Thanksgiving usually means that a week’s worth of food preparation is in order. Preparing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and pies take a lot of time and effort. But as you gather with friends and family around the table, you realize that it was worth all of that hard work. What you don’t want is unwanted pests gathering around your table and indulging in your Thanksgiving meal. How do you keep pests away during this time when food can be found in abundance? Here are five tips for keeping pests at bay this Thanksgiving.
1-Keep the Kitchen as Clean as Possible
When cooking or baking in the kitchen, it is inevitable that you’ll make a mess. Crumbs fall on the floor. Sugar or flour spills on the countertops. A boiling pot can spill over on the stove. Crumbs and spills attract pests, so as you work in your kitchen be sure to clean up your messes as you go.
2-Keep Extra Food Covered or Properly Stored
Rather than leave extra platters unattended, keep them covered with tin foil or keep them in the refrigerator. Any cooked food that is still in pots, pans or baking trays should be covered as well. Anything that is left sitting out unprotected is like leaving an open invitation for pests to enjoy your meal with you.
3-Take Out the Trash
As you cook and bake and prepare, you’re going to make a lot of trash. The smell of rotting or spoiled food is attractive to pests. Because of this, it is important to take out the trash often, even if the bag is not completely full.
4-Wash Your Dishes
As you prepare your food, or after you finish your meal, you should try to at least rinse off your dishes. Getting your dishes into the dishwasher as soon as possible is best. Leaving dirty dishes stacked in the sink will attract all sorts of unwanted pests.
5-Clean Up the Dining Room
After enjoying your Thanksgiving feast with your loved ones, have everyone help to clean up afterwards. Most likely there will be spills and crumbs on the table, and even the floor. Be sure to clear off the dishes and glasses and wipe down the table well. You may even need to vacuum or mop the floor to get rid of any leftover food remnants.
Thanksgiving should be a time spent with family and friends, not trying to resolve a pest infestation. Should you run into an issue, leave it to the experts. Contact us at B&B Exterminating Co., Inc.