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.


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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.


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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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