Monday, October 15, 2018

Interesting Facts about Raccoons

Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of fare. While these furry creatures can be a nuisance to homeowners, there is so much more to this bushy-tailed mammal. Best Pest Control is here to give you some interesting facts about the raccoon.


What Do Raccoons Eat?
Raccoons are omnivorous, so they eat animals, insects, and vegetation. Oftentimes, raccoons choose to live near riverbeds or in marshes so they can eat fish, snails, crawfish, and frogs. Raccoons will also raid gardens, eat your pet's food, steal bird eggs, and rummage through the trash.

Raccoons Can Get Fairly Large
Most adult raccoons average about 18 to 28 inches in length and can weigh anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds. Male raccoons tend to be larger than females. The world’s heaviest raccoon, named Bandit, set a Guinness World Record for weighing almost 75 pounds. Raccoons don’t normally get this heavy, Bandit was kept as a pet and took frequent trips to his local ice cream store.

Where Do Raccoons Live?
Raccoons live in dens that they make out of holes in fallen trees or in burrows that have been abandoned by other animals. They are den hoppers and usually relocate every few days or so. The exception to this rule is nursing mothers – they wait until their kits (baby raccoons) are old enough to be moved before finding a new den.

What Happens to Raccoons in Winter?
Raccoons aren’t exactly true hibernators. However, they can build up their body fat during spring and summer so that they can sleep in their dens for weeks at a time when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall. Although they don’t technically hibernate, this is the reason why we don’t see very many raccoons in the winter. Some people may even find raccoons in their attic during the colder months. It’s a good idea to seal everything up during the fall to prevent these critters from entering your home.

How Long Do Raccoons Live?
A raccoon’s lifespan depends on whether it lives in captivity or the wild. Wild raccoons have a life expectancy of about two to three years. Captive raccoons have been known to live for as long as 20 years.

Raccoons Can Carry Pathogens That Spread Disease
While raccoons may look cute, you don’t want to mess with them. These creatures can become aggressive, especially when cornered or they feel threatened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that raccoons were the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species. They also carry parasites that can transmit baylisacaris infection to humans. While these infections are rare, they can cause severe damage to the eyes, organs, and brain.

While raccoons are interesting creatures, that doesn’t mean you want to find them in your home. If you're dealing with raccoons in your yard or around your home, Best Pest Control can help! In addition to pest control, we also offer animal trapping services at the Lake of the Ozarks. To learn more about our services, call us at 573-348-1600.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Termites? We've Got You Covered!

You and your family will be closing in two weeks on your dream home and can't wait to start making new memories. Visually, the home is perfect - the roof is sound, all the appliances are in working order, but the inspection report indicates a termite infestation...

If not remedied properly, termites can be as as damaging to homes as floods and tornadoes. This does not mean you should break your contract on that dream house though. Once termite infestation or damage is revealed, your first plan of action should be to contact a professional pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks. There are solutions to rid the home of these unwanted pests. Treatment and repair can then be negotiated with the seller.


Signs to Look For
Termites are not always obvious to the naked eye. There are some clues of infestation that buyers can look for: a swarm of winged insects or "swarmers", discarded wings, cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. The signs may be similar to water damage. A scent like mold or mildew may also be apparent.

Older homes constructed of wood are not the only homes susceptible to termite damage. Brick and masonry homes could have termites in the framing, flooring and even furniture. It is also not uncommon for newer homes to have termites. If purchasing a new home, ask the seller if the home had a termite pre-treatment or if the wood used to build the home was termite-resistant.

How to Prevent Termites
In the U.S., there are three types of termites, drywood, dampwood and subterranean. A professional termite exterminator in Lake of the Ozarks should be contacted to identify the species for successful elimination. If infestation gets bad enough, termites will eat through books and stored food. Here are a few ways to prevent termites from reappearing once they have been exterminated:
  • Keep wooden parts of the home foundation 6 inches above soil
  • Do not store firewood, lumber or paper near home or crawl space
  • Remove dead trees, stumps and roots
  • Keep mulch below the siding of the home
  • Install metal flashing on the home
  • Regularly inspect cracks and joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites
  • Keep the basement and crawl space as dry as possible


We've Got You Covered
Termite inspections are a small investment for the long time life of your home. Best Pest Control will reverse any damage through professional repair. It is important that all of the infestation has been fully exterminated to prevent any further infestations. This will prevent costly repairs in the future.

We've got you covered so you can get to the closing table. With three locations at Lake of the Ozarks, Best Pest Control will be able to rid your future home of these destructive pests in a timely manner. Let us be your trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks for years to come.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Common Pests You'll Likely See this Fall

Fall has officially begun, and the temperatures are starting to feel more like Fall with every passing day. Just because Fall is here, doesn't mean we're in the clear for annoying pests and rodents. In fact, there are still a number of pests that will be making their way inside to seek shelter from the dropping temperatures. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has gathered a few of the pests you may see this Fall:


Cockroaches
Cockroaches like many other pests seek shelter during the Fall and Winter months to escape the cold. Unfortunately, this shelter is usually a warm home. It is important to evict cockroaches as soon as possible, as they carry many diseases. Cockroaches like moist and warm places, so you will often find them in the kitchen or the bathroom. Cockroaches can be very difficult to get rid of, so having a pest control company get rid of them for you will help ensure they are gone for good.

Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are a common issue in Missouri during the Fall months, as they become full adults in the Fall. During the cooler season, stink bugs will take shelter on the warmer sides of buildings. They will also try to squeeze themselves under weatherstripping or through cracks to find refuge in the warmth of a home. A pest control company can ensure these pests don't take shelter in your home.

Mice and Other Rodents
As the cooler weather begins to make its appearance, rodents become a common issue in the Fall and Winter months as they begin seeking shelter from the cold. They will do just about anything to get into crawl spaces or garages to find the perfect spot. Mice can fit into a hole the size of a dime, so any little crack or crevasse could be the ideal access point. In just a few short months a couple mice could become a dozen, so it is important to know the signs of a mice infestation and address it IMMEDIATELY.

Spiders
With the shorter days comes more exterior lights at night. Insects are naturally attracted to light, which means more will be spending the night around your home. Spiders will be making their webs around these lights to catch these insects. While we may appreciate them keeping the insects at bay, we don't want spiders hanging out around the house. Best Pest Control can spray the exterior of your home to make sure these spiders don't make themselves comfortable.

Bed Bugs
With school back in session, the curiosity of what your kids might be bringing home from school can b a real concern, especially when we're talking about bed bugs. They can be picked up on clothing and bags and carried into the home. Fall means Back to School time, which provides the perfect opportunity for these traveling pests to make their way into your home. Bed bugs are not easy to treat, so it is important to take the proper course of action when bed bugs are found in your home. If you need help with treating bed bugs this Fall season, contact a professional pest control company.

Get Rid Of Fall Pests With Best Pest Control
Fall is a time to cozy up in your home, however, we do not want pests cozying up in our home as well. If you have fall pests making their way into your home, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can make sure your home is protected from all the different types of insects this season brings.


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Spiders of Missouri: How Much Do You Really Know About Them?

There are several species of spider around the Lake, and while most are harmless and even provide some benefit, others are dangerous and should only be left to pest control experts at Lake of the Ozarks to handle. The fall season weather will have these creepy crawlers looking for a safe dry and warm place to hang out for the coming winter months... and your home is looking like a pretty good target! Let's take a look at some of the spiders found around the Lake area and learn more about them!


Wolf Spider
Size: up to 1 inch not including the legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
The wolf spider is a spider that doesn't spin a web to catch it's prey! Wolf Spiders run down insects and other spiders at night, often darting through the grass or dirt. The bite of a Wolf Spider hurts, but is otherwise harmless. An interesting fact about wolf spider females is that they carry their young on their back. Once hatched, they stay with mom for weeks until the spiderlings are ready to go off on their own.

Common House Spider
Size: Length (not including legs): 1/8 to 3/8 inch (females); 1/8 inch (males)
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Most commonly seen in webs attached to garage doors, in basements and barns, between window panes and walls, and behind open doors. This is a synanthropic species: it primarily lives near humans, in our human-built habitats, and it benefits from the association. Unlike many other spiders, common house spiders do not typically flee when a person approaches; this may be due in part to their poor vision. Common house spiders capture many types of insects, including several common household pests: mosquitoes, flies, wasps, multicolored Asian lady beetles, cockroaches, and more.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Size: up to 1 inch not counting legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Garden Spiders have some of the most aggressive markings of any spider in Missouri, and they're almost completely harmless to humans. Usually found in gardens and near houses, the Garden Spider will weave a web nearly 2 feet at its widest to catch larger insects such as the grasshopper. These spiders breed one time, creating egg cases of up to 1,000 eggs each! When hatched, the new spiders will send silk into the air known as "ballooning" and float away to a new part of the garden.

Brown Recluse
Size: 1/4 inch not including legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
This is a spider worth staying away from! The Brown Recluse is commonly found in homes across Missouri, and they love to hide in storage, rarely used drawers, and basements/attics. They tend to avoid human contact, (hence the recluse title) but due to how often we are cohabitants, bites do happen. They are almost never fatal but the venom is dangerous to humans and animals. If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse, seek medical attention immediately.

Black Widow
Size: 3/8 inch not including legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
The most infamous spider on the list. The female Black Widow is easily recognized by the black body and red hourglass symbol on the abdomen, and can be found under flat rocks or logs all over the Lake of the Ozarks area. The important thing to remember about this species is that while dangerous, they tend to avoid human interaction unless provoked a lot. The venom of this spider can kill insects, and some smaller reptiles like lizards and small snakes as well. If you find yourself bitten by a Black Widow, seek medical attention immediately. Pain from the bite is usually delayed, but when it finally comes, it's accompanied by cramps, muscle tightness, nausea, headaches, swelling and sweating.

Spiders and Humans
The most important thing to remember about these spiders is that they all prefer to avoid human contact. If any of them are found in your yard, or inside the home, Best Pest Control can easily remove them. Spiders can cause a lot of damage, if not on their own, then through people who will stop at nothing to eliminate them from the house! Lake of the Ozark's best pest company can remove the spiders, and all of their food sources and outside habitats, with professionalism. Give us a call today at 573-348-1600!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Services!

Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks loves our customers. When our trained technicians treat your house for pests, they always do it as if they are treating their very own home. Customer satisfaction is one of the most important things to us, and we greatly appreciate it when people take the time to give us feedback. Here is what a few of our clients have to say about the best exterminators at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Customer Testimonials
"Thank you Best Pest for your excellent service. I am so happy to not have to worry about spiders and bugs in my house or on my outside deck. You truly are BEST!!" ~ Barbara Ruehter   
"I've moved a few times now here at the lake and I ALWAYS call on Best Pest! Last place was crawling with brown recluses and they REALLY helped me get control of them! Thank you guys sooo much for helping my family and I with that nightmare!♡" ~ Katherine Farrow 
"They have earned the right to call themselves "Best" pest control. They are dead serious about bugs! Great service, keep up the good work!" ~ Pete Zimmerman 
"I've used Best Pest for years and they always exceed my expectations! Everyone is so friendly and efficient! Highly recommend!" ~ Jan Dowden 
"Great service from very nice and trustworthy people. Always there when you need them." ~ Terry Knox 
"We have been Best Pest customers since we purchased our home in the Village of Four Seasons in 1990. To say we have been satisfied would be an understatement. They have been great and we are very pleased with the pest control service they have given. As one of the first in our neighborhood to use Best Pest we go out of our way to recommend them to our neighbors. We do it with pride. In addition, we are frequent users of some of the other services they provide because we know they will always do a good job. When in need we call them because it is like calling a good friend." ~ Steve and Hildy Davis 
"Best Pest Control lives up to the name!" ~ Carol Cline 
"Ryan has been keeping our home bug free for 11 years, and he is always on time. He and his crew have always been there for me, from snow removal, to rebuilding my deck to replacing my kitchen floor. He has also helped with replacing some of my landscaping timbers. If you are looking for someone that you can always count on it should be Ryan at Best Pest." ~ Bill Daugherty

"Best Pest has been our ally against insects and bugs at the lake for more than 6 years.Since our home was a second home, we were concerned about allowing someone access to our property when we are not there and wanting to be sure the pests are taken care of properly. We've won the battle against bugs and pests and are 110% satisfied with the Best Pest Team You can trust them with your home, boat, dock, children, pets and friends!" ~ Art & Jan Burtscher 
"Ryan has been doing the pest control at our lake house since we bought it 10 years ago. He does an excellent job, does what he says he'll do, and shows up on time. Those qualities are very hard to find in the lake area. I highly recommend this company!" ~ Superpages.com review
We would love to hear about your experience with Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks. We do everything in our power to exceed the expectations of our customers and guarantee that you get the quality service that you deserve. Our highly motivated and professional technicians and staff are dedicated to providing only the very best in both products and service. Contact us soon and let us know what we can do for you.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What You Need to Know About Pest Prevention and Control

At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we try our best to eliminate or prevent critters from getting out of hand. Pest prevention in Mid-Missouri is just as important as pest control. Here are the differences between the two, and why you should always attempt to prevent your pest problem before controlling it. Remember, it's always easier to prevent a problem than to solve one!

Pest Prevention

Preventing bugs and rodents from entering your house is an important first step in keeping your house safe. There are several methods of preventing pests from intruding, which include:

Clean up Clutter In and Around the Home
Things scattered on the ground or floor can shelter insects and even mice! These pests won't go unnoticed if you keep your space open and clean. Additionally, paper waste on the floor is a great nest building tool for rodents and bugs. Throwing away old magazines and newspapers/cardboard is beneficial for more than just cleaning up the house.

Remove Sources of Food, Water, and Shelter
This is as simple as cleaning up around the house and paying special attention to the kitchen and pantry areas. Easy access containers for grains, sugars, and boxed goods attract pests, especially if they are near the ground. Keeping these containers tightly sealed and off the floor can go a long way to preventing a critter infestation. Similarly, don't leave out glasses of water or leave the faucet outside running. Creatures of all sizes need water to thrive, so eliminating unnecessary water sources will prevent pests from moving in.

Check for Air & Water Leaks
Leaky pipes can lead to water accumulation beneath the house or beside the walls, which are common hiding spots for pests. If there are air leaks in the walls or under the doors of your home, you can bet that small animals can find their way indoors. Seal up those cracks and wrap up your pipes to prevent pest feeding grounds from starting.

Pest Control

If pests are already in your home, it's probably too late for prevention. Your best option is to call in the #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you are attempting to control the infestation on your own, here are a few things to consider when eliminating or controlling your pest problem.

Don't Use Outdoor Pesticides Indoors
Outdoor pesticides are more potent and are generally designed to be used in open air environments. Usage of these chemicals indoors can cause health risks for you, your family, and your pets. Best Pest Control uses organic and environmentally friendly pesticides, both inside and outside, so you can rest easy knowing the job was done safely and effectively.

Safely Search & Identify Probable Areas of Infestation
You can also attempt to set baited traps to eliminate pests, but the best way to know for sure that you've eradicated the issue is to utilize a local pest control business. Try to point out likely areas of concern to the pest control expert, so they can focus their attention on problem areas. They will have access to different pesticides that are more effective than the store-bought varieties, as well as subject knowledge to eliminate your pest problem.

Best Pest Control is Your One Stop Shop for All Your Pest Control Needs
As the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to have been providing quality service to our area for over 25 years. In order to offer the best possible solution, we work exclusively with organic and environmentally safe pesticides that eliminate the pest problem and leave our customers with healthy, happy homes. If you can't prevent the problem, Best Pest Control can provide the solution!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Keep Your Restaurant Pest Free with Best Pest Control!

Do you own or know someone who owns a restaurant? Then you know how important a clean and well-kept restaurant can be for a successful business. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests. Using a professional pest control company will keep your restaurant pest-free, so you or your friends can continue on with business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem. Let's look at some reasons why bugs and rodents may be a problem to restaurants and how the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help eradicate them from the property.


Abundance of Food
Restaurants, by nature, have food in storage to prepare for customers. Pests see stored food as the perfect place to settle in - easy food, easy home! Restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and keeping food spillage to a minimum.

Unlike at your home, restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. Customers or servers may accidently drop food on the floor. Large industrial kitchens also have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Cleaning serving areas frequently and scouring all areas where food is prepared can minimize any pest issues.

Dumpsters and other garbage areas also need to be closely monitored and kept well clean. Closing dumpster lids and emptying them frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Tamper resistant lids for your food storage areas and dumpsters are also a good idea. Cut grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences rows to eliminate hiding places for rodents.

Life Happens After Dark
Is your restaurant open 24 hours? If not, then you'll have periods of time when the lights are off and no one is there. This is when the pests come out. Rodents are careful to avoid human contact, and are generally nocturnal creatures, preferring to come out when there is no light. Insects, like the cockroach, can scatter when exposed to light, making them incredibly difficult to discover.

Professional Service, Professional Results
Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate its pest issues. By routinely spraying the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, we can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment and getting a free meal.

Best Pest Control also has experts who can identify the particular bug issue you may have. Our technicians can determine exactly what kind of pest you have and prepare the proper solution that will get rid of the problem. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night in peace, knowing that the pests aren't coming out for a nightly party.

Let Best Pest Control Help Make Your Restaurant a Success!
Restaurants are a big business at the Lake and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for the restaurant owner. The most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help make your business safer, and ultimately, pest free. Contact Best Pest Control for a free estimate at eliminating or preventing a pest problem!

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