Thankful for Pests? See Which Pests We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving


It’s a lot of people’s favorite time of year! It’s a time to not only give thanks for the things we notice everyday, but also to be thankful for the smaller things, the mundane, and the unsung heroes. When you hear the word “pest,” thankful might not be the first feeling that comes to mind. At Vulcan Termite & Pest Control, we think a lot of pests don’t get their due! Keep reading for some of the pests we’re thankful for this year. 


These nocturnal bandits are actually great for keeping other pest populations under control! While they can be aggressive toward people (don’t try to hug one), they often eat worms, rats, snakes, and a wide variety of insects. 


If you see cockroaches around your home, we are not suggesting you keep them around—but they can be helpful! Did you know that cockroaches have been known to eat bed bugs? There’s documentation of this as early as the 11th century! 


Perhaps the spookiest of all pests, spiders certainly don’t get thanked enough for everything they do. If you have a spider nearby, odds are they’re taking the place of hundreds—or even thousands—of other bugs! Most spiders eat moths, roaches, fleas, flies, and mosquitos. Long-legged cellar spiders are even known to kill black widows! Spiders are an essential part of the ecosystem, and while you might not want them taking permanent residence inside your home, know that they aren’t all bad! 


We know what you’re thinking: pee-ew! While you definitely don’t want to get on a skunk’s bad side, they eat all kinds of pests that can be harmful to your yard or garden. They eat crickets, mice, rabbits, and other small mammals that can eat your plants. Pro tip: if you get skunked, try taking a baking soda bath! Pour two to four cups of baking soda into a warm bath, soak for about 20 minutes, and rinse off thoroughly. 

Education Is Pest Prevention!

At Vulcan Termite & Pest Control, we believe it’s important to learn about the pests we take care of. After all, every animal and insect plays an important part in our environment! But that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. If you need help with a rodent or insect problem, contact us today!