Monday, February 22, 2016

Don't Let Termites Deter Your Home Purchase

You have found the home of your dreams. You and your family will be closing in two weeks and can't wait to start making new memories. Visually, the home is perfect - the roof is sound, all the appliances are in working order, but the inspection report indicates termite infestation.

If not remedied properly, termites can be as as damaging to homes as floods and tornadoes. This does not mean you should break your contract on that dream house though. Once termite infestation or damage is revealed, your first plan of action should be to contact a professional pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks. There are solutions to rid the home of these unwanted pests. Treatment and repair can then be negotiated with the seller.

Signs to Look For

Termites are not always obvious to the naked eye. There are some clues of infestation that buyers can look for: a swarm of winged insects or "swarmers", discarded wings, cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. The signs may be similar to water damage. A scent like mold or mildew may also be apparent.

Older homes constructed of wood are not the only homes susceptible to termite damage. Brick and masonry homes could have termites in the framing, flooring and even furniture. It is also not uncommon for newer homes to have termites. If purchasing a new home, ask the seller if the home had a termite pre-treatment or if the wood used to build the home was termite-resistant.

How to Prevent Termites

In the U.S., there are three types of termites, drywood, dampwood and subterranean.  A professional termite exterminator in Lake of the Ozarks should be contacted to identify the species for successful elimination. If infestation gets bad enough, termites will eat through books and stored food. Here are a few ways to prevent termites from reappearing once they have been exterminated: 

  • Keep wooden parts of the home foundation 6 inches above soil
  • Do not store firewood, lumber or paper near home or crawl space
  • Remove dead trees, stumps and roots
  • Keep mulch below the siding of the home
  • Install metal flashing on the home
  • Regularly inspect cracks and joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites
  • Keep the basement and crawl space as dry as possible

Termite inspections are a small investment for the long time life of your home. Best Pest Control will reverse any damage through professional repair. It is important that all of the infestation has been fully exterminated to prevent any further infestations. This will prevent costly repairs in the future.

We've got you covered so you can get to the closing table. With three locations at Lake of the Ozarks, Best Pest Control will be able to rid your future home of these destructive pests in a timely manner. Let us be your trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks for years to come.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Good Bugs Vs. Bad Bugs

Best Pest Control knows that any bug in the house is a bad bug. What about outside your home? Some insects and spiders are beneficial and cause relatively no harm - in fact, they can actually help your garden and pest control efforts! Let's look at some common Missouri bugs to reveal which ones are good bugs, and which ones you should call in the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks for.

Good Bug - Dragonfly

These insects were some of the first bugs to develop wings, appearing nearly 300 million years ago! Dragonflies are plentiful in the warmer months, and while they may seem to always be around your plants, the adult dragonfly actually eats other insects. If your pond or lake access point has dragonflies, don't get rid of them - they are doing their best to get rid of your mosquito population.

Bad Bug - Termite

Termites get a bad rap, and for good reason! A nest of termites can vary wildly in population, makingbest bug exterminator at the Lake of the Ozarks.
the discovery of one fairly concerning. A large enough nest can cause massive damage to your home and property. While there are home remedies for a termite infestation, your best option is to call in the

Good Bug - Spiders

We know, spiders aren't insects. They are, however, so beneficial that this list wouldn't be complete without them. When found outside in their natural environment, spiders are a natural predator to insects in your garden and yard. If you have children, be careful - some spiders are venomous and Missouri has several species that can cause considerable harm to people if threatened. If spiders aren't your thing or you want to prevent accidents, call Best Pest Control and we'll eradicate them from your property.

Bad Bug - Fleas

Carried by pets, deer, and other pests, fleas may infest a household through several different methods. A flea bite can transfer diseases and leave red itchy marks all over the body. If you have a flea problem, bathing the family dog or cat won't be enough. You'll want to call in the Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company and have us get rid of your flea problem.

Good Bug - Praying Mantis

A praying mantis could easily be renamed "preying" mantis for its hunting capabilities. These elongated insects hunt several species of pests, but they also consume beneficial bugs as well. Your garden will not have the problem pests like aphids, roaches, moths, or flies. However, they will also be devoid of pollinating insects like weevils, dragonflys, small spiders, and anything small enough to be caught in a praying mantis' grasp. This makes the mantis a good bug to have for a short amount of time, but not to keep in your garden forever.

Best Pest Control Can Help You With Your Pest Control Needs!

Good bugs or bad ones, if they are causing you a problem, they're all the same. Best Pest Control doesn't discriminate insects - they are all eliminated from your home when we treat your property. Our Lake of the Ozarks pest extermination company also provides live trapping services, and rodent elimination tactics as well. Call Best Pest Control TODAY at  for a free estimate on solving your pest issues.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Early Spring? Ward Off Pesky Intruders with These 7 Herbs!

Everyone's favorite groundhog has announced that spring is just around the corner. that means you can get a head start on your spring gardening - but spring pests can get a head start too! The Lake of the Ozarks' most trusted pest control company has discovered that there are a few herbs and spices you can grow in your garden that naturally ward off bugs and other critters. While these may not be as powerful as calling in Missouri's best pest control company, they can certainly help keep a small problem from growing into a larger one.

1. Basil

Basil is great for repelling house flies and mosquitoes. This leafy green is great for small gardens or in pots around the house. Pick the leaves as needed for delicious soups or dry them out and make your own spice for the kitchen.

2. Lavender

Lavender repels moths, fleas, and mosquitoes. It has the added effect of making your house or garden smell fantastic to humans while smelling awful to insects. If you extract the oils from the flowers, you can use this as a topical rub to take on the go as a repellent. Lavender can also be used to make an incredible homemade lemonade.

3. Lemongrass

Citronella oil, used to repel mosquitoes and make campfires smell fantastic, is one of the main components of lemongrass. This ornamental plant can grow up to 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide, so maintenance is a must. Cutting this plant will release the citronella and keep the little biters away. Lemongrass also makes for a great garnish in soups and salads.

4. Mint

Mint is a fantastic plant to grow in a small window garden! Grow it alone, as it grows aggressively and tends to take over its surrounding area. Extract oils from the roots, stems, and leaves and combine with apple cider vinegar and vodka for a fresh mosquito repellent (It really works!).

5. Dill

Dill grown in a garden is a natural repellent for aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers, and tomato hornworms. It's also great for pickling cucumbers and garnishing for chicken.

6. Thyme

Thyme repels whiteflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage fly larvae, corn earworms, and tomato hornworms. It's perfect for the gardener who's growing a little bit of everything, or a farmer who needs a herb to ward pests away from their crop.

7. Rosemary

One of the best natural repellents in a garden, rosemary repels several varieties of insects. It is best grown in a landscaped bed or a small pot. Once ready, harvest the stems and leaves, spreading them around your crop or main garden for an effective repellent.

Best Pest Wants Your Garden to be Pest Free and Smell Amazing

Grow some of these herbs around your home or in your garden and the pests should stay away. If these herbs don't work, Best Pest Control is your answer! We use an organic and safe pesticide solution that won't harm your plants, but WILL eliminate your pest problem. Contact the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks today to get a free estimate on what we can do for you and your garden.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Best Pest Control Services for the Lake of the Ozarks

There’s more to Best Pest Control than just hunting bugs! The #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers several different services to its customers. Not only do we offer a totally organic line of pest control products, but we also do deck and gutter repair, and more. Let’s review some of the services that Best Pest Control offers to see how we can help you!

Pest Control – The Heart of Our Business

Best Pest Control offers various pest control services, all aimed at protecting your property, your docks, and your home. We can also provide your business with protection from insects and other pests. Best Pest Control offers the following pest control services:

  • Spider Control for Your Home and Dock
  • Ant Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Termite Inspections & Treatment
  • Live Trapping
  • Weed Control
  • Lawn Spraying

Additional Services Offered by Your Local Pest Control Company

Not only does Best Pest control offer protection from bugs, rodents, and weeds – we also offer various repair and cleaning services as well. Reduce your “honey-do” list and let Best Pest Control help you with these services:

  •  Deck Cleaning & Repair
  •  Gutter Cleaning & Repair
  •  Landscaping
  •  Lawn Treatments
  •  Leaf Blowing & Removal
  •  Power Washing
  •  Trapping
  •  Weed Spraying
  •  Winter Home Checks
  •  Yard Cleanup

Best Pest Control is the #1 Pest Control Company at the Lake!

Best Pest Control services the entire Lake of the Ozarks area. The business has been providing the best, and most honest/reliable service for over 25 years. Their belief is that a home or business is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, and those investments deserve protection.

Best Pest Control Technicians have a combined 79 years’ experience of providing service.

The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has over 8 technicians, each with years of service and experience under their belt. When you need pest control or repair service done, you can rely on the #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to get it done right – the first time.

Best Pest Control – Your Top Choice for Pest Solutions at the Lake of the Ozarks.

When it comes to providing excellent customer service, Best Pest Control is the best. With expert technicians providing seasoned experience, your home and business will be safe from pests and weeds. We will also help you clean out your gutters, remove leaves from the yard, and even check on your second home while you return to your primary residence for the winter. Call TODAY and schedule your free estimate and learn what makes Best Pest Control the most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks!


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