pest issues are a pain any day of the week, but problems that occur at and around the holidays can cause stress and annoyance on days that should be filled with celebration. It is important to take significant care when prepping your Thanksgiving feast to not invite rodents to your gathering. Most of Catseye’s service calls this time of year stem from mice and rat complaints. Considering many of us are gathering food in our pantries for the biggest meal of the year (and we're going to have plenty of leftovers afterward), we need to take steps to protect our food supplies from the rodent population.
Store prepped food in tightly-sealed containers until they are ready for cooking and make sure to leave no crumbs behind after food preparation. Rodents can survive on very little food and these crumbs are enough to sustain a family of rodents for many days.
Clean regularly to remove scents of both food and previous rodent entry. With poor eyesight but very strong senses of smell, rodents will return to areas they sense have been previously visited.
Contain your meals and snacks to identified rooms. The more rooms you roam with your plate, the more places crumbs can fall and rodents can visit.
Seal up your trash and take it outside often. You may have cleaned up all your crumbs and swept them into the trash can, but if that's where they're left, rodents will find them!
You want those leftovers tomorrow? Make sure you protect them from rodents' midnight cravings by sealing and storing them out of reach from mice and rats.
With those tips in mind, we hope everyone has a nice, safe, healthy and pest-free Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy!
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