Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Importance of Pest Control

It's the best feeling to be called upon in a time of need. At the Lake of the Ozark's Best Pest Control, we're often called after a pest problem has been discovered. Controlling the pest population and removing them is an important service. Pests just wouldn't be pests if they didn't cause alarm, pose a threat, or just scare people. Throughout human history, these critters have caused havoc and mayhem. Luckily, the best company for animal control at Lake of the Ozarks is a subject-matter expert when it comes to preventing things like rodents and bugs from entering your home. A world without pest control would have more than a few problems. Let's see what makes pest control so important!

Spiders


While spiders eat other pests in the home, and generally pose little threat to people, they elicit a massive fear response in today's world. Here at Lake of the Ozarks, we are unlucky in that there are a couple of fairly venomous spiders that like to dwell within the home. Specifically, the Black Widow and Brown Recluse species. Both of these are extremely venomous and turn a household on edge. While they eat other pests and usually mind their own business, a threatened spider will attack. The best course of action is to call the Best Pest Control at Lake of the Ozarks so we can make sure to get rid of all the spiders- even the ones you can't see.


Fire Hazards


Rodents are responsible for a large amount of household issues, and often go unnoticed due to their ability to squeeze into nearly anywhere and hide. A mouse needs a minimum gap of 1/4 of an inch to squeeze into the void between the walls of your home. Once there, they can do what mice do best: reproduce and chew on stuff. Unfortunately, that stuff is often the electrical wiring found throughout the house. This poses a serious fire risk because the rodents will chew the insulation off of the wires, allowing them to possibly ignite surrounding materials, setting fire to your home!




Mosquito pandemic


Everyone's least favorite part of summer, the mosquito brings a massive amount of destruction with its presence. A boom in the mosquito population means a boom in the population for creatures that eat them, including spiders, bats, and other bugs. When they bite, mosquitoes leave rashes and welts that itch and burn, but that's not all: they can also transmit several diseases including the West Nile Virus. The quality of life of a home that is infested with mosquitoes is significantly lower than one that is free from the bites, bugs and dangers that this pests presents.

Pests are a Solvable Problem!


Simply practicing good home cleaning habits helps to eliminate several pest issues. Keeping the floor vacuumed and clean will go a long way in preventing bugs invading, which in turn, curbs the spiders. Most pests only go where there is food or shelter for them. As the weather cools off this fall,  pests will see your warm and cozy home as a local hotel. If you find yourself on the wrong end of a booming rodent or mosquito population, go ahead and call Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll give a free estimate, and a clear course of action on the next steps to take to rid your home of these annoying and dangerous creatures.  



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Get Rid of Those Yellow Jackets!

Most people would say that flying missiles, known as wasps, bees, and anything with a stinger, are the worst thing about nice weather. Being stung is quite the painful experience. Best Pest Control at Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips when it comes to one specific flying missile: the yellow jacket. Let's take a look at what makes these creatures so bothersome and what steps you can take to get rid of them once and for all!


Above or Below Ground


A yellow jacket nest can be difficult to find. Some species of yellow jacket like to build their nests in the trunk of trees, or in cracks of a building. This puts them in closer proximity to humans, leaving people at risk of being stung. Alternatively, another species popular in the Mid-west burrows into the ground, making a nest that is difficult to discover.


What Attracts a Yellow Jacket


Yellow jackets are attracted to a lot of human foods. Namely, meats, candies, and garbage all attract the insects. Keeping a tight lid on the garbage bin, and cleaning up properly after that family picnic are simple ways to avoid becoming a prime nesting location for the yellow jackets. 


The Sting


Unfortunately, yellow jackets are an aggressive pest. They are incredibly defensive of their nest, so if you happen across one unknowingly, it can spell utter disaster (and pain) for everyone involved. Even worse still, unlike bees, yellow jackets are capable of stinging multiple times. The best way to avoid being stung by an agitated nest is to leave the area as soon as possible, and warn others nearby to avoid it as well.

Nest Size


No good news here either. Starting new every spring, a single yellow jacket queen can build a nest between 1,500 to 15,000 insects strong. The only good thing is that by the winter, the nest dies off leaving only the queen. She will create a new nest when the weather begins to heat up.


Eliminating a Yellow Jacket Colony


The best and safest way to eliminate a yellow jacket colony is to call in a pest control company. Upon arrival, the first thing they will do is identify the location of the nest. It's best to let the experts get rid of unwanted pests - remember, this is an aggressive pest and you do NOT want to get stung! Once the nest is identified, the easiest way to eliminate it is to return at night.  Yellow jackets have terrible eyesight, and return to the nest at night. There are several options to eliminating a yellow jacket problem, from aerosol insecticides to powders and live traps. 


Avoid the Problem


The easiest way to avoid a yellow jacket colony, is to prevent them from forming in the first place. At the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, we can eliminate a nest before it grows, stopping the queen from creating a new colony of "missiles". Before you get stung trying to eliminate an aggressive colony, give Best Pest Control a call, we'd rather solve the problem with the yellow jackets for you than see you in harms way!



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Friday, September 18, 2015

5 Safe Ways to Remove Stingers

Nothing ruins a beautiful day outside like a surprise bee sting!  You may not see them at first, but if they see you and think you are a threat, they may attack.  Your best defense is to calmly and quietly move yourself away from them.  If you aren't lucky enough to stay off of their radar and do get stung, Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks has some advice on how to get that stinger out.

First of all, DO NOT use tweezers or pull it out with your fingertips.  A bee's sting doesn't stop releasing venom right away, and squeezing the stinger can possibly push more venom into your skin.  Scraping is the best way to remove a stinger. 

1. Tape

Kids especially like this one, because there is nothing scary about tape coming at you.  Place the tape over the stinger and gently pull away opposite the direction that the stinger entered rather than straight up.
   

2. Credit Card

Just about anything that is flat and sturdy will work (butter knife, nail file, etc...) If you are out and about enjoying a picnic when it happens, something from the basket or a purse may be the only tools you have handy.  Brush the skin with the edge of whatever you use so that the stinger catches onto it and slides out.

3. Fingernail

This is something that you will always have "handy."  (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Don't grab it, like mentioned earlier, but rub the skin until the stinger comes out. 

4. Needle

This can be used to scrape the skin around the stinger until it is dislodged. Remember to sterilize the needle with alcohol, boiling water, a lighter, or whatever you have handy.

5. Onion

We have not tried this one, but it was way too interesting to not mention.  There is an old wive's tale about using an onion to dislodge the stinger.  Supposedly the juices from the onion may break down some of the chemicals in the venom and relieve pain.  


If the swelling is bad, apply ice 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off until you can get to the stinger.  Once you have it completely out, immediately clean the area with soap and water.  Ibuprofen can be taken to ease pain.  A hydrocortisone cream is good for the itching, and a paste of baking soda and water can also offer relief. Another way to help with the discomfort is to apply a cold compress.   

Letting the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks treat your yard regularly is your first defense at keeping bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets away from your home.  The Lake of the Ozarks is too beautiful of an area to not get out and enjoy nature.  Don't let stinging insects keep you from that.  



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Thursday, September 10, 2015

5 Helpful Tips To Keep Ants Away

Ants seem to show up in homes at least once a year.  One day they aren't there, and the next there's a whole trail of them walking back and forth.  Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks can treat your home or office to keep these bugs out of your way, but here are a few tips for you to try when they sneak up on you before we get there.


Cleanliness is key.

Ants are constantly on the search for food.  Keeping crumbs cleaned up and spills wiped away immediately will go a long way in sending them in a different direction. Make sure you clean residue off of the outside of sticky food jars.  Besides keeping your rooms extra-clean, make sure that all foods are completely sealed up.  An open bag of chips or cereal is on open invitation to these pesky creatures.

Seal up entryways. 

As with all other small bugs and insects, making sure all of your windows, doors, and any other cracks are sealed up.  This will take away their entry points.  Make sure you re-caulk an spots that need it.  

Spray white vinegar. 

Cleaning with white vinegar will take away the scented trail that the ants follow to make their way to and from their colony.  Wherever you see a line of ants, spray that area with white vinegar.  You can wipe it up or let it dry naturally.  


Bay leaves in cabinets.

Ants hate the smell of bay leaves. Placing fresh bay leaves in cabinets, drawers, or anywhere that you have seen ants, will make them go the other way.  

Other natural deterrents.

There are plenty of common kitchen items that ants absolutely do not want to take back to their lair, but are safe to leave around a home with children. A few things that you can sprinkle along where you have seen trails of ants are: chili pepper, cinnamon, and mint.  These are all non-toxic and can be left out without worrying about who else is getting into them.  Also, placing used coffee grounds outside of your home where the ants are getting in will scare them away.        



Once you see ants, let us take care of the problem right away.  The longer you wait, the more and more they will spread out and get into everything.  You best defense against ants invading your home is to let Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks spray regularly.  This will keep all kinds of creepy-crawlies out of your space.  The best exterminators at the Lake of the Ozarks will make sure that your home is pest-free.      




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Friday, September 4, 2015

Snake in the house? Don't panic - call us!

Let's face it, snakes get a bad rap when it comes to feared pests. Of the 47 species found at the Lake of the Ozarks, only 5 of them are even venomous.  Still, it'll make a heart race to see a snake coiled on the wrong side of the front door! Here are some reasons snakes find their way into your home and more importantly, here's how to eliminate them and prevent their return.  If you do find a snake, make sure you call the best snake removal company at the Lake of the Ozarks!



Snakes can't dig into your home


Most snakes are small and their main entry point is one that requires little effort. Snakes find the smallest of opportunities, coming in under the doors and through the crawlspace of the house if they can find a gap large enough. The general rule of thumb is that if bugs can get in, a snake probably can too.


Why do Snakes Enter My Home


In possibly the worst coincidence in the world, snakes  prefer a similar environment to live in as humans. Dry, cool, and dark places are prime locations for an intruding snake to call home. Outside, these places also provide shelter for the prey that snakes eat, so it's only logical that a house looks like the perfect hunting ground to a snake.

How to prevent Snakes from Entering


Have you tried asking the snake to leave politely?  Chances are, there's a crack or gap in the house somewhere near ground level.  Checking to make sure that basements are completely sealed, windows are tightly shut, and that there are no openings to the inner wall space all ensure that snakes and their prey stay outside in their own habitat.




There's a snake inside my house!

 

The first thing to do is make sure that all members of the family (both four and two legged members!) are safe and away from the snake.  It's a safe bet to assume that even if it's not venomous, a snakebite will turn a day from bad to worse. Isolate the room that the snake is in, and call in the experts of Best Pest Control! We'll have the snake out of the house and back in the woods in no time.


Even though most snakes are harmless to humans and pets, seeing them inside your home is frightening and unsettling.   By calling Best Pest Control, you can hire a professional to check your home and make sure it's properly sealed, and if needed, remove any unwanted legless reptiles from the premises. 



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