Friday, August 28, 2015

6 Guinness World Records Involving Insects

This week brings along with it the 60th anniversary of the Guinness Book of World Records.  Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks let this fact inspire us to look up the records that they recorded about insects.  All we can say is, we are thrilled that most of these are not found in our area!


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Largest Species of Centipede

The giant centipede of Central and South America can grow to 10 inches long. It is also known as the Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede. They feed on mice, lizards, frogs, and some have been known to eat bats.

Largest Aquatic Insect

The giant water bug can grow to just over 4-1/2 inches long.  It is found in Venezuela and Brazil, and it is a meat-eating predator.


Greatest Insect Builder

The termite earns this honor. In eastern Australia, people found termite mounds that measured 20 feet in height and 100 feet in circumference.

Most Bioluminescent Insect

Even though a firefly is small, it gives off a surface brightness of 45 millilamberts. Here is a good comparison. A light bulb's energy gives off only 10% light, and the other 90% is heat. A firefly's light is almost 100% pure light.




Most Insecticide-Resistant Insect


Research shows that the green peach aphid is resistant to up to 71 different chemical pesticides.


Largest Species of Beetle: 


Body Size:  The South American titan beetle can be 6 inches long

Body Length:  The hercules beetle, which is also found in South America, has been found as long as 7 inches.  This length includes a long pair of horns.

Body Weight:  The goliath beetle from Africa can obtain larval weights of
up to 3. 5 oz.


We are happy that our largest insects are nowhere near some of those records. Your Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control would definitely tackle them if you needed us to though!  These facts are pretty incredible, but it doesn't change our outlook on insects.  They don't belong inside your home.  We are here to kick them out for you when they try to make their way in.


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Friday, August 21, 2015

7 Ways To Keep Deer Away From Your Garden

One type of animal control at the Lake of the Ozarks that is greatly needed is keeping deer away from your beautiful flowers and vegetable garden.  The deer in this area practically seem tame because they are so very comfortable in a yard. This can by very annoying if everything that you plant is gone every morning after it blooms.  Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to help keep your gorgeous landscaping in tact.  





1. Install motion activated sprinklers.
A surprise spray of water every time that a deer tries to enter your yard should annoy them enough that they keep their distance.  If they cannot reach your favorite plants, the plants will remain safe. 


2. Plant things deer do not like.
Some plants are considered "deer-resistant" because it's not their favorite flavor or scent.  This doesn't mean it is fool-proof, but less likely that the deer will bother them.  Some examples are Daffodils, Forget-Me-Nots, and Buttercups.  Also, if you plant strongly scented herbs that deer do not like, it can mask the scent of what they do prefer and send them off to look elsewhere.  Some of these are garlic, chives, and mint.  Thorny plants like roses will not be pleasant to munch on, so these also make deer not want to eat from around them.    


3. Plant or build a barrier around the yard.
Put up a privacy fence around your yard, or plant tall, thick hedges.  It is recommended that they be at least 8 feet tall.  Deer can easily jump over a 4-foot tall barrier, and a 6-foot one risks entangling the deer when they try to make it over. 


4. String fishing line between poles.
The fishing line is too hard for the deer to see and avoid.  After getting tangled up in this a few times, the deer will get confused and eventually not want to persist in trying to get to your garden.  


5. Place netting over new plants.
If the animals can't get to the plants, then they can't nibble on them.  


6. Shed your hair. 
Deer don't want to be any closer to people than they have to be.  Spreading hair around the yard and garden will leave your scent and trick the deer into thinking that they are not alone.  Eventually it will blow or wash away.  You can also  hang a stocking with some hair in it near your garden to keep it around longer. 


7. Let the dog out.
Loud noises keep deer away because they assume it is a danger.  A barking dog is one of the very best ways to keep them away from your yard.  




Hopefully at least one of these tips will work for you.  If you ever have trouble with other types of unwanted animals in your yard, give Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks a call.  We can help to get these pests away from your home.  



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bug Repellent Safety Facts

If you venture outside to enjoy these lovely Summer days, you are guaranteed to encounter bugs.  While Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks can keep the bugs out of your home, it's harder to monitor them once you step into their home- the outdoors.  

Putting the chemicals of commercial bug repellents onto your skin can be intimidating, but the more you know, the safer it is.  Here are a few facts about bug repellents, both natural and man-made, that can help you to feel more comfortable about using them. 



DEET

Deet is the most widely used bug repellent.  You should only use products with less than 30% DEET in them, and never use DEET on children under 2 months old.  A higher percentage of DEET does not mean that it's stronger, but only that it will last longer.  If you are able to reapply your bug spray regularly throughout the day, then one with 10% or less DEET should be sufficient.    

PICARIDIN

This is an odorless and synthetic product.  It has been known to be as effective as DEET, but is new to us here in the United States.  It has been used successfully for 10 years in Europe.  A major bonus to Picaridin is that it does not irritate skin like DEET can.  This product should also not be used on children younger than 2 months old.  

NATURAL REPELLENTS

There are natural alternatives to using chemicals on your skin to repel bugs. These are not usually as effective as DEET or Picaridin, and they don't last as long after applied.  This might be a better alternative if you are in an area with very few bugs and the risk of being bitten is small.  If you will be hiking through thick woods, you will need something stronger.  A few of the natural choices are: citronella, cedar, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint.  





Sunscreen is also necessary outside, but it needs to be applied often, which can affect the strength of bug repellents.  It's best to put the sunscreen on first, with the repellent on top of that.  Scented lotions tend to attract bugs, so do not wear them when you will be outside.   

Bug repellent should only be applied to exposed skin, avoiding hands, eyes, cuts, and irritated skin.  A great way to avoid needing it is to wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible.  If you apply bug repellent to your face, spray it on your hands and rub it on, washing your hands immediately after.  An adult should apply it to children in this same manner.  Only spray repellent outdoors and away from food.    

    

The dangers of sicknesses like West Nile and Lyme Disease far outweigh any DEET related dangers when used correctly.  Always read labels and follow the directions for application.  Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks wants all of our friends, family, and customers to stay safe outside and bite-free.  

  

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

15 Interesting Insect Facts

Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks is all about getting rid of the insects "bugging" you in and around your home.  Having insects on the brain all day though, we can't help but wonder about them.  Here are some interesting things that we found out when we looked.  
  

1. Only about 1% of insects are actually harmful to humans.  Many are even beneficial.  (Nobody wants them creeping around the house though!)

2. Night butterflies have ears on their wings so they can avoid bats.  

3. A fossil found of a cockroach was dated back to about 280 million years ago.

4. A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can even survive under water for half an hour.  

5. Only male crickets can chirp. 

6. Watch out for those lady mosquitoes.  Only they bite, not the males. 

7. A mosquito flaps its wings about 500 times a second.

8. Scorpions can live for more than a year without eating. 

9. The common garden worm has 5 pairs of hearts.

10. Flea larvae pupate in a silken cocoon on the ground.

11. Male water bugs will carry over 100 eggs on their back for about a week until they hatch.  

12. Fireflies are not actually flies, but beetles.  


13. Beetles are one of the most popular pets for people in Japan and are even sold in many department stores. 


14. The average housefly lives for about one month.   

15. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.




Well, we bet you didn't know most of those facts.  They may not help you out in every day life, but now you'll have an edge if bugs come up when you are playing Trivia Crack.  This Lake of the Ozarks pest control company will keep learning everything that we can about all of those pests that you don't want in your home. If you suspect that you may have a problem, give us a call.  We'll be happy to come over, check it out, and let you know what should be done.  



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