May 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Different Categories of Pests

Pests may invade the lives of senior citizens in the form of bugs and insects that cause unnecessary irritation in our homes, but other kinds of pests can also clog up our days. The first and obvious are those who invade our homes and gardens and outdoor sitting areas, creating interference with day to day life.  This one is fairly easy to address, requires some willingness to introduce pesticides in your home and around it.  Having done that or calling upon a professional grade and well recommended exterminator ordinarily takes care of the pests in this category.

Other pests include unsolicited phone calls, emails and junk mail. Not unlike the foregoing “exterminator,”  one usually has to exercise some assertive behavior.  Phone calls were supposed to be stopped, when they were “selling” or otherwise “disturbing” your serenity, by the introduction of the “Do Not Call” list.  Somehow this program seems to have lost some of its punch and solicitors are calling with renewed frequency and aggravation.  Emails, while irritable, are blessed with a delete button.  Junk Mail is another pest.  We have addressed this matter before on Senior Citizen Journal.  You may want to look this one up.

Say No Politely

Years ago, many small towns introduced what was known as the Green River Ordinance, which prohibited in town solicitation, particularly by door to door sales persons. While there seems to be a dearth of those running the streets, there are still occasions when someone appears at your door touting one thing or another, all the way from religion to some miracle product or magazine.  Don’t answer the door or do so with a polite NO THANK YOU.  By the way, loneliness is no excuse for inviting them in. The same can be said of television, with its non stop commercials, attempting and tempting your time and money.  There isn’t a real live person in the room, but sometimes it feels like a very large and intrusive real live Pest.

This year there will likely be more solicitations, since this is an election year.  You have been warned.  Use your own good judgment.

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