Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Doing More Than Getting Rid of Bugs

The only good thing about the summer season ending is the fact that the bugs will be few and far between during the winter months. However, you still need to protect your home from insects that are hiding from the cold weather. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you protect your home from these bugs. However, there are many other services that Best Pest Control offers during the off-season including:


Pest Control Services


Although you may not need pest control services in the middle of winter, you may need it while transitioning to fall. Many different insects like to seek warm places to escape the cold weather, and that warm place may be your home. Termites may also swarm again soon, so make sure your home is fully protected. 

Leaf Blowing & Removal


The leaves turning is a sign that fall is upon us. However, they will quickly fall and cover your yard. That is where Best Pest Control comes into play.  Excess leaves on the grass can kill your existing lawn, become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and grow mold, fungus and disease. Don't spend your Saturday afternoon cleaning up the leaves, call us!

Power Washing Services


You may not think power washing is an important step in preparing your home for the winter months. However, there are a few benefits to having it done. Besides making your home look better, power washing can also remove mold from siding and shingles. If left untreated, the mold could continue to grow and damage the wood structure of your home. 

Gutter Cleaning & Repair


Maintaining your gutters is especially important in the fall and winter months. When the leaves fall, they not only become a problem for your lawn, they also clog your gutter. Clogged gutters can cause foundation, wood and landscape damage, and in the winter can cause ice dams. These problems can be a burden to deal with in the colder weather, so make sure it doesn't happen by scheduling routine maintenance that includes cleaning the gutters. 

Winter Home Checks


Do you have a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Our winter home check can help make sure your home is secure and protected during the off-season. From unwelcomed critters to foundation issues, we can help you protect your home away from home.

Trapping Services


Just like insects, wildlife, such as raccoons, like to seek shelter in the fall and winter months. Make sure they don't make your home their sanctuary and call a professional to evict them. These animals can cause serious damage to a home, so it is important to take care of the problem as soon as it arises. 

Best Pest Control - More Than Just Pest Control


Sadly, the summer is almost over. The weather will be getting colder, which means there will not be as many bugs. Best Pest Control is more than just a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to pest control, we also offer a variety of different services at the Lake, including power washing, trapping, leaf blowing, yard clean up and more. Visit our website at www.LakeBestPestControl.com to learn more about these services.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flea Infestation Do's and Don'ts

Fleas are one of the many pests that warrant immediate action if found in the home setting. These vermin can be carried in on your clothes, in a pet's fur, or in extreme cases, in the fur of other pests! The most trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks has put together a list of do's and don'ts that should help you not only contain the flea problem but eliminate them as well. Remember, the easiest solution to fleas is to call Best Pest Control!

Do: Wash and Wipe Down Everything in the Affected Area


Fleas are resilient, they can linger in areas for long periods of time, waiting for the right moment to jump on you for a meal. Wiping down hard surfaces and treating the infested area with proper treatment is a crucial step in removing the bugs from your home. Wash all the fabrics and family pets to eradicate any fleas or their eggs as well.

Don't: Ignore the Signs of a Major Infestation


Fleas are tiny creatures. If you see them, that means they've likely eaten and are on the move to lay eggs. Being able to see fleas is the sign of a major infestation. It's possible you can still treat the problem yourself, but why take chances? Call in Best Pest Control and let us guarantee the problem is solved.

Do: Keep Your Pets Clean


If you have dogs, cats or any other animal with fur, make sure you keep them clean. It is also a good idea to wash their bedding and toys regularly. If you are fighting the fleas, do not forget to include their bedding and toys in the treatment, as fleas may have infested their items as well.

Don't: Treat the Environment First then the Problem


If your pet is the one that brought the fleas inside, make sure you treat the environment first before treating them. You need to treat your home first in order to get rid of eggs, larvae and grown fleas that might infest later on and then treat your pet to prevent new fleas in your home.

Do: Call Best Pest Control


A professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can effectively get rid of fleas from your home and yard. Fleas are difficult to treat yourself, as they are tiny and hard to see. If you do not get rid of all eggs, larvae and grown fleas, they may possibly come back, which would require another round of treatment. If you hire a trusted Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, they will make sure to get rid of fleas and prevent them from coming back. 

Don't: Assume the Problem is Gone


If you treat fleas yourself, don't assume the problem is gone. In order to effectively get rid of fleas, you need to know the source of their entry. You may know that they are coming in from your dog. However, the problem may be from your yard. This is why it is important not to assume the problem is gone just because you treated your home. 

Fight Back With Best Pest Control


Fleas are a major problem this time of the year. The best way to treat them, and make sure they don't come back, is by calling Best Pest Control. Make sure your home and yard are protected from pests like fleas by calling a Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company. If you have a flea infestation, call us today at 573-348-1600. 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

10 Tips To Getting Rid Of Ants

Summer is the time when all the bugs come out of the woodworks and somehow make their way into your home. During rain storms, ants like to find shelter, and that is usually inside your house. They are always looking for food, so you will typically find them in your kitchen carrying away crumbs. The best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks has 10 tips on how you can keep these guys from taking over your home:

1. Use Caulk. Ants are tiny, so there are many ways they can get into your home. Try sealing your windows, doors and cracks with caulk to deter them from entering your home. Plus, sealing up your home can help save you money on your energy bills – so it’s a win-win!

2. Clean with Vinegar. Cleaning surfaces in your home with a vinegar and water mixture is not only natural, it also can help deter ants. Ants supposedly do not like the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails they use to get around.

3. Use Chalk or Baby Powder. Talcum Powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is apparently a natural ant repellent. Chalk also contains calcium carbonate, which is also a natural deterrent. All you need to do is draw a line with either chalk or baby power across any entry points.

4. Use Citrus Peels & Cucumbers. Place either cucumbers or citrus peels in certain areas of your home, if you see lots of activity. These items are toxic to the type of fungi that ants feed on, so they will stay clear.

5. Use Coffee Grounds. Coffee grounds can be used around the outside of your house, as well as in your garden. If you know where they are getting in, be sure to sprinkle some in that area.

6. Try Bay Leaves. Are you seeing ants in your pantry? Get rid of them by placing bay leaves in the drawers, cabinets and containers where there are ants. There are other spices and herbs that you can use around the outside of your house, similar to the coffee ground method. Try sprinkling black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, mint or garlic around the foundation of your home.

7. Use Peppermint Oil. Seeing ants on the counter? Clean it well, and then wipe them down with a clean damp cloth that has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Just like the vinegar method, the ants do not like the smell of peppermint and will hopefully stay clear.

8. Spray Lemon Juice. Another method that is similar to the use of vinegar, is spraying lemon juice around the places that the ants are entering. Lemon juice can cover the scent trails that ants use to get around.

9. Sprinkle Salt. If ants are making their way into your home, stop them by sprinkling a line across their path or entry point. They will not want to cross the salt line and be deterred from entering your home.

10. Use a Professional Lake of the Ozarks Pest Control Company. If all else fails, call Best Pest Control. We can help you track down where the ants are entering your home and kick them out!

Get Rid of Ants and Pests


If you are tired of fighting the ants that are coming into your home, call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Best Pest Control can help you get rid of pesky insects, like ants, and keep them from coming back. If you have an infestation, let us help you by calling 573-348-1600 today!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

5 Pests You Can Spot In The Summer

Summer is the time when everyone is out and about, and that includes the bugs! Having a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company come out and spray your home regularly can help control these summer pests. Although you should have your home sprayed before the start of the summer season, it is not too late! Best Pest Control can take care of all your pest control needs, including these annoying insects you spot this time of the year:

Ants


Ants are probably the number one pest control problem in the country. They will come out during the beginning of the spring and will remain active the entire summer. Ants will search for food and water wherever they go. They will eat nearly anything from dog food to grease left on the stove. If one ant finds something tasty, it will tell the others and soon your home will be infested.

Mosquitoes


Mosquito season seems to never end. You see them pop up during early spring and they will stick around until the first freeze. You will find them most often at dusk and dawn. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so make sure you empty water that is built up on trash can lids, empty tires, pots and other items.

Japanese Beetles


Japanese beetles emerge as adults in late June or early July, and they are very destructive. They are skeletonizers as they feed on the soft foliage of trees and bushes. However, there’s never just one. They feed in groups of at least 25 beetles. They will mate and lay eggs until mid-August. Making sure these pests are under control in the summer is important as the larvae eat the roots of grasses in the winter months.

Fleas


There are more fleas in the summer months because the warmth and humidity speed up their life cycle. Make sure fleas don’t enter your home by treating your pets with flea medication. If you do not treat your pets, their eggs may drop off their fur and quickly infest your home. It takes time and effort to get rid of fleas once a home has been infested.

Ticks


We often see more ticks in the summer months as we are outside more because of the nice weather. Ticks cannot run, jump or fly. In order to latch onto a host, ticks will hold onto a blade of grass with its hind legs and reach out with its front legs. Once a host brushes up against the tick, it will grab on to it. If you have been outside, it is a good idea to give yourself a once-over so you can remove them as soon as possible.  

Avoid These Summer Pests with Best Pest Control!


All of these summer pests can be controlled with regular spraying from the best pestcontrol company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your home or garden does become infested, our experienced technicians at Best Pest Control can help you get rid of them and make sure they don’t come back. Give us a call at 573-348-1600 to see what we can do for you.

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