Wacky Pest Wednesday: Turkeys

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Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday.  Please join us today as we cover one of the tastiest of critters out there: the turkey.

Turkeys are a species native to the Americas and have had a prominent role in American culture before and after the Europeans started to settle in the New World.  From the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth onward, turkeys have such a large role in our American tradition, to the point where the President has a special ceremony to “pardon” a turkey from being a Thanksgiving meal. (Spoiler: Even though only one gets “pardoned,” both turkeys will retire in comfort for the rest of their lives at a spacious farm).  However, since turkeys are a native species, there is a chance that some wild turkeys may find their way onto your property.

Should a turkey wander onto your yard, don’t think it’s an easy dinner.  Despite their looks, they are pretty fast, so think twice before running after it.  And do not reach for your rifle–you can get in serious trouble with the law for shooting a turkey in a residential neighborhood.  Instead, just make some noise with some pots and pans, shine a light towards them, or even jump up and down. Turkeys are incredibly easy to spook, and so if they see something loud or unusual, they will bolt out of there in no time.  Yet, if one wanders on your property, there’s no need to fear, as wild turkeys will do little harm. In fact, they may help your lawn care, as they love to snack on acorns.

Turkeys are fun creatures, and they sure make for a great holiday meal with those whom you love the most.  So, the next time you see a wild turkey wandering, sit back and enjoy the sight of this marvelous critter gobbling around.

From all of us at Tri-County Pest Control, we wish you and your family and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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