Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Common Bed Bug Questions Answered

Bed bugs are a growing problem within all types of dwellings. Their preferred shelter is dark areas such as sofas, bed mattresses, and other soft furnishings. These wingless insects feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. As a result, humans make the ideal host for them. The fact that bed bugs can breed successfully in various environments and circumstances, along with their ability to go a long time without eating makes them difficult to eliminate. It is advisable to hire a professional in pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks to eradicate them. Best Pest Control can treat bed bugs and eliminate any infestations. Below we answer some common questions about bed bugs:

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?


Bed bugs are not limited to any one specific type of habitat. These pests are found in residential homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, condos, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, and even movie theaters. These days, even five-star hotels are susceptible to bed bug infestations.

Are Bed Bugs Hard to Treat?


Although considered pests, bed bugs should not be equated with sanitation problems in hotels or homes, for that matter. Bed bugs are hardy and transient pests. They are often found in other areas, besides the bed. They are able to survive for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. A pest control company can control bed bugs with constant inspection and treatment. 

Why Are Bed Bugs Found In Hotels, 


Bed bugs leave itchy, red welts on human skin. Adult bed bugs are hard to control because they can live months without eating. Once inside a home or hotel room, bed bugs spread rapidly through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing, and luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread from room to room, since guests may end up moving to another room.

Are Bed Bugs Just In Beds?


Bed bugs do not jut live in beds. They can live pretty much anywhere. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, and cracks and crevices in baseboards. 

Do Bed Bugs Carry Diseases?


Although bed bugs look like an insect that would transmit a disease, like a mosquito, there are no records of disease transmissions by bed bugs. However, the biggest risk factor for humans could be secondary bacterial infections, as result from scratching the skin from bites. If the skin breaks from scratching, bacteria could enter. 

What Can I Do to Protect Myself Against Bed Bugs?


A good time to check for bed bugs, is after you return from a trip. Be vigilant in checking your luggage and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control company at the Lake of Ozarks. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.

How Do I Control Bed Bugs?


To effectively control bed bugs, a thorough inspection should be done by a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. Best Pest Control can do an evaluation to find out where the bed bugs are harboring. Once we discover the root of the problem, we will develop a treatment and strategy to control them depending on the infestation. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, condo, or multi-family dwelling, contact Best Pest Control at (573) 348-1600 to eliminate these pests immediately!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Don't Let Missouri Insects and Pests Threaten You and Your Home

The weather has warmed up and if you are opening up doors and windows to let fresh air in, you are most likely welcoming more creepy crawly insects and pests into your home as well. As a result of the continental climate, Missouri has varied temperatures and levels of precipitation. This along with the mild winter we experienced, leads to varying pest problems. One of the first steps toward preventing pests in your home is knowing which ones are common in your area, when to expect them, and the kind of damage they can cause. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can evaluate the types of insects and pests that are invading your home and deter them from re-entering.  Below Best Pest Control lists some common pests and insects found in Missouri:


Bed Bugs


Like most of the United States, bed bugs can be a major problem in Missouri. With increased travel and many vacation rental properties in the area, bed bugs are common and can be a challenge to get rid of. They tend to hide in groups in places like mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards, where they have easy access to bite people in the night. Bed bugs can survive over a year without any food, meaning the only way to get rid of these pests is by eliminating them all. This typically requires the help of a professional.

Spiders


Missouri is home to over 300 species of spiders. They live in practically every type of habitat. Many dread the mere thought of a spider. Most spider venom is harmless to humans, but may cause temporary discoloration, irritation, or swelling similar to a mosquito bite. Fortunately, there are relatively few spiders that can pierce human skin. The two spiders that are known in Missouri to be potentially harmful to humans are the brown recluse and the black widow. Both can bite humans, which can cause severe pain and infection. Deaths from black widow bites are rare and there are no proven deaths from brown recluse bites. Deaths linked to spider bites usually occur in individuals who have allergic reactions or immune deficiencies to the spider's venom.  

Ticks


There are three main species of ticks to be aware of in Missouri. The American dog tick is very prevalent and is known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be deadly. The lonestar tick is another common type, which may also carry spotted Rocky Mountain fever and possibly Lyme disease. Lastly, the deer tick is a carrier of Lyme disease and poses serious health threats to humans. Be aware of flu-like symptoms and a redness around the bite. Ticks are very common in late spring to early fall, and can be brought inside on pets or humans.

Stinging Insects


Yellowjackets and hornets are two of the most problematic and stinging insects in Missouri. The two types of yellowjackets common to the state are the Eastern yellowjacket and the Southern yellowjacket. These insects make their nest underground, but will encounter humans in their search for food. They can become become aggressive and sting as a defense mechanism. Hornets are another serious threat. The European and the baldfaced hornets feed off of other insects. They typically remain outdoors, but sometimes the European hornets make their nests indoors which is when they can become a serious problem.

Best Pest Control Can Combat Missouri's Insects


Missouri is home to a diverse array of pests and insects. Don't let them take up residence in your home and threaten you and your family. Let the #1 Pest Control Company in Missouri prevent them from entering your home and causing damage. Best Pest Control can find a solution for all of the pests and insects that creep and crawl in Missouri!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Signs Your Lawn May Need Help

Maintaining your lawn will soon become a full time job to keep it healthy and looking lush. A lawn service at the Lake of the Ozarks can perform a lawn evaluation and set up a proper treatment schedule to prevent it from becoming victim to pests and diseases. Here are some issues that generally require the help of a lawn care and pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Pests


If your lawn gets affected by insects, it should be easy to identify. It usually affects a widespread area and will be visible on the surface or if you roll back a bit of the grass. Animals such as skunks, raccoons, birds, and moles start digging up the turf to feed on grubs beneath the surface. 

Lawn Disease


If your lawn develops a disease, this can be harder to identify what is causing the problem. It would actually require the use of a microscope to see the fungus, bacteria, or virus that is responsible. However, on the surface you may notice irregular patches of browning grass. Another sign is generalized thinning and browning in various parts of the lawn. One common lawn fungus you may notice is mushrooms coming up through your yard.

Weeds


Weeds are the most common problems in lawns. Not only do they look bad, they compete with grass for water, nutrients, space, and light. They will flourish in shortly-cut grass. One way to keep them at bay is to mow your grass higher. Unfortunately, not all weeding tactics work against all types of weeds. Applying a pre-emergent weed control will help prevent them from coming up in the first place. 

Moss


Although not quite a weed, moss can become quite a nuisance in your yard. Moss cannot kill your grass, but can creep into your lawn if it has already started to die. If you start to see moss taking residence in your yard, this is a good indicator that something deeper is wrong with your lawn. It is just taking advantage of the empty dirt and dead grass left behind. 

Moles


Moles can create quite a mess, leaving their tunnels all over your yard. You know you have a mole problem if you discover visible trenches and dug-up soil in your yard. Some molehills can be substantial enough to damage lawn mower blades and housings.

Best Pest Control Can Shape Up Your Lawn


Best Pest Control is the most trusted Lake of the Ozarks pest control company and we offer weed control, lawn spraying, and live trapping services as well. We realize even the most seasoned landscapers can end up with problems that affect their lawns. Our lawn company at the Lake of the Ozarks can pinpoint the problem. Leave it to Best Pest Control to find a treatment that rids your lawn of unwanted pests, weeds, and disease!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Top 3 Questions Answered About Bees

After hibernating, bees awaken in time to start collecting pollen and nectar from their preferred plants in the spring. Some bee species are active pollinators and have established relationships with native flowering plants. As a result, they can become a nuisance to you when you begin to plant and maintain your garden. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumble bees. Contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to keep bees from becoming a burden to you. Best Pest Control can perform an inspection to accurately identify the offending bee and locate any damage. Below we answer 3 common questions about bees:

Do Bees Die After They Sting You?


You may have heard that once a bee stings you, it dies. This actually depends on what type of bee stung you. Honey bees, do indeed die after they sting you, but other bees can sting you and continue to live to find another victim. However, you don't have to worry about male bees stinging you. Only females are able to sting by pumping venom through a needle-like apparatus into the unfortunate receiver. Bees are able to grab and hold on to the victim's flesh while they sting you, but retract and withdraw it's stinger before you can cry "Ouch!". Honey bees are unable to pull their stinger out and the bee dies as a result of a rupture to its abdomen. If you do get stung by a honey bee, be sure to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Although the stinger is detached from the bee, the venom can continue to pump inside of you. Rather than squeeze it, scrape it out with a fingernail or something flat like a credit card.

Why Do Bees Sting?


Bees live in a very organized community in a hive. This lifestyle leaves them vulnerable to predators including insects like ants, wasps, and other bees as well as mammals, such as skunks, raccoons, possums, mice, and humans. Bees don't just sting for fun. They do so when they feel they are in danger or are defending their nest. The honey bee is the most likely to attack, especially in large numbers. A bee is much less likely to sting when it is in search of food or water, but it will sting in defense when swatted, stepped on, or otherwise feels in danger. In most case, bees will choose flight over fight.

Are There Really Killer Bees?


There are such a thing as 'Killer Bees', more properly called African honey bees. However, the chance of you getting stung by them is pretty rare. They mostly inhabit the southernmost areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, but have recently been found in Florida. They do not look for victims to attack, but like other bees defend their nest and do so aggressively. They earn their reputation from inflicting ten times as many stings during a defensive attack than that of their calmer cousins.

Best Pest Control Can Identify A Bee Problem at Your Home


Bees can be mistaken for wasps due to their similar physical characteristics, so effective treatment relies upon proper identification from a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control has an effective application strategy to remove bees from your home. The only way to rid your home of bees is to remove the hive entirely, so for safety and efficiency purposes it is best to contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control expert.

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