I'll never forget it, the year Aunt Judy went ballistic on Thanksgiving Day. I don't think anyone who was there will ever forget it. We were all gathered around the table, loaded with all the usual Thanksgiving fare; giant golden turkey, steaming stuffing, mounds of mashed potatoes, squash, carrots, and every other vegetable we could squeeze on the table. We had just settled in and had started passing platters of food when, all of a sudden, Aunt Judy jumped up, knocked over her chair, and started smashing a giant turkey drumstick against the table screaming like a mad woman! Mashed sweet potato went flying into little Kara's face. The drumstick came apart and hit Maggie's new boyfriend in the neck, and Uncle Ben jumped up so fast he tripped over the dog and landed flat on his back on the floor.
When the dust had settled, we all stood staring at Aunt Judy and the dead cockroach on the table in front of her. It was covered in turkey grease and sweet potato--but it was dead.
How to avoid pests this Thanksgiving...
If you would rather avoid a scene like the one described above, here are some things you can do to get pests out of your home--and discourage them from coming back in:
Keep your house clean, especially in areas where food is kept. Make sure all food is stored in the refrigerator or in sealed plastic containers. This seals in smells, and seals out bugs. Only put pet food down at meal times, and store it away between meals.
Keep your house dry by using dehumidifiers or fans. Many bugs love moisture. A dry house is less inviting to pests.
For fruit flies, make a homemade trap. An open bowl with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and a squirt of dish soap will catch fruit flies.
Clean up your yard, removing grass clippings, leaf piles, and other yard clutter. These are places insects like to congregate. Also, trim branches away from your home so insects can't use them as pathways to your outer walls.
Make sure all trash, inside and outside, is stored in tightly sealed containers.
Store firewood away from your house and on an elevated surface. Termites, ants and cockroaches love to hide out in woodpiles and the damp ground underneath.
Make sure there is no standing water anywhere in your yard. This will remove places where mosquitoes like to lay their eggs.
Check carefully for any gaps or cracks in your foundation and walls. Seal all openings using a caulking gun.
Make sure all screens and door sweeps are in good working order.
Another way to make sure pests don't ruin your Thanksgiving.
If you've tried everything, and you are still having problems with pests in your home, consider giving the pest experts a call. Here at McCall Service, we offer pest control bundles starting as low as $29.00/month that will take care of invading pests including ants, spiders, cockroaches, scorpions, wasps, silverfish, ticks, earwigs, millipedes, centipedes, flies, springtails, house crickets and pill bugs.
Keep cockroaches, and all other household pests, far away from your Thanksgiving table. Get help from McCall. You'll be glad you did.