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PLUG IN Pest Free September Newsletter

Welcome to September Savings month! During the whole month of September, a popup will appear on our website 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

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


Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on the Modern Honey website here:


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