Thanksgiving without Uninvited Guests: Pest-Free Holiday Tips

Published November 6th, 2023 by Exodus Exterminating

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and giving thanks for the abundance in our lives. As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to gathering around the table for a delicious feast. However, there's one guest you don't want to invite to your Thanksgiving celebration: pests. At Exodus Exterminating, we understand the importance of a pest-free holiday season, and we're here to share some tips to ensure that your Thanksgiving is free from uninvited guests of the six-legged or furry variety.

1. Keep Food Secure

One of the most common ways pests crash Thanksgiving gatherings is through the allure of food. Whether you're prepping the turkey or setting out a buffet of side dishes, it's crucial to keep food securely covered and stored. Pests like ants and flies are attracted to food odors, so sealing leftovers in airtight containers and promptly cleaning up spills and crumbs can go a long way in keeping them at bay.

2. Seal Entry Points

As temperatures drop, pests seek warmth and shelter indoors. Before your guests arrive, take some time to inspect your home for potential entry points. Check windows, doors, and any cracks or gaps in the foundation. Seal these openings to prevent pests, especially rodents, from making themselves at home.

3. Dispose of Trash Properly

After the Thanksgiving feast, ensure that all trash is disposed of properly. Use tightly sealed trash cans, and if needed, consider double-bagging to contain food odors. Taking out the trash promptly reduces the temptation for raccoons, opossums, and other wildlife to investigate.

4. Clean Up Thoroughly

Pests thrive in dirty and cluttered environments. After the festivities, don't forget to thoroughly clean your kitchen and dining area. Sweep and mop floors, wipe down countertops, and clean your appliances to remove any food residue.

5. Store Firewood Away

If you plan to have a cozy fire in your fireplace, store firewood away from the house. Woodpiles can harbor pests like spiders and termites. Keeping firewood at a distance reduces the chances of these pests finding their way indoors.

6. Be Mindful of Decorations

Thanksgiving decorations can also be pest magnets. Before bringing decorations inside, inspect them for signs of pests like spiders, webs, or egg sacs. Shake them out or wipe them down to ensure you're not unwittingly introducing pests into your home.

7. Schedule a Pest Inspection

Consider scheduling a pest inspection before the holiday season kicks into full gear. A professional technician can identify any existing pest issues and recommend appropriate treatments. Proactive pest control measures can ensure that your home is pest-free for the holidays.


With these pest-free holiday tips from Exodus Exterminating, you can focus on what truly matters during Thanksgiving—spending quality time with loved ones and giving thanks. Don't let uninvited guests steal the spotlight. By taking a few preventative measures, you can enjoy a pest-free Thanksgiving celebration that's truly something to be thankful for.

From our family to yours, Exodus Exterminating wishes you a joyful and pest-free holiday season!

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