Common Pest Problems to Battle During the Holidays

There is never an ideal time of the year to have pest problems in your home or business. But when it comes to battling with these little critters, the last thing you want to do during the holidays has some 4, 6, or 8-legged creature prancing around while you’re entertaining. Having pest problems is never fun, but over this festive period from now until the new year, staying on top of it is vital. The major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time for celebrating with family and friends. This includes becoming the host at frequent gatherings. Here are the 3 pest’s you need to look out for during these special times:

Common Pest Problems to Battle During the Holidays

Rodent Infestation

Rodents are rife at this time of year. As we have explained in previous posts about these winter pests, rats and mice are after two things; warmth and food. During this time of the year in Elk Grove, Sacramento, and Roseville the temperatures drop (not significantly) enough for these rodents to enter into your home for warmth and safety in secluded areas. A bonus for rats and mice is that around the festive period there is an abundance of food available as well. Unfortunately for you, even if one gets in, it can be difficult to shake the reputation that you live in a rodent-infested home. Don’t risk it, if you think you may have a rodent problem call us toll-free today on (888) 885-5017 now. Our experienced rodent exterminators know the signs of a rodent infestation and we would be happy to rid the problem for you.


Ant Infestation

An ant infestation is another problem that you might have to deal with over the holiday period. As the rain becomes more common during the winter months in Sacramento, the ants are one of the hardest hit. Even after a few minutes of heavy rainfall, an ant nest could be submerged completely. But ants have survived for many years by deploying this simple tactic; head for dryer ground. Unfortunately for you, this could mean your home. As we have discussed in previous topics including Different Types of Ants in Sacramento, ants are experts when it comes to sourcing our food. Once their scouts find an ample food source they will quickly send word back to the colony through the use of pheromones. Ants love sweetmeats and sugary foods, so leaving any turkey or cranberry sauce lying around will be a welcome sight for these little critters.

Roach Infestation

Cockroaches are disgusting little creatures and we have gone into detail about the problems that a roach infestation can cause in your home. From increased asthma attacks to food contamination, these little critters are a pest you can definitely do without during the holidays. The problem with cockroaches is they are difficult to get rid of. Letting an experienced pest control expert inspect your property thoroughly and perform and extermination processes are the best chance of staying pest-free this winter.

Spider Infestation

There are not many people out there that enjoy the presence of spiders, especially around the holidays. But during the colder winter months in Northern California spiders will seek refuge in secluded spaces within your home. This will include the attics, basements, and corners that don’t see a lot of human traffic. Although a spider is handy to have as a form of pest control itself, having a dangerous one such as a Black Widow present is not ideal. This is especially true if you have young children or elderly relatives visiting frequently for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Here at Pegasus, we know where to look for the most dangerous spiders in Sacramento and know how to get rid of them. Call us toll-free at (888) 885-5017 now.

Tips for Keeping Pests Away from Thanksgiving Food

Store Food Items Securely

If there is no food lying out in the open it will give the common winter pests less of a reason to visit you. Investing in airtight containers and Ziploc bags will not only keep your food fresh, but it will also deter any unwanted visitors in your kitchen.

Secure Trash Can

If you must throw perishable food away be sure to have your trash can tightly secured. The scent of food can travel around and become an attraction for rodents of all sizes. If the trash cans are placed close to your home it will add the incentive for these unwanted rodents to try and gain entry, thinking it is an ample supply of food inside.

Tidy Your Kitchen

Ants and other bugs thrive in places that have plenty of covers when they go on their excursions. Keeping a tidy kitchen with as little clutter as possible will give you the best chance of spotting any unwanted trespassers and perform control methods to rid your kitchen of them.

Pest Problems in Sacramento, CA | Pest Exterminator

Although it is the holidays, and everybody is enjoying themselves we know to be extra vigilant when it comes to keeping an eye out for pest problems in Sacramento. If you don’t want to garner the reputation of having an active pest infestation in your home, you should give us a call at (888) 885-5017 now. We perform routine pest inspections frequently and let you live in peace.