A Cautionary Christmas Carol

Mice love chocolateI’m a sucker for Christmas. I love the lights, the smells, the music, the pantomimes; I even love Christmas shopping. But until last year I’d have to say that my favourite thing about Christmas was wrapping paper. I know it’s a little odd when you’ve got the turkey, the presents and the eggnog, but I’ve always loved Christmas wrapping paper. Loved. Past tense.

Last Christmas has left me a little scarred, however. I went into the loft in a fit of excitement a couple of weeks before the big day to get down the decorations and the wrapping paper I’d saved. Before I go any further I’d like to point out that it wasn’t me that packed things away the year before. The usually tidy, sealed box was a mess and open, with baubles and paper and tinsel in a huge jumble. Disgusted but undaunted, I took the box down to the living room and proceeded to empty out the wrapping paper. And then something moved under my hand.

You can probably imagine the scene that followed as a mouse scampered across the box and dived inside a half-eaten roll of silver paper. I hate mice. I mean, really hate mice. If ever anyone needed to get information from me, all they need do is put my hand into a box that contained a mouse. I’d be useless on I’m A Celebrity.

So why am I telling you this cautionary tale of Christmas fright? Well, it’s because over the festive season it’s not only us humans who like to eat, drink and be merry. We fill our homes with cosy boxes and decorations, we leave piles of wrapping paper lying around (perfect pest bedding), we hang chocolates and edible ornaments openly on trees inside our homes (and mice prefer chocolate to cheese), we pile our bins full of half eaten food and rubbish without a refuse collector in sight – it’s a pest holiday too!

Without wishing to be the Rentokil version of Scrooge, Christmas really is the perfect excuse for rodents and bugs to be a nuisance, so just make sure you plan carefully to ensure a pest free Christmas. And in the meantime, Pigeonhere’s our own version of the 12 Days of Christmas for you to enjoy…

The Rentokil Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.dog_flea

On the second day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

Garden antOn the third day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

CaterpillarOn the fourth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

House mouseOn the fifth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

bed bugOn the sixth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

brown ratOn the seventh day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

common_clothes_mothOn the eighth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Eight moths a-munching,
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

common_furniture_beetleOn the ninth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Nine beetles crawling,
Eight moths a-munching,
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

House flyOn the tenth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Ten flies a-swarming,
Nine beetles crawling,
Eight moths a-munching,
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

seagullOn the eleventh day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Eleven seagulls squawking,
Ten flies a-swarming,
Nine beetles crawling,
Eight moths a-munching,
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree.

43_common_house_spider_thumbOn the twelfth day of Christmas,
our pest technician went to see
Twelve spiders jumping,
Eleven seagulls squawking,
Ten flies a-swarming,
Nine beetles crawling,
Eight moths a-munching,
Seven rats a-gnawing,
Six bed bugs biting,
Five mouse droppings,
Four creepy crawlies,
Three flying ants,
Two hopping fleas,
And a pesky pigeon in a pear tree!

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