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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Friday, October 16, 2015

Gutter Cleaning Tips


Best Pest Control at Lake of the Ozarks does so much more than get rid of bugs! We also offer gutter cleaning and repair! A home with gutter damage can often lead to much larger problems if the gutters aren't fixed swiftly. Water that would normally drain through the gutter system simply flows down the house and sits against the foundation and dirt, creating some serious problems. At the best gutter repair company at Lake of the Ozarks, we can prevent that from happening! Check out some tips we've put together to show you what it takes to properly clean the gutters around your home.


Tip 1: Use A Proper Ladder


Ladders are an excellent tool to have around the house, but the more compact they get, the less stable and safe they become. Companies that clean gutters often have ladders that not only extend, but also have "horns", special legs on the top to extend out and give the ladder more stability. These horns also help keep the ladder off of the guttering and prevent additional damage.


Tip 2: Get the Right Tools



If a gutter system is blocked up, you're going to need a few things to get all of that gunk out. You should wear long sleeves, and use eye protection; one can never be too careful when removing old rotting leaves and various droppings from the gutter. Next, make sure there is something to shovel that mess out of the gutter, like a small plastic shovel or a scoop.


Tip 3: Use a Hose


A hose with an adjustable pressure head will help finish up the gutter cleaning. Use the high pressure water to blast the remaining junk through the downspout and make sure that it isn't clogged as well. Once all of the debris has been removed from the roof, and the gutter systems, continue to run water through the guttering to inspect for leaks.


Tip 4: Consider Gutter Guards


Gutter guards can be used in an attempt to prevent debris from entering the system, but allow water to flow free. There are several types, from nylon mesh, to spikes that stick up from the gutter. Each one has it's own advantages and disadvantages, but they all serve the same purpose. Choose whichever one fits your home and your budget.


This is a project that many homeowners can accomplish on their own, provided they have access to a ladder and don't mind a few hours of weekend work. But the roof, and a ladder for that matter, are dangerous. It really is a project for a professional gutter cleaning service. At Best Pest Control, we can clean those gutters, and remove all the debris before it becomes a playground for pests. Otherwise, you'd have to call in the Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control Company to get rid of them!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

5 Spiders Found at Lake of the Ozarks

At Best Pest Control, we've seen all kinds of spiders around the Lake of the Ozarks.  Spiders have a knack for slipping into a home and staying hidden. There are several species of spider around the Lake, while most are harmless, some are dangerous and should only be left to pest control experts at Lake of the Ozarks.  Let's take a look at some of the spiders found around the Lake area and learn more about them!

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1. Missouri Tarantula

Size: 1.5 to 2 inches not including legs

The Missouri Tarantula is the largest spider found in the state. It tends to shy away from human interaction, though when provoked it will bite. The bite is venomous, but it's akin to a bee sting, and the venom is relatively harmless to humans. Male tarantula's rarely live past a year, but females can live upwards of 20 years in the right conditions! Some people keep tarantula's as pets, and feed them household pests like crickets and cockroaches.

2. Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Size: up to 1 inch not counting legs 

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Garden Spiders have some of the most aggressive markings of any spider in Missouri, and they're almost completely harmless to humans. Usually found in gardens and near houses, the Garden Spider will weave a web nearly 2 feet at its widest to catch larger insects such as the grasshopper. These spiders breed one time, creating egg cases of up to 1,000 eggs each! When hatched, the new spiders will send silk into the air known as "ballooning" and float away to a new part of the garden.

3.Wolf Spider

Size: up to 1 inch not including the legs

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Another 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 ready to go off on their own.

4. Brown Recluse

Size: 1/4 inch not including legs

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Finally, a spider worth staying away from! The Brown Recluse is commonly found in homes across Missouri, and they love to hide in storage, rarely used drawers, and basements/attics. They tend to avoid human contact, (hence the recluse title) but due to how often we are cohabitants, bites do happen. They are almost never fatal but the venom is dangerous to humans and animals. If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse, seek medical attention immediately.

5. Black Widow

Size:  3/8 inch not including legs

The most infamous spider on the list. The female Black Widow is easily recognized by the black body and red hourglass symbol on the abdomen, and can be found under flat rocks or logs all over the Lake of the Ozarks area. The important thing to remember about this species is that while dangerous, they tend to avoid human interaction unless provoked a lot. The venom of this spider can kill insects, and some smaller reptiles like lizards and small snakes as well. If you find yourself bitten by a Black Widow, seek medical attention immediately. Pain from the bite is usually delayed, but when it finally comes, it's accompanied by cramps, muscle tightness, nausea, headaches, swelling and sweating.

Spiders + Humans 


The most important thing to remember about these 5 spiders is that they all prefer to avoid human contact. If any of them are found in your yard, or inside the home, Best Pest Control can easily remove them. Spiders can cause a lot of damage, if not on their own, then through people who will stop at nothing to eliminate them from the house! Lake of the Ozark's best pest company can remove the spiders, and all of their food sources and outside habitats, with professionalism. Give us a call today at 573-348-1600!


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