LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate, but they may not the only guests coming to the party.
Pests can quickly ruin your holiday plans.
Arrow Exterminators explains how to keep roaches, mice, and other pests out of your home for the holidays.
Service Center Manager Ben Tallent said during the holiday season, they get a steady flow of calls from folks wanting to get rid of or avoid pesky pests.
"A lot of times it's going to be rodents because the rodents are trying to come in to get warm," said Tallent, "so they're going to be hunting a place to get inside the house so they can be warm as well."
Tallent said there are several ways you can keep rodents, roaches, and other creatures from spoiling your holiday plans.
"Rodents will come off trees, get on roofs. If there is a little gap, where maybe the facial boards aren't real good put together, they'll find a home inside your home," he said.
He said to make sure all your pipe entries going into the home are sealed around very tightly.
"Small rodents, mice, all they need is the size of a dime or less," said Tallent. "If they can get their nose in there, they can go in that spot. So you want to make sure all of these areas are sealed up real good."
And when it comes to your holiday decorations, make sure you inspect the decorations outside to see if any rodents or pests have been hiding in them.
Also, if you're cooking or baking for your holiday guests, seal all foods like sugar and flour in air tight containers.
And remember to clean up or vacuum spills thoroughly and quickly.
"They're looking for food, so the faster you clean those types of things up, the better off you'll be," he said.
And now that the weather is getting cooler, make sure you keep your fire wood far enough away from your home and off the ground to avoid insect and rodent issues.