Showing posts from 2016

Deer In Your Yard? No Problem!

While many people are out looking for deer, you probably don't like finding them in your own yard. When deer make their way onto your property, they can tear apart your lawn and eat your plants. This time of the year, you are bound to see a few deer making their way out of the forest. Luckily, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has a few things you can do to make sure they don't find their way to your yard. 

1. Lawn Decorations

Deer are typically very skittish, so it is best to use that to your advantage. Lawn decoration, such as scarecrows, sundials and other lawn ornaments, especially those with moveable parts could keep them out of your yard. They also don't like loud noises, so having windchimes in your yard could also be useful in keeping them away. 

2. Fences

Fences are one of the best ways to keep deer off of your property. If you decide to put up a fence to keep deer out, make sure it is over 8-foot tall, as deer could jump anything lower. Also, it is im…

Protect Your Restaurant From Pests

If you or someone you know owns a restaurant, then you know how important a clean and well-kept kitchen is for a successful business. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests, so it's important to use a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to make sure your restaurant is pest free, so you can continue to run your business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem.

Why Pests Love Restaurant

Restaurants typically have food in storage to prepare for customers, which pests see as a perfect place to settle in because of the easy access to food. Luckily, restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and keep food spillage to a minimum.
Restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. In addition, customers or even servers may accidentally drop food on the floors. Plus, large industrial kitchens have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Because of all of this, it's important to clean serving areas …

5 Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Christmas is just in a few days and the team at Best Pest Control is getting into the holiday spirit! People all around the world celebrate Christmas, and while some traditions remain the same, there are a few unique traditions that are special to certain regions like (fake) spiders and webs in Christmas trees or decorating banana trees. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company takes a look at a few of these interesting traditions that people do around Christmas. 

1. A Very Spidey Christmas - Ukraine

In America, it is common to decorate your Christmas tree with tinsel, ornaments, garland, but what about spiders? Ukrainians forego the "traditional" Christmas tree decorations and cover their trees with spiders and cobwebs - fake ones of course! According to the local folklore, there was a poor woman who would not afford to decorate the family's Christmas tree, The next morning, her children woke up to see the tree covered with webs and when the first light of Christmas m…

Avoiding Pests This Christmas

It's the holiday season and many people are getting their homes ready for the upcoming festivities. However, some of our decorations can bring in some unwanted guests. Luckily, your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company has a few tips, so you can enjoy your live decorations without having to worry about pests making themselves at home. 

1. Christmas Trees

A live Christmas tree is by far the biggest pest magnet during the holiday season. Not only can bugs live in the tree, they can also lay eggs in the tree. When brought into the warm house, the eggs could hatch causing a pest infestation. The USDA Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists all the pests that could be brought into your home through your Christmas tree. However, before you decide to ditch the real tree for a fake tree, take a few precautions to keep the bugs from crashing your Christmas party. First, shake your tree out before bringing it inside and carefully inspect it. After it's inside, regularly look for any signs of …

Make Sure Your Home Is Safe This Winter

Do you own a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks? If so, there's a lot more you need to do other than locking the door when it is time to leave for the season. The Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company does more than protecting your home from pests, we also have a winter home check service to protect your home from the winter weather. 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'll 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 of the freezing temperatures. Our crew can stop by once or twice a month to make sure your dock is withstanding the winter. If needed, we can inst…

Raking Leaves For Pest Control!

Although the fall leaves may be beautiful to look at, leaf piles that are left unattended could be home to various pests. The Lake of the Ozarks has been experiencing an unusually warm fall, which means that pests that should be in dormancy are still active, and they are taking shelter within piles of leaves. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company takes a look into the importance of proper fall lawn care and how to avoid pests in your yard. 

Fall Lawn Care Maintenance
Proper fall lawn care maintenance is important for the health of your yard. A few leaves (about 10-20% coverage) won't do much damage to your lawn. However, an excessive amount of leaves on your lawn going into the winter season can be bad for several reasons. First, sun rays may not be able to reach the grass, which could hinder the growth in the spring. Second, it could trap in moisture, which could result in mold and fungus. Finally, leaves make the perfect habitat for pests. 
What Do Leaves Attract?
Black Widow…

5 Pests To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and there is a lot to be thankful for this season. Many of us are compiling a mental list of all the blessings in our lives. However, what if we told you there are a few insects you may want to add to that list? While there are many pests that can wreak havoc on our lives, such as termites or bed bugs, there are many that are beneficial our environment. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control experts are here to help you identify which insects you should be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

1. Ladybugs

Ladybugs, or lady beetles, are considered to be one of the most beneficial garden bugs. Ladybugs feed on insects that can wreak havoc to a beautiful garden like aphids, mealybugs and other destructive insect pests. They also can lay their eggs among the aphids or other prey, so when they hatch, the larvae can feed on them as well. 

2. Fireflies

Whether you refer to them as fireflies or lightning bugs, you don't want to get rid of these …

How To Avoid The Fall Invasion

During the fall, many different types of pests seek shelter from the upcoming winter weather. With all these pests making their way inside your home, it can sometimes feel like you are on the losing side of a never ending battle. Don't worry, though! The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! Best Pest Control has five tips to help you avoid an infestation this season.

1. Seal Up Your Home

The first step in preventing pests from getting in is to seal up any entrance points. Some common points of entry are utility openings where wiring or pipes come into the foundation or siding of your home. It doesn't take a big hole for spiders, or even mice, to get inside. You can use caulk, expandable foam or copper mesh to seal up these areas. 

2. Seal Up Windows & Doors

Use weather-stripping or caulk to seal up any cracks and gaps around windows and doors. However, before you seal up, they should be thoroughly cleaned and old caulk should be removed to make …

What You Need To Know About Fleas

During the summer months, many pet owners worry about fleas. However, they don't go away once the summer ends. In some areas, fall is the worst month for fleas. If you are finding more and more fleas on your pet, make sure you call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition, there are a few things misconceptions about fleas, so it is important to know the facts about proper flea control.

Myth: Healthy Pets Don't Get Fleas
Truth: While a healthy diet is less attractive to fleas, it won't keep them away in heavily infested areas. It is important to make sure your yard is sprayed regularly by a pest control company and use flea repellent on your pets to make sure they don't bring them in from their walks.

Myth: Fleas Live On Pets, Not In Homes
Truth: While it is true that fleas live on pets, they can quickly jump off and find a new home in your carpets, bedding and furniture. All of these places make the perfect living conditions for fleas, eggs and …

What To Do After Hallowen

Halloween has come and gone. The trick or treaters have collected their candy and the scary movies have been watched. However, Halloween isn't completely over, as you probably have some pumpkins and tons of candy to remind you of the fun you had. However, these things often lead to unwanted pests in your home, which leads you to call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. To make sure you don't have creepy crawlers in your home, your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company has a few tips you can do after Halloween is over.

1. Clean Up Pumpkins

Although you probably spent a good amount of time planning and carving the perfect Jack-O-Lantern, these pumpkins can often lead many pests into your home. As soon as pumpkins are carved, they become the perfect breeding ground for pests, so it's best to throw out pumpkins shortly after Halloween. If left out too long it begins to rot and more pests will start to call your pumpkin home. When throwing away the pumpkin…

National Rodent Awareness Week

October 23 - 29 is National Rodent Awareness Week. As a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, our job is to keep your home protected from unwanted guests like rodents. If rodents get into your home, it is important to have a professional to get rid of them quickly. From chewing electrical wires to causing structural damage, they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Best Pest Control offers ways you can tell if you have rodents in your home and how to stop them.

Signs Of Rodent Infestation

Mice and rats can sometimes be difficult to find. However, it is important to know the signs of an infestation, as a couple mice can turn into a dozen quickly. Check out these warning signs of a rodent infestation:

- Rodent dropping around food, in drawers or cupboards and under the sink.

- If you find nesting materials, such as shredded paper, fabric or dried plants.

- Chewing patterns on food items or wrapping. 

- Entrance points - chewed holes in the walls and floors. 

- Strange orders…