Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Interesting Facts About Centipedes and Millipedes

Many people are startled by the multi-legged pests that run across the floor or are spotted in their tub or sink. These are either centipedes or millipedes and many cannot tell them apart. It can be difficult to tell whether you have an infestation of centipedes or millipedes because there is no direct evidence, other than spotting them throughout your home. If they become an issue, the best course of action is to contact a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can perform an inspection and find out the source of the population. Below are some interesting facts about these crawly insects:


How Many Legs Do Centipedes and Millipedes Have?


Although the word centipede literally means "100-footed", most centipedes do not have 100 legs. The number of legs a centipede has depends on the number of body segments that make up its body. Most species of centipedes have one pair of legs per segment. Millipedes have 2 pairs of legs on each segment of their body, but there are no known species to have 1,000 legs as the Latin word "millipede" suggests. Remarkably, centipedes and millipedes can re-grow their legs if they lose them!

Where Are Centipedes and Millipedes Found?


Centipedes and millipedes can be found worldwide. Many have successfully adapted to the more mild climates in the Midwest. These creatures desire damp and dark places, preferably under rocks, rotting logs, piles of leaves, and decaying pieces of wood. If they get inside your home, it is not unusual to find them in the kitchen, basement, bathrooms, drains, or garage and crawl space. Indoor sightings usually occur at night, as they are nocturnal in nature.

What Do Centipedes and Millipedes Eat? 


Centipedes are carnivores and kill their prey by injecting them with venom from their front legs. However, their legs are too small to effectively harm humans. They will prey on almost any insect, but prefer cockroaches, flies, moths, crickets, and small spiders. Millipedes feast on decaying organic matter, like the roots and leaves of plants.


Are Centipedes and Millipedes Dangerous?


Millipedes are harmless, but larger centipedes have the ability to bite humans. The bite rarely causes a reaction, unless someone has a serious allergic reaction. A certain desert species of centipede has been compared to a bee sting, pain wise.


Best Pest Control Can Rid Your Home of Crawly Bugs


Your pest management company at the Lake of Ozarks can monitor centipede and millipede activity and eliminate other insects that centipedes depend on for food. Best Pest Control can setup a treatment plan and advise you on what can be done to reduce moist conditions, as well as make recommendations to eliminate centipede and millipede habitats. Contact the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks today at (573) 348-1600 to find an appropriate method for all of your pest situations! 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Protect Your Pets and Property From Fleas

Fleas are not only obnoxious to your pet, but can cause irritation, infection, and even transmit disease. They are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. By understanding fleas' behavior and habits, we can prevent them from causing an infestation in our homes. If you suspect a flea infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks, it is important to hire a flea control professional. Best Pest Control can rid your property of these pests. Below are ways to identify fleas and protect your pets and property from them:

Flea Behaviors and Habits


Adult fleas draw blood from a host. They particularly prefer to feed on hairy animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, raccoon, mice and other animals. Fleas do not have wings, although they are capable of jumping 150 times their own height.


Signs of Fleas


A common indication of flea activity would be pets that repeatedly scratch and groom themselves. This is caused by the discomfort of the flea activity as the adult fleas feed on the pet’s blood. People also may experience bites which leave behind itchy bite marks. Adult flea feces, also can be a sign of flea activity. Flea feces is also called flea dirt because it looks similar to coarse ground black pepper and may be seen in pet beds, carpets, rugs and other areas where the animal host rests.

Flea Threats


Fleas can carry and transmit several potential illnesses to pets and humans. Some flea-borne diseases include:

  • Plague – transmitted by the Oriental rat flea.
  • Flea-borne typhus, also known as murine typhus – transmitted by the bacteria-infested feces of infected cat fleas when they enter the body at the time of the flea’s bite or from scratching the area of the bite.
  • Bartonellosis – Oriental rat flea and cat flea bites may transmit cat scratch disease to humans.
  • Flea tapeworm – can be transmitted if children accidentally contact infected feces.

 Flea Prevention


Homeowners should clean and vacuum regularly to help remove flea populations and to prevent them from laying eggs. Pet owners should practice active flea management by bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian, and using flea control treatments according to directions. Wash and dry pet bedding frequently, as well.

Let Best Pest Control Help Eliminate Fleas From Your Property


A pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can evaluate your home, including outdoor living area and ease of access to various areas of the house. Best Pest Control can determine if a re-infestation is likely, and recommend a treatment program if needed. If fleas are suspected on your property, please contact us today at (573) 348-1600.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

The Pests That Bug Us Most in Spring!

It's hard not to love the fresh sights and sounds of spring. Flowers are in bloom and birds are chirping, but it seems the pesky bugs have joined them as well. Even though there are some insects that can be beneficial to your garden, there are some that really know how to do some damage. A pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help identify and treat the ones that like to destroy our outdoor spaces and cause havoc. Here are some things to look out for:

Pests in Your Vegetable Garden


There are several different types of worms, beetles, and other crawly insects that can feed on a fruitful garden in no time. These insects love a ripe, juicy tomato plant as much as any avid gardener. Defensive measures can be taken such as growing "companion plants" that keep pests away from your main crop. However, once an infestation occurs, redirecting them won't work. A Lake of the Ozarks pest control company will have to destroy the pests. Best Pest Control can treat them and offer organic solutions to safely remove them from your garden.  

Bugs in Your Flower Bed


Damage is not just limited to chewed-up flower petals. Insects can destroy entire plants. Some bugs even leave toxins behind. Others adhere to the plants' sap stem and have natural defenses against pesticides. There are certain insects that will prey on these harmful pests.

Insects Flying Around Your House


It is not uncommon to start seeing flies and other 4-legged winged insects begin to fly around in your home. While they are hard to eliminate completely, there are things you can do to try to bug-proof your home. You will want to prevent insects and spiders from getting inside and keep them from setting up a bug habitat. Seal any cracks around doors, windows, and the foundation of your home. You will also want to make sure screens are secured on doors and windows. Keep your kitchen extra clean by scrubbing your trash bins and disinfecting sinks and countertops. 

Fleas Bothering Your Pet 


Fleas are not just annoying, but difficult to control too. While fleas can bite humans, they do not infest us, as we do not make the ideal host. Fleas prefer cats, dogs rabbits, and similar small mammals. To prevent the spread of fleas, it is critical to know which stage of their life cycle they are in.

Buzzing and Stinging Insects


Nothing stops you in your tracks outside like a bee or wasp buzzing around you can, but that shouldn't keep you indoors this season. Most of these bugs are attracted to sugary foods and sweet smells. If you are having watermelon at your bar-b-cue, make sure to clean up after you are done. Also, cleaning the trash and keeping them sealed prevents them from invading your space. Another not-so-nice insect, the mosquito, loves moist environments. If there is any standing water in your yard, try to eliminate that.

Best Pest Control Wants You to Have a Pest-Free Season


Don't let pests ruin your flower and vegetable gardens or take the fun out of your summer bar-b-cues. Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests. We serve the entire Lake of the Ozarks, and offer a full range of pest control, animal control, and weed control services.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Beat Asthma and Allergies Triggered By Pests!

Each year, the National Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Many times when we think of allergies, we think of pollen, weeds, or food, but there are several asthma and allergy symptoms that are directly related to household pests as well. To prevent a pest problem at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are some simple prevention strategies you can take to avoid the springtime sniffles. To stay healthy during peak asthma and allergy season, Best Pest Control can offer treatment measures to help you keep pests away. Below we answer some questions regarding pest-related asthma and allergies:

What Insects Can Trigger Asthma and Allergies?


Many ordinary pests, such as cockroaches and stinging insects, are known to trigger asthma and allergies. Cockroach droppings, saliva, shed skins and other body parts contain allergen proteins that cause allergic reactions and can aggravate asthma symptoms, especially in children. In people with weakened immune systems, the venom of certain stinging insects, such as yellowjackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants can cause serious allergic reactions. Symptoms can range from itching and hives, to shortness of breath to anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.


What Pest Prevention and Treatment Measures Are There For Asthma and Allergies? 


Not only will eliminating pests from your property keep your home healthy, but preventative measures can keep you safe from the threat of asthma and allergies as well. An unknown cockroach problem could be triggering symptoms for asthma and allergy sufferers. As people spend more time outdoors, stinging insects also become a concern.  


Here are some tips for safeguarding your home against pests that cause asthma and allergies:

  • Keep food sealed and stored properly, and clean kitchen floors and counters daily.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  • Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes and in screen doors and windows.
  • Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or shortness of breath, call 911.
  • If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
  • If you suspect an infestation or notice a hive or nest on your property, contact a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to safely remove the threat.

Best Pest Control Can Help You Fight Asthma and Allergy Symptoms This Spring!


Don't suffer this spring with asthma and allergies. Do yourself a favor and contact the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks! Serving the entire Lake of the Ozarks area, Best Pest Control offers a full range of pest and weed control services to keep your home pest-free and your springtime asthma and allergy symptoms knocked out!

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