Friday, January 29, 2016

5 OVERSIZED Bugs that Missouri (Thankfully) Doesn’t Have

In Missouri, we're lucky that our bugs and spiders aren't as giant as some of their worldly counterparts. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're glad we don't have to deal with some of the monster-sized insects found all over the world. Best Pest Control has put together this list of world record sized bugs to remind you that thanks to preventive pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will hopefully never see bugs this big.

Giant Weta


The giant weta is one of the world's largest insects and resembles an overgrown cricket/cockroach hybrid. This insect is relatively harmless and is rarely found outside it's incredibly isolated island home. They can weigh as much as 2.5 oz and are as long as 4 inches, making it the heaviest known insect in the world.

Tarantula Hawk 


This hand sized horror is the state insect of New Mexico and comes by its name honestly - it eats tarantulas. Their stingers can be as long as 1/3 of an inch and the sting is rated as one of the most painful in the world. Luckily, this creature is relatively docile, preferring its diet of flower nectar and tarantulas.

Japanese Giant Hornet


This abominable creature is not only large, but violent. If aggravated, this living missile can chase a person for up to 3 miles. It has a wingspan of 2.4 inches and loves the taste of honey, making it a natural pest to bee farmers across most of Asia. When one hornet stings something , it sends out a pheromone signal to the rest of the hive to target its victim - making this pest incredibly dangerous for people and other animals alike.

Giant Camel Spider


If you find yourself in a desert setting, check your surroundings - camel spiders love to crawl into dark spaces! While not actually spiders, this insect elicits high amounts of fear due to its appearance. It can grow to 6 inches, and is indigenous to most desert regions around the world - the Southwestern United States included. Don't worry, they aren't venomous, and rarely attack humans.

Titan Beetle


The Titan Beetle is a huge shelled creature - growing up to 7 inches! Their jaws are strong enough to snap pencils, which shows that their bite could cause some serious damage. Rather than simply attacking when provoked, this large insect hisses, emitting a warning sound before it attacks.

Best Pest Control is Glad You Don't Have to Deal with Oversized Pests!

Missouri may have wild weather (daily), but the bugs are bug sized - no giants, no monsters. If you find yourself facing off against bugs of any size, you can rest easy knowing the best pest control company in Missouri can eliminate your problem. Call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 or 573-873-1118 for a free estimate to protect your home from the critters and insects found at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Do You Have a Deer Problem? Best Pest is Here to Help!

With a large body of water and large tracts of forest scattered throughout the area, the Lake of the Ozarks offers a beautiful environment for deer to thrive in. Unfortunately for homeowners, that means this pest may find its way onto your property, tearing up your yard! Rest assured, the Lake of the Ozarks' most trusted pest control company can help prevent deer from rummaging through and destroying your property. Take a look at these tricks to keep deer from running around in your yard!

Disguise your yard's "scent" and the deer won't notice your yard!


Most deer rely heavily on scent to find their food. Yards that brush up to treelines and have a variety of grasses are prime targets for curious deer. Try hanging some fabric softener in a sock and tying it to the trees around your yard to throw off any deer that are looking for a quick snack. If you have a dog that sheds, collect some of their excess hair and spread it along the outside edge of your yard. Deer will pick up the scent of the dog and should stay away.

Use lights and sound to deter deer.


Deer are skeptical creatures. They are typically afraid of lights and loud sounds and tend to be shy around people and domesticated animals. Put up a motion detected light that shines out onto your lawn to deter deer from accidentally wandering into your yard. If just using lights isn't enough, you can try attaching a sprinkler system to the motion detector that will go off when it senses movement. There are also devices you can set up that will emit sound at a frequency that humans cannot hear, but deer can. They can help repel deer without causing distress to those nearby.

Surround your yard with a security fence.


One of the best ways to keep deer from wandering into your yard is to put up a fence. Fences come in all sizes and can be made out of anything from fishing line to wood or metal.  If you choose to create a wooden or metal fence, you may want to make it as high as 8 feet, to prevent deer from simply jumping over and grazing anyway. Fences are a great option if you are worried about more than just deer. They do a good job at keeping larger pests out of your yard as well.

Best Pest Control can help you with deer problems!


The Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control Company offers more than just pest control! We can also handle your landscaping, weed control, and lawn treatment needs. We can help you keep deer out of the yard and keep your yard pest free while we're at it! When it comes to pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks, we take an all around approach - eliminating pests in the home, the yard and everything in between!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Repel Pests with Essential Oils!

Pests seem to get into everything once they get in the house. The Lake of the Ozarks' most trusted pest control company has seen pests in places you'd never think to look! Thankfully, we've found some essential oils that not only repel these pests but smell incredible as well. This leaves your home smelling fantastic while also keeping those pests away. Let's look at some of these essential oils and herbs to see how we can use them to fight back against pests!


Peppermint Oil


Spiders do not like the smell of peppermint. Dilute some peppermint oil and vinegar with some water and spray it in areas that spiders may visit (like corners and under stairs) for a fresh, clean and spider free zone!

Lavender


Lavender releases a smell that often brings about a sense of calm and peaceful relaxation - for humans that is. Lavender is perfect for keeping cabinets and drawers bug-free. It can be used in an atomizer or misted around a room to prevent pests from invading.

Citronella Oil


We've been using citronella candles for ages to repel mosquitoes and other pests, while enjoying the almost lemon scent they give off. Citronella oil is known to ward off ants, cockroaches, aphids, flies, mosquitoes, and even mice!

Basil


Basil is more than just an ingredient for your next pasta dish! Basil essential oil is great at preventing mosquitos from infesting an area during the summer months. It works well indoors at keeping dust mites from causing allergies as well.

Thyme


Thyme is superb at keeping the common housefly away. While not necessarily a dangerous pest, a fly is a considerable nuisance when trapped inside the house. Grow a mini garden in the kitchen or right outside the front door and the herbs will help naturally repel flies that find their way into the house!


Tea Tree Oil


Tea Tree Oil, the medicine cabinet in a bottle, has tons of uses throughout the home. You can use it to alleviate pain and itchiness from bug bites, or mix it with some vinegar and water to spray on the carpet and in damp, dark areas to prevent and eliminate fungus!

Best Pest Wants Your Home to be Pest Free!


We hope you find these home pest prevention ideas useful. Regardless of your herbs and essential oil preparation, sometimes pests still find a way inside. When that happens, it's time to call in Best Pest Control. Our expertly trained professionals will eliminate the pest issue for you. When it comes to pest control at Lake of the Ozarks, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call Best Pest Control today for a free estimate in getting rid of those pests!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Best Pest Idioms Part 2

The Lake of the Ozarks' most trusted pest control company has heard just about every phrase related to bugs. In the second half of our two-part series, Best Pest Control brings you 4 more bug idioms used in day to day speech. Check out what we found!

Rat Race


1. A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel.


Possible Origin


The first known usage of rat race comes in the late 1930's, describing the work/life balance of individuals and cities like rats in a maze; everyone struggling to survive and get to the end or the dream, but ultimately, accomplishing nothing meaningful.

Bug Off 


1. To cease bothering [someone]. Hey, bug off! Your comments are annoying. I wish you would bug off!
2. Get out! Go away! (Usually Bug off!) Bug off! Get out of my sight! Bug off and leave me alone!

Possible Origin


As with bugging someone, to bug off directly relates to someone who is rather annoying. If someone says to bug off, they are equating someone's presence to be as annoying as a fly or bug, and telling them to go away!

Bug Out 


1. To pack up and leave or retreat. Orders are to bug out by oh-nine-hundred. Okay, everybody, move it! We're bugging out.
2. To get out of somewhere fast. I have to find a way to bug out of here without getting caught. Okay, the downpour has stopped. Let's bug out.

Possible Origin


This phrase became popular in the early 1930's and was used to describe people who scatter in a disorderly conduct, often without preparation. It has come to describe a certain type of bag you can keep on hand, a "bug-out bag" which is filled with items that can come in handy should you need to flee an area quickly. These bags are often associated with emergency situations and natural disasters.

Computer Bug


1. A flaw in a computer program. As soon as I get the bugs out, I can run my program.

Possible Origin


A bug found in computer code actually isn't about bugs at all! This bug is short for bugbear or bugaboo, a malicious spirit that disrupts or causes problems to people nearby. In the 15th century, engineering prototypes that had small issues were attributed to these spirits. This word was shortened to "bug" and passed on to small problems found in software in today's modern computer systems.

Best Pest Idioms are a Healthy Reminder that Bugs are Everywhere!


The phrases we hear in day to day conversation is full of history and strange words. While the best pest company at the Lake of the Ozarks typically eliminates bugs, we can't help but use them in everyday speech. Some bugs can stick around, so long as they stay in our language - not in the house!


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