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Thanksgiving and Pests

rodentFor many American families, Thanksgiving is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday where family members gather to create beautiful memories. The last thing you want to experience is the disruption that unwanted pests can bring to your holiday celebration. The following paragraphs will highlight some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of having your holiday crashed by unwelcome guests.

What are the Most Common Household Pests?

Roaches, ants, and rodents are three of the most common household pests that can cause your holiday plans to be disrupted. Each one brings its own unique set of issues.


Roaches are a type of insect that is detested by many. Similarly, to rodents, roaches are also capable of harboring a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Roaches are attracted to food waste, making them fairly common to find in kitchen and dining areas. Food scraps placed in trash cans can also attract roaches to your dining area.


Ants are extremely common pests to find inside and outside homes across the United States. Ants live in large colonies and can quickly get out of hand within your home. Ants have been known to get into stored pantry items, even if they haven't been opened yet. While most varieties of ants don't bite and are not a source of communicable disease transmission, they remain a very persistent pest that can be hard to eliminate. Ants will come inside to find food and water. They are most often attracted to sweet foods such as desserts, honey, and syrup.


Rats and mice are relatively common, especially during the Fall when the weather begins to cool off. Rats and mice can be enticed into your home to look for warm shelter and to find food and water. Rodents are attracted to the same types of food that humans consume, which means your Thanksgiving meal can resemble a very nice smorgasbord for them to feast on. Aside from chewing their way through unopened pantry items and creating sanitation issues, rodents are also capable of carrying a variety of diseases that can be passed to humans.

Three Ways to Eliminate Unwanted Pests this Thanksgiving

It is wise to take a few important steps to reduce your chances of having issues with pests during your Thanksgiving celebration. The following three tips will help you avoid these pests.

Clean up spills promptly

All of the pests mentioned above are attracted to your home because of food residues, crumbs, and spills. Cleaning up spills promptly, sweeping away and disposing of crumbs, and clearing your pantry of food debris can reduce the number of pests you experience.

Dispose of trash promptly

It is ideal to immediately dispose of trash in a sealed trash can. You should also take all trash to outdoor trash cans daily to keep pests from being drawn to food waste.

Seal pantry food items

Keep your opened pantry items in an airtight container to avoid attracting pests or having them get into your food supply.

At State Pest Control, we understand how important your Thanksgiving plans are for you and your loved ones. We also understand the value and importance of having a clean, safe environment in which to enjoy your holidays. If you are experiencing any issues with pest, contact State Pest Control for helpful solutions.

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