July 20-28 is National Moth Week!

The last week in July is National Moth Week! It's a whole week devoted to learning about and observing the different species of moths. Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 species of moths, and there are quite a few that call the state of Missouri home. To celebrate National Moth Week, here are the different species that are found in Missouri.

Cecropia Moth
These moths may look like butterflies, but they have stout, hairy bodies and feathery antennae. The body is red with a white collar and white bands on the abdomen. From above, the overall color of the wings are dark brown or gray, with a reddish patch at the base of each forewing. The Larvae are large and bluish-green.

Banded Tiger Moth
The adults usually rest with the wings held over their bodies or flat out to the sides. The forewings are mostly black with cream-colored marking and the hindwings usually have reddish marking and a broad black border. You'll usually see them at night congregating around …

Fun Facts About Beetles Common to Lake Of the Ozarks

It's summer here at the Lake of the Ozarks, which means that pesky bugs are all over the place. One of the most common pests we see here at the Lake is beetles. From June bugs to Japanese Beetles, they come in all shapes and sizes and they are everywhere. Best Pest Control took a look at some fun facts about these pests we'll be seeing all summer long.

Beetles are the largest group of living organisms. 
One out of every four animals on earth is a beetle. When you add in plants, one out every five known organisms is a beetle. Scientists have found over 350,000 species of beetles and there are still more to be discovered! Some scientists estimate that there may be as many as 3 million beetle species living on the planet. The order Coleoptera (the insect order the beetles are in) is the largest order in the entire animal kingdom.

Beetles are EVERYWHERE! 
You can find beetles almost anywhere on the planet from the North Pole to the South Pole. From the deserts to the beaches and fro…

Keep Your Lawn Looking Great this Summer

During the Summer months, it can be hard to keep your lawn healthy. Between random storms and hot, humid days, your lawn may need some work. Best Pest Control doesn’t just keep pests at bay, we also help with lawn care maintenance at Lake of the Ozarks! Here are some easy lawn care tips to help your grass stay healthy during the summer months.

Mow Your Lawn to the Right Height 
During the summer, you want to keep your lawn a little taller than normal. Having your lawn tall will help shade the soil so it doesn’t dry out. This will lead to your lawn having deeper roots, and it will prevent weed seeds from germinating.

Water Appropriately
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently for the healthiest grass. Your lawn needs at least an inch of water on a weekly basis, and more if there is severe heat. Keep a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of rainfall to prevent overwatering your lawn.

Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp
Dull lawn mower blades damage your lawn by tearing the grass up, leaving op…

Fight the Fly Battle with these Simple Tips

Summer is here and so are the flies. Although house flies are mostly harmless, they are very annoying. They are dirty pests and could even make you sick and can sometimes even bite your pets. Don't let flies ruin your summer fun! Best Pest Control has some tips to help you fight back.

Clean Counter Surfaces Well
To avoid flies, it's best to clean every surface with disinfectant. It's especially important to regularly clean the areas where you eat or cook like the kitchen or table. Bleach base or chlorine base cleaners are the best options.

Dispose of Trash Regularly
Garbage cans are a fly's favorite breeding ground, so to avoid having flies in or around your home, regularly dispose of indoor waste and ensure the outside receptacle's lid is tightly sealed.

Always Cover Food 
Leaving food out and unexposed is like inviting a fly to a buffet. Always keep food covered, especially if it's left out. It's best to put away food right away in a tight sealing container.…

5 Tips to Keep Ants Away this Summer

During the summer, many homeowners deal with ants marching into their homes. Ants are the number one pest nuisance in the United States, and it's no wonder since there are more than 700 species in the U.S. alone and more than 20 types known to infest homes and other structures. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect your home this season. Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control company offers 5 tips you can do this summer to keep the ants at bay.

1. Seal up points of entry. 
Take the time to walk around your house and seek out any possible points of entry. Ants are tiny, so it doesn't take a big opening for them to get inside your home to search for food. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of your home with silicone caulk, and pay special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. In addition, trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide a path for ants.

2. Eliminate food sources. 
Keeping your kitchen tidy can help disco…

4 Indications of Termites in Your Home

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year to homes. Often you will not even be aware that they are present until they have spread to many different areas on your property and caused tons of damage. Call upon the best pest control company in the Lake of the Ozarks to help determine if your property is at risk. Best Pest Control has over 25 years of experience under our belts, and termite inspection and treatment is one of our specialties. It is wise to have a termite inspection done once a year as a preventative measure, but here are four signs that you need to get it taken care of right away.

You will generally see these winged termites in the Spring when the weather is warming up and often after it rains. This is when the young leave their nests and head out to mate and start colonies of their own. They are small and very similar to flying ants, but there are ways to tell them apart.

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Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to You?

Have you ever spent a summer evening hanging outside with friends only to find yourself covered in itchy red mosquito bites and your friends saying they have none? You're not alone! It turns out that mosquitoes really are drawn to some people more than others. While scientists don't yet have a cure for mosquito bites other than not getting bit, they do have some ideas as to why some of us are getting eaten alive and others are untouched. Here are a few reasons as to why your summers may be spent constantly itching mosquito bites.

You're Pregnant

Unfortunately, those who probably want to get bit the least are the ones who attract mosquitoes the most. In several different studies, pregnant women have been found to attract mosquitoes twice as much as others. This is probably due to the fact that they exhale about 21 percent more carbon dioxide and on average are about 1.26 degrees warmer than others.

You Have The Right Blood Type

Just like you have favorite foods, mosquitoes al…