Last month I was visiting my sister, and as we were up late talking I saw a little creature run across her floor! Considering how petrified I am of mice, I think I help it together pretty well. Those little critters and I don’t get along at all. Luckily for my sister and brother-in-law I was sitting in a recliner with my feet up, so I calmly said “Um there’s a mouse that just ran across your floor.” Which was very collected compared to my typical reaction of screaming while standing on a chair – just like you see in cartoons.
Not long after this experience, Orkin reach out about creating home decor for the holidays that doesn’t attract unwanted pest. While I love a home full of family and friends during the holidays, there are some 4 and 6 legged creatures that I never want in my home, especially while we have company. We are part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. These Thanksgiving decorating tips are brought to you by Orkin.
I took a quickly inventory of my Thanksgiving decorations, only to realize I have a storage container full of pest food that I use. My beautiful bundles of wheat are just inviting Gus Gus and his friends inside for a little snack. But another thing I noticed were some of the pumpkins I was using were starting to turn soft. Which is a perfect breeding ground for fruit flies.
I love the textures that fall brings with it and created some soft and cuddly yarn wrapped pumpkins that will never turn soft, or invite little unwanted creatures into my home.
You’ll need chunky yarn, foam pumpkin (which are on clearance after Halloween) and a glue gun to create your own.
I ran a bead of hot glue up and down the pumpkin following the bumps. Once each section had been outlined I filled it in with more yarn by doing the same thing. Once one section of full it was on to the next.
The blue pumpkin came with a glittered stem and I’m wishing I would have added a little glitter to the grey guy too. If you want to add glitter I would do it before putting on the yarn.
Some other ways to keep pests from ruining your holidays:
- Containers storing decorations in the attic, basement or garage may also be housing rodents, spiders and cockroaches. Unpack storage containers outside or in the garage to keep pests from escaping into your home. Plastic storage bins provide the best protection because of their tight-fitting lids.
- When the weather cools down, pests seek shelter. Prevent pests from getting inside by sealing all cracks and crevices inside and outside your home.
- If you notice signs of a pest problem in your home, contact the licensed pest professionals at ORKIN for a detailed inspection and customized treatment program.
For more information on critter free holidays see these articles by Orkin: Christmas Tree Hitchhikers, Don’t Let Pests Settle in for the Winter, and Five Surprising Holiday Traditions that Invite Critters and Bugs Inside.
To help you create holiday decorations that won’t be inviting pests into your home, 1 winner will receive a $100 gift card to Michael’s. Enter below.