September 20, 2023 4 min read

CITIBIN Home For the Holidays: First Up, Sukkot!  

CITIBIN Launches New Ongoing Content for Holidays 

20-second recap:CITIBIN can help you keep your home and surrounding space cleaner and tidier (and rat-proof) during the holidays. We’re excited to launch our new series starting with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

CITIBIN family and friends 

In addition to being a woman-owned business, CITIBIN is very proudly a family-run business. 

CITIBIN Founder and CEO Liz Picarazzi is married to CITIBIN Chief Operating Officer Frank Picarazzi. Their teen daughter Lydia frequently creates video content for CITIBIN's social media channels. CITIBIN and the Picarazzi family share colorful cultural backgrounds. They’re also both based in Brooklyn. 

Frank is a first-generation American with Italian roots, while Liz is a Midwesterner of Irish-German ancestry. The two find ways to combine their heritages and cultures, while also soaking up all the interesting faiths, cuisines, and cultures around them. Living in an ethnically diverse borough means that Liz and Frank are constantly seeing the way so many different cultures and communities celebrate their holidays and commemorate life events.

As a tip of the hat to all that shared culture and to honor our city and country’s vibrant and varied reasons for celebration, CITIBIN is proud to kick off our  Home for the Holidays content series.

We hope you’ll join us in the coming months as we explore the different holidays and traditions taking place throughout the year. Be sure to keep checking back in for new content, updates, tips and info.

No matter your faith or background, CITIBIN loves celebrating with you and your family. You bring the delicious food, we’ll provide the rat-proof trash and recycling bins.

Sukkot: The Jewish harvest festival

While Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement are two of the most well-known days on the Jewish calendar, there are loads more lesser-known holidays as well.

Sukkot, which translates to booths or huts (and is also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles), began as a joyous weeklong autumn harvest holiday. The basic idea behind Sukkot(or Sukkos depending on your preferred pronunciation) is a celebration of safety and protection (We won’t delve into the deeper religious beliefs or traditions). As part of the observance, some Jews build a small and beautifully decorated hut and eat all meals there for the week of the holiday. Some people will even sleep there. It’s a lot like glamping, only it’s in your back or front yard.

There are also other Sukkot customs including a ritual blessing made using four special species of plant life known as the four kinds orarba minim. That includes an etrog (a wonderful smelling citron) a lulav (a palm frond) hadassim (myrtle) and aravot (willow). But let’s go back to the part where people are eating lavish meals in huts in their yards. 

If you’re intrigued with the idea of Sukkot, actress Mayim Bialik made a great video with information about the holiday. And the huts. 

Rats love holiday leftovers. Rats hate CITIBINs. 

If you live in or near a big city, you’ll probably see loads of sukkot or huts around your neighborhood this time of year. 

If you’re the one hosting family and friends for celebratory meals, you know how difficult it can be to make sure the sukkah stays perfectly clean and free of leftovers between meals. 

We have some thoughts on keeping your sukkah and yard pest-free over the holiday season.

  • Be vigilant about leftovers. Don’t leave anything on the table, even if you’re only going back into the house for a few minutes. Critters don’t need a lot of time to help themselves to your food. Worse yet, they might leave you some gross reminders that they visited. 
  • Mint, cayenne pepper, and other strong smells. If you’d like to keep your entire garden or yard area off limits, try to create scents around your yard or outside of your sukkah that won’t appeal to any hungry small animals. 
  • Noise. Sing. Clap. Hang up wind chimes or other noise making items that will make pests believe someone is around to chase them off.
  • CITIBINs. Let’s face it, there’s nothing that can really keep rats and other small animals from crashing your holiday party other than a CITIBIN trash enclosure that looks amazing, is built to last and keeps rats out. In fact, our rat-proof trash enclosures are specially designed and constructed to keep rats, raccoons, and other animals out of your trash. 

Every CITIBIN is made with a foundation of powder-coated, marine-grade aluminum that's welded shut at every point to keep rats out. Stainless-steel hardware won't rust or break. Eco-friendly bamboo composite cladding looks great and won't bend or splinter in response to the elements. If you’re sold on the idea, but your partner is still on the fence, read our tips for convincing your significant other that CITIBIN is perfect for your home.

In addition to our stylish trash enclosures, CITIBIN also makes parcel drops in two sizes, planters to add some style to your setup and recycling bins. We’d love to work with you to create a customized CITIBIN trash or mail configuration to add some curb appeal to your home. 

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