Thursday, June 30, 2016

Oh Deer! 6 Tips to Help Protect Your Yard/Garden

Seeing deer in the yard can be exciting, unless that yard has a garden. If that is the case, then you might be more worried about them messing up your flowers and/or vegetables. If you aren’t sure how to get rid of the deer, you’re in luck. Best Pest Control has 6 tips on how to deter deer from your garden.

1. Plant What Deer Dislike

Deer, if hungry or curious enough, will eat almost anything. No plants are guaranteed to repel deer, but it is worth a shot! Plants that deer dislike the most include thorny plants and those with fuzzy or leathery leaves, not including rose bushes. They also are known to not like ornamental grasses, irises, foxgloves, yucca, and herbs and plants with a strong fragrance, such as sage, chives, lemon balm, bee balm, etc. However, this all depends on the season, the plant, the weather and the availability of other foods. Deer tend to eat more in the fall to help build up fat to get them through the harsh winter months. As herbivores though, deer like to eat plants, fruits, acorns and nuts, which are easy to find in the summer, especially in your yard!

2. Repel the Deer

Deer often need encouragement to stay away. You can repel deer from feeding in your garden with certain repellents that have either a bad smell or taste. Rotten eggs and garlic are both very effective in keeping deer out of gardens. You can create a concoction out of these ingredients and apply to the deer affected areas using a spray bottle. However, it works best when there aren’t a lot of deer and the damage is very little. It is important to remember that the longer the deer have been feeding in your garden, the harder it is to deter them with repellents.

3. Avoid Feeding Deer

If you feed deer, this encourages them to come back to your yard as they now see it as a resource for food. This is not only bad for you and your neighbors, but it is also dangerous for the deer. If deer are coming to your neighborhood to feed, it will bring them within close range of vehicles. This could lead to a potential collision when they hang around the side of the road or cross it.

4. Install Fencing

Deer can easily jump over anything lower than four feet high and a six-foot fence raises the chance of entangling and injuring it, so an eight-foot high fence is recommended for keeping deer out. You could also install a four-foot fence and add chicken wire that extends 2 feet out at a 45-degree angle. This method is an easy and effective way to keep deer and other critters out of your yard or garden, but could be quite expensive to install.

5. Use Your Dog

If you have a dog, train them to mark their territory around your garden. Dogs are a natural predator of deer and because of this they will avoid them. This will work best when your dog is medium to large size and is free to roam your yard and/or garden. If you choose this method, they will need to remark their territory every few days and/or after it rains.

6. Use Noise or Light

There are many different devices that deter deer by scaring them off. At night, bright motion sensor light can scare off deer, while shiny objects that reflect light work well during the day. If you need to use noise to deter deer, radio noise, whistles and even firecrackers can cause deer to run. Sprinklers are also effective for a short time. Although if you use these methods regularly, the deer will become use the noise and continue to enter your garden.

Get Rid of Deer Using Best Pest Control

Not only can we help keep deer out of your yard and/or garden, we are here for all your Lake of the Ozarks pest control needs! Our expert team is trained to “get rid” of those annoying bugs and critters. Give us a call at 573-348-1600 for a free estimate. At Best Pest Control, we not only get rid of pests, we keep them out! 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Control Mosquitoes This Summer

It is officially mosquito season at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you will be spending most of your early mornings or evening hours outside, you will want to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Sometimes it takes more than bug spray to keep these pests at bay. Best Pest Control can spray your backyard and get rid of these annoying summer pests. In addition, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks also has some tips on how you can keep the mosquitos at bay this summer.


Preventing Mosquitos


Mosquitos can lay their eggs in water, and not much water at that. A Frisbee or even a plastic water bottle cap can hold enough water for them to breed. To avoid mosquitos from laying their eggs, take the following steps:

- Find and remove any puddles of water or standing water around your home.

- Punch a hole in any unusable tires laying in the yard to prevent pools of water forming inside them.

- Dump and wipe out your bird bath every few days. The eggs can stick to the bottom of the bowl and survive in dry periods.

- Regularly clean your swimming pool.


Controlling Mosquitos


- Keep grass and shrubs trimmed short.

- Keep window and door screens in good condition.

- If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or even pesticide-treated clothing while outdoors.

- Use mosquito traps, such as bug zappers

- Plant mosquito repelling plants around your home, such as rose-scented geraniums, lemon balm and catnip.

Control Mosquitos with Best Pest Control


The easiest way to control mosquitos is with a mosquito control treatment from Best Pest Control. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can protect you from all the annoying summer pests. Keeping your lawn maintained and weeds controlled is one way to keep the mosquitos away from your backyard, and Best Pest Control can help you with their landscaping and weed control services as well. Call 573-348-1600 today for more information!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

7 Summer Lawn Care Tips

During the Summer months at the Lake of the Ozarks, it can be hard to keep your lawn healthy. Between random storms and hot, humid days, your lawn may need some work. Best Pest Control doesn’t just keep pests at bay, we also help with lawn care maintenance at Lake of the Ozarks! Here are 7 easy lawn care tips to help your grass stay healthy during the summer months.

  1. Mow Your Lawn to the Right Height. During the summer, you want to keep your lawn a little taller than normal. Having your lawn tall will help shade the soil so it doesn’t dry out. This will lead to your lawn having deeper roots, and it will prevent weed seeds from germinating.
  2. Leave Your Lawn Clippings. When mowing your lawn, leave your grass clippings, if possible. If you leave the grass clippings on top of your lawn, it will supply the soil with added nutrients as well as additional shade.
  3. Water Appropriately. Water your lawn deeply and infrequently for the healthiest grass. Your lawn needs at least an inch of water on a weekly basis, and more if there is severe heat. Keep a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of rainfall to prevent overwatering your lawn.
  4. Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp. Dull lawn mower blades damage your lawn by tearing the grass up, leaving openings. Sharpen your mower blades after every 10 hours of mowing at least.
  5. Avoid Parking on the Lawn. Parking or even driving on the lawn can lead to soil compaction, which can lead to dead grass and other issues. During times of excessive heat or drought, limit walking on grass to avoid further damage.
  6. Clean Up After Your Dog. 
    Your dog’s potty breaks can be the doom of your lawn. If your grass is dying because of your dog’s urine, dilute it with water in the soil. If possible, create a mulch or pebble area and train your dog to use that designated area. Also, pick up your dog’s waste and properly dispose of it – this will help with unwanted flies too!
  7. Pick Up After Summer Fun.  During the summer, your backyard is a great place to enjoy summer activities. This can result in toys, water games, lawn chairs and other items being left out. Little did you know, this could actually harm or even kill your grass.

Summer heat can get the best of any grass. Fight back with these preventative tips! If all else fails, remember to call Best Pest Control! As your Lake of the Ozarks pests control company, we not only treat pests, we can also treat your yard. If your lawn needs help, call 573-348-1600 today!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Keep Wasps From Being a Problem This Summer

Wasps are a pesky problem to have when trying to enjoy the beautiful weather this summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Knowing the signs of a wasp infestation in your home at the Lake of the Ozarks is the first step to getting the issue treated. If untreated, wasp nests grow rapidly through the warm months, drawing more and more of these nasty insects to your home. Wasps can be a dangerous pest to have both indoors and outdoors, especially when friends and family are near. Having wasps flying around, seeing their nest, or being stung is a clear sign that you need to address the issue in a timely manner. Keep your home, family, and pets safe from wasps this summer by having the best Pest Control company at the Lake of the Ozarks treat your home.

Here are a few signs you may have a wasp infestation that needs to be addressed immediately:


1. You may have a wasp problem if you visibly see wasps flying around the outdoor space of your home. Wasp bodies have yellow and black markings. They maneuver through the air quickly, similar to a bird. Since they fly around fast, wasps can be difficult to spot. However, you may hear them buzzing around your home. Seeing and/or hearing wasps around the exterior of your home is a sign you need to have the issue treated.

2. Locating the nest can be a sure sign that you have a wasp issue. These nests can be hidden or in plain sight. If the nest is hidden, you may notice the wasps flying in and out of a small opening in your home. Some wasps even nest in the ground near gardens or plants. They prefer to have a hidden location for protection. Wasps can damage your plants and flowers, so if you find a nest, it's important to get it treated by a professional. 

3. A sure sign that you have a wasp issue is to physically be stung by a wasp. They use their stinger to defend themselves when they feel threatened. Although you may not intend to threaten them, invading their space will put them on the defense. Stings can be dangerous, especially if the person being stung is allergic. Aside from the pain of a sting, the site can also swell and burn. Dizziness may occur as well. The best way to avoid a wasp sting is to safely have the insects removed from around your home.

4. Wasps in your home create a more urgent situation. It is important to find where the pests have entered the home, so you know what location needs to be treated. Wasps usually enter through windows or doors. They can enter when the door or window is ajar, or if they are not sealed properly.

Don’t let pesky wasps rule the home you have worked so hard to create and maintain. Outside spaces, such as the patio, porch, deck, and garden, are used most during the summer months. Keep your friends and family safe while enjoying those areas this summer. If you see a wasp, have located the nest, or have been stung, you need to address the issue as soon as possible. These insects can cause damage to your property, or even worse, your family. Leave it to the pest control professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks to aid in the removal of the wasps near your home. 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fight the Filthy Fly Month

June is Fight the Filthy Fly Month! Although house flies don’t bite, they can be very annoying and could possibly even make you sick. Because house flies feed on manure and garbage, they often carry disease-causing bacteria and viruses. This is why getting rid of house flies is important. Best Pest Control has come up with a few tips to help you fight those filthy flies:

Tips for Avoiding Flies

1. Keep Your Lawn Clean

Flies often seek the protection of tall grass and brush. Make sure your lawn is cut and bushes are trimmed regularly.

For gardeners who keep composts, keeping flies at bay may be difficult. Keeping the compost pile as far away from the house as possible will help keep the flies from getting inside. Also, don’t keep the compost pile wet, and make sure to turn it often. Do not add meat or oil products to the compost. Warm composts cannot support fly larvae, so keep the pile in the sun if possible.

2. Clean Up After Dogs

If you have a dog, make sure to clean up after it. Animal feces attract lots of flies. After cleaning up, bury it, flush it, or seal it in a bag and throw it away in a trashcan.

3. Seal Trash Can Lids

Lids on trash cans should fit and seal tightly to remove the space for flies to get inside. Make sure to keep lids on indoor trash cans as well, and do not let old food sit around.

4. Remove Sitting Water

Flies are attracted to standing water. Make sure the water in your bird bath is clean and changed often. If you have anything near the house that collects water, such as buckets, old tires or trash can lids, make sure they are emptied.

Tips for Removing Flies

1. Fly Swatter

The name fly swatter comes from a 1905 pamphlet written by Kansas Board of Health secretary Samuel Crumbine. He was inspired by a chant (“swat the fly!”) he overheard at a ball game. Using a fly swatter is a simple way to get rid of that pesky fly that keeps buzzing around you.

2. Fly Repelling Plants

Citronella is known for its mosquito-repelling properties, but did you know it also works on flies? Other plants that repel flies are false indigo, lavender, elderberry, basil and mint.

3. Spiders & Lizards

Yes, having spiders roam your house is not ideal, but before you squish the little guy at least let it kill a few of the annoying flies buzzing around.

Lizards eat flies and other insects, so enjoy them crawling around your backyard. You can even make them a little home to attract more lizards.

4. Fly Strips & traps

Although they are unsightly, fly strips work to trap flies in the sticky glue. There are also other traps that will lure flies in with bait or pheromones and are a little more discreet than the hanging strips.


If you are fed up with your fly problem, contact the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks. Serving the Lake area for more than 25 years, Best Pest Control offers a full range of pest control, animal control and weed control services. Call 573-348-1600 today for a free estimate! 

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