Cooking has been a way for families to draw closer since the earliest times. With the holidays upon us and figgy pudding to make, plan some holiday cooking fun with your family this year. This is a wonderful way to make cherished family memories, and even younger children can help make some yummy holiday treats, like cookies or fudge. Cooking up some holiday delights is a fantastic way to engage family members and even friends in lively conversation while having a blast creating something with your own two hands.

Take a minute to plan your cooking session. Choose your recipes, check for ingredients and purchase if you don’t have these on hand. Next, determine everyone’s job duties taking skill and age into consideration. Also, ensure that you have the proper mixing bowls, measuring cups, baking pans, or dishes. Okay, now you are ready for the fun. But, wait, what was that? Something just scurried across the floor. It was so fast you could not make out what it was. You brush it off like you are just seeing things. Then you see it again. Something dashing over your toe. You were right, there is something.

You gasp with apprehension at what it is. You tiptoe into the pantry and start to remove boxes, cans, and packages tied up with string when out of nowhere, an uninvited guest with 8 legs goes scurrying under the sack of candy canes. In this house, creatures are definitely stirring, but it’s not a mouse. You definitely don’t want to see it again, but you must. You must find out what it is and take control. Your holiday plans depend on it.

Your 4-year-old is up on a chair screaming and your 11-year-old is chasing the culprit with a broom. Where did it go? Carefully, so carefully, you move the sack of candy canes. Nothing there. Then you pick up the bag of chestnuts, not yet roasted, and off this little pest goes again. This time it is not so lucky. The broom handler was more swift and the spider met its demise. “Yuck,” you say as its lifeless carcass lays on the floor. You are glad this crazy adventure is over and that this is the end of your holiday invasion–or is it?

You never know if there are more pests to come and invade the peace and serenity of the season. To make sure you don’t have another attack from the irritants, you need to do something right away. The smartest thing you can do when you suspect a pest invasion is to call Moxie Pest Control. They can send someone out right away to answer the questions you may have regarding your particular pests.

The kitchen is a spot where pests like to congregate because of all the delicious food you are making. Some of that food does not always get into the pans. Sometimes it lands on the floors or the countertops. You must take swift action and clean up cooking spills immediately. If not, you will have more vermin carcasses to clean up. Why do pests love kitchens? They can get their food, water and shelter all right there, a veritable bed and breakfast for bugs. Just what kind of pests love kitchens? Here are a few:

  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Mice

Now, if these names are not on your guest list, then you will need some help getting rid of them. You can do the deed yourself, but it is always better to have someone that “knows pests” and can professionally handle the situation. There are a few things you can do to alleviate some of the problems:

  • discard trash in sealed receptacles
  • use airtight containers to store food
  • opt for products that come in sealed packaging
  • keep the kitchen sink clean and free of excess moisture
  • avoiding leaving dishes piled up for long periods of time
  • fix leaking pipes
  • seal any cracks or crevices around the exterior of the home
  • repair damaged screens and install door sweeps

By following these guidelines, you can help keep pests away from all your festivities throughout the year. You can then relax and enjoy the holiday guests that haveĀ been invited into your home.

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