In just one week we’ll all be making preparations to feast around the tables with family and friends in celebration of Thanksgiving. If there’s one thing this holiday brings others than a greater sense of gratitude, its food. In many households, it’s arguably the biggest meal served throughout the entire year. If you participate in pot luck or the hosts cook all the courses on their own, the food adds up quickly.
From the giant baked bird to the mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, veggies and the pumpkin pie. There’s enough for everyone to have seconds. But be cautious, because those delicious leftovers and scraps are also being eyed by wildlife and you could find yourself encountering an unexpected guest you didn’t set a place for in your home for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Here are 3 key things you can do to stop wildlife from entering your home for Thanksgiving Dinner.
1. Keep Doors & Windows Closed
With so many people coming in and out of your home on the holidays it’s easy to forget to close the door in the midst of all the bustle. However, that window you cracked open to let air into the kitchen or the front door that’s left open for too long is an open invitation to outdoor wildlife to come in for your party. Make it a point to only open windows when there are screens in place and quickly close the door or use a storm door to that swings shut to prevent wildlife entry.
2. Cover All Trash Cans
If there’s one place raccoons and skunks will venture to its trash cans. These large barrels of scraps to feast on will call their name. If you’ve got a lot of trash from the meal prepping and dish clearing, be sure to keep it a sealed can and far enough away from the home.
3. Do Needed Repairs before the Holidays
Another simple way wildlife can enter your home is through gaps, cracks and other damaged areas of the home. Before the holiday frenzy and winter come around, it makes sense to make the necessary repairs so critters can’t easily make their way in.
If you do end up with a critter in your Connecticut home and need help to humanely remove it, call Anderson Wildlife. We have years of experience and use green-friendly practices to remove the nuisance. We also remedy the issues that brought the critter in so you don’t have to worry about reentry from that access point.