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Most of you probably don’t think “pest control” when you’re considering what to get your friends and family for the holidays, but hear us out. First, no one likes pests up in their house. That’s a given. Second, everyone loves solving problems themselves and feeling like a cool handyman. Why do you think we’re so into this? Third, the best kind of holiday presents are the ones that their recipient will actually use. Sure, you could go with the old, faithful gift card, but that lacks personal thought; unless, of course, it's a gift card for residential pest services (yes, people give these for Christmas, Weddings, and House Warming gifts)! For the die-hard DIY'ers, the gift of a pest-prevention tools says "Hey, I remembered that you dislike pests and like solving problems yourself and feeling like a cool handyman. Also, I love you. Happy Holidays." Sounds like a perfect gift to us! And we're only a little biased. 

Handheld electronic bug zapper

Bug Zapper Wand

Looking at this picture, we’d understand a little confusion. “What does that weird tennis racket have to do with pest control?” Well, this admittedly strange-looking thing is actually one of the cleverest bug-fighting inventions in recent memory. By pressing a button on the handle, you send an electric charge through the netting at the head of the swatter. Then, you just take aim at the offending mosquito, wasp, etc., and… ZAP! Electric fly swatters like these are effective for immediate relief from flying insects. Impress your barbecue guests with your bug-slaying acumen without ruining your delicious food. We have to note, however: this is not a toy. Yes, it is very fun to use, but make sure you only give this to responsible amateur bug busters.

Electronic hanging bug trap

Mosquito Trap

It might be kind of a hard-sell in the middle of the winter, but stationary zappers and other traps like them are great gifts for anyone who likes spending time outside. This is especially true here in Minnesota, where mosquitos can make attempting to enjoy even a screen porch difficult. One of these traps set on a porch, deck, or patio can make a surprisingly big difference. There are a million different kinds of anti-bug traps available, too, with all sorts of bells and whistles to suit specific needs. Different traps can use smells, sounds, sights, heat, and even chemical pheromones to attract and “take care of” unwelcome buzzers. Just make sure you shop non-toxic when you’re looking for ones that are right for you.

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Ultrasonic Electronic Indoor Pest Repellent

We know it sounds like science fiction, but we’re serious. Plug this small device into a wall socket in the room you want to pest proof, and it will begin to transmit a high-frequency sound waves. These sounds can’t be registered by the human ear, but they’ll be intolerable for pests like rodents, fleas, cockroaches, ants, and spiders. Pests infesting the treated area will flee the noise, and would-be infiltrators will look elsewhere for their new homes. The sounds are completely kid- and pet-safe. If it all sounds a little too good to be true, trust your instincts. Ultrasonic pest repellents shouldn’t be the only thing a household does to pest-proof, but they can be a helpful part of a larger strategy. Do some research before you purchase one of these for yourself or as a gift, and find out how they’ve worked for other customers. 

white rabbit standing on snow

Rabbit Repellent

Everyone likes little bunnies. They’re cute. They have big, floppy ears and little puffy tails. They hop around. Not everyone likes when cute little bunnies make a feast out of their garden plants, however. Even in winter time, rabbits tend to leave behind some unpleasant-looking evidence of their daytime activities in the snow. Which gets old. If you know a would-be gardener preparing to take drastic measures to keep rabbits out of their lawn, buy them some liquid repellent first. Good rabbit and deer repellent is non-toxic, odorless, and non-lethal to animals and grass, and waterproof. Repellents like these work by generating a smell that’s unappealing to rabbits, so they’ll keep out of gardens and shrubs before they even take a first taste. Humans won’t be able to smell the repellent scent, so you won’t have to worry about stinking up the garden, either.

Squirrel eating at a bird feeder

Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

Anyone who’s had a bird feeder knows that keeping squirrels away can be a Sisyphean task. Squirrels are notoriously resourceful when it comes to finding (read: stealing) food. We’ve seen squirrels hang upside down from a single foot to stuff their faces in food that’s supposed to be for birds. Little jerks. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can stop these bushy-tailed marauders once and for all. We have the technology. But all squirrel-proof bird feeders aren’t all created equal, so user reviews will be your best friend again here. These feeders use techniques like beak-sized openings, bird-sized perches, netting or cages, or even weight sensors to keep squirrels out. You could even buy bird food that’s too spicy for squirrels! This Holiday season, you can give that one friend with “the squirrel problem” a powerful new weapon for their never-ending war.   One more present you could give? The gift of a pest-free home. If you or a loved one has an infestation they need dealt with, give us a call today. We’ll take care of it faster than you can say, “this present is for you, helpful pest technician! Thank you for all you do for us!” Aww, you shouldn’t have! From all of us here at Plunkett’s Pest Control, have a wonderful holiday season!

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