Friday, July 29, 2016

National Moth Week!

We are in the midst of National Moth Week. This week dedicated to the cousin of the butterfly goes until July 31. National Moth Week is held annually during the last full week of July and celebrates the beauty, life cycles and habitats of moths. This week also gives people the opportunity to explore nighttime nature and contribute scientific data about moths. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has five fun facts about this unique insect for you in celebration of National Moth Week:

1. Moths are great impersonators.


When you think of a moth, you probably think of the little light brown flying insects that are attracted to your porch light. They may seem pretty boring. However, to avoid being eaten by other predators, some moths have evolved to look like other insects, such as wasps, praying mantis and even tarantulas.

2. There are an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 different species of moths.


Moths outnumber butterflies, their nearest relative. There are 10 to 15 times more species of moths than butterflies. There are more than 11,000 species of moths in the US alone, which is more than all the bird and mammal species in North America combined.

3. Some adult moths don’t eat.


While some moths are an important part of pollination and eat the nectar of flowers, some don’t eat at all. The adult Luna moth doesn’t even have a mouth, which makes it a little difficult to consume food. After emerging from its cocoon, it lives for a week and its sole purpose is to mate and lay eggs.

4. Some moths are really big and some are really small.


Moths vary greatly in size. The Atlas moth has a wingspan of about 10 inches and has a surface area of 62 square inches. It is considered to be the largest moth. On the other hand, the Stigmella maya is a micro-moth. Its wingspan measures just 1.2 millimeters. It was discovered in the Yucatan in Mexico.

5. Some moths are famous.


The death-head hawk moth got its start in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It then went on to the leading role in both The Silence of the Lambs and The Mothman Prophecies. This famous moth gets its name from the scull-shaped pattern on its back. It is also known to emit a loud squeaking noise when irritated.

The Best Pest Control Company at the Lake of the Ozarks


While these insects are pretty interesting, we do not want them in our homes and gardens. Some moths are known for eating fabric and many caterpillars will eat the leaves of your plants. Make sure these flying bugs stay out of your home by using Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Best Pest Control is here for all your pest control needs. Give us a call at 573-348-1600 if you need us to protect your home from insects.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Use A Pest Control Company

If you find that you have pests in your home, is your first thought to call the experts? You may think it is not a big problem or that you can treat it yourself. However, there are many reasons that you should call Best Pest Control when you see bugs or other pests in your home. From costs to health risks, there are many reasons hiring the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is your best option. Here are five reasons why you should consider making an appointment with the professionals:

1. Proper Treatment


Because pest control companies are trained to get rid of pests, they can use the proper sprays to make sure they don’t come back. You may think treating ants is a simple task. However, there are many different species of ants and each one may require a different type of product or application. You may not know what kind of ant it is and how to properly treat it, resulting in them coming back and you spending more money and time to solve the issue.

2. Cost Effective


Yes, it may be true that buying the sprays at the store may be cheaper than hiring a professional company. However, in the long run, it may cost you more money. If termites or carpenter ants go unnoticed or improperly treated, it may cost you thousands of dollars in home repairs. Pest control companies know what to look for and how to properly treat these pests, so it is worth it in the long run, to pay for the services now than to repair something that could have been avoided.

3. Health Risks


Pest control products come with a risk to you and your family’s health, not to mention to the environment. Not only can pesticides be hazardous, but using the wrong elimination method can have some consequences. Bees can swarm and mice may scatter when their nests are disturbed. Both can carry deadly diseases and may spread them across your home when they do this. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is trained to use pesticides safely and knows how to avoid these consequences.

4. Flexible Schedule


Time is a valuable thing, and Best Pest Control knows that. Many times, pest control treatments happen around the outside of your home, meaning nobody needs to be home during the time of the service. This is helpful if you are a busy person or happen to be at work when the pest control company is available to come spray your home.

5. Other Services


Many pest control companies, including Best Pest Control, offer a variety of other services as well. In addition to pest control, Best Pest Control offers deck cleaning and repair, gutter cleaning and repair, landscaping, lawn treatments, leaf blowing and removal, power washing, trapping, weed spraying, winter home checks and yard clean up.

When You Have Pests in Your Home, Call Best Pest Control Company!


Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests. We guarantee a safe, effective and professional job every time when it comes to protecting your home from termites and other destructive pests. If you think you have a pest problem in your home, don’t wait to call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Contact 573-348-1600 for a free estimate today! 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friendly Garden Pests

If you have a garden, you most likely run into the problem of bugs making themselves at home in it. Before you call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company to get rid of them, check to see if they may actually be beneficial to your garden. There are many “pests” that can help defend your garden against other pests that could do a lot of harm to your plants. Here are several bugs that could be beneficial to your garden:

Ground Beetles

The ground beetle is a nocturnal insect that feeds on slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots and other pests that live in the soil. They typically live beneath mulch, around compost piles or around perennial plants. They will often create vertical tunnels that they use to trap prey. However, they typically wander around and feed at night. Ground beetles live long lives, compared to other insects, as they can inhabit a garden for more than a year.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs or lady beetles are one of the more beneficial insects to keep in your garden. In fact, they are so beneficial that many people buy them specifically to protect their gardens. Both the adults and the larvae will feed on pests that are not too hard-shelled, too fast or too large. Ladybugs will continue to feed in your garden as long as weather permits. The female ladybugs will lay their eggs and when those eggs hatch into larvae, they will begin feeding on many soft-bodied pests, mites and insect eggs. Within a month, they will pupate and emerge a week later as young adults. After the cycle is finished, they will begin the process again. Although ladybugs will help cut down on unwanted pests, they may fly away after release or if there are not enough pests to keep up their population.

Soldier Beetles

This large beetle, often called a leatherwing beetle, can be very helpful with grasshopper control. Closely related to lightning bugs (or fireflies), these slow-flying beetles are often seen among flowers or in thick vegetation. The soldier beetles lay their eggs in the soil. Once they hatch into larvae, they can feed for up to a year on the eggs and larvae of beetles, grasshoppers moths and other insects. The adults will often feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, but mainly on flower nectar and pollen. They are often attracted to herbs in bloom, single flowered marigolds and members of the daisy family.

Green Lacewings

This insect predator bears very distinctive, delicate looking wings, long antennae and gold or copper eyes. There are many different species of green lacewings, but they all closely resemble one another. They are not picky eaters and will feed on a wide range of pests including aphids, caterpillars, mites, whiteflies, thrips, mealybugs, leafhoppers and more. They frequently feed on insect eggs, plant nectars, pollen and honeydew. Their larvae can eat over 200 insects each! Green lacewings will often appear on their own after the spring breeding season, in which they will scatter far and wide to lay their eggs. However, you can encourage them to stick around by planting sweet alyssum, angelica, cosmos and coreopsis. Although it is a common practice to use the green lacewing for insect control, having them in your garden will not guarantee that your plants will never experience pest feeding.

Protect Your Home and Garden with Best Pest Control

Although there are a few bugs that will protect your garden from pests, the best way to get rid of the unwanted pests is with the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you spot pests in your home or garden, give us a call! Our expert team is trained to get rid of annoying pests. We have a defense against all the pests that affect Central Missouri! Schedule an appointment by contacting Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Weeds Found in Missouri

Has your lawn been taken over by weeds? The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help! Best Pest Control does more than just get rid of bugs. In addition to pest control, Best Pest Control can also spray weeds, treat lawns, clean gutters and more! There are many different types of weeds that grow in Missouri. No matter the type of weeds you have, we can help you restore your lawn to its former glory.

Missouri Weeds


A lawn weed is any plant that is not wanted in the lawn or in another unwanted place. There are two different varieties of weeds found in Missouri: broadleaf and grass-like.


Broadleaf Weeds


Broadleaf weeds are easy to identify as they look different than grass. They are also easier to control since they are also physiologically different than grass. Selective weed control methods will kill the weeds and not the grass.

Broadleaf Plantain – This weed has leaves that are oval with distinctive parallel veins. They have flowers and stems that are stiffly upright and leafless. This fibrous-rooted plant tolerates repeated mowing and trampling.

Fleabane – A dusky green weed with narrow oval leaves and a daisy-like flower. This weed is narrow and upright right, and can grow to be three to five feet tall.

Ragweed – This bushy, upright weed can grow up to three feet tall. The leaves have long, prominent stems and are hairy on the upper surface. Seeds are displayed on spikes at the ends of branches.

Grass-like Weeds


Grass-like weeds are a little harder to identify as they look very similar to desirable grass. Once grass-like weeds appear, they are very difficult to get rid of since they’re in the same family as regular grass. Any lawn care practices to encourage good grass will also improve the growth and development of the grass-like weeds.

Brome – This weed typically grows upright, with leaf blades that are typically pale green with soft hairs.

Crabgrass – This weed grows in clumps that are often spreading, but sometimes it grows upright to two feet. Stems are flat and may have a purple cast. The leaves are also flat and up to eight inches long, with a prominent midvein and are hairy on both sides. The seed heads are in spikes up to five inches long.

Smutgrass – This weed is a clumping grass with narrow leaves that are clustered at the base. The seed head is a foot long and open, with a black substance clinging to the stems.


Control The Weeds in Your Lawn with Best Pest Control


Whether you need help with pest or weed control, Best Pest Control is here for you. Our expert team is trained to “get rid” of these annoyances. You can trust the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you with your lawn care maintenance. If your lawn has a weed control problem, give us a call at 573-348-1600 today!

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