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Time to Schedule Winter Checks!

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If you own a second home at the Lake, there's more to preparing your home for winter than locking the door and moving south! The  Lake of the Ozarks' best home maintenance company  has a winter home check service to make sure your second home is prepared and safe for the winter weather while you migrate to warmer climates. This service from  Best Pest Control  covers a variety of monthly household checks, including: Checking the Pipes A service technician will check the pipes in your house to make sure that they aren't frozen or cracked. While we're at it, we will make sure that the water is turned off and that the pipes are clear from any obstructions that could damage them while you're away. Checking the Dock Your boat may be winterized, but your dock is still in the water and subject to the hazards that the freezing temperatures may bring. Our crew can stop by once or twice a month to make sure your dock is withstanding the winter. If needed, we can install a de-

Cockroaches: 4 Disturbing Facts You Didn't Know

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Few things generate a call to Best Pest Control as fast as a roach infestation. These insects may be thought to be only associated with dirty, neglected homes, but often that isn't the case. The Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has seen cockroaches in all kinds of places - including clean houses! Here are a few facts surrounding cockroaches. 1. Cockroaches Can Live In Clean Homes Too Cockroaches are often thought to infest only dirty, unkept, and disorganized homes. While they prefer dark and damp places, cockroaches don't particularly have a preference: they can enter even the most pristine of homes. While a home may look like it belongs on a magazine cover, many people bring roaches into their homes by accident. They can enter from cardboard boxes, grocery bags, or ride in from someone else's house. They can also live in the walls! Seeing one cockroach does not necessarily mean you have an infestation. If there isn't an easy food supply or shelter, t

It's Time to Clean those Gutters!

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Now that most of the leaves have fallen, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up all those leaf piles around your home. One place every homeowner should be paying extra attention to this time of year are the gutters. Gutter cleaning is an important but dreaded home improvement chore, but with regular and thorough cleaning, you'll keep your gutters in tip-top shape. Before you grab a ladder, let's look at the reasons why gutter cleaning is so essential, and some tips for making this task easier. Why Clean Your Gutters?  A home's gutter system controls the flow of rainwater from the rooflines. This protects your home’s roof, walls, foundation and landscape. If debris builds up in them, it could lead to sagging gutters, mold growth, wet basements, a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Gutters filled with debris can also make homes for rodents and other pests. Neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to costly repairs down the line. Clea

3 Reasons to Rake those Leaves!

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The leaves have begun their change and started falling all over the place. What a beautiful sight it is! Soon all the trees will be bare as they enter a dormant state for the winter. So, what will you do now with all of these fallen leaves? Some may say 'just leave them lay and let nature take its course'. In the woods, that's fine. But in your yard and around your home, that's not the best answer. Here's why you should get those leaves removed . 1. Let Your Lawn Breathe Allowing a thick layer of leaves to lay on your lawn won't necessarily harm your lawn... unless you add the weight of a good snow or ice that's bound to come this winter. A thick layer of fallen leaves matted down can get in the way of the growth of grass. If not raked up in time, a thick or matted layer of fallen leaves can cast too much shade over the grass below, and prevent your lawn from getting the sunlight and healthy nutrients it needs to thrive in the spring. Instead, you'll end

Cold Weather Doesn't Scare These Pests Away

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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

Spiders Found Around the Lake Area

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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 r

Who's Hiding in those Leaf Piles?

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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 tick