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Happy Thanksgiving

PLUG IN Pest Free November Newsletter

November is here and Thanksgiving is near. Thanksgiving dates back to October 1621 when the pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. The Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This feast lasted three days and was attended by 90 Wampanoag Native American people and 53 Pilgrims (survivors of the Mayflower). Thanksgiving has been celebrated for over two centuries since.

On Thursday November 26, 1789,  President George Washington issued a proclamation for “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” Beginning in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln encouraged Americans to recognize the last Thursday of November as “a day of Thanksgiving.” A few years later in 1870, Congress followed suit by passing legislation making Thanksgiving (along with Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day) a national holiday. However, unlike the other holidays in the bill, the President had the discretion to set the date for Thanksgiving. With few exceptions, each President until Franklin D. Roosevelt followed Lincoln’s lead by declaring the last Thursday of November a national day of thanks. President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November to extend the Christmas shopping season in order to help businesses still suffering from the lingering effects of the Great Depression. Despite widespread criticism from many who had grown accustomed to the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving later in November, the President moved up the holiday again in 1940.

Many families try to spend their Thanksgiving with each other. This causes a surge in travel activities, whether by road, rail, or air. If you are traveling by road this year, please slow down and take care. Leave earlier than normal for your trip so you can take it easy out there on the road, allowing for traffic and other delays. This will help keep your patience in check. Don’t become an aggressor or victim of road rage! It’s truly not worth it. If you are traveling by air, expect delays and cancellations, especially if traveling to and from the northern states due to weather conditions. Over the years we have seen many winter weather events causing mass flight cancellations. Try to have a Plan B in place just in case.

Tip: Wear your comfortable stretchy pants for your Thanksgiving feast…

Black Friday Sales

Black Friday is almost here, and so are the bargains. Research suggests Black Friday is one of the biggest days for shopping in the United States. Straight after Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping kicks off the shopping spree leading up to Christmas. So, here are some statistics from Zippia:
  • Businesses made an estimated $30 to $40 Billion in sales during the 2021 Black Friday
  • Nearly 13% of all retail sales in the United States occur between Black Friday and Christmas
  • 43% of Black Friday sales happened through mobile phones in 2021
  • Shoppers spent $8.9 billion online during Black Friday in 2021
  • There were 155 million shoppers in the United States on Black Friday in 2021

When purchasing online this Black Friday, or at anytime, be sure you are placing orders with reputable companies with proven track records. Double check the URL and security at check-out. Many scammers are standing by waiting to pounce on unsuspecting shoppers. When placing orders online, be sure you receive your tracking number for your shipment, and check the shipping status often. Mail theft usually increases around this time of the year. If you don’t think you will be home when the package is scheduled to arrive, consider having your goods shipped to an alternative address where somebody will be home all day to collect, your place of work where the package can be dropped off at the front desk, an authorized collection point, or at your local post office. The additional travel time could well be worth the hassle to ensure your receive your purchased goods.

If you are going to be shopping in-person at Black Friday sales events, have a plan in place.

  1. Do your research before time
  2. Know where the items you want to purchase are located
  3. List them in number of importance
  4. Try to know how much inventory is being offered for the sale (some stores may limit items to a specific number for the sale)
  5. Do your best to remain courteous and polite to other shoppers
Good luck and happy sales shopping…
For more information on Black Friday statistics, visit https://www.zippia.com/advice/black-friday-statistics/
Q: What is usually the main Thanksgiving dish?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

Honey-Chipotle Glazed Turkey with Gravy

Photo by: David Malosh. Recipe by: https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a41994504/honey-chipotle-glazed-turkey-with-gravy-recipe/

What is a Thanksgiving feast without a turkey? Here is another fantastic recipe by the very talented Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond.

Prep time for this recipe is approximately 45 minutes. Total time – 3hrs 15mins. Serves 8-10.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 12- to 14-pound turkey, thawed if frozen, neck and giblets removed
  • stick salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano leaves, chopped, plus 2 sprigs
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
For the Glaze:
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
For the Gravy:
  • 2-3 c. low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp. instant flour (such as Wondra)
  • 1 tsp. adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles), optional

Cooking Instructions:
  1. For the turkey: Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the turkey on a rack set in a roasting pan. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine the butter, chipotles, chopped oregano, honey, cumin, and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast and legs with your fingers. Spread the butter mixture evenly under the skin. Stuff the onion and oregano sprigs in the cavity. Tuck in the wing tips and tie the legs together with twine. Rub the turkey all over with the vegetable oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  3. Loosely cover the turkey with foil and roast for 1 hour. Remove the foil and roast until the skin is well browned and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 120°, about 1 more hour.
  4. For the glaze: Whisk the orange juice, adobo sauce and honey in a small bowl. Pour half into a second small bowl and set aside. Brush the remaining glaze all over the turkey and continue roasting until the thermometer registers 160 ̊ in the thickest part of the thigh, about 30 minutes. Remove the turkey from the oven and brush with the reserved glaze. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest, at least 30 minutes.
  5. For the gravy: Carefully strain the pan drippings into a large measuring cup. Spoon off as much fat from the top of the drippings as you can. Add enough broth to the drippings to equal 3 cups of liquid. Place the roasting pan over a burner set to medium-high heat. Add the wine and cook, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until reduced by two-thirds, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the drippings mixture to the roasting pan and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the instant flour until combined. Simmer until starting to thicken, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the adobo sauce, if desired. If the gravy is lumpy, strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
  6. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.

*Source: https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a41994504/honey-chipotle-glazed-turkey-with-gravy-recipe/

Be sure to check out other delicious recipes by Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman here: https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/

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A: Turkey! But why? One reason could be a roasted turkey sure does look great as the centerpiece on your table. Another reason is probably because turkeys are much larger birds with more meat to offer larger crowds than raised or hunted birds. Whatever the reason may be, it is probably best to wear your favorite stretchy pants this Thanksgiving. Maybe that new treadmill might be a Black Friday thought after all…

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Halloween Is Coming

PLUG IN Pest Free October Newsletter

October is here and by now you have probably seen many houses in your neighborhood decorating for Halloween. With all the scary decorations and spooky costumes, many don’t stop to think about how much is spent each year on Halloween, which might be the scariest of all. 2020 was definitely disappointing for those who look forward to celebrating Halloween each year, but 2021 certainly made up for that. According to Investopedia.com Americans spent a record $10.14 Billion Dollars on Halloween. It is expected this year of 2022 will set a new record totalling $10.6 Billion Dollars. Now that’s a lot of candy and skeletons!

But where did Halloween come from? Origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly lived around what we now know as Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. November 1st was celebrated by the Celts as their New Year, marking an end to summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter, often associated with human death. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Of course there are other theories and versions that historians have noted that date back hundreds of years. Whichever you believe, one thing is for sure – $10 Billion Dollars is a lot of money!!

With a lot of little ghosts and goblins running around, especially as dusk turns to night, it is important we remain more vigilant to keep Halloween safe for all. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for consideration:

Do’s

* Do help your trick-or-treaters to see at night. Look for costumes that use face paint instead of masks.

* Do plan a route ahead of time.

* Do always walk with adult supervision or in a large group with at least one older appointed chaperone. Plus, it’s more fun for the little trick-or-treaters to be with spooky friends than spook alone.

* Do remember to cross the road safely at crosswalks or street corners. Point to indicate your intent to cross, pause to double-check and make eye contact with any drivers, then proceed when it’s safe do so.

* Do lift up your mask (if you’re wearing one) for a better view before crossing the street.

* Do have a safe, quiet place for your pets. Strangers and costumes may put them on edge.

* Do always expect the unexpected when driving. Watch out for children jaywalking, crossing driveways and stepping out from behind parked vehicles.

* Do make eye contact with pedestrians when driving. Masks and costumes can reduce a child’s view of the road.

* Do stay focused and alert behind the wheel. Avoid distractions like cell phones and other electronic devices. Give them the night off and keep your mind on the road.

Don’ts

* Don’t wear dark costumes without adding reflective strips to be more visible to drivers. Carrying glow sticks is another fun way to stand out.* Don’t leave any dangerous items like tools, cords and debris in your walkway or yard. They can cause tripping hazards, especially at night when harder to see.

* Don’t approach houses that do not have a light on, and never approach houses alone.

* Don’t enter houses or get into cars of anyone you don’t know. If an offer is made, politely decline and then tell an adult right away.

* Don’t walk in poorly lit areas or near wooded areas alone. Always walk in groups.

* Don’t begin eating your new stash of candy until it has been checked by an adult.

* Don’t eat too much of your new stash of candy too quickly. It’s not going anywhere. Better to eat little by little and not wake up with aching little tummy’s.

* Don’t drive distracted. Remain vigilant at all times, especially when it gets dark. Best to drive at reduced speeds, especially in higher pedestrian areas.

* Don’t drive intoxicated by alcohol or other substances that make your driving skills impaired. Not only is it illegal, but it can cause a fatality.

 

Did You Say $10 Billion Dollars?

Yes we did! Well, Investopedia did. According to Investopedia, all that cash is spent on the following during Halloween celebrations:
  • $3.6 billion for costumes
  • $3.1 billion for candy
  • $3.4 billion for decorations
  • $0.6 billion for greeting cards

It is also suggested that one quarter of all candy sold in the U.S. annually is purchased for Halloween. Now that’s a lot of sugar.

With all that money being spent on Halloween, here are some tips to help save a few of those hard earned dollars.

  • Bring out the seamstress in you and make your own costume. The upside is, nobody else on the block will be dressed the same as those store bought ones.
  • If you are a member of any warehouse clubs, consider buying your Halloween candy in bulk for the trick-or-treaters.
  • Look for bargains on clothing and/or accessories at thrift stores for your costume, or to accompany your home-made costume.
  • Look online for local Halloween events in your community, many may be free.
  • Host a Halloween party at home and ask each guest to bring one plate with them. There will be enough for everybody to have fun.
  • Plan ahead for next year. Shop for Halloween decorations right after Halloween. Many shops will be heavily discounting Halloween decorations and ornaments. After all, they need the space for their Christmas decorations and ornaments.

 

Q: Who is Stingy Jack?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

 

Berry Eyeball Punch

Photo by: Ralph Smith. Recipe by: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/berry-eyeball-punch-3853960

All “eyes” will be on who dare take a sip of your eyeball punch. Here’s how to make your scary drink this Halloween.

Prep time for this recipe is approximately 15 minutes. Chill time – 2 hours. Serves 6-8.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 18 canned lychees (from one 20-ounce can), plus 3/4 cup syrup from the can
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups sweetened acai juice
  • 1 cup blueberry juice cocktail
  • 18 large blueberries
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup spiced rum or gin (optional)

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Puree the blackberries, lychee syrup and lemon juice in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on the solids with a rubber spatula. Add the acai juice and blueberry juice. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  2. Gently push a blueberry into the cavity of each lychee. Transfer the punch to a punch bowl or pitcher and add the stuffed lychees, then gently stir in the lemon-lime soda and rum, if using. Serve over ice.

*Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/berry-eyeball-punch-3853960

Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on the Food Network website here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/

 

A: Stingy Jack is an Irish myth! People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the devil from changing back into his original form.

To continue reading what happened next check out
https://www.history.com/news/history-of-the-jack-o-lantern-irish-origins for the rest of the story.

Source: https://www.history.com/news/history-of-the-jack-o-lantern-irish-origins

 

September Saving$$$

PLUG IN Pest Free September Newsletter

Welcome to September Savings month! During the whole month of September, a popup will appear on our website GoPestFree.com that when applied, will take 10% off your check-out price. With the seasons soon changing and rodent activity likely to begin increasing during the cooler months, now is the time to protect your home or business from those unwanted intruders.

Rats are known to carry many diseases. Some of these diseases include:

  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a severe respiratory disease causing flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and stomach problems at first, then extreme shortness of breath.
  • Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease causing flu-like symptoms, plus jaundice and red eyes.
  • Salmonellosis, a bacterial infection causing diarrhea.
  • Plague, a disease causing rapid-onset fever, chills and weakness, plus necrotic tissue, swollen lymph nodes, or pneumonia, depending on the strain.
  • Tularemia, an illness causing fever and sometimes ulcers, inflammation, and chest pain.
  • Rat-bite fever, a disease causing fever, vomiting, rash, headache, and body pain.
So, how do rats spread diseases? Rats pick up viruses like we humans do. Which is? With our fingers and mouths. Unlike us, we can wash our hands. Rats however, can’t. So, when they are hanging out in trash cans, walking dirty alley ways, running through sewers etc., all those germs build up on their paws, and they eat them. From the time they enter a home or business, rats are almost constantly urinating and defecating wherever they travel, including over countertops, in pantries, kitchens, basements, basically all places they may travel.

As disgusting as this may sound, unsuspecting home and business owners may then unknowingly come in contact by touch, inhaling, or even consuming urine and feces left behind by rodents, allowing those germs to enter our bodies.

Traditional pest control methods can actually exasperate the problem more than fix it. For example, rats have an acute sense of smell. When laying baited traps inside the premises, it is like extending an invitation to come in. But wait? Aren’t you trying to keep them out to begin with? PLUG IN Pest Free works 24/7 all year round to act as a deterrent to rodents and pests. When a new arrival enters a premises protected by Pest Free, the new arrival is unlikely to remain for long and should vacate again within an acceptable period. All without the use of baits, sprays, toxic pesticides and other harsh poisons.

So take advantage of September Savings month for 10% off at check-out. Order yours today…

Winter is Coming! Will You be Pest Free?

Winter is coming, and so too are the rodents. During the colder months, rodents will look for dryer, warmer shelter. Often, this can be your home. Homes not only offer warmth and shelter, they usually offer a good food source too – vital for any rodent’s survival.

New arrivals entering a premises protected by PLUG IN Pest Free should not remain for very long before vacating within an acceptable period. Homes unprotected by Pest Free 24/7 may find their new arrivals may quickly begin setting up their new homes “Rent Free.” Sexually mature rats can breed every 3 weeks, producing around 6 to 12 pups per litter. Depending on the type of rat, some rats can reach sexual maturity and commence breeding in as little as 5 weeks old, and have around 6 litters per year. If not controlled, the numbers could reach in excess of 1,000 for the year with the potential to grow exponentially.

Some preparedness tips for the coming change in season can go a long way to keep your home or business relatively Pest Free. These tips include:

  • Seal off known entry points. Using products like expanding foam to close off holes and gaps can go a long way.
  • Applying naturally deterring scents around known entry points or in areas of activity. Rodents have an acute sense of smell. Applying an essential oil laced with natural deterring scents like mint, vinegar, cayenne pepper etc. can help ward off approaching rodents.
  • Remove excess clutter and do a general cleanup. We all talk about Spring Cleaning. Honestly, we should get in the practice of doing a Season Change Cleaning every 3 months. It will drastically reduce your spring cleaning time, getting you outdoors sooner.
  • Lift & Elevate! Don’t leave items on the ground or against walls. Rodents love confined spaces, not so much open spaces. Placing stored items on shelves or pallets and not against walls will provide airspace around those items.
  • Review your landscaping. Keep tree branches trimmed back several feet from touching your home or business. Tree branches can act as a bridge for rodents to simply walk on over. Keep ground shrubs away from touching the sides of your home or business too. Shrubs can provide great hiding and breeding spots.
Changes in weather can cause driving factors for rodents and pests into your home or business. This includes extended wet weather periods – as storm waters rise, rodents and pests may look for dryer ground. Nearby wildfires, sudden cold snaps, nearby construction or road works etc. If a new arrival enters your home and you have PLUG IN Pest Free installed, refer to your User Guide on tips to help vacate them quicker. It may be as simple as turning on a few extra lights until they are gone.

 

Q: Is the Ford Mustang named after a horse or plane?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

 

Snickerdoodle Cookies…

Photo & Recipe by: Modern Honey https://www.modernhoney.com/the-best-snickerdoodle-cookie-recipe/

For all those soft and chewy Snickerdoodle Cookie lovers out there, here is great recipe for you by the talented Melissa Stadler from Modern Honey.

Prep time for this recipe is approximately 15 minutes. Cook time – 10 minutes. Serves 24.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Cream for 1-2 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, just until combined.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon.
  5. If time allows, wrap the dough and let refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.  Roll into small balls until round and smooth.  Drop into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat well. Using a spoon, coat for a second time, ensuring the cookie balls are completely covered.  NB: To make flatter snickerdoodle’s, press down in the center of the ball before placing in the oven. This helps to keep them from puffing up in the middle. 
  6. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Let cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing from the pan.

To view the video of making the Snickerdoodle cookies, click here https://mediavine-res.cloudinary.com/video/upload/sp_mediavine_hd_h264/v1620315518/mjhtlxj7fbjvxbucaj3x.m3u8

 

Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on the Modern Honey website here: https://www.modernhoney.com

 

A: The Ford Mustang is actually named after a plane! Executive stylist John Najjar, a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited by Ford with suggesting the name. The Ford Mustang is a series of American automobiles manufactured by Ford. In continuous production since 1964, the Mustang is currently the longest-produced Ford car nameplate. Originally predicted to sell 100,000 vehicles yearly, the 1965 Mustang became the most successful vehicle launch since the 1927 Model A. Introduced on April 17, 1964, over 400,000 units in its first year; the one-millionth Mustang was sold within two years of its launch. In August 2018, Ford produced the 10-millionth Mustang

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang

Back To School Month…
SLOW DOWN!!

PLUG IN Pest Free August newsletter

For many in the USA, it’s Back-to-School month. Most States have returned to school already. After a long summer, it can be easy to forget school zones during your morning or afternoon commute. So as a reminder, be vigilant, pay attention to posted school zone speed limits, and stop for school buses* when they are stopped with their safety lights flashing and stop sign extended. Those few seconds of trying to get around a stopped school bus* or speed through a school zone are not worth it. Kids are kids and will be kids. There is always the risk of a child running across the road without looking. So pay attention.

Today, school kids are more distracted than ever thanks to mobile devices and headphones. Parents and guardians don’t escape this either, as many are also observed being distracted by mobile devices in the car. In addition, some drivers continue to practice unsafe driving methods, such as double parking or stopped in the middle of crosswalks, dropping kids off across the road from the school, or use unsafe drop-off and pick-up methods.

Morning and afternoon school hours are always going to cause traffic congestion. We all want to get our kids dropped off and picked up safely from school. A little patience can go a long way. Be courteous to other drivers around you, don’t be aggressive or force your way into a line when others have waited their time. Be mindful of your surroundings, and PUT DOWN MOBILE DEVICES!! Tickets issued by the police may have an impact on your driver’s insurance premiums.

Let’s get our kids to and from school safely this year and let’s reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

*Check the school bus laws in your State.

Here We Go Again, New York City!

In our March newsletter, we wrote about the rodent population in New York City. It appears the Big Apple is back in the headlines again. According to the New York Post (https://nypost.com/2022/06/01/nyc-has-a-major-rat-problem-and-its-not-doing-enough/), rat sightings are up this year with 7,400 reports to the “Rat Hotline” 311 from January to April, compared to 6,510 for the same period in 2021.

In March, we mentioned it didn’t matter if you were a restaurant, business or residential, prevention tips can go a long way and have a positive impact. These tips include:

  1. Ensure to secure trash cans tightly to avoid rodents climbing and gaining access, or trash falling out if toppled.
  2. Keep trash areas clean and hose around them often. Hosing down trash areas also helps reducing foul odors associated with waste.
  3. Consider spraying natural deterrents around trash areas like mint, vinegar, cayenne pepper etc.

Prevention tips are always better than a cure, and can go a long way to help curb the rodent population from expanding.

Restaurants and other commercial businesses battling never-ending rodent issues and ongoing costly pest control maintenance, our PLUG IN Pest FreeCommercial Pest Management System is your answer! Our Commercial Pest Management System has been a vital piece of equipment that has helped many restaurants and other businesses significantly reduce and mitigate ongoing invasions from rodents and other pests.

For years the knee-jerk reaction to control rodents and pests has resorted to using baits, traps, toxic pesticides and other harsh poisons – most of which are inhumane. With a growing awareness more than ever of the risks and dangers associated with toxic pesticides and other harsh poisons, consumers and business owners alike are looking for effective alternative methods to treat and protect their premises from ongoing pest invasions – long-term!

If you are a restaurant or business owner serious about the health and safety of your staff and customers and want to say good-bye to costly, never-ending, toxic, inhumane treatments and maintenance of traps, then look no further! Your new solution to controlling and mitigating your rodent and pest needs is just a PLUG IN away!

Q: How many Islands does Hawaii have?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula & Pine Nuts

Photo & Recipe by: Buitoni Food Company https://www.buitoni.com/pasta-recipes/spinach-ricotta-tortelloni-salad-with-cherry-tomatoes-arugula-pine-nuts/

What could be better than a zesty summer salad ideal for outdoor picnics, cook-outs, or accompany your favorite steak? How about scooping up a container to take to your office or school for lunch.

Prep time for this recipe is approximately 18 minutes.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 clove large clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package BUITONI Refrigerated Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni (20 oz.)
  • 2 cups baby arugula, kale or spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Whisk oil, lemon juice, basil, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add tomatoes; toss to coat.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain then add to bowl with tomato mixture. Toss gently to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until at room temperature.
  3. Add arugula, cheese and pine nuts to bowl with pasta; toss to coat.

*Source: https://www.buitoni.com/pasta-recipes/spinach-ricotta-tortelloni-salad-with-cherry-tomatoes-arugula-pine-nuts/

Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on the Buitoni website here: https://www.buitoni.com/pasta-recipes/

A: Hawaii has a total of 137 Islands and 5 counties that form the State of Hawaii. Out of the 137 Islands, there are 8 large Islands. Although, the 4 most commonly known Islands are Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. The other 4 larger Islands are Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY…

PLUG IN Pest Free July newsletter

Independence Day, also commonly referred to as the 4th of July, is arguably the most patriotic day on the calendar. Most people know (or should know) Independence Day (the 4th of July) dates all the way back to 1776. So, what brought this day to come about?

Prior to 1776, America was part of Great Britain, now known as the United Kingdom. In the 1600’s people would travel from Great Britain to settle in what we know today as North America. From 1607 to 1732, the British founded 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

As these colonies grew, the people who lived there thought the British government treated them unfairly. For instance, they had to allow British soldiers to stay in their homes and had to pay taxes on items such as tea. The colonists were not happy having to follow these laws and rebelled. As a result, the Revolutionary War between the colonists and Great Britain began in 1775.

The colonists decided they needed to declare their independence in writing to explain their reasons and gain support from other countries like France. On July 4, 1776, a small group of representatives from the colonies – called the Continental Congress, adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Written by a committee led by Thomas Jefferson and signed by people from all 13 colonies, it was initially rejected by the British government. This led the colonists to continue their fight for independence until they defeated Great Britain in 1783.

Today, the Declaration of Independence is housed under heavy security at the National Archives in Washington D.C. This document is recognized around the world as an important message of self-governance and human rights. The second sentence of the declaration reads: that all people are created equally and have rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

It would be hard to celebrate the 4th of July without fireworks. But for the inexperienced, fireworks can be very dangerous. If you are unsure about fireworks safety, leave them to the experts. Each year fireworks cause injuries and even death. Most common injuries are to the hands, face and legs. But if you are going to light your own fireworks show, here’s a few safety tips to know.

Preparation:

  • Keep a bucket of water or water hose on and ready to put out duds
  • Soak fireworks before throwing them away.
  • Keep lighters, matches, and fireworks away from young children to avoid unintentional burns.
  • Do not drink alcohol. It slows reaction time and affects judgement.
Fireworks Ignition:
  • Wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Designate ONE person to ignite. Everyone else should watch as far away as possible or inside watching through a window.
  • Extend arms far away from the body and keep your head out of the firework’s path.
  • Quickly move away after it is lit.
  • Only use tubing provided with the fireworks AND on level ground.
  • Avoid using home-made launching pads. These can fail causing it to tip over and launch in unintentional directions.
  • Stay on concrete or pavement. Dry grass can burn easily.
  • Like above, DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL!
Q: Who was the 22nd President of the United States of America?
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Chipotle Chili Dogs

Photo by: Taste of Home https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chipotle-chili-dogs/

What’s the 4th of July without a great hotdog? Here’s a recipe by Barb Templin that keeps the spice levels to a medium so people of all ages can enjoy.

Total prep time is approximately 25 minutes and serves 6.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 6 hotdogs
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hotdog buns, split
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Cook hot dogs according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Place hot dogs in buns. Spoon chili over hot dogs. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions.

Nutrition Facts:

1 serving: 420 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1096mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


*Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chipotle-chili-dogs/

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A: (Stephen) Grover Cleveland was the 22nd President of the United States. Grover Cleveland was also the 24th President of the United States and to date, the only President in history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office. Is this history about to change?

MOVING SEASON IS HERE?

PLUG IN Pest Free June newsletter

As summer rolls in, so does the peak season for many who are planning on moving around the corner or across the country. According to various sources, peak moving season is actually from April to September, but many try to move in the middle of summer. One of the main factors for this is kids being off school and on summer holidays. Parents try to capitalize on moving after their kids complete their current school year, usually in May, then move and get settled prior to the new school year commencing around August. Especially when moving to a new schooling district.

Like all peak seasons, it is fair to expect prices to increase. Moving trucks and trailers may become harder to secure. Best to reserve early, and check with your rental truck company if they actually guarantee your reservation at time placed, or if they only guarantee 48 hours out! Don’t get stuck with last minute surprises thinking you have everything reserved when you may not. Also, you may be expected to travel up to 250 miles from your local depot just to collect your truck with some companies. So best to make 100% sure you know everything about your reservation and the pitfalls that may come with it.

If you are moving to a popular State, expect to pay a much higher price for your oneway rental. If you are moving to a State many are moving out of, you may be able to get a very competitive rate for your rental.

Using a moving company instead? Make sure you book well in advance. Some moving companies may be fully booked for months out, so plan ahead and book early to avoid disappointment.

Some moving tips to consider:

  1. Use boxes, plenty of boxes. The more the better. They are easy to pack and stack. Try to limit the weight for each box so they don’t become too heavy.
  2. Stack all your boxes in the truck or trailer first, going as vertical as possible.
  3. Secure your boxes with larger items and/or furniture in front.
  4. Stack furniture as vertical as you can to save space.
  5. Prepare plenty of rope and ratchet ties to secure your load.
  6. Use plenty of furniture pads, the more the better. Your furniture will thank you. When traveling, your truck or trailer can be like a trampoline in the back on some roads.
  7. Prepare first-aid kits. Accidents happen, so be prepared.
  8. Best to wear a pair of moving gloves – your hands will thank you later.
  9. Have plenty of water on hand – you will need it. Remember, it is summer after all!
  10. Use dolly’s and straps to help lift heavy items easier. Your back will thank you.
  11. DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR PLUG IN PEST FREE WITH YOU!!!

SUMMER BUGS

The joys of summer also bring the joys of bugs!! For those living in warmer climates year round, there really isn’t an off-season for bugs. If you are planning that camping trip, be prepared for plenty of hand waving and face slapping. If you are not into chemical based repellants, then you may want to consider a range of homemade natural repellents and see which one works best for you against the types of bugs you want to keep away.

Citronella has always been a relatively good natural repellant against many bugs. Lavender Oil is another, and provides a relaxing smell for those who like lavender. Other natural repellants to consider are Garlic and Lemon juice, Peppermint and Castor Oil, and Cedarwood Oil. Various preparation methods can be researched online on how best to mix and apply these natural remedies. Plan ahead, be prepared, and enjoy that camping trip!

Q: Do Male Mosquitos Bite?
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Refreshing Homemade Raspberry Vanilla Soda by Joanne

Photo by: https://www.fifteenspatulas.com/4-refreshing-summer-drinks/

Forget about running to the store to buy your next soda. Nothing will compare to this refreshing homemade recipe using real fruit syrup all cooked from scratch.

Below is Joanne’s Raspberry Vanilla soda, but you can substitute the flavor for others too if you wish. This recipe is for a serving of four. Prep and cook time around 5 minutes, refrigerate for 1 hour.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • seltzer water
  • ice

Cooking Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and raspberries. Cook for about 5 minutes until the mixture is bubbling away and the sugar is dissolved. Stir and cook this mixture for another 5 minutes, until the raspberries have cooked down.
  2. Set a fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup or bowl and strain the saucepan mixture, pressing down on the raspberry pulp to squeeze out all the juice. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, and let this chill in the refrigerator.
  3. To serve, fill a glass with ice and add 2-3 tbsp of the raspberry syrup. Add about a cup of seltzer on top, and enjoy!

*Source: https://www.fifteenspatulas.com/4-refreshing-summer-drinks/

To see more of Joanne’s recipes, click the link above. You can also check out Joanne’s YouTube video of the above recipe here https://youtu.be/DkARNOFDnwA

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A: No, male mosquitos do not bite people. Male mosquitos do not possess a stinger, which would allow them to extract blood from their host. Therefore, male mosquitos cannot transit mosquito-borne illnesses either. Female mosquitos require blood to help develop their mosquito eggs.

LOS ANGELES
THE CITY OF ANGELS
OR RATS?

PLUG IN Pest Free May newsletter

In 2021, Los Angeles was named the second most rattiest city in the United States for the second year in a row according to Orkin*. Chicago still took the #1 spot as the most rattiest city in the United States, followed by New York after L.A., Washington D.C. and San Francisco to round out the top five cities.

As life gets back to normal post pandemic, and with recent explosions in homeless populations throughout the city, these factors among others have contributed to a rapid expansion of rats throughout Los Angeles. Not only has the rodent population expanded, but growth in new areas have also been noted geographically. Due to many restaurant closures during the lockdowns, rodents were forced to scavenge new areas in search for food. It was previously reported by the CDC rodents are displaying aggressive behavior caused by the disruption of covid related events.

As we enter summer, California (and other States) can expect wildfires like every year. Those living on the fringe of forests, national parks and wide open land subject to wildfires may also experience an influx of rodents gaining entry to their homes or businesses. Wildfires can push rodents and other wildlife forward to escape the burning vegetation. Resorting to baited traps is something we do not recommend, as baits and other scented enticements may attract more attention due to rodent’s acute sense of smell. Our patented PLUG IN Pest Free technology is 100% pesticide free utilizing the exiting low-level electromagnetic field already present along the active electrical wiring within your premises. PLUG IN Pest Free has No Fumes, No Smell, No Fuss, No Mess and is maintenance free for long-term rodent and pest control. For more information, please check our website at GoPestFree.com.

*Source: https://abc7.com/rattiest-city-los-angeles-exterminator-company-orkin-near-me/11194234/

Wildfire Preparedness Tips

Is your home or business at greater risk to wildfires? If yes, are you prepared in the event a wildfire nears? With some preparedness tips, it could make the difference between saving your asset or even your life!

Don’t wait until you see smoke! Be prepared even before a fire starts. For example;

In and Around Your Home:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home or business.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your home, deck or porch, and keep a good cleared perimeter of 10ft around your home or business.
  • Consider using wire mesh to screen in areas under your home, porches or decks to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Keep trees trimmed and prevent tree branches touching your home. Keeping trees trimmed and branches off your home is a good rodent prevention tip as well.
  • Keep your lawn well hydrated and maintained. Brown dry grass and shrubs can fuel fires.
  • Learn more how to protect your home and property at www.FireWise.org.

Create an Emergency Plan:

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit and have it ready to go at a moments notice. Your kit should include essential items such as clothes, shoes, toiletries, first-aid kit, batteries, flashlight, charge leads etc.
  • Prepare important documents and irreplaceable items such as photo albums, heirlooms and jewelry, but ensure you are able to easily carry all items you wish to take.
  • Consider placing other items you can’t take in a fireproof safe (check the fire rating).
  • Prepare an emergency evacuation plan with at least two exit routes. Ensure all members of your household or business know this plan well, and have a designated meeting place in case of separation.
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on NFPA’s emergency planning webpage https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Emergency-Preparedness

In the event a fire nears your property, evacuate immediately to a safe place and leave the firefighting to the firefighters. Remember, material possessions can be replaced, but lives can’t!

*Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Wildfire-safety-tips

Q: What became the 20th State of the United States of America?
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Gordon Ramsay’s
Smoky Mountain Breakfast
from Scrambled

Photo by: https://www.gordonramsay.com/gr/recipes/smoky-mountain-breakfast-from-scrambled/

Breakfast, always a delicious meal no matter what time of the day. What’s better is a famous Gordon Ramsay breakfast at that. This month we have selected Gordon’s Smoky Mountain Breakfast.

First, the Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh American flaky biscuit, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Sweet or Spicy mustard (not the yellow kind)
  • Chili flakes
  • Olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 large chanterelle mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • Unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Apple moonshine (substitute apple brandy)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • Baked beans, for serving

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Spread a bit of mustard on the cut sides of both biscuit halves and sprinkle with chili flakes, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add about a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan then lay the bacon slices in a pan, making sure they don’t overlap.
  3. Place a separate large skillet over medium high heat and let the pan get hot. Add the mushrooms, shallot and garlic to the pan along with a few tablespoons of butter and toss.
  4. Once bacon has browned on one side, flip to crisp the other side and move the slices toward one side of the pan. Place the biscuit halves, cut-side down, into the empty space in the pan so they cook in the rendered bacon fat.
  5. Add a bit more butter to the mushroom pan and continue to sear and crisp.
  6. Add a bit of olive oil to a third, nonstick skillet along with 2 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of chili flakes. Set over medium heat to let the butter froth. Crack eggs into the pan and let cook.
  7. Remove the biscuits from the bacon pan once browned, then add a splash of apple moonshine to deglaze the pan, letting the liquid reduce and evaporate.
  8. Season the top of the eggs with salt and pepper, swirling the pan to coat the egg whites with foaming butter.
  9. To serve, place the biscuits cut-side up onto a plate. Top each with one fried egg, and transfer the mushroom mixture to the side of the plate, followed by the bacon.
  10. Spoon a generous portion of the baked beans alongside the biscuits and serve immediately.

 

 

*Source: https://www.gordonramsay.com/gr/recipes/smoky-mountain-breakfast-from-scrambled/

 
To see the Gordon Ramsay Smoky Mountain Breakfast recipe, click the link above. Be sure to check out other delicious Gordon Ramsay breakfast recipes at https://www.gordonramsay.com/gr/recipes/category/breakfast. We welcome any photos of your cooking sent to support@gopestfree.com.

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A: Mississippi became the 20th State to join the Union. The Territory of Mississippi was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from April 7, 1798, until December 10, 1817, when the western half of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Mississippi. The eastern half was redesignated as the Alabama Territory until it was admitted to the Union as the State of Alabama on December 14, 1819. The Chattahoochee River played a significant role in the definition of the territory’s borders. The population rose in the early 1800s from settlement, with cotton being an important cash crop.

*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Territory

TORNADO SEASON
ARE YOU PREPARED?

Welcome to
PLUG IN Pest Free April newsletter

Spring has barely sprung, and here we are facing those terrifying tornadoes already. Our hearts and prayers go out to all recently affected. We all know tornadoes come each year, but the impact and devastation they leave behind can be very distressing, both physically and mentally. For those seeking help, the National Disaster Distress Hotline on 1.800.985.5990 (sponsored by SAMHSA) provides immediate crisis counseling to those affected by tornadoes.

So, where do tornadoes come from? Tornadoes come from the energy of a thunderstorm. Even though tornadoes are very powerful, they only account for a small fraction of the energy in a thunderstorm. What makes them so dangerous and terrifying is their energy is concentrated in a small area. However, not all tornadoes are the same, and scientists continue to study them.

How to prepare for a tornado?

  1. Check the latest weather conditions, you can visit sites like https://www.weather.gov.
  2. Check your local radio, TV and social media sites.
  3. Move to a safety shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or small interior room most central of a sturdy building on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows.
  4. Try protecting yourself under a sturdy table or workbench.
  5. If you have helmets, even bicycle helmets, put them on, especially for children.
  6. Stay away from flying debris – they can cause severe injury or death.
  7. Do not go under an overpass or bridge. This may strengthen the air speed as it passes through a narrow section that could cause you to be sucked out.
  8. If your home is not safe, make plans to reach an emergency shelter immediately.
  9. Try to inform family members and friends of your whereabouts so they know you are safe.
  10. Stay well clear of any downed power lines, as they could be live and cause death if you come in contact with them.
As tornado season has arrived, it is best to be prepared. Consider having an emergency bag packed and ready to go at the last minute. Your emergency bag should include items such as clothes, toiletries, batteries, chargers and charge leads, food, water, pocket knife with opener, torch and other essential items.


Jewelry By Johan

*Photo by: Jewelry by Johan

What better way to express yourself and your personality than with a unique piece of jewelry by Johan. Located near Minneapolis in Oakdale, MN these truly unique pieces will become the talking point of any dinner party or gathering. Whether your unique style harbors for a piece of meteorite that was floating around space for billions of years, or you want to be taken back to prehistoric times and wear a piece made from dinosaur bone, whichever style you long for you will truly wear a unique masterpiece that matches your personality, style and spirit.

In 2008, Johan was making beautiful pieces of jewelry part-time with his wife by his side. By 2011, Johan followed his passion and dream to design and make his unique masterful pieces of jewelry full-time, incorporating his son-in-law into the business. Since then the amazing work by Johan and his dedicated team have produced some of the finest pieces anybody would be proud to wear. From precious metals to stones and even wood, there is a unique piece awaiting you. Whether a ring, earrings, necklace, bracelets, cuff links or even a tie clip, you’ll be proud to own and wear a piece made by Johan and his team.

For more information on these beautiful pieces of wearable art, visit https://jewelrybyjohan.com today and let them know you heard about Jewelry by Johan from our Pest Free newsletter. You will be glad you checked them out.


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Q: What is the average tornado count per year in the USA?
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Lemon Pie by Magnolia Table

*Photo by: Magnolia Table https://magnolia.com/blog/article/12252/lemon-pie-recipe/

Here is a great Lemon Pie recipe we found from Magnolia Table by the lovely and highly talented Joanna Gaines… The prep time is around 20 minutes, and cook time slightly less. After it cools for 1.5hrs, you can enjoy.
 
First the ingredients. You will need:
Lemon Pie

• 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers (from about 27 squares)
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 6 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
• 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk
• 3 egg yolks
• 2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
• Pinch of sea salt
Whipped Cream
• 1 cup of heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons of sugar
• 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Garnish
• Lemon slices
• Grated lemon zest
• Mint sprigs

Directions:
1; To make the lemon pie: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with vegetable oil.

2; In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers and 1∕3 cup of the sugar and stir to blend. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Press the cracker mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate. Bake until firm, approximately 8 minutes.

3; Meanwhile, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer), beat the condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and sea salt on medium speed for 4 minutes.

4; Pour the mixture into the baked pie crust. Return to the oven and bake until the center is set when the pan is gently nudged, approximately 10 minutes.

5; Cool the pie on a rack for around 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator until set, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

6; Just before serving, make the whipped cream topping: In a medium bowl, with a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla on high speed until fluffy and the cream holds a soft peak when you pull the beater out of the bowl.

7; Spread the cream on the cooled pie. Garnish with fresh lemon slices, a sprinkle of lemon zest, and mint sprigs.

Makes 8 servings.

For the full Magnolia Table recipe, go to this link https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a9897/spaghetti-meatballs/. Be sure to check out other amazing Magnolia Table recipes by Joanna Gaines. Order your Magnolia Table Cookbook here https://wp.magnolia.com/table-cookbook/

When in Waco, TX be sure to put the Magnolia Silo’s on your bucket list along with their amazing Magnolia Press cafe serving up beautifully roasted coffees and delicious pastries. Not far away is their fabulous Magnolia Table restaurant.

*If you make the above recipe, we welcome your feedback and photos.


A: Approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur in the United States each year! Tornadoes are more common in the United States than any other country in the world. With approximately 1,200 tornadoes per year, this is four times more the amount than seen in Europe. The United States are more prone to violent tornadoes rating EF4 and EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.


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IS NEW YORK CITY
A RAT CITY?

Welcome to
PLUG IN Pest Free March newsletter

During mass closures in 2020 caused by covid, the CDC* reported aggressive rat behavior was occurring due to the lack of food and waste restaurants and other commercial buildings often generate. As a result, rat behavior was becoming more erratic. As life is getting back to normal with restaurants and other businesses opening, we can’t become complacent with rodent control, as rodents may be poised to surge once again. In 2021, residents and business owners reported a surge in rat sightings with more than 21,000 sightings reported to NYC311*. Rodents have an acute sense of smell. Therefore, with an increase of food and waste from operating restaurants and commercial buildings, the likelihood of attracting rodents is highly probable. It is important to take care of waste materials, and with a few simple steps, you can do your part to reduce the number of rodents.

Whether you are a restaurant, business or residential, some of these simple steps can go a long way. For example:

  1. When handling trash, ensure to secure the trash can tightly to avoid rodents climbing and gaining access to the trash can, or trash falling out if toppled.
  2. Keep the trash area clean and hose around the trash area often.
  3. Consider spraying some natural deterrents around the trash area like mint, vinegar, cayenne pepper etc.

Prevention tips are always better than a cure, and can go a long way to help curb the rodent population from expanding.

For restaurants and other commercial businesses battling never-ending rodent issues and ongoing costly pest control maintenance, our PLUG IN Pest FreeCommercial Pest Management System is your answer! Our Commercial Pest Management System has been a vital piece of equipment that has helped many restaurants and other businesses significantly reduce and mitigate ongoing invasions from rodents and other pests.

For years the knee-jerk reaction to control rodents and pests has resorted to using baits, traps, toxic pesticides and other harsh poisons – most of which are inhumane. With a growing awareness more than ever of the risks and dangers associated with toxic pesticides and other harsh poisons, consumers and business owners alike are looking for effective alternative methods to treat and protect their premises from ongoing pest invasions – long-term!

Our Commercial Pest Management System and our PRO unit are certified by HACCP International (Australasia and Asia license regions) as food safe and an effective means of deterring rodents.

If you are a restaurant or business owner serious about the health and safety of your staff and customers and want to say good-bye to costly, never-ending, toxic, inhumane treatments and maintenance of traps, then look no further! Your new solution to controlling and mitigating your rodent and pest needs is just a PLUG IN away!

*Sources: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/499343-cdc-warns-of-unusual-or-aggressive-rodent-behavior-in-search-for-new-food?rl=1https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/nyregion/nyc-rats-sightings.html


Spring Break Is Almost Here!

Where will Spring Break 2022 take YOU? We looked at various top sites all looking for the best Spring Break locations, and here are the top 10 Spring Break destinations for 2022^:

  1. Cancun
  2. Miami Beach
  3. South Padre Island
  4. Cabo San Lucas
  5. Jamaica
  6. Bahamas
  7. Punta Cana
  8. Playa del Carmen
  9. Daytona Beach
  10. Panama City Beach
If you find yourself traveling this Spring Break, we welcome your photos to support@gopestfree.com Subject: Spring Break 2022 and we may just post them in upcoming monthly newsletters.

^https://travel.usnews.com/rankings/best-spring-break-destinations/


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Q: What is the most common rat in NYC?
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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Here is another great recipe from the Pioneer Woman that is simply perfection!
 
First the ingredients. You will need:
• 3/4 lb. ground beef
• 3/4 lb. ground pork
• 2 whole eggs
• 3/4 cup fine breadcrumbs
• 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced
• 1/4 tsp. of salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Splash of milk
• 1/2 cup of olive oil

For the Sauce & Pasta:
• 1 whole yellow onion, diced
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
• 1 can (28oz) whole tomatoes
• 1/2 cup white or red wine (optional)
• 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced
• 1/4 tsp. of salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tsp. of sugar
• 8 whole fresh basil leaves, chopped (optional)
• 2 lb. spaghetti, cooked to al dente

Directions:
1; To make the meatballs, combine the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and a splash of milk in a mixing bowl. Mix together well, using your hands (make sure they are washed and clean!). Roll into 25 1.5-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.

2; To brown the meatballs, heat the olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, about 8 at a time, turning to brown on all sides (they will finish cooking in the sauce later). Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate after each batch. Set meatballs aside.

3; To make the sauce: in the same pot, add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, or until translucent. Pour in crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes with their juices and wine, if using. Add the red pepper flakes (as desired), parsley, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

4; Add the meatballs to the pot and stir gently into the sauce. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring very gently a couple of times.

5; Just before serving, stir in the basil, if using. Serve over cooked spaghetti and sprinkle with extra parmesan.

For the full Pioneer Woman recipe, go to this link https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a9897/spaghetti-meatballs/ and be sure to check out other amazing Pioneer Woman recipes.

*If you make the above recipe, we welcome your feedback and photos. We may just post your dinner story and photos in upcoming newsletters.


A: The most common rat in NYC is dominated by the Brown rat, also known as the Norway rat! The average adult body weight of an adult rat is approximately 12oz in males and 8.8oz in females. These rats are built for survival, as they can survive a fall from approximately 40ft high, and can survive being flushed down a toilet. They can also tread water for around 3 days, and can jump a horizontal distance of up to 4ft!


We hope you have enjoyed this month’s edition of our newsletter. If you have your own successful Pest Free story to share, you may be the winner of a $50 gift card and be featured in upcoming newsletters. You can send your testimonial to support@gopestfree.com Subject: Testimonial.

GET PAID…CA$H

Welcome to
PLUG IN Pest Free February newsletter

Since our launch in January 1995, we have always enjoyed strong sales by word-of-mouth. Our happy Pest Free customers from around the world have been wonderful ambassadors for PLUG IN Pest Free over the years. This is why we are excited to announce the launch of our new Affiliate Program. Now, you can get paid CA$H for your referrals to your family, friends and neighbors. When you sign up as an Affiliate and let others know about PLUG IN Pest Free, if your referral decides to make a purchase, you will get paid! The more referrals you send, the more purchases your referrals make, the more you will earn! It’s really that simple.

We will be launching our Affiliate Program this month of February. To become an Affiliate and begin earning CA$H, go to our Affiliate Program homepage https://gopestfree.com/affiliate-program/ to sign-up. We will be providing 5% of the purchase price* for the first 50 successful referrals. After 50 successful referrals, you will then be earning 10% of the purchase price* thereafter. With other exciting news to be released in the coming months, your referrals could start turning into some healthy payouts.

So start referring and begin earning…TODAY!!!

*Full check-out purchase price on Pest Free items only including any discount offers applied. Purchase price does not include shipping costs. A successful referral is one who makes a purchase (the referred) from your referral and surpasses our 60 day money back guarantee policy and does not return their purchase for a refund. Payments will be paid quarterly to your nominated PayPal account. For full Terms & Conditions, please click here: https://gopestfree.com/terms-conditions-affiliate-program/ 


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AFTERPAY IS NOW AVAILABLE

Afterpay is now available at check-out when making your purchase of PLUG IN Pest Free. Afterpay allows you to make 4 interest-free payments across 6 weeks. Please check Afterpay’s terms and conditions for full details https://www.afterpay.com/en-US/how-it-works


Q: What is one of the most common cockroach?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.


SOME LIKE IT…SPICY!!

Hands up for a spicy Thai Pork Larb Salad! This recipe by Marion Grasby will have you dining in about 25 minutes.
 
First the ingredients. You will need:
• 1 tbs of peanut oil
• 1lb of ground pork
• 1 tbs of long-grain rice, plus steamed rice to serve
• 2 tbs fish sauce
• Juice of 2 limes
• 1 large eschalot, finely sliced
• 1/2 bunch mint, leaves picked, plus extra to serve
• 1/2 bunch Thai basil, leaves picked, plus extra to serve
• 2 long red chilies, seeds removed, chopped, plus extra sliced to serve
• 1 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated 

 
Directions:
1; Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat.
2; Add the ground pork and cook, breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon, for 6-7 minutes until cooked through.
3; Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
4; Place 1 tbs uncooked rice into a separate dry frypan and cook, stirring over medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until dark golden. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and grind into a fine powder. Set rice powder aside until ready to serve.
5; To make the dressing, whisk together fish sauce and lime juice. Set aside until ready to serve.
6; Just before serving, add the dressing, eschalot, mint, basil and chili to the pork and stir to combine.
7; Arrange the lettuce leaves on serving plates. Use a slotted spoon to pile the pork larb on top. Garnish with extra mint, basil and chili. Sprinkle with rice powder and serve with steamed rice.

AROY…!!

To see Marion Grasby’s Thai Pork Larb Salad recipe and more, click here: https://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/thai-pork-larb-salad/5b5227b9-4ecc-4f7e-994c-5a0d53ec1382?current_section=recipes&r=recipes/collections/9bmjz8qs

*If you make the above recipe, we welcome your feedback and photos. We may just post your story and photos in next month’s newsletter.


A: The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is considered to be one of the most common cockroach species. Measuring approximately 13mm to 16mm long, they are pale brown in color and have two dark brown stripes behind the head. German cockroaches can live up to 12 months. They also produce the most amount of eggs, carrying between 30 to 40 eggs per ootheca. The German cockroach will carry the ootheca on their body until the eggs are ready to hatch. A female German cockroach can produce an egg capsule around every 6 weeks. These capsules take around 28 days to hatch.


We hope you have enjoyed this month’s edition of our newsletter. If you have your own successful Pest Free story to share, you may be the winner of a $50 gift card and be featured in upcoming newsletters. You can send your testimonial to support@gopestfree.com.

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