Thursday, December 31, 2015

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 floor.  Large industrial kitchens also have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Cleaning serving areas frequently and scouring all areas where food is prepared can minimize any pest issues.

Dumpsters and other garbage areas also need to be closely monitored and kept well clean. Closing dumpster lids and emptying them frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Tamper resistant lids for your food storage areas and dumpsters are also a good idea. Cut grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences rows to eliminate hiding places for rodents.

Life Happens After Dark

Is your restaurant open 24 hours? If not, then you'll have periods of time when the lights are off and no one is there. This is when the pests come out. Rodents are careful to avoid human contact, and are generally nocturnal creatures, preferring to come out when there is no light. Insects, like the cockroach, can scatter when exposed to light, making them incredibly difficult to discover.

Professional Service, Professional Results


Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate its pest issues. By routinely spraying the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, we can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment and getting a free meal.

Best Pest Control also has experts who can identify the particular bug issue you may have. Our technicians can determine exactly what kind of pest you have and prepare the proper solution that will get rid of the problem. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night in peace, knowing that the pests aren't coming out for a nightly party.


Let Best Pest Control Help Make Your Restaurant a Success!


Restaurants are a big business at the Lake and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for the restaurant owner. The most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help make your business safer, and ultimately, pest free. Contact Best Pest Control for a free estimate at eliminating or preventing a pest problem!


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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, pets, and silly antics is unknown.

Cute as a Bug's Ear


Very cute, in a delicate and pretty way.


Possible History and Origin


While we don't think there's anything particularly cute about a bug's ear, the phrase has been used as an American idiom to describe small pretty features. This turn of phrase is commonly used to describe small pets, babies, and young children. The earliest known usage of this phrase is from the early 20th century in a news publication out of Maryland, United States. 

Snug as a Bug in a Rug


To be wrapped tightly in a warm, comfortable way.


Possible History and Origin


This playful phrase is commonly used to describe children and pets who snuggle up into the many layers of warm blankets to keep warm.  While originally coined in 1772, the phrase has been adapted from a sad poem and letter written to a young girl whose pet squirrel had died. It read,
"I lament with you most sincerely the unfortunate End of poor Mungo: Few Squirrels were better accomplish’d; for he had had a good Education, had travell’d far, and seen much of the World. As he had the Honour of being for his Virtues your Favourite, he should not go like common Skuggs without an Elegy or an Epitaph. Let us give him one...
Here Skugg
Lies snug
As a Bug
In a Rug...
If you wish it, I shall procure another to succeed him. But perhaps you will now choose some other Amusement.
Remember me affectionately to all the good family, and believe me ever your affectionate
friend,
B. FRANKLIN"
Yes, this phrase came from Ben Franklin - possibly after the incident with the kite and electricity. (Source: This Day in Quotes)


Best Pest Control Will Help You with Your Pest Control Needs


The idioms we use have a long history, with snug as a bug in a rug originating nearly 250 years ago! As the language evolved over time, so did our interpretations of phrases, changing to fit modern times. The one thing that has stayed constant; however, is the need to eliminate/control critters that enter our homes. The #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is dedicated to helping you prevent or eradicate any pests that come your way. Contact Best Pest Control for all your pest control needs.





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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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 body, each with a single bite mark inside. Bed bugs bite in clusters, leaving lines and multiple raised red welts near each other.


Treating a Bed Bug Bite.


If you discover some bed bug bites on your children or yourself, there are a few options. If they are simply red and itchy, you can wash them with soap and water to reduce the symptoms If it continues, an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream can be used to eliminate the itch. Serious bites that leave blisters or hives can get infected. These should be seen by a dermatologist - you may be seeing an allergic reaction!

How to Treat a Bed Bug Infestation.


The problem with a pest you can't see is that treating them can be a guessing game. We suggest washing all the clothes and bedding in the affected rooms, along with using a stiff brush to dislodge eggs from furniture and other surfaces. Vacuum all furniture with texture as well to reduce the chances of a re-infestation. 

Best Pest Control can Help You Solve Your Bed Bug Problem.


The problem with bed bugs is that you can never tell if they're completely gone. We recommend a combination of washing all the bedding and clothes, along with a treatment by the best pest technicians at Lake of the Ozarks - don't watch your loved ones continue to get bitten due to accidentally missing a spot when cleaning. Let the best exterminators in the Lake area assist you in keeping your family and friends safe from bed bugs.


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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 in the walls! Seeing one cockroach does not necessarily mean you have an infestation. If there isn't an easy food supply or shelter, the roach may simply leave the home in search of a more suited environment. Cockroaches are found more in “less clean” homes because there is a larger food supply and a high chance of shelter.

Myth: Cockroaches are afraid of light.


You walk into the basement, turn on the light, and see several roaches scatter from the sudden light - YIKES! Although most species are nocturnal, some are actually attracted to light and gather near its source at night. The cockroaches that scatter from light actually need darkness to navigate. Roaches are, however, scared of humans. The reaction to light is probably caused more by you than by the light bulb.

Myth: Cockroaches don’t bite.


Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches (at least, the ones you may have seen) aren’t aggressive and will only bite in extreme circumstances. They are capable of biting, especially in the event of severe infestations. Larger cockroaches found outside have been known to bite humans. The most serious cases of bites have been on large ships. Cockroaches would get so large they would eventually even try gnawing on the skin and nails of sailors on board! Thankfully, this is an extreme case and the common house roach never gets that big.

Myth: Cockroaches have eyes in the backs of their heads.


Cockroaches always seem to know exactly how to avoid being caught. This leads people to believe they have eyes behind their heads. In truth, they have tiny hairs all over their bodies which allow them to perceive how air moves around them. This gives them the ability to "feel" your presence.

Myth: Cockroaches can survive a nuclear bomb.


Cockroaches are resilient creatures. They can go without air for 45 minutes. They can also go without food for several weeks and can survive on nearly nothing. This makes it exceptionally difficult to determine when an infestation occurred. Amazingly, a cockroach can even survive for weeks without its head! A headless roach will survive until it starves or is eliminated.

In terms of the nuclear bomb urban legend that we’ve all heard, it's highly exaggerated. Cockroaches have a higher resistance to radiation than humans. About 6 to 15 times that for humans to be exact. However, lingering fallout radiation would still remain a threat for any bugs that survive.

Best Pest Control is the answer for all your cockroach fears!


Roaches elicit a much larger fear response than they deserve, but that doesn't mean you should let them stay in your home! Mid-Missouri's #1 pest control company understands that even your clean house can have a roach problem. Let us help you eliminate the problem before it gets any worse. We're experts when it comes to getting rid of pests and creatures you'd rather not see. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks will even give you a free estimate on eliminating the problem!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

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 floor can go a long way to preventing a critter infestation. Similarly, don't leave out glasses of water or leave the faucet outside running. Creatures of all sizes need water to thrive, so eliminating unnecessary water sources will prevent pests from moving in. 

2. Clean up Clutter In and Around the Home.


Things scattered on the ground or floor can shelter insects and even mice! These pests won't go unnoticed if you keep your space open and clean. Additionally, paper waste on the floor is a great nest building tool for rodents and bugs. Throwing away old magazines and newspapers/cardboard is beneficial for more than just cleaning up the house.

3. Check for Air & Water Leaks.


Leaky pipes can lead to water accumulation beneath the house or beside the walls, which are common hiding spots for pests. If there are air leaks in the walls or under the doors of your home, you can bet that small animals can find their way indoors. Seal up those cracks and wrap up your pipes to prevent pest feeding grounds from starting.

Pest Control


If pests are already in your home, it's probably too late for prevention. Your best option is to call in the #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you are attempting to control the infestation on your own, here are a few things to consider when eliminating or controlling your pest problem.

1. Don't Use Outdoor Pesticides Indoors!


Outdoor pesticides are more potent and are generally designed to be used in open air environments. Usage of these chemicals indoors can cause health risks for you, your family, and your pets. Best Pest Control uses organic and environmentally friendly pesticides, both inside and outside, so you can rest easy knowing the job was done safely and effectively.

2. Safely Search & Identify Probable Areas of Infestation.


You can also attempt to set baited traps to eliminate pests, but the best way to know for sure that you've eradicated the issue is to utilize a local pest control business. Try to point out likely areas of concern to the pest control expert, so they can focus their attention on problem areas. They will have access to different pesticides that are more effective than the store-bought varieties, as well as subject knowledge to eliminate your pest problem.

Best Pest Control is Your One Stop Shop for All Your Pest Control Needs.


As the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to have been providing quality service to our area for over 25 years. In order to offer the best possible solution, we work exclusively with organic and environmentally safe pesticides that eliminate the pest problem and leave our customers with healthy, happy homes. If you can't prevent the problem, Best Pest Control can provide the solution!

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