Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

With all the traveling you'll be doing and all of the visitors you'll be hosting for the holidays, you run the risk of unknowingly hosting an unwanted guest: bed bugs. 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 and furniture. 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 musty odor, you may have an infestation. 

Identifying the Bite

Bedbugs and fleas leave similar bites, but there's one main difference.  Fleas bite in random places, meaning you'll have red welts all over your body, each with a single bite mark inside. Bed bugs bite in clusters, leaving lines and multiple raised red welts near each other.

Treating a Bed Bug Bite

If you discover some bed bug bites on your children or yourself, there are a few options. If they are simply red and itchy, you can wash them with soap and water to reduce the symptoms If it continues, an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream can be used to eliminate the itch. Serious bites that leave blisters or hives can get infected. These should be seen by a dermatologist - you may be seeing an allergic reaction!

How to Treat a Bed Bug Infestation

The problem with a pest you can't easily see is that treating them can be a guessing game. We suggest washing all the clothes and bedding in the affected rooms, along with using a stiff brush to dislodge eggs from furniture and other surfaces. Vacuum all furniture with texture as well to reduce the chances of a re-infestation. 

Best Pest Control can Help You Solve Your Bed Bug Problem

The problem with bed bugs is that you can never tell if they're completely gone. We recommend a combination of washing all the bedding and clothes, along with a treatment by the best pest technicians at Lake of the Ozarks - don't watch your loved ones continue to get bitten due to accidentally missing a spot when cleaning. Let the best exterminators in the Lake area assist you in keeping your family and friends safe from bed bugs this holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What Kind of Winter Will We Have?

Around this time of the year, we often hear people predicting how bad of a winter we can expect to have. Many times this prediction is often accompanied by a way of telling how they know, whether that way is through insects, seeds or animals. How can they predict our winter forecast? Best Pest Control has gathered up five old wives tales that are supposed to be true indicators of what kind of winter we'll have! 


1. Ladybugs / Ladybird Beetles

Ladybugs are found all throughout the United States and are susceptible to seasonal weather. Because they are cold-blooded, they tend to swarm when the weather starts to get colder. You know winter is just around the corner when the ladybugs begin their search for hibernation. They prefer warmer places, typically your home, to spend their winter months. 

2. Persimmon Seeds

This may be one of the more common ways of predicting the winter in Missouri. According to folklore, once you cut open a persimmon seed the shape of the kernel inside will reflect what the weather will be like this winter. If it is a spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.If it is fork-shaped, expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. If it is knife-shaped, expect icy, cutting winds. 

3. Woolly Bear Caterpillar / Woolly Worm

Woolly bear caterpillars are the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger moth. These worms are found all over the state of Missouri and could possibly be able to predict how harsh the winter will be this year. According to folklore, the size of the band will indicate the harshness of the winter. A wide band suggests a mild, warm winter, while a woolly bear that is predominantly black suggests it will be a cold, harsh weather.

4. Furry Animals

A squirrels activity may indicate the oncoming cold. According to the legend, if a squirrel is frantically storing food and moving at a fast pace early in the season, expect a harsh winter. However, if the squirrel is moving at a more leisurely pace, expect a mild winter. In addition, the size of the tail may also indicate how the cold the winter will be. If the tail is big and bushy, it will be cold and harsh. The fur on cows and dogs may also be an indication of the oncoming weather. If the hair on their nape (or back) is thick, you better bundle up!


5. Spiders

If spiders are spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, expect a cold and harsh winter. Although we appreciate the spiders letting us know the weather will be bad, we don't want them in our homes.

There are many other tales and folklore out there that claim they can predict the oncoming winter weather. Do you believe them? Whether you do or not you do, there is one thing we know for sure. Pests tend to take shelter during the winter months and typically that shelter is your home. Make sure your home is protected this upcoming season by hiring a trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your home needs protection from these pests, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Watch Out for these Spooky Critters this Halloween!

We are just a few days away from Halloween and that means things are about to get spooky. While it’s normal to see spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlers on your front doorstep on Halloween, they are usually in the form of spooky d├ęcor or trick-or-treaters. Best Pest Control wants homeowners to know that they should also be on the lookout for real-life pests this fall. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween. Check out this guide to some common household critters and a few tips to help keep them from turning your home into a haunted house.


Scurrying Rats
Rats are one of the most reviled pests, due in part to their creepy appearance. They are primarily nocturnal and can be found nesting in places from piles of garbage to dark areas of a basement. Rats can fit through an opening the size of a quarter, so it’s easy for them to gain entry into your home. Once they are inside, they can spread diseases, contaminate food and gnaw through wires and electrical cords.

Helpful hint: Before homeowners bring boxes with Halloween decorations inside, inspect them for signs of an infestation. This includes gnaw marks and rodent droppings. Once Halloween is over and it is time to pack up those decorations, make sure to store them in plastic boxes with sealed lids. This will help keep pests out.

Flittery Bats
It seems that bats have always caused unfounded fear in people, maybe it’s because they are usually associated with haunted houses or even vampires. Bats are nocturnal mammals that roost in dark areas of buildings, such as attics and under fascia boards, and in other sheltered areas like caves. They are known to fly from their nests at dusk to get food and then they return just before the sun comes up.

Helpful hint: Homeowners should screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and install door sweeps this fall to help keep bats out of their home. If you think you have a bat infestation, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call.

Biting Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are similar to vampires because they feed off human blood and it’s usually at night. Although bed bugs are usually found in beds, they can also hide out in crevices on furniture and behind baseboards. Bed bugs will hide in purses, luggage, and other personal belongings when they’re on the hunt to find food. Bed bugs do not carry any diseases, but they do leave red, itchy welts on the skin.

Helpful hint: if you plan on renting or purchasing a Halloween costume from a rental, or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs before you take it home. Pay close attention to the inside seams and check for signs of sticky white eggs, shed skin, and of course for actual bed bugs.

Sneaky Spiders
The sight of a spider crawling around your home can frighten almost anyone, especially around Halloween. Spiders often times get a bad rap, but only a few species that are found in the United States are actually dangerous. Homeowners should be particularly aware of the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider, and the hobo spider. These types of spiders are known to attack when they are disturbed or threatened.

Helpful hint: Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by keeping garages, attics, and basements clean and clutter-free. Make sure to wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time, like Halloween decorations.

Happy Halloween From Best Pest Control
If you find any signs of these creepy crawlers in your home, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. Best Pest Control hopes you have a fun and safe and most importantly, a critter-free Halloween!


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Monday, October 22, 2018

It's National Rodent Awareness Week!

Hey all! Did you know that October 21 - 27 is National Rodent Awareness Week? The purpose of this week is to raise awareness to homeowners of the health and property risks associated with rodents. As a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, our job is to keep your home protected from unwanted guests like rodents. If rodents get into your home, it is important to have a professional to get rid of them quickly. From chewing electrical wires to causing structural damage, they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Best Pest Control offers ways you can tell if you have rodents in your home and how to stop them.


Signs Of Rodent Infestation

Mice and rats can sometimes be difficult to find. However, it is important to know the signs of an infestation, as a couple mice can turn into a dozen quickly. Check out these warning signs of a rodent infestation:

  • Rodent dropping around food, in drawers or cupboards and under the sink.
  • If you find nesting materials, such as shredded paper, fabric or dried plants.
  • Chewing patterns on food items or wrapping. 
  • Entrance points - chewed holes in the walls and floors. 
  • Strange orders coming from hidden areas. 

How To Prevent Rodents

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent rodents from taking shelter in your home this season:

  • Make sure the garbage in the kitchen has a tight sealing lid.
  • Keep the kitchen clean and tidy to remove food and water source.
  • Keep the yard clean to remove any possible nesting materials, such as leaves. 
  • Seal up possible entrance points with chalk or other materials. 

How To Get Rid Of Rodents

If you find that your home has a rodent infestation, it is important to make sure that you take care of the issue quickly. Rodents can do a lot of damage to your home and health including chewing the electrical wiring, causing structural damage and spreading disease. A professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you get rid of rodents and prevent future infestations. At Best Pest Control, we can help make sure that all rodents are taken care of and help you find points of entrances, so you can seal them. Having professional Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can ensure you that the problem is being properly taken care of so that another infestation doesn't happen. 

Let Best Pest Control Take Care Of Your Rodent Issue

Rodents are more active this time of the year, as they are seeking shelter from the upcoming cold season. If you need help taking care of your rodent infestation, contact Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600. We can help make sure that your home is rodent free and we can make sure that they don't come back. Best Pest Control is here for all your pest control needs. From rodent control to termite prevention, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can make sure your home is protected from it all. 

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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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