Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cute Critters Can Destoy Your Lawn and Garden

As you prepare your yard this season, don't let cute critters fool you. Many of these animals can cause destruction to your lawn and garden. If you find out critters are destroying your yard, contact a company that provides live animal trapping at Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control will take action against these unwanted critters to prevent further damage from occurring. Below are some common critters that may be cute, but wreak havoc in your landscaping:

Squirrels 


Squirrels spend their days foraging for their next meal. These creatures keep themselves busy in your yard or garden looking for food. In the meantime, they can cause structural damage to your home and outdoor areas as they go about their business. Squirrels can easily chew through wood, insulation, shingles, aluminum, and electrical wires. You may even find a nest in an attic, chimney, vent, or walls built by an active squirrel.

Rabbits


Although rabbits seem cute, they can be destructive to your garden and landscaping. Rabbits will chew buds, small branches and stems to get the vegetation off the plants. Some trees and shrubs will never recover from a rabbit attack.

Gophers


Gophers burrow underground throughout your yard. As they tunnel under the soil, they will eat the roots of your plants and above-ground vegetation as well. In fact, they are capable of pulling the plants underground from beneath the soil's surface.

Oppossums


Opposums are known to make nests and create a mess along the way. They will look for food in your outdoor trashcans and spread out the trash as they feast on your old food scraps. They will carry the debris to their nests under porches and decks.

Raccoons


A family of raccoons in your yard can turn your landscaping upside down. They will cause mayhem to your garden by stripping all of the plants of their vegetation. Raccoons will also eat birdseed out of birdfeeders and dump trashcans over looking for food. They have even been known to turn over freshly laid sod looking for grubs underneath. Most of the damage will take place during the nighttime, as raccoons are nocturnal animals. Watch out for raccoons in sheltered areas of your yard near your home's foundation. 

Deer


If your yard gets inhabited by deer, they will eat plants and shrubs. The beauty of your garden will be compromised, as deer target ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees. Deer commonly rub their antlers against trees and shrubs, which will cause damage as well. They will trample your plants and flowers as they wander around foraging for food. You can easily tell if damage is caused by deer if you spot tracks in your soil.


Best Pest Control Can Keep Your Lawn Critter Free


Creating a lush lawn and bountiful garden takes time and critters can destoy them in a matter of minutes. The best animal control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you rid them from your property and protect your vegetation. In addition, Best Pest Control offers lawn treatments, landscaping, and yard cleanup. We will get your lawn and garden in tip-top shape and make sure it stays that way by keeping critters out!


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tackle Pests Room-by-Room This Spring

Spring has finally arrived and the pests are now waking up. If you are tackling home improvements, you can avoid a pest infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks by adding some things to your to-do list. With the help of the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, you can maintain a healthy living environment and ward off pests this spring. Here is a room-by-room guide of things you can do to avoid a pest infestation this spring:

Kitchen


Your kitchen can become a common gathering place for ants. This is because the kitchen provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants march through your home in search of crumbs or overripe fruit sitting on the counter top and sticky residue from spilled liquid. To make your kitchen less attractive to ants, keep your kitchen clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Here are some other things you can do to try to keep ants at bay:

  • Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flour
  • Wipe down the inside of your cabinets and install fresh shelf paper
  • Vacuum behind kitchen appliances
  • Disinfect your kitchen counters and floors    


Bathroom


Many pests like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can be frequently found in bathrooms. Eliminating sources of water in your bathroom is the best way to prevent pest infestations. Check under the sink and around the bathtub to ensure there is no moisture from leaky pipes or faucets. In addition, wash the shower curtain and liner and clean out drawers and medicine cabinets.


Basement


Rodents, spiders, and a host of other pests can take up residence in your basement. The reason why pests find basements so attractive is because they tend to be dark and cluttered, which provide ideal places for them to hide. Spring is a good time to go through your belongings and pitch things you don't need. Replace any cardboard boxes with plastic storage bins with tight fitting lids. Seal any cracks or crevices to prevent any pests from entering your home. Mice are able to fit through an opening the size of a dime and insects can fit through a paper-thin crack to gain entry.

Outdoor Space


Once you have gone through the interior of your home, examine your outdoor living space. Look for any damage done over the winter. Rotted wood and shingles can attract termites and other insects. Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts before April rain showers. You may also need to repair ripped screens, replace weather stripping, and seal any loose mortar around the foundation. Cut back bushes in your yard so that branches are not touching the house, allowing easy access for pests to enter your home. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch away from your home's foundation.

Best Pest Control Can Help You Combat Spring Pests 


Deter pests from invading your home and living space this spring, by taking some extra measures in each room and your outdoor living space. Best Pest Control offers treatments for all pests that affect Central Missouri, so you don't have to worry about a pest problem at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Get Rid of Pesky Gnats That Invade Your Home

Have you had enough of those tiny little flying insects that seem to multiply around your kitchen, pet bowls, and even household plants? These pesky insects are gnats and can be extremely annoying. Gnats are a common pest problem, which can require a call to the #1 pest company at the Lake of the Ozarks. The best indication you have a bug problem on your hands is seeing the adults fly about in the air. Best Pest Control can resolve gnat infestations so that you can get rid of them once and for all. It is crucial to locate the sources of the gnats to keep them from breeding. Here are some common places that you will find gnats in your home:

In Your Kitchen


Stop gnats from re-infesting by getting rid of their food supply. Gnats feed on food scraps that you leave in your kitchen. Some of the most frequent places in your kitchen that gnats will quickly lay eggs and inhabit are:




  • Food Sources - When you store food, make sure it is in an airtight container, and placed in a sealed cabinet or refrigerator. Keep an eye on fruit or keep it in the refrigerator to prevent it from becoming overripe, and attracting gnats. 
  • Trashcan- Do not give gnats a chance to live off of your discarded food. Food waste will also cause a gnat invasion. Make sure to change your trashcan regularly and wipe it out. Having a tight fitting lid will keep them from getting inside.
  • Sinks and Drains- Gnats are attracted to the old food or residual stuff down in the pipes and garbage disposal. Sink baskets, stoppers, and anything else that can have spoiled food on it can attract these flying pests. Try running a bunch of soapy water down the drain or filling the sink up with water and a small amount of bleach to keep these areas disinfected.

Inside Over-watered Houseplants 


Over-watered plants are the perfect breeding ground for gnats. They will lay their eggs in the soil. You can identify a gnat infestation on houseplants by clear larvae or gnats flying up from the soil. You will want to remove some of the soil and let it dry up. To keep this from happening, make sure your houseplants are damp rather than wet.  Also ensure that your plants have adequate drainage.

In Pet Bowls 


If you feed your pets wet food, you could end up with a gnat problem. Since gnats love moist places and leftover food, your pet's bowls can create an infestation. You need to clean and dry the pet bowls after each meal to ensure gnats don't take up residence in your pet's dinner bowl.


 Let Best Pest Control Solve Your Gnat Problem


While these insects are small in size and don't appear to be a big pest problem, they reproduce quickly and populate infested areas in swarms. This is how they become larger problems to homeowners. In order to properly treat gnat infestations, it is recommended to contact a Lake of the Ozarks pest control professional. Best Pest Control can properly remove gnats. They can locate any possible breeding sources so that they can treat them for any future re-infestations.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring is the Time to Protect Your Home from Pests


Spring is here!  As the weather warms up, many pests start to become active. Insects like ants, mosquitoes, wasps, ticks, fleas, cockroaches, and even rodents are now preparing to feed, breed, and nest after winter. Unfortunately, as the weather gets warmer,  homeowners can find themselves with a pest issue during the spring season. Consider hiring the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to keep insects and rodents from coming in. Best Pest Control can provide professional treatment plans to eliminate these critters, and this checklist offers ways to try to prevent them from coming into your home:

Checklist to Keep Pests Out

  • Seal all crevices and gaps in windows and doors.
  • Clean and maintain air ducts and vents regularly.
  • Fix leaky pipes and any sources of moisture from clogged gutters since this can attract ants and cockroaches.
  • Eliminate all standing water around the house such as birdbaths. 
  • Make sure basements, crawlspaces, and attics are dry and well ventilated. 
  • Clean basements and attics of old trash, boxes, and papers, which can harbor rodents.
  • Replace or repair rotten roof shingles to discourage ants and termites from entering.
  • Clean dirty dishes every night and disinfect food preparation surfaces.
  • Remove trash from the house on a regular basis.
  • Secure inside and outside trash containers with a lid.
  • Keep garbage cans and compost piles away from the home.
  • If pests are suspected, launder all fabrics in hot water, including pet bedding, rugs, and slip covers.
  • Avoid leaving your pet's food bowl out for an extended period of time.
  • Remove any trash or debris from your lawn or garden.
  • Trim plants, bushes, and shrubbery and make sure the branches do not touch the structure of the house.
  • Inspect your home's foundation and seal any cracks since this is an easy access point for pests.
  • Fence your flower and vegetable gardens to keep rodents from invading them.
  • Do not allow wood to touch or lean against the home and raise it off the ground if possible.

Avoid Infestation By Being Prepared

Pest prevention is the best way to eliminate an infestation. Once pests infest your home, they can cause major damage. Not only are they unpleasant (and possibly dangerous) to live with, but the damage can be costly if repairs or replacements are needed. With the help of a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, some minor home repairs, and proper sanitation, homeowners can be prepared for spring pests. By adding these extra items to your spring cleaning 'to-do' list, the effort will be worth it in the long run. Don’t let your home be invaded by troublesome pests.

Best Pest Control Can Combat Spring Critters

To make sure your home is ready for spring, contact Best Pest Control. We have the proper defenses against insects and rodents that can enter your home. Ask us about getting on a regular schedule so you can eliminate persistent pests and your worries! Call us today at (573) 348-1600 for a free estimate.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Don't Let Asian Lady Beetles Take Up Residence in Your Home

Many people believe that ladybugs are a symbol of luck. However, if you start to notice these red and black insects invading your home, you may want to take a closer look. These are most likely Asian Lady Beetles, who look similar to their beneficial ladybug cousins. Further inspection from the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks can determine the difference.

Introduction of the Asian Lady Beetle


Asian Lady Beetles were purposely introduced from Asia in the latter half of the 1900's by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The lady beetles were released into Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland to control agricultural pests such as aphids and scale insects.  They have since migrated so they are found throughout most of the U.S. These beetles spread quickly and soon the not-so-beneficial aspects of this species were realized.

Bothersome Pests


The warmth of homes and buildings attract Asian Lady Beetles once temperatures lower in the fall. They tend to prefer homes with contrasting areas of light and dark colors. They move inside through crevices and gaps in the home's windows, walls, and foundation. Once inside, their presence becomes bothersome in several ways:

  • Lady beetles will fly and crawl around rooms, and overwinter, essentially hibernate, inside homes. They will emerge throughout the winter and try to move outdoors come spring, but will remain trapped.
  • As a means of communication, lady beetles release pheromones, an unpleasant odor to attract others. This lets them know they have found a place to "set up camp" for the winter. The chemical scent is very strong and can be detected by the species up to a 1/4 mile away. Scrubbing this off your home is nearly impossible, as it penetrates the interior walls as well as the outside structure.
  • If disturbed, they emit a yellow fluid, which also contains pheromones. This is actually their blood and defense in a stressful situation. The blood smells bad and signals to a predator to choose a different prey. It is also disturbing for a home owner, because it stains walls and furniture yellow.
  • Some people have been known to have allergic reactions to lady beetles. Especially in large infestations. Some known complications are cough, hay fever, asthma, hives, and eye problems, such as conjunctivitis ("pink eye"). 
  • Asian Lady Beetles can be aggressive if they land on humans. Some can bite hard enough to break the skin. This may be a defensive mechanism or their tendency to seek moisture and food.

Prevention


Prevention is the most effective way to manage Asian Lady Beetles. To keep them out of your home, make sure to check the outside of your home for spaces and cracks where lady beetles could enter. This includes sealing any windows, doors, pipes, and vents that may be compromised. Repair or replace any damaged door screens. Lady Beetles can fit through openings as small as 1/8" in size. A good extermination company at Lake of the Ozarks can help you prevent large persistent infestations of these pests.

Best Pest Control


No job is too small for Best Pest Control. If you don't like lady beetles invading your home year after year, we have a solution for you. We can take care of this problem and prevent infestations in the future. We are dedicated to providing the BEST products and services.




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