Tuesday, October 25, 2016

National Rodent Awareness Week

October 23 - 29 is National Rodent Awareness Week. As a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, our job is to keep your home protected from unwanted guests like rodents. If rodents get into your home, it is important to have a professional to get rid of them quickly. From chewing electrical wires to causing structural damage, they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Best Pest Control offers ways you can tell if you have rodents in your home and how to stop them.

Signs Of Rodent Infestation

Mice and rats can sometimes be difficult to find. However, it is important to know the signs of an infestation, as a couple mice can turn into a dozen quickly. Check out these warning signs of a rodent infestation:

- Rodent dropping around food, in drawers or cupboards and under the sink.

- If you find nesting materials, such as shredded paper, fabric or dried plants.

- Chewing patterns on food items or wrapping. 

- Entrance points - chewed holes in the walls and floors. 

- Strange orders coming from hidden areas. 

How To Prevent Rodents

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent rodents from taking shelter in your home this season:

- Make sure the garbage in the kitchen has a tight sealing lid.

- Keep the kitchen clean and tidy to remove food and water source.

- Keep the yard clean to remove any possible nesting materials, such as leaves. 

- Seal up possible entrance points with chalk or other materials. 

How To Get Rid Of Rodents

If you find that your home has a rodent infestation, it is important to make sure that you take care of the issue quickly. Rodents can do a lot of damage to your home and health including chewing the electrical wiring, causing structural damage and spreading disease. A professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you get rid of rodents and prevent future infestations. At Best Pest Control, we can help make sure that all rodents are taken care of and help you find points of entrances, so you can seal them. Having professional Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can ensure you that the problem is being properly taken care of so that another infestation doesn't happen. 

Let Best Pest Control Take Care Of Your Rodent Issue

Rodents are more active this time of the year, as they are seeking shelter from the upcoming cold season. If you need help taking care of your rodent infestation, contact Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600. We can help make sure that your home is rodent free and we can make sure that they don't come back. Best Pest Control is here for all your pest control needs. From rodent control to termite prevention, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can make sure your home is protected from it all. 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Autumn is filled with football, pumpkins and home maintenance? While we don't like to think of home maintenance when we think of the fall season, the changing of the weather means it's time to get your home ready for the upcoming winter months. Your lawn care professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you get your home ready for autumn. 

1. Clean The Gutters


Although the colorful autumn foliage makes the views at the Lake of the Ozarks beautiful, they make quite a mess around the home when they begin to fall. It is important to clean the leaves out of the gutter as soon as they fall, so they do not build up and overflow. If they are left there during the winter season, they could freeze and cause ice dams in the gutters, which could lead to water damage to your home. 

2. Rake The Leaves


Just like leaves could damage your gutters if left alone, they can also damage your lawn when they are not raked. When wet leaves are left on the lawn, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold, which could cause lawn disease. Leaves left on the ground causes lawn disease by preventing sunlight and air from reaching the grass. Make sure your lawn looks beautiful in the spring and rake up leaves when they fall. 

3. Prune Your Plants


Late fall is the best time to prune your plants, as the summer growing cycle is over. It is best to prune your plants back away from your home, so they do not cause any damage during heavy storms. In addition, having your plants pruned back will also help prevent moisture from getting to your roof and siding. 

4. Remove Garden Hose


Leaving the hose attached can cause the water to back up in the faucets and in the interior pipes of your home. If it hits freezing temperatures, that water could freeze, expand and crack the faucets and pipes. This should be one of the first things on your fall home maintenance checklist, so a sudden cold snap doesn't sneak up and cause damage.

5. Pest Control 


With the cooler weather comes fall pests. Spiders, hornets, flies and other insects will start making their way inside to seek shelter from the cold weather. Make sure your home is protected from these fall pests by having a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks spray the exterior of your home. Best Pest Control can stop the fall invasion and make sure they don't come back!

Best Pest Control - Here For Your Fall Home Maintenance 


If you need help getting your home ready for the fall season, Best Pest Control is here to help! From lawn maintenance to pest control, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can do it all. We know a lot of the fall home maintenance chores are an ongoing battle. If you need help cleaning the gutters or removing the leaves from the yard, call Best Pest Control. To schedule your fall home maintenance appointment, call 573-348-1600. 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5 Old Wives Tales To Tell What Kind Of Winter It Will Be

Around this time of the year, we often hear people predicting how bad of a winter it will be. Many times this prediction is often accompanied by a way of telling how they know. Whether that way is through insects, seeds or animals. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to make sure your home is protected from bugs and weather! Best Pest Control has gathered up five old wives tales, so you can be prepared for whatever winter may bring us.

1. Woolly Bear Caterpillar / Woolly Worm


Woolly bear caterpillars are the larval stage of the isabella tiger moth. These worms are found all over the state of Missouri and could possibly be able to predict how harsh the winter will be this year. According to folklore, the size of the band will indicate the harshness of the winter. A wide band suggests a mild, warm winter, while a woolly bear that is predominantly black suggests it will be a cold, harsh winter. 

2. Persimmon Seeds


This may be one of the more common ways of predicting the winter in Missouri. According to folklore, once you cut open a persimmon seed the shape of the kernel inside will reflect what the weather will be like this winter. If it is a spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.If it is fork-shaped, expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. If it is knife-shaped, expect icy, cutting winds. 

3. Ladybugs / Ladybird Beetles


Ladybugs are found all throughout the United States and are susceptible to seasonal weather. Because they are cold-blooded, they tend to swarm when the weather starts to get colder. You know winter is just around the corner when the ladybugs begin their search for hibernation. They prefer warmer places, typically your home, to spend their winter months. 

4. Furry Animals


A squirrels activity may indicate the oncoming cold. According to the legend, if a squirrel is frantically storing food and moving at a fast pace early in the season, expect a harsh winter. However, if the squirrel is moving at a more leisurely pace, expect a mild winter. In addition, the size of the tail may also indicate how the cold the winter will be. If the tail is big and bushy, it will be cold and harsh. The fur on cows and dogs may also be an indication of the oncoming weather. If the hair on their nape (or back) is thick, you better bundle up!

5. Spiders


If spiders are spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, expect a cold and harsh winter. Although we appreciate the spiders letting us know the weather will be bad, we don't want them in our homes.

There are many other tales and folklores out there that claim they can predict the oncoming winter weather. Do you believe them? Whether you do or not you do, there is one thing we know for sure. Pests tend to take shelter during the winter months and typically that shelter is your home. Make sure your home is protected this upcoming season by hiring a trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your home needs protection from these pests, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Pests You Will See This Fall

Although it is officially autumn, the bugs haven't gone away. Thankfully, pests like mosquitoes have gone down in numbers. However, there are still other types of pests that will be making their way inside to seek shelter from the dropping temperatures. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has gathered a few of the pests you may see this fall:

Stink Bugs


Stink bugs are a common issue in Missouri during the fall months, as they become full adults in the fall. During the cooler season, stink bugs will take shelter on the warmer sides of buildings. They will also try to squeeze themselves under weatherstripping or through cracks to overwinter in the warmth of a home. A pest control company can ensure these pests don't take shelter in your home.


Bed Bugs


Unfortunately, the cold does not scare away bed bugs. They can be picked up on clothing and bags and carried into the home. The fall is a time for traveling whether it is for a school sporting events or a weekend getaway, which means that bed bugs may be making their way into your home. Bed bugs are not easy to treat, so it is important to take the proper course of action when bed bugs are found in your home. If you need help with treating bed bugs this season, contact a professional pest control company.

Mice


Rodents are a common issue in the fall and winter months, as they will seek shelter to overwinter. They will do just about anything to get into crawl spaces or garages to find the perfect spot. Mice can fit into a hole the size of a dime, so any little crack or crevasse could be the ideal access point. In just a few short months a couple mice could become a dozen, so it is important to know the signs of a mice infestation.

Cockroaches


Cockroaches like many other pests seek shelter during the fall and winter months to escape the cold. Unfortunately, this shelter is usually a warm home. It is important to evict cockroaches as soon as possible, as they carry many diseases. Cockroaches like moist and warm places, so you will often find them in the kitchen or the bathroom. Cockroaches can be very difficult to get rid of, so having a pest control company get rid of them for you will help ensure they are gone for good. 


Spiders


With the shorter days comes more exterior lights at night. Insects are naturally attracted to light, which means more will be spending the night around your home. Spiders will be making their webs around these lights to catch these insects. While we may appreciate them keeping the insects at bay, we don't want spiders hanging out around the house. Best Pest Control can spray the exterior of your home to make sure these spiders don't make themselves comfortable. 

Get Rid Of Fall Pests With Best Pest Control!


Fall is a time to cozy up in your home, however, we do not want pests cozying up in our home as well. If you have fall pests making their way into your home, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can make sure your home is protected from all the different types of insects this season brings. 


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