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Are You Dealing with a Bed Bug Infestation?

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With the recent news of a bed bug infestation in one of Jefferson City's state buildings, we think it's a really good time to talk about bed bugs. These hard-to-see opportunistic pests can quickly become a problem without you even suspecting a thing. They are sneaky travelers and can multiply quickly. 

Too often these insects remain hidden, leaving you and your family at risk. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company is ready to treat your bed bug problem, but how can you tell if you have an issue? Best Pest Control has put together this list of things to help you determine if you have a bed bug problem.
How to Check for Bed Bugs.Bed bug bites are often misattributed to fleas, spiders and mosquitoes. The best way to check for bed bugs is to examine your bed, furniture and behind baseboards. You'll want to look for small specks of blood, especially near seams and crevices. Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate with each other. Therefore, if you can smell a sweet and…

Is Your Home Winter-Ready?

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It's cold, dreary and wet outside. No way are you looking forward to spending the day working on winterizing your home. But with fall officially here, and winter making itself present, now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the winter season. This is especially true if you're a second homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're thinking about getting your home ready for the winter season, here are the ways Best Pest Control can help!


Pest Control

Pest control may be the last thing on your mind once the summer ends, but pests don't go away during the fall. Many different insects like to seek out shelter to escape the cold, and that warm place may be your home. Termites also tend to swarm during the fall, so make sure your home is fully protected and call a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company.

Fall Lawn Care

Although you may not be mowing your lawn every weekend, there are still some things you need to do to make sure your lawn is prepared for the follow…

Missouri's Most Common Pests can Survive through Winter!

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When the cold weather appears, birds migrate south, bears go into hibernation, and humans layer up and tend to relax inside of their warm house. Have you ever wondered what happens to pests during the winter? Many people just assume that they die off, but Best Pest Control knows that some pests have strategies to make it through the winter. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some information about how some of Missouri's most common pests survive through the winter and the cold weather.


Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are interesting creatures. They can withstand temperatures from close to freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, controlling bed bugs can be extremely difficult. However, after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, they usually succumb. The bad news? Our homes are the perfect refuge for bed bugs to survive during the winter months.

Ants
You don’t usually see a line of ants scurrying across the kitchen counter in the…

Controlling a Pest Problem

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There are two schools of thought on pests: 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. Last week, we talked about the importance of pest prevention in the home, and some ways you can prevent pests from becoming a problem. This week, we're going to be talking about what you should do if prevention simply doesn't work and you need help in controlling a pest infestation.


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.

1. 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 indoo…

Preventing a Pest Problem

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There are two schools of thought on pests: 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. This week we'll be talking about pest prevention, and why you should always attempt to prevent your pest problem before controlling it.


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:

1. 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. Si…

Got Mice? We've Got the Solution!

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We live in a rural location with many of us surrounded by wooded areas that are teeming with field mice and more. A mouse infestation is a problem that many people face in the Ozarks. Best Pest Control knows that it’s best to address the problem before the little creatures appear. By taking action as soon as you begin to spot mouse droppings, you'll prevent these rodents from creating a larger infestation. If you have a mouse problem, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you!
Identifying Mouse Droppings
For some, it can be difficult to tell mouse droppings from rat droppings, or even other pests for that matter. With mouse droppings, size is a key differentiation. Mouse droppings are usually an eighth to a quarter of an inch in length. They are also tapered at the ends and may look like dark grains of rice.

Regardless of what you may hear, determining how old rodent droppings are is difficult because the color often depends on the food source. The best…

Don't Let Your Leaves Pile Up!

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When the leaves start to fall, it's likely that those leaves will be left to pile up along your home's foundation and lawn. While they may seem harmless, leaf piles can be dangerous. Leaf piles can supply hiding places for all kinds of creatures, from centipedes to snakes. Most insects and other pests you may find in piles of leaves are relatively harmless, but some are not. Best Pest Control has listed some types of pests you may find in piles of leaves.


Centipedes
These pests are motivated by their hunger. They go wherever their hunger leads them. Centipedes are nocturnal. They like to stay hidden and stay close to the ground. Because of this, piles of leaves provide them with irresistible cover. Some centipedes are also equipped with powerful venom that can cause pain and in some cases an allergic reaction in some people.

Ticks
While summer is definitely tick season, ticks can still pose a threat during the cooler months, especially when the leaves begin to fall. Deer ticks…