With Halloween fast approaching and Hurricane Sandy on its way, our children have been asking us to share all sorts of spooky stories with them. Not wanting to scare them too much (they are still pretty little), we try to keep our stories limited to the creepy and crawly kind!
If you have ever read any of my sister’s bug posts, you will know she has the extreme misfortune of always finding bugs in her hair or in her clothes! Luckily for me – my bug stories have usually been limited to the indoor kind – and the kids love hearing how I used to scream for my father to help me whenever something creepy and crawly came near! All too often, my sister and I would team up and scream for our father to come and catch the enormous jumping spiders that we would find in our playroom.
Growing up, we lived in a high ranch and our bedrooms were on the bottom floor. If you aren’t familiar with high ranches, you should know that most of the bottom level is underground, which means that if we left the back door open, all sorts of creepy crawly pests could sneak into our house. Although we didn’t mind the cute little crickets, we definitely did not like the big…hairy…JUMPING SPIDERS!
As kids, we were convinced that these spiders could and WOULD eat us for breakfast! Nothing could make our father run faster than hearing his two little girls shrieking for help. Upon reaching us, he would often be completely NOT amused to find out that our screeches were over a mere spider.
Yet, he always came to our rescue and even humored us by releasing the spiders back to their rightful habitat outside. I even remember the time he found a particularly hideous spider and caught it in an old jam jar just so my sister could show it off to her science class.
But sometimes, your dad may not be able to come running down the stairs to your rescue. In that case, you might want to seek the help of professionals – because sometimes, the best pest management is prevention. Perhaps, we should have just closed the basement door more often, or at least visited PestWorld.org for tips and tricks instead.
PestWorld.org is your go-to resource for everything you need to know about bugs, rodents and other household pests. You can identify your infestation, find helpful prevention tips, pest photography and videos, educational articles on a variety of pest topics, and more.
In the fall, pests often enter our homes seeking shelter from colder weather, so it’s important to take steps to pest-proof your home. Pest issues are better handled by licensed pest professionals. They have the knowledge, training and tools to properly identify a pest species and recommend ways to safely remedy an infestation before it becomes a serious problem.
You can find a pest professional in your area by entering your zip code in the Find a Pro database on PestWorld.org: http://www.pestworld.org/find-a-pest-control-professional/.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the National Pest Management Association. The opinions and text are all mine.
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