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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 …

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, pe…

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 bo…

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…

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 flo…

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…

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…

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.
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 SoapWarm WaterTea CandlesPlastic 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…

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 t…

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 …

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 f…