Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Raking Leaves For Pest Control!

Although the fall leaves may be beautiful to look at, leaf piles that are left unattended could be home to various pests. The Lake of the Ozarks has been experiencing an unusually warm fall, which means that pests that should be in dormancy are still active, and they are taking shelter within piles of leaves. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company takes a look into the importance of proper fall lawn care and how to avoid pests in your yard. 

Fall Lawn Care Maintenance

Proper fall lawn care maintenance is important for the health of your yard. A few leaves (about 10-20% coverage) won't do much damage to your lawn. However, an excessive amount of leaves on your lawn going into the winter season can be bad for several reasons. First, sun rays may not be able to reach the grass, which could hinder the growth in the spring. Second, it could trap in moisture, which could result in mold and fungus. Finally, leaves make the perfect habitat for pests. 

What Do Leaves Attract?

Black Widow Spiders - Black widow spiders are reclusive and like to live in dark, undisturbed places, such as piles of leaves, rock or wood. If you are doing yard work, it is important to wear gloves to reduce your risk of getting bit. 

Beetles - Beetles are attracted to dark, damp places, and piles of leaves give them the perfect place to hide. Although they pose no health risk, living with a beetle infestation is an annoyance. 

Snakes - Beetles could bring on more pests, like snakes, that we don't want near or in our homes.

Mice - Mice are also attracted by beetles to the piles of leaves. This could lead them to find shelter in your home, which could turn into a bigger problem if not addressed.  

Grasshoppers - Although grasshoppers are often a summer issue, the warmer, fall weather has made them stick around a little bit longer. 

There are several pests that love to call big, pile of leaves sitting in the yard home. These are just a few, others include termites, earwigs, roaches and ants.

How To Avoid Pests In The Yard

Fall lawn care maintenance is the first step in avoiding pests calling your yard home. Leaves not only damage your lawn, they also attract pests that could also do damage. There are three options that homeowners have to make sure that leaves are not causing headaches later on down the road. 

1. Use a rake or blower and compost the leaves or dispose of them. 

2. Use the bagging attachment of your lawn mower and then compost the leaf and grass mix or dispose of it. 

3. Mulch the leaves with a mower. Mulching may be the best option, as the nutrients and organic matter could be beneficial to the lawn and soil. 

Although the leaves may be taken care of, there are still other pests that could reside in your lawn, such as fleas. Fleas are highly active this time of the year, as the temperatures and humidity levels are perfect for them. With the weather being unusually warm for this time of the year, it is still important to have a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company spray around the outside of your home to prevent these pests from making themselves comfortable inside.

Pest Free Yard

Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests. However, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a full range of different services. Whether you are needing help with lawn care maintenance or animal control, you can count on Best Pest Control to help protect your home. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call 573-348-1600.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

5 Pests To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and there is a lot to be thankful for this season. Many of us are compiling a mental list of all the blessings in our lives. However, what if we told you there are a few insects you may want to add to that list? While there are many pests that can wreak havoc on our lives, such as termites or bed bugs, there are many that are beneficial our environment. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control experts are here to help you identify which insects you should be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

1. Ladybugs

Ladybugs, or lady beetles, are considered to be one of the most beneficial garden bugs. Ladybugs feed on insects that can wreak havoc to a beautiful garden like aphids, mealybugs and other destructive insect pests. They also can lay their eggs among the aphids or other prey, so when they hatch, the larvae can feed on them as well. 

2. Fireflies

Whether you refer to them as fireflies or lightning bugs, you don't want to get rid of these insects. They don't bite, they don't attack you, they don't carry diseases, they aren't poisonous and they don't even fly very fast. However, they do feed on other insect larvae, snails, slugs and earthworms, even as larvae themselves. These insects also are helping humans, as they contain luciferin and luciferase, two rare chemicals used in research on cancer, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. 

3. Praying Mantis

Praying mantids are great to keep around your home and garden as they are a hunter. They feed on flies, mosquitoes, roaches, crickets and grasshoppers around the clock. Their large appetite will assure that your garden is free of pests. They are so beneficial that some people purchase these insects to release in their gardens. 

4. Spiders

Although we don't like seeing spiders in our home and arachnophobia is one of the most common types of fear, they are very beneficial to humans. Spiders prey on insects such as roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies and moths. In addition, they are essential to keeping our food supply healthy and intact. A world without spiders would result in famine. 

5. Bumble Bees


Although a large group of bees around your home isn't good and will require a professional Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to remove, bees are extremely beneficial to our lives and economy. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy would not exist if it wasn't for bees pollinating them. Livestock are also heavily dependent upon bee-pollinated plants. If it wasn't for bees, the quality, availability and price of our favorite foods would all be affected. 

Happy Thanksgiving From Best Pest Control!

When you are listing everything you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, give a little thanks to the bugs that do so much to keep us healthy and safe. While there are plenty of bugs out there that are beneficial to our lives, there are even more you want to keep out of your home. If you have an infestation, contact the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600. We can make sure that your home is free of pests this holiday season! 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

How To Avoid The Fall Invasion

During the fall, many different types of pests seek shelter from the upcoming winter weather. With all these pests making their way inside your home, it can sometimes feel like you are on the losing side of a never ending battle. Don't worry, though! The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! Best Pest Control has five tips to help you avoid an infestation this season.


1. Seal Up Your Home

The first step in preventing pests from getting in is to seal up any entrance points. Some common points of entry are utility openings where wiring or pipes come into the foundation or siding of your home. It doesn't take a big hole for spiders, or even mice, to get inside. You can use caulk, expandable foam or copper mesh to seal up these areas. 

2. Seal Up Windows & Doors

Use weather-stripping or caulk to seal up any cracks and gaps around windows and doors. However, before you seal up, they should be thoroughly cleaned and old caulk should be removed to make sure the new caulk adheres well. If you have a garage attached to your home, it is a good idea to fit the bottom of your garage doors with a rubber seal, which will not only keep out pests, but it will also keep the heat in during the winter. Sliding glass doors can also be sealed along the bottom track with foam weather-stripping. 

3. Fix Screens

If your window or door screens have any tears or are extremely worn, it is a good idea to mend them or replaced them entirely. These are holes could allow flies and other large insects from coming inside. However, some insects are small enough to fit through these screens even if they don't have tears, so keeping doors and windows closed is the best way to keep all insects out of your home. 

4. Cover Your Chimney

If you have a chimney, installing a chimney cap can keep out birds, bats and other wildlife that may try to spend the winter months inside your home. If you have attic vents, installing wire mesh can keep out bats, squirrels and rodents from infesting in your attic and getting side the walls of your home. 

5. Keep Yard Tidy

While getting your home ready for the fall, you will be inspecting your roof, cleaning the gutters and doing other things to make sure it's in good condition for the upcoming winter season. While doing these maintenance projects, take some time to examine the conditions around your home. Is the exterior of your home the perfect place for insects to spend the winter? If you have a woodpile or landscaping near your home, you could be creating a welcoming environment for pests, as it's just a short distance from there to your door. Keep woodpiles a good distance from your home and keep landscaping trimmed back to keep pests from getting inside. 

Keep Your Home Pests Free This Season

If you follow these tips, you will not only have a better chance of avoiding the fall invasion but also improve your home's energy efficiency! When closing off entrance points and sealing up windows and doors, you are keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If pests somehow still find their way inside or if you already have an infestation, contacting a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company is the best way to get rid of them. When you call Best Pest Control to help you manage a pest infestation, we utilize custom treatments to will target your unique pest problem. If you need to schedule an appointment with the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-348-1600.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What You Need To Know About Fleas

During the summer months, many pet owners worry about fleas. However, they don't go away once the summer ends. In some areas, fall is the worst month for fleas. If you are finding more and more fleas on your pet, make sure you call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition, there are a few things misconceptions about fleas, so it is important to know the facts about proper flea control.

Myth: Healthy Pets Don't Get Fleas
Truth: While a healthy diet is less attractive to fleas, it won't keep them away in heavily infested areas. It is important to make sure your yard is sprayed regularly by a pest control company and use flea repellent on your pets to make sure they don't bring them in from their walks.

Myth: Fleas Live On Pets, Not In Homes
Truth: While it is true that fleas live on pets, they can quickly jump off and find a new home in your carpets, bedding and furniture. All of these places make the perfect living conditions for fleas, eggs and larvae. If you find fleas in your home, take immediate action to eliminate them, as they can quickly spread to other areas.

Myth: A Clean Home Is A Flea-Free Home
Truth: Although a clean home is usually the trick for keeping out household pests, even the most spotless home is prone to a flea infestation. Fleas usually enter the house from pets, however, they are also known to take a ride on clothing and even jump into the house on their own. Hardwood floors are no protection either, as fleas can live in the cracks and around the edges of wood, laminate and even tile floors.

Myth: A Couple Fleas Aren't A Huge Problem
Truth: More than 90 percent of a fleas population is in the egg, larval or pupal stage. All of these stages take place usually in the carpet, bedding, furniture or shady area in the yard where your pet likes to hang out. If you see a couple fleas, it's almost guaranteed that there are hundreds of eggs and immature stages in the environment.

Myth: The Fleas Have Left The Pet, The Problem Is Solved
Truth: Although getting fleas off your pet is one step in solving the problem, it doesn't resolve it. In addition to treating your pet, you should also treat your house and yard to fully solve the flea infestation. Having Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company help you with treating your home and yard is the best solution after finding fleas.

Myth: Fleas Don't Live During Fall/Winter
Truth: Although you may not see them in cold climates, fleas can live quite comfortable in your home and on your pets during the cold season. If your pet or house had fleas in the summer, you're more likely to have fleas during the winter months as well. In some cases, fall is the worst time of the year for fleas. During autumn, there is an increase in precipitation and the temperatures stay around 70 degrees, which is the perfect conditions for fleas to thrive. Just because it is getting colder, it doesn't mean you should stop treating your pets from fleas.

Protect Your Home From Fleas With Best Pest Control!

Although the dog days of summer are behind us, that doesn't mean that your home and pet are free from fleas. Luckily, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! Best Pest Control has got you protected from all pests infecting central Missouri, including fleas. If you need to make an appointment, contact us today at 573-348-1600.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What To Do After Hallowen

Halloween has come and gone. The trick or treaters have collected their candy and the scary movies have been watched. However, Halloween isn't completely over, as you probably have some pumpkins and tons of candy to remind you of the fun you had. However, these things often lead to unwanted pests in your home, which leads you to call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. To make sure you don't have creepy crawlers in your home, your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company has a few tips you can do after Halloween is over.

1. Clean Up Pumpkins

Although you probably spent a good amount of time planning and carving the perfect Jack-O-Lantern, these pumpkins can often lead many pests into your home. As soon as pumpkins are carved, they become the perfect breeding ground for pests, so it's best to throw out pumpkins shortly after Halloween. If left out too long it begins to rot and more pests will start to call your pumpkin home. When throwing away the pumpkins, make sure to keep them away from your yard. Although pumpkins make great fertilizer and provide your plants with lots of nutrients, they could attract other things you do not want in near your home. Bugs and small critters love pumpkins, and if you throw your Jack-O-Lantern into your yard, you've given them a huge buffet.

2. Clean The Yard 

Although autumn decorations are pretty, they also make for the perfect breeding ground for insects. Leaves, hay bales, spider webs and other decorations need to be picked up shortly after Halloween to avoid pests from making themselves at home. Leaves left in the yard may look like natural fall decoration. However, they could cause lawn mold and be the perfect breeding ground for pests. Hay bales are often used in autumn decorations, but when left out to long, many grain eating pests could make a meal out of it. If these hay bales are sitting near the entrance of your home, it won't take long before the pests seek shelter from the cold in your home.

3. Keep Candy Sealed

Whether you had a Halloween party or you greeted trick-or-treaters with candy, it is important to immediately clean up any food. If you baked treats for your guests, make sure they kept in a sealed container after the party is over. If you left a bowl of candy outside, do not leave it there over night. You do not want to be inviting any unwanted critters or bugs. If you took your little one trick or treating, make sure any uneaten candy is left sealed.

Don't Wait!

Now that Halloween has come and gone, it is time to start cleaning up your decorations. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that pests have called your decorations home. The best way to take care of an infestation is to take the proper precautions to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place. However, if you do find that pests have made their way inside, make sure you call a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Best Pest Control, we can help you get rid of pests and make sure they don't come back! Call 573-348-1600.

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