Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pest Control for Your Restaurant

Do you own or know someone who owns a restaurant? Then you know how important a clean and well-kept restaurant can be for a successful business. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests. Using a professional pest control company will keep your restaurant pest-free, so you or your friends can continue on with business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem. Let's look at some reasons why bugs and rodents may be a problem to restaurants and how the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help eradicate them from the property.

Abundance of Food


Restaurants, by nature, have food in storage to prepare for customers. Pests see stored food as the perfect place to settle in - easy food, easy home! Restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and keeping food spillage to a minimum.

Unlike at your home, restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. Customers or servers may accidently drop food on the floor.  Large industrial kitchens also have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Cleaning serving areas frequently and scouring all areas where food is prepared can minimize any pest issues.

Dumpsters and other garbage areas also need to be closely monitored and kept well clean. Closing dumpster lids and emptying them frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Tamper resistant lids for your food storage areas and dumpsters are also a good idea. Cut grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences rows to eliminate hiding places for rodents.

Life Happens After Dark

Is your restaurant open 24 hours? If not, then you'll have periods of time when the lights are off and no one is there. This is when the pests come out. Rodents are careful to avoid human contact, and are generally nocturnal creatures, preferring to come out when there is no light. Insects, like the cockroach, can scatter when exposed to light, making them incredibly difficult to discover.

Professional Service, Professional Results


Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate its pest issues. By routinely spraying the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, we can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment and getting a free meal.

Best Pest Control also has experts who can identify the particular bug issue you may have. Our technicians can determine exactly what kind of pest you have and prepare the proper solution that will get rid of the problem. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night in peace, knowing that the pests aren't coming out for a nightly party.


Let Best Pest Control Help Make Your Restaurant a Success!


Restaurants are a big business at the Lake and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for the restaurant owner. The most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help make your business safer, and ultimately, pest free. Contact Best Pest Control for a free estimate at eliminating or preventing a pest problem!


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Best Pest Idioms Part 1

Bugs and pests don't just invade our homes, they enter our speech as well! We have several phrases in the English language that reflect our relationship with insects. The most trusted pest control company in Mid-Missouri may eliminate bugs, but bug phrases seem to still linger in our vocabulary. You may have used one of these idioms before, but you may not be entirely sure where it came from. We've chosen 3 of our favorite pest related idioms and looked up their history!


Crazy as a Bed Bug


To act insane or crazy; to not make any sense.


Possible History and Origin


Bed bugs are known to infest sheets and linens surrounding a bed. People in the past believed that these bugs originated from the ground, so they surrounded their beds with pots of water in vain attempts to prevent being bitten by bed bugs. Unfortunately, the bugs climbed to the ceiling and fell onto the bed to avoid the water. This crazy bed bug behavior is where the phrase started. How it became attributed to humans, pets, and silly antics is unknown.

Cute as a Bug's Ear


Very cute, in a delicate and pretty way.


Possible History and Origin


While we don't think there's anything particularly cute about a bug's ear, the phrase has been used as an American idiom to describe small pretty features. This turn of phrase is commonly used to describe small pets, babies, and young children. The earliest known usage of this phrase is from the early 20th century in a news publication out of Maryland, United States. 

Snug as a Bug in a Rug


To be wrapped tightly in a warm, comfortable way.


Possible History and Origin


This playful phrase is commonly used to describe children and pets who snuggle up into the many layers of warm blankets to keep warm.  While originally coined in 1772, the phrase has been adapted from a sad poem and letter written to a young girl whose pet squirrel had died. It read,
"I lament with you most sincerely the unfortunate End of poor Mungo: Few Squirrels were better accomplish’d; for he had had a good Education, had travell’d far, and seen much of the World. As he had the Honour of being for his Virtues your Favourite, he should not go like common Skuggs without an Elegy or an Epitaph. Let us give him one...
Here Skugg
Lies snug
As a Bug
In a Rug...
If you wish it, I shall procure another to succeed him. But perhaps you will now choose some other Amusement.
Remember me affectionately to all the good family, and believe me ever your affectionate
friend,
B. FRANKLIN"
Yes, this phrase came from Ben Franklin - possibly after the incident with the kite and electricity. (Source: This Day in Quotes)


Best Pest Control Will Help You with Your Pest Control Needs


The idioms we use have a long history, with snug as a bug in a rug originating nearly 250 years ago! As the language evolved over time, so did our interpretations of phrases, changing to fit modern times. The one thing that has stayed constant; however, is the need to eliminate/control critters that enter our homes. The #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is dedicated to helping you prevent or eradicate any pests that come your way. Contact Best Pest Control for all your pest control needs.





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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tell-tale Signs of a Bed Bug Problem

Sometimes you may have a pest problem and not even know it. One of those hidden pest problems may be 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 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.


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Common Misconceptions: Cockroaches and Your Home

Cockroaches are one of the biggest fears for a homeowner. Few things garner a call to Best Pest Control as fast as a roach infestation. These insects may be 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 of the misconceptions surrounding cockroaches and learn the best ways to eliminate the problem.



Myth: Cockroaches only invade homes that are dirty and/or in need of maintenance.


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, the roach may simply leave the home in search of a more suited environment. Cockroaches are found more in “less clean” homes because there is a larger food supply and a high chance of shelter.

Myth: Cockroaches are afraid of light.


You walk into the basement, turn on the light, and see several roaches scatter from the sudden light - YIKES! Although most species are nocturnal, some are actually attracted to light and gather near its source at night. The cockroaches that scatter from light actually need darkness to navigate. Roaches are, however, scared of humans. The reaction to light is probably caused more by you than by the light bulb.

Myth: Cockroaches don’t bite.


Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches (at least, the ones you may have seen) aren’t aggressive and will only bite in extreme circumstances. They are capable of biting, especially in the event of severe infestations. Larger cockroaches found outside have been known to bite humans. The most serious cases of bites have been on large ships. Cockroaches would get so large they would eventually even try gnawing on the skin and nails of sailors on board! Thankfully, this is an extreme case and the common house roach never gets that big.

Myth: Cockroaches have eyes in the backs of their heads.


Cockroaches always seem to know exactly how to avoid being caught. This leads people to believe they have eyes behind their heads. In truth, they have tiny hairs all over their bodies which allow them to perceive how air moves around them. This gives them the ability to "feel" your presence.

Myth: Cockroaches can survive a nuclear bomb.


Cockroaches are resilient creatures. They can go without air for 45 minutes. They can also go without food for several weeks and can survive on nearly nothing. This makes it exceptionally difficult to determine when an infestation occurred. Amazingly, a cockroach can even survive for weeks without its head! A headless roach will survive until it starves or is eliminated.

In terms of the nuclear bomb urban legend that we’ve all heard, it's highly exaggerated. Cockroaches have a higher resistance to radiation than humans. About 6 to 15 times that for humans to be exact. However, lingering fallout radiation would still remain a threat for any bugs that survive.

Best Pest Control is the answer for all your cockroach fears!


Roaches elicit a much larger fear response than they deserve, but that doesn't mean you should let them stay in your home! Mid-Missouri's #1 pest control company understands that even your clean house can have a roach problem. Let us help you eliminate the problem before it gets any worse. We're experts when it comes to getting rid of pests and creatures you'd rather not see. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks will even give you a free estimate on eliminating the problem!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

5 Tips for Pest Prevention and Control

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. Here are the differences between the two, and why you should always attempt to prevent your pest problem before controlling it. Remember, it's always easier to prevent a problem than to solve one!

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. Similarly, don't leave out glasses of water or leave the faucet outside running. Creatures of all sizes need water to thrive, so eliminating unnecessary water sources will prevent pests from moving in. 

2. Clean up Clutter In and Around the Home.


Things scattered on the ground or floor can shelter insects and even mice! These pests won't go unnoticed if you keep your space open and clean. Additionally, paper waste on the floor is a great nest building tool for rodents and bugs. Throwing away old magazines and newspapers/cardboard is beneficial for more than just cleaning up the house.

3. Check for Air & Water Leaks.


Leaky pipes can lead to water accumulation beneath the house or beside the walls, which are common hiding spots for pests. If there are air leaks in the walls or under the doors of your home, you can bet that small animals can find their way indoors. Seal up those cracks and wrap up your pipes to prevent pest feeding grounds from starting.

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 indoors can cause health risks for you, your family, and your pets. Best Pest Control uses organic and environmentally friendly pesticides, both inside and outside, so you can rest easy knowing the job was done safely and effectively.

2. Safely Search & Identify Probable Areas of Infestation.


You can also attempt to set baited traps to eliminate pests, but the best way to know for sure that you've eradicated the issue is to utilize a local pest control business. Try to point out likely areas of concern to the pest control expert, so they can focus their attention on problem areas. They will have access to different pesticides that are more effective than the store-bought varieties, as well as subject knowledge to eliminate your pest problem.

Best Pest Control is Your One Stop Shop for All Your Pest Control Needs.


As the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to have been providing quality service to our area for over 25 years. In order to offer the best possible solution, we work exclusively with organic and environmentally safe pesticides that eliminate the pest problem and leave our customers with healthy, happy homes. If you can't prevent the problem, Best Pest Control can provide the solution!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Signs You Might Have a Rodent Problem

While cold temperatures help keep bugs from invading, your warm home serves as a beacon for warm-blooded pests like mice! The best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks knows the dangers of an unchecked rodent population can be disastrous for you as a homeowner. That's why we've put together this list of 5 things to check to make sure you don't have a rodent infestation this winter.


1. Cracks and Chips in your Home's Exterior are an Open Door for Rodents.


Did you know mice can fit through cracks as small as a pencil? Seal up any open crevices in the side paneling or foundation around your home. Not only does it help seal in the heat and better insulate your home, but it prevents small rodents from having an easy entrance as well.



2. Does Your Food Storage Look Damaged?



A kitchen is an optimal place for rodents because it has an abundance of food. If anything is left out overnight or bags of food are left unsealed in the pantry/cabinets, you can bet a mouse will find it's way into it. Look for small chew marks on the edges of cardboard boxes or holes left in sacks of grains.


3. Look for Gnaw marks on the Baseboard, Furniture and Doors.


Rodent teeth grow at an alarming rate. To combat this, rodents gnaw on everything they can: furniture, house wiring, and more. If this chewing goes unnoticed, it can lead to damaged furniture and increase the chances for a house fire or electrical failure.

4. Do Your Walls Squeak?


This is a tell-tale sign that a mouse population is already within your home. Even if you don't hear anything, but your dog or cat is paying close attention to an empty wall, mice could still be inside! At this point, the best thing you can do to gain control of the problem is call Best Pest Control.


5. Check for Droppings along the Walls and in Dark Corners.


Finding small grain sized droppings in dark corners, along the edges of your home, or in the pantry is a sign of an active infestation. These droppings can transmit diseases and food eaten from contaminated areas can cause other serious illness as well. Call your local extermination company to prevent this situation from getting out of hand!


Best Pest Control is your #1 Choice in Rodent Elimination.


While the winter is great for alleviating warm weather insects, it can easily drive other pests indoors. Rodents can/will invade a warm home if they can find a way in. Call the Lake of the Ozarks' most trusted pest control company for a free estimate on eliminating your rodent problem.


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Friday, November 20, 2015

Protect Your Home over the Winter with Best Pest Control’s Winter Check Service

Do 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-icer to help prevent any structural or lift damage that could occur from the constant freezing and thawing of the lake water.

Checking the Breaker


Our service techs can check your breakers on both your home and dock to ensure nothing has tripped or tampered with. Leaving your breakers unchecked or turned off can cause serious issues in your home, including:
  • Pipe damage due to frozen pipes
  • Ice damage to your dock
  • Flooding in the basement due to a sump pump failure
  • Alarm malfunction from wide temperature variances.



Checking the Home


The deterrence of possible break-ins is the most important aspect of our Winter Home Check service. We will give you peace of mind by making sure your home is secure. A house that looks sealed for the winter can also look like a prime target for burglary. Our technicians can visit your home monthly or bimonthly to make sure that your property is sealed tight and safe from intruders.



Best Pest Control Offers More than Just Pest Control


The Best Pest Control company at the Lake of the Ozarks' winter home check service is designed for second home properties that are vacant for the off-season. You can choose one of two options for this service: monthly or bi-monthly. For a monthly check, the service is $65. For a bi-monthly check, the service is $95. It's our goal to make sure that our customers and their properties are protected from everything from the winter elements to burglars. For unparalleled service in pest control and home maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, Best Pest Control is the answer. Call us today to get started!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

3 Natural Remedies for Fighting Fleas

Nothing drives a house to insanity quite like having fleas. They ride in on the fur of our pets and create an infestation that is difficult to eradicate without chemicals. The best pest exterminators in Mid-Missouri can fix the situation, but we also like to offer possible pet-friendly DIY solutions as well. Before calling the #1 exterminator at the Lake of the Ozarks, try one of these natural remedies:

Create a Flea Trap Using Household Ingredients.


Fleas, Itch, infestation
When fleas enter your home, they don't just live on your pet; they drop into the carpet and lay eggs as well! Fleas can be caught using several homemade options. Our first choice uses the following materials:
  • Dish Soap
  • Warm Water
  • Tea Candles
  • Plastic Bowl
Fill the bowl with warm water and add a capful of bowl soap. Place this in the affected rooms (Make sure the animals or kids can't get to it!) and place the tea candle in the middle of the bowl. Fleas are attracted to the flame, and jump onto the bowl, but are left immobile due to the soap. Dispose of this homemade trap in the morning, along with the dead fleas.

 Homemade Herbal Spray will Keep the Fleas at Bay.


bath, flea remedy, bug removal
Rather than spraying harmful chemical aerosols all over your living space, try this easy-to-make recipe. It not only gets rid of adult fleas, but destroys the larvae and eggs as well! Things you'll need:
  • Vacuum Cleaner 
  • 1 Gallon Vinegar 
  • 1/2 Gallon Water 
  • 16 Ounces Lemon Juice 
  • 8 Ounces Witch Hazel 
  • Empty Spray Bottle
Combine these ingredients and pour them into the spray bottle. Vacuum EVERYTHING you can - all the furniture, the carpet, and crevices. Once complete, heavily spray down all affected areas. This should be done daily for about a week, depending on how badly infested the area is. Once the problem is under control, you can spray once every week or so to keep the fleas from entering your home.

Use the Power of Essential Oils!


Essential oils have a lot of uses around the house, including being useful as insect repellents. The most important thing to remember is that our feline friends are especially sensitive to essential oils, so if you own a cat, this tip may not be the best for you. For dogs, a drop or two of tea tree oil, lavender or citronella in the bath (along with dish soap!) can act as a natural flea repellant. Another method is to use a spray on your dog to prevent fleas from jumping on in the first place. Use the following ingredients to make your natural flea repellant:
  • 3 parts water
  • 1 part white distilled vinegar 
  • 1-2 drops of tea tree oil

Natural Remedies are Purrfect for Pets!


The harsh chemicals often used by other extermination companies can have detrimental effects on the environment and even our pets if misused. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is proud to carry a full line of organic pest control products for all your pest problems. We care about our customers, and that includes our furry friends as well! For flea extermination and removal in Missouri, there's no one better than Best Pest Control.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

3 Services Best Pest Offers to Consider in the Autumn

Fall is the beginning of cooler weather, and all the local pests know it. Smaller critters begin to hoard food and prepare for hibernation while bugs start looking for warmer places to survive. The Lake of the Ozark's best pest control company understands that Fall is a busy season; for humans and for pests! We offer services that help prevent or eliminate possible pest situations, along with some maintenance work too. Here are 3 services offered by the top pest control company in Mid-Missouri.



Leaf Blowing and Removal


It's a tale as old as time; rake up all the leaves and let the kids jump and play to their hearts content. There are small risks that you may have raked up a few spiders or other invasive pests into the pile, but the real problem begins when you don't remove the pile from your yard. By concentrating the leaves into one place, you've also condensed the hiding spots/eating spaces of bugs and spiders.


Best Pest Control can help!


Best Pest Control can remove the leaf pile your kids (or pets) trampled through, and we can also bring out the leaf blowing equipment and grab the rest of the leaves in the yard too! Removing leaves means the possibility for bug and spider infestations dwindle. 

Trapping


The little foraging mammals are running rampant right now storing nuts and other sources of food for the Winter. These squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats will collect their food and then look for a warm, cozy, and dry place to create a home. Your house is the perfect place for these pesky creatures to shack up. While freeloading in your home, they also chew up wires and insulation. 

Best Pest Control can help!


Our company does everything we can to prevent these pests from invading your home. But, if they make it inside, we can also set out traps to collect the rodents and remove them from your home. While it's easier to solve the rodent problem before they invade, Best Pest can work inside the home as well. Call us to get a free estimate before you gain some unruly freeloaders!

Termite Inspection and Treatment


With the strangely warm weather our Fall is providing, termites are having a hard time dying down. These creatures can cause massive structural damage to your home and can be difficult to eliminate on your own. To make matters worse, the queen of the termite nest can live 1 - 2 years, compounding the risk to your home.

Best Pest Control can help!


If you notice swarms of "fly" like insects near your home or see "tubes" in the wood around your home, then termites are nearby and possibly already in your home. Best Pest Control can give you inspection, elimination, and treatment options. Call us to prevent a termite catastrophe! 

Protect your home from outdoor pests.


Pests come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the smallest insects can cause the most damage. But whether it's a rodent or insect invasion, the Lake of the Ozark's most trusted pest control company can help you eliminate the problem. Interested in another service? Call us today for a free estimate on how to prevent or exterminate any pest issues you find around your home. 


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

3 Things To Avoid After Halloween

Halloween has come again, and all the kids are excited! Going Trick or Treating is a fun way to cap off another Fall day. Unfortunately, there are some things to avoid having pests invade after Halloween as well. If you're not careful with your treats or decorations, you'll end up having to call the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks to deal with the nuisances that arise.  If you clean up your decorations promptly you'll probably be able to handle the small amount of pests that come your way. Here are a few things to avoid doing in order to avoid calling the Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control Company:


Avoid: Throwing Pumpkins in the Yard


Pumpkins can be huge gourds. They also carry tons of nutritional value, and if they rot in the yard, they will go on to feed plants as rich fertilizer. However, Pumpkins attract other things as well. Bugs and small critters love the interior of a pumpkin. If you throw out your carved Jack O' Lantern, you've created a huge buffet for insects and other pests, and invited them into your yard.



What You Can Do:


Instead of putting the carved pumpkin out into the yard, you should think about throwing it away. There are alternatives if you're prepared; composting can create fertilizer and it decomposes the pumpkins safely and away from bugs and other pests. If you have nowhere to throw out a pumpkin taking it out into a wooded area is best, as it could attract deer, and insects. 



Avoid: Leaving Candy Out


Handing out candy is an old tradition on Halloween. Some kids may snack in your yard, or drop something on your doorstep. Candy is basically pure sugar and if you know anything about ants, bees, or yellow jackets, it's that they LOVE sugar. Leaving out candy is a surefire way to invite ants into your home, or worse yet, invite a nest of yellow jackets to shack up in your yard overwinter. 


What You Can Do:


Sweep off your porch, and give your yard a quick once-over, and pick up any debris. You will be preventing bugs from getting an easy source of food. Also, when you hand out your candy, watch as everyone enters and leaves your yard to make sure you catch anything that may fall from their bags.


Avoid: Leaving a Bale of Straw in the Yard


Straw that's been baled makes for a perfect harvest decoration. It also makes for a perfect hiding place and snack ground for grain eating pests and their predators. Mice, moths, and beetles alike can call a straw bale home and if it's sitting just near the house entryway, it won't be long before they seek out the warmth inside your home.


What You Can Do:


During the lifetime of the decoration, spray it down with a mixture of bleach and water (1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon water). This will keep the insects to a minimum and hopefully keep the pests away. When it's time to get rid of the decor, don't put it off. Just get it to the dumpster or out to a wooded area ASAP!

There are so many EASY ways to get rid of Halloween decorations; but EASY isn't always BETTER. Here at Best Pest Control, we love our work, but if the solution is as simple as throwing away that rotting pumpkin, or simply sweeping your deck, we'd much rather you take care of the problem before it exists. But if for whatever reason the bugs decide to infest, the Lake of the Ozarks best extermination company will be there to help you!


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

5 Natural Ways to Repel Pests

Did you know that bugs make up over 90% of all life on the planet? That's a lot of insects! The world of bug removal at Lake of the Ozarks is always busy, and never-ending. But there are alternative methods to calling in the "big guns" or an extermination company to control those pests. Try some of these tricks to prevent bugs and spiders alike from invading and seizing control over your home:

1. Peppermint Essential Oil


Peppermint oil is awesome because it smells fantastic and deters spiders. Mix some peppermint essential oil with some water into a spray bottle and make your house smell like a candy store. Remember, just a few drops will go a long long way!

2. Mint


Speaking of "mint", the herb is fantastic for repelling bugs and spiders as well. Growing this herb in or near your home has been found to be effective at keeping pests away. If you rub some fresh mint on bare skin it will help keep biting bugs from attacking as well .

3. Citrus


The rind of citrus fruits emits a scent that most bugs just can't tolerate. Rubbing an orange peel on skin can prevent bug bites. Be careful though, leaving fruit and other sweets in the trash for too long can attract yellow jackets!

3.Cedar


Cedar is a natural deterrent to spiders, and most insects. Putting a few chips or shavings in a cupboard, or at the bottom of a closet can clear the whole area and keep the critters from surprising you when you dig out those Christmas decorations!

4. Vinegar


Specifically speaking, white distilled vinegar, makes a great ant repellent. When diluted with water this is a safe way to spray plants and areas around the house where ants are likely to be. Make sure to check the furniture or fabric before you spray it; no one wants an accidental stain.

5. Soap


If you combine a few drops of dish soap with some of the other ingredients on our list, you will have a much easier time getting your sprays to adhere to plants. Get a good mix consisting of 1 gallon distilled water, 2.5 tablespoons of dish soap, and 2.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and spray all sides of your indoor or outdoor plants to get rid of ants, aphids, and other plant pests.


All of these solutions and repellents are perfect DIY projects that take little to no preparation for application. If the pest problem gets out of hand, it may be more time and cost efficient to call the best pest company at Lake of the Ozarks.  We are trained to eliminate the problems without harming your fauna, or your furniture and carpets. When the problem become so much that your running around the house spraying down the walls, It's time to call a pest control company.


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