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4 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer Fun!

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Officially, the summer season doesn't begin until June 20, 2020. But for many, Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you live at the Lake full-time or you have a vacation home here, now is a great time to prepare your home for the busy summer ahead. Best Pest Control knows that the Lake will be filled with guests from out of town, outdoor BBQs and time spent on the water. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to help you get your home ready for your summer plans.
1. Prepare Your LawnYou're probably already making plans to spend time enjoying your backyard space. Make sure it's a place you want to spend time in. Mow your lawn ahead of time and trim back the trees and bushes. Pick up any leaves that may still be hanging around from the fall and winter and weed eat the edges of your lawn. Not only will this make your lawn look beautiful, it will also help keep any pests away. There’s nothing wors…

3 Common Questions About Bees

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Last week we talked about Yellow Jackets, Wasps, and Hornets. This week, we thought we'd continue the talk on stinging insects by covering bees. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumble bees. Contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to keep bees from becoming a burden to you. Best Pest Control can perform an inspection to accurately identify the offending bee and locate any damage. Below we answer 3 common questions about bees:


Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
This actually depends on what type of bee stung you. Honey bees, do indeed die after they sting you, but other bees can sting you and continue to live to find another victim. However, you don't have to worry about male bees stinging you. Only females are able to sting by pumping venom through a needle-like apparatus into the unfortunate receiver. Bees are able to grab and hold on to the victim's flesh while they sting you, but retract and …

Yellow Jackets, Wasps & Hornets.. Oh My!

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The ability to sting, coupled with their great mobility, makes Yellow Jackets, Hornets and wasps some of the most feared of all insects. Many species are present in every geographic region of Missouri. These species vary in aggressiveness and other behaviors, however, and only a few need to be feared. This doesn't make it any less of a problem for some people. So this week, Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks is sharing helpful information to help you more easily identify some of the more common buzzing nuisances found in Missouri.



Yellow Jacket
Yellow jackets are an aggressive species that live up to their name. They can easily be identified by the yellow and black bands on their bodies. All yellow jackets aggressively defend their nests and will be most aggressive in late summer and fall. Because yellow jackets forage for meats, sweets, ripe fruit and garbage, they pose a threat to humans even when they are not near their nests. They are usually a problem in picnic areas …

4 Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden

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If you have a garden, you most likely run into the problem of bugs making themselves at home in it. Before you call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company to get rid of them, check to see if they may actually be beneficial to your garden. There are many “pests” that can help defend your garden against other pests that could do a lot of harm to your plants. Here are 4 bugs that could be beneficial to your garden:


1. Ground Beetles
The ground beetle is a nocturnal insect that feeds on slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots and other pests that live in the soil. They typically live beneath mulch, around compost piles or around perennial plants. They will often create vertical tunnels that they use to trap prey. However, they typically wander around and feed at night. Ground beetles live long lives, compared to other insects, as they can inhabit a garden for more than a year.
2. Ladybugs
Ladybugs or lady beetles are one of the more beneficial insects to keep in your garden. In fac…

5 Springtime Pests To Look Out For

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After what seems like forever sitting indoors through the cold winter months, it's hard not to love the fresh sights and sounds of spring. Flowers are in bloom and birds are chirping, but it seems the pesky bugs have joined them as well. Even though there are some insects that can be beneficial to your garden, there are some that really know how to do some damage. A pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help identify and treat the ones that like to destroy our outdoor spaces and cause havoc. Here are some things to look out for:

Pests in Your Vegetable Garden There are several different types of worms, beetles, and other crawly insects that can feed on a fruitful garden in no time. These insects love a ripe, juicy tomato plant as much as any avid gardener. Defensive measures can be taken such as growing "companion plants" that keep pests away from your main crop. However, once an infestation occurs, redirecting them won't work. A Lake of the Ozarks pest …

Keep Your Lawn & Garden Looking Gorgeous with Best Pest Control Services!

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With spring officially here, maintaining your lawn and garden will soon become a full-time job to keep it healthy and looking lush. At Best Pest Control, we do more than tackle those unwanted pests around your home and yard. We can also take care of your lawn service at the Lake of the Ozarks. From performing a lawn evaluation and setting up a proper treatment schedule to preventative pest control, we can do it all. Here are some issues that the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can take care of:


Pests
If you have pests causing problems to your yard, it should be relatively easy to identify. A pest infestation usually affects a widespread area and will be visible on the surface or if you roll back a little bit of the grass. Animals such as skunks, raccoons, birds, and moles start digging up the turf to feed on grubs beneath the surface.

Moles
Moles can create quite a mess, leaving their tunnels all over your yard. You know you have a mole problem if you discover visi…

Your Quick Hit Household Guide to Preventing Pests

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Spring has finally arrived and the pests are now waking up. If you are tackling home improvements, you can avoid a pest infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks by adding some things to your to-do list. With the help of the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, you can maintain a healthy living environment and ward off pests this spring. Here is a household guide of things you can do to avoid a pest infestation this spring:


Kitchen
Your kitchen can become a common gathering place for ants. This is because the kitchen provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants march through your home in search of crumbs or overripe fruit sitting on the counter top and sticky residue from spilled liquid. To make your kitchen less attractive to ants, keep your kitchen clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Here are some other things you can do to try to keep ants at bay:
Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flourWipe down the inside of your cabinets and install fresh shelf …