Tuesday, September 27, 2016

6 Lawn Care Tips For Fall

You may think that you can relax on yard work now that autumn is here. However, now is the best time to do lawn maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, as the grass is very active getting ready for the dormant winter months. There are a few steps that you can take now, so you can have luscious, green grass in the spring.  


1. Rake Up Leaves


Leaves are slowly beginning to turn in some areas, which mean that soon they will start to fall. It is important to continuously rake leaves, as leaving them on your lawn can cause some serious damage. Leaves that are left on the lawn blocks light and traps moisture, which could suffocate the grass and potentially be a breeding ground for fungal disease. It is best not to wait until all the leaves have fallen, as the leaves could become wet from rain and morning dew. 

2. Continue To Mow


Although you may think the mowing season is over, it actually lasts throughout the fall. Grass will continue to grow, however, it will be at a much slower rate. As the season comes to an end, it is best to drop the mower's blade to the lost setting for the last two cuttings. Cutting the grass short will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, which will result in less brown spots during the winter. 

3. Overseed The Bald Spots


Autumn is a great time to overseed (or reseed) your lawn to make it lush and full in the spring time. Having a thick, healthy lawn is a good protection against weeds. However, overseeding doesn't just fill in bare patches, it also strengthens existing grass. Fall is a good time to overseed your lawn, as the ground is still warm, there is still plenty of moisture, the nights are cool and the days are not as hot. 

4. Aerate The Soil


Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn. Aerating allows oxygen, water and fertilizer to easily reach the grass roots. Regular aeration prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, which is a thick layer of roots, stems and debris. Thatch could block water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil. The best time to aerate is right before fertilizing so that the fertilizer can reach the roots. 

5. Control The Weeds


Fall is the best time to fight back against weeds like dandelions, as they are taking in lots of nutrients to prepare for the harsh winters. Because they are drinking in everything that comes their way, weed killers will be most effective in the fall. If you do weed control now, they will less likely to pop back up in the spring. 

6. Fertilize The Roots


If you are going to fertilize your lawn once a year, the best time to do it is in the fall. This is because the grass leaves grow slowly, but the roots are going quickly. In the fall, adding fertilizer allows the grass to grow deep roots and keep nutrients on reserve, so it can grow back in the spring nice and full. It is best to wait until mid to late fall to apply the fertilizer. 

Fall Lawn Care Maintenance With Best Pest Control


Taking care of your lawn in the fall is lots of hard work. If you need help with any of these lawn care maintenance chores, call Best Pest Control. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company does more than getting rid of pests, we can also help with lawn care maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. To learn more about our services, visit our website at www.LakeBestPestControl.com or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Why You Need Professional Pest Control

Although rodents and insects are a natural and necessary part of the ecosystem, their infestation in our homes can create serious issues. When you call upon a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, they can help protect your home from these infestations. It is important that these infestations get taken care of quickly, but most importantly, correctly, as an improper pest control treatment can have some backlash. In addition to proper treatment, quick action can also reduce the risks that pests can cause on our homes and to our families. Check out these reasons why pest control is important.


Termites


Termites are known for eating wood, which is a huge problem for homes. Termites cause upwards of $5 billion dollars of damage every year. Unfortunately for homeowners, termites are also a year-round issue, so it is important to be on the look out for signs of termite infestations


Fleas & Ticks


In addition to our four-legged friends, fleas and ticks can also create problems for humans. Although flea season is almost over, ticks will thrive all the way through fall. Ticks carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, and can transfer them to whoever they attach too. Fleas, on the other hand, cause itchy marks and sometimes allergic reactions. 



Spiders


Although many spiders are not venomous and pose no threat to humans, there are two in particular that Lake of the Ozarks residents needs to be aware of. Black widow and brown recluse spiders are both venomous. Luckily, they are both reclusive and tend to keep to themselves. However, if provoked, they will bite. Check out these other spiders that are found around the Lake of the Ozarks and how you can stay safe. 

Rodents


Not only do rodents carry many diseases, they can also cause damage to your home. When rodents relieve themselves, their urine could stain large areas, which causes that area to stink. They can also chew through electrical wires, which could start home fires. Not only can they chew through wires, they can also cause structural damage by gnawing on wood.


Squirrels & Racoons


Squirrels and racoons can be very destructive to your homes. They can chew through siding, air ducts and even insulation. Squirrels can be especially damaging, as they can start families in your walls and attics and damage trees in your yard. Raccoons, squirrels and rodents like mice and rats are through to be the cause of 25 percent of "mystery" fires. If you hear mystery pitter-patter of footsteps in your home, you may have an unwanted guest, so call Best Pest Control to kick them out. 

Bed Bugs


Although bed bugs do not cause physical damage to your home, they certain do not make living there any easier. Bed bugs can be found in sheets, furniture and carpets. Once a bed bug has been found in one area of the house, it doesn't take much for them to slowly migrate to other places. If bed bugs have entered your residence, make sure you call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, as moving sheets or furniture can cause them to spread over the house. 

Protect Your Home From Unwanted Guests with Best Pest Control


Luckily, pests are a controllable problem. You can help keep insects at bay by practicing good housekeeping, as pests only go where there are food sources. However, if you find yourself with an insect or critter issue, call Best Pest Control. We can assess the situation and give you a free estimate and what the next steps will be to get rid of annoying and dangerous pests. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Signs Of A Termite Infestation

Termites are a national issue, as they are found in 49 states. Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage every year. The best way to protect your home from termites is to take preventative measures and have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks spray for them. However, it is always best to be proactive and search for signs of termites on a periodic basis. If termites are in your home and you do not spot them in time, they could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Best Pest Control lists five signs that you may have termites in your home:

1. Wings


When termites move from one location to another they swarm, which means they fly from one point to another to form a new colony. When they have found a new place they will lose their wings because they will never need them again. Their wings can be found near their access points like windows and doors. Although when ants swarm, they look very similar to termites. To make sure they are actually termites and not ants, take a closer look at the wings. Termite wings are all the same size, while ants have one pair of larger wings and one pair of smaller wings. 

2. Mud Tunnels


In order for termites to survive, they need certain temperature and humidity levels. They will build tunnels out of mud to help block out any cool, dry air. These tunnels can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other food source, such as trees or a shed. To test if there are any active termites in your home, remove a small section in the middle of a tube. If termites crawl out or if the section is rebuilt within a few days, there are still termites in your home. However, they may also choose to abandon the disturbed mud tubes and build a new one, so do not assume you don't have termites if the tube doesn't get rebuilt.

3. Damaged Wood


Because termites eat wood, wood damage is often the biggest sign of a termite infestation. Termites will chew through wood leaving behind grooves. Over time, it will weaken the wood causing structural damage. Places that wood damage is often found is below and behind walls, floors and other wood structures. Having a specialist look for wood damage is the best way to determine if termites are the cause, as it is hard to do yourself. Specialists have the appropriate tools to test the damaged areas and will not have to cut through walls or ceilings. 

Protect Your Home From Termites 


Termites will often swarm after heavy rain when the air is moist. Termites are a year-round problem, as they have a rather long life - living approximately one to two years if the conditions are right. Make sure your home is protected from the next swarm by having it treated for termites by a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. If your home does have termites or if you think it does, Best Pest Control can inspect and treat your home. To schedule an appointment or inspections, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fun Facts About Spiders

Seeing a spider in your house may have you calling a trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Unfortunately, with the weather getting a bit cooler, you may see more of them coming into your home. Don't worry, though, Best Pest Control can get rid of any spiders you see trying to make themselves at home for the winter season. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has a few fun facts about these creepy crawlers.

Fun Facts About Spiders


- Unlike the state of Missouri, Antarctica has no spiders. In fact, it is the only country that doesn't have any spiders. 

- There is only one species of spider that has been identified as a vegetarian, which is the Bagheera kiplingi. It is a type of jumping spider found in Central America. 

- Most spiders have four sets of eyes. However, the way they are arranged depends on the type of species. 

- Jumping spiders can jump up to 50 times their own length. This is due to the amount of blood pressure found in the back limbs. 

- The strength of silk, given its size, is stronger and more durable than steel. It is considered to be the strongest material in the world. Scientists have tried to recreate this design but have failed, even with all the technology available. 

- There are nearly 40,000 species of spiders in the world. However, scientists believe there are much more out there. 

- Spiders will roll up their old web and eat it before making a new web. As spiders only eat liquid, they produce a substance that can turn their web into liquid making it possible for them to eat it. 

- As spiders don't have muscles in their limbs, they use hydraulic power to move around. When a spider moves they have four legs on the surface and four legs off it. 

- The world's largest spider is a male goliath bird-eating spider that had a leg span of 11 inches, which could cover a dinner plate. It was found in Venezuela in April 1965. 

- On the other hand is the world's smallest spider is the Samoan moss spider. It has a body length of only 0.01 inch. It is part of a group of 44 midget species that create the world's smallest spider webs. 

- There are about 5,000 different types of jumping spiders, more than any other species of spiders. They make up about 13 percent of all spider species known to scientists. 

Let Best Pest Control Take Care Of Your Spiders


Although spiders do act as a natural pest control, as they eat other insects, we do not want them in our homes. If you see a spider in your house that you want to get rid of, call Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can come to your home to spray for pests, such as spiders, and make sure they don't come back. By having your home regularly sprayed, you can take preventative measures against pests entering your home. 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Getting The Most Out Your Pest Control Treatment

If you see a creepy crawler, your first instinct may be to call a pest control company to take care of it. However, the best way to make sure your home is fully protected from insects is to take preventative measures and spray your home and yard before they come. Having your home sprayed regularly can help control insects from infesting your home. However, if you do spot an insect crawling across your counter, Best Pest Control can help you get rid of your infestations. There are a few steps that you can take to get the most out of Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control services. 



When a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks comes to your home, they will determine what type of infestation you have and how frequent you should have your home sprayed. Although you do not have to be home for treatment of the outside of your home, there may be some preparation you have to do before they treat the inside of your home, depending on what type of infestation you have.


Ants


- Move small items away from walls.
- Move items away from the back of the countertops. If moved elsewhere, make sure they are covered with cloth or plastic.
- Clear items away from window sills.
- Clean all floors, window sills and counter tops, especially the edges. 
- If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off.

After treatment, do not clean the edges of the floors and counters for several days or weeks, if possible.

Spiders


- Move small items away from walls.
- Make sure there are no items underneath the beds. 
- Clean along walls. 
- If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

After service, all residents and pets should remain out of the building for several hours until the product is completely dry. In addition, do not have your carpets steam cleaned. 

Cockroaches


- Move small items away from walls. 
- Clean and remove items from the kitchen counter.
- Clean along walls. 
- Vacuum carpets and sweep/mop hardwood floors.
- Tightly seal and store any open food. 
- If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

During service, children and pets should be kept away and should not return until the treatment is dry. After service, do not clean the edges for a few months. 

If you are planning to shampoo the carpet before these services, do so before the treatment, as this could maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Protect Your Home From Pests With Best Pest Control


Having your home sprayed regularly by a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help control the insects entering your home. Best Pest Control can help protect your home inside and out. From the yard to your kitchen, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can get rid of your pests. If you have in insect infestation, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today! 

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