The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and gift-giving is likely at the top of most people's minds. While there are endless types of gifts out there, you can make this the year you give a truly useful gift that keeps on giving.

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Here are some ideas that can help your friends and family with their pest control needs for months (or years!) to come.

A Spider Catcher

Know someone who hates spiders? Give them the gift of a spider catcher. There are several different brands available that can easily be found online, but they essentially consist of a pole attached to some bristles that allows the user to hold a spider securely while taking it outside and releasing it. Don’t worry — the pole is long enough so that they won’t have to get too close to the spider in question.

A Fancy Trash Can

Trash cans may not seem glamorous, but a high-quality one makes for an excellent upgrade. Automatic lid trash cans help contain all the tempting foods that can tempt pests. The automatic sensor also makes chores like scraping plates a breeze — just wave your hand over the sensor and the trash can lid will open for you (and then close itself when you're finished).

A High-Quality Vacuum Cleaner

Another gift to add to your list of practical gift ideas is a vacuum. One of the best uses for a vacuum is for helping remove pests. Vacuuming is critical in things like flea control and is also the best way to get rid of some other occasional invaders. There is a huge variety of vacuums out there, so get the best one your budget can afford, whether it’s a lightweight cordless variety or a small portable vacuum that can be used everywhere from the kitchen to the car. A high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filtered vacuum is even better as it can help reduce pest debris, like that of a cockroach, from becoming airborne when you’re vacuuming, which can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. Caution: Do not vacuum sting bugs. Doing so could ruin your vacuum.

Cleaning Products

Since proper sanitation can help reduce pest attractants, cleaning products are a practical gift idea that are sure to be used often. Kick it up a notch and create a gift basket filled with cleaning products, high-quality pop-up sponges, microfiber cloths and a cute apron.

Mosquito Netting

Mosquito netting that drapes from the ceiling to surround a bed creates a soft, romantic vibe and helps protect the sleepers from mosquitoes (and other flying critters). If you know someone who seems to be a mosquito magnet, or likes to sleep with the window open, this is a great and practical gift. You may earn bonus points if you install the drapes yourself as part of the gift.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas. Happy shopping season!