Friday, December 30, 2016

Deer In Your Yard? No Problem!

While many people are out looking for deer, you probably don't like finding them in your own yard. When deer make their way onto your property, they can tear apart your lawn and eat your plants. This time of the year, you are bound to see a few deer making their way out of the forest. Luckily, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has a few things you can do to make sure they don't find their way to your yard. 

1. Lawn Decorations

Deer are typically very skittish, so it is best to use that to your advantage. Lawn decoration, such as scarecrows, sundials and other lawn ornaments, especially those with moveable parts could keep them out of your yard. They also don't like loud noises, so having windchimes in your yard could also be useful in keeping them away. 

2. Fences

Fences are one of the best ways to keep deer off of your property. If you decide to put up a fence to keep deer out, make sure it is over 8-foot tall, as deer could jump anything lower. Also, it is important that the fence doesn't have large gaps between the posts. If you choose to install a fence that is shorter than 8-foot, it is a good idea to have something on top, such as chicken wire, that extends out. 

3. Smells

Deer typically use their sense of smell to find their source of food. A good way to keep them from using your yard as food, you can confuse them. If you (or a friend) have a dog that you need to brush regularly, you can place their fur in your yard. You can also use other "home remedies" like mixtures of eggs, hot peppers and garlic, dryer sheets and bars of soap. The trick with this is to switch it up, otherwise, they may get used to the smell. 

4. Dogs

Dogs are great at protecting their territory, which means they can also protect your yard from wildlife. No matter their size, their scent and bark are natural deer repellents, so let them roam around outside. 

5. Bright Lights

Deer don't like bright lights and will typically wait until dusk to feed. If you are having too many deer roaming around your property, it is a good idea to install motion activated lights. When triggered, these bright lights will hopefully scare away deer. However, over time, they may realize that the lights are harmless.

Keep Deer Out!

Best Pest Control can help you keep deer out of your yard, as well as pesky pests! However, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company does more than just get rid of bugs. From landscaping to animal control, we can help you with a variety of different services. If you are needing pest control services at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact us at 573-348-1600. 

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Protect Your Restaurant From Pests

If you or someone you know owns a restaurant, then you know how important a clean and well-kept kitchen is for a successful business. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests, so it's important to use a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to make sure your restaurant is pest free, so you can continue to run your business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem.


Why Pests Love Restaurant

Restaurants typically have food in storage to prepare for customers, which pests see as a perfect place to settle in because of the easy access to food. Luckily, restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and keep food spillage to a minimum.

Restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. In addition, customers or even servers may accidentally drop food on the floors. Plus, large industrial kitchens have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Because of all of this, it's important to clean serving areas frequently and scrub all areas where food is prepared to minimize any pest issues.

It is also important for restaurants to keep dumpsters and other garbage areas closely monitored and well cleaned. Closing dumpster lids and emptying trash cans frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Cutting the grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences is also a good idea to eliminate hiding places for rodents.


Your Restaurant After Dark

If your restaurant isn't open 24-hours, then there will be a period of time when the lights are off and no one is there - or is there? This is usually the period when pests come out, as rodents are careful to avoid human contact. Plus, they are generally nocturnal creatures and prefer to come out when there's no light. Insects, such as cockroaches, can scatter when exposed to light, which makes them incredibly difficult to discover.

Professional Service, Professional Results

Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate its pest issues. When you schedule routine spraying of the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment and getting a free meal. Our pest control experts can help you identify what kind of pest issue you may have, and can determine the proper solution that will get rid of them. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night in peace, knowing that the pests aren't coming in for any leftovers.

Helping Your Restaurant Succeed!

Restaurants are a big business at the Lake, and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for restaurant owners. The most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help make your business safer, and ultimately, pest free. Contact Best Pest Control for a free estimate at eliminating or preventing a pest problem by calling 573-348-1600.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

5 Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Christmas is just in a few days and the team at Best Pest Control is getting into the holiday spirit! People all around the world celebrate Christmas, and while some traditions remain the same, there are a few unique traditions that are special to certain regions like (fake) spiders and webs in Christmas trees or decorating banana trees. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company takes a look at a few of these interesting traditions that people do around Christmas. 

1. A Very Spidey Christmas - Ukraine

In America, it is common to decorate your Christmas tree with tinsel, ornaments, garland, but what about spiders? Ukrainians forego the "traditional" Christmas tree decorations and cover their trees with spiders and cobwebs - fake ones of course! According to the local folklore, there was a poor woman who would not afford to decorate the family's Christmas tree, The next morning, her children woke up to see the tree covered with webs and when the first light of Christmas morning touched the webs, they turned into gold and silver and the family never lived in poverty again.

2. A Kentucky Fried Christmas - Japan

Many American enjoy a delicious ham or turkey for Christmas dinner, however, in Japan, many people enjoy a bucket of the Colonel's chicken. Enjoying Kentucky Fried Chicken during the holiday season became a tradition in Japan after the Kentucky For Christmas marketing campaign in 1974. There were no Christmas traditions in Japan before, so the Kentucky For Christmas filled a void. Customers order their KFC special Christmas dinner weeks in advance or wait in line for hours to score a Kentucky Christmas dinner package that includes chicken, side dishes, cake and even wine.

3. Mischievous Yule Lads - Iceland

Children in Iceland leave their shoes on their window sill for the 13 nights before Christmas Eve. This is because Icelandic children believe they are visited by one of Iceland's 13 Santas - the Yule Lads (or yulemen). Each Yule Lad has its own personality and will try to steal and cause mischief for the children and their families. Gluggagægir likes to look through the window in search of things to steal and Pottaskefill likes to steal leftover from pots. Although the yule lads aren't all bad, if the children have been good, they will receive a small gift or candy. However, if they have been naughty, they will be left a rotten potato in their shoe. 

4. Go Bananas This Christmas - India

Although only 2.3 percent of India's population celebrate Christmas, because of the amount of people who live there, it's still 25 million people who observe this holiday. There are some traditions that are the same there, such as a midnight mass and gift-giving. However, there is one thing that stands out about Christmas in India and that is the absence of fire or pine trees. Because of the lack of "Christmas trees," they usually will decorate banana and mango trees instead. They will even use the leaves of those trees to decorate their homes. 

5. Send A Letter To Santa (Literally) - Canada

Although many people believe that Santa lives at the North Pole, his mailing address is actually in Canda. In Canda, postal codes are alphanumeric, so Santa's postal code is H0H 0H0 (with zeros instead of the letter 'o'). Letters that went unnoticed by parents and mailed used to end up undelivered because there was no address for Kris Kringle. However, for the last 30 years, Canada Post volunteers (who's numbers are in the thousands) have been helping Santa reply to the million of letters he receives every year from children around the world.

Merry Christmas From Best Pest Control

The team at Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful day. If you find any real spiders in your tree this Christmas that made their way into your home, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600. Merry Christmas!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Avoiding Pests This Christmas

It's the holiday season and many people are getting their homes ready for the upcoming festivities. However, some of our decorations can bring in some unwanted guests. Luckily, your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company has a few tips, so you can enjoy your live decorations without having to worry about pests making themselves at home. 

1. Christmas Trees

A live Christmas tree is by far the biggest pest magnet during the holiday season. Not only can bugs live in the tree, they can also lay eggs in the tree. When brought into the warm house, the eggs could hatch causing a pest infestation. The USDA Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists all the pests that could be brought into your home through your Christmas tree. However, before you decide to ditch the real tree for a fake tree, take a few precautions to keep the bugs from crashing your Christmas party. First, shake your tree out before bringing it inside and carefully inspect it. After it's inside, regularly look for any signs of pests. If you see an insect, take a vacuum and suck it out. 

2. Floral Decor

Mistletoe, poinsettias and miniature evergreen trees are all festive plants that add to your holiday decor. However, they can also be the perfect host for pests during the holiday season. Before you buy these plants, carefully inspect them and again before bringing them side. 

3. Wreaths

Although wreaths may be on the outside of your door, every time it opens a bug could make their way inside. There are a lot of options you can choose from when it comes to holiday wreaths. Selecting one without natural elements like evergreen branches is less likely to attract insects. However, if you choose to go with a real wreath, use the same technique you would use when choosing a live tree. Inspect it carefully before buying and give it a good shake out before hanging it. In addition, every so often, give it a good shake out in the yard. 

4. Pine Cones & Garland


It is very common for people to decorate their houses with pine cones and garland around the holidays. However, when these items were gathered from the great outdoors rather than store bought, they could bring in pests. To avoid having a pest infestation before the holiday festivities, inspect your garland before hanging it up whether it's real or not. For pine cones, bake them at 250 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes to get rid of bugs and sap. 

5. Gingerbread Houses

Although gingerbread houses are by far one of the more delicious holiday decorations, they could also seek the attention of unwanted guests and sugar-seeking bugs. To avoid having your gingerbread house devoured by pests, wrap it up at night and put it in the fridge. 

Happy Holidays From Best Pest Control!

Although it is getting colder outside, bugs can still make their way inside. However, regular pest control can help you keep them out. If you find pests in your home this holiday season, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600. We can help make sure your home is pest free this holiday season. 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Make Sure Your Home Is Safe This Winter

Do you own a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks? If so, there's a lot more you need to do other than locking the door when it is time to leave for the season. The Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company does more than protecting your home from pests, we also have a winter home check service to protect your home from the winter weather. This service from Best Pest Control covers a variety of monthly household checks, including:

Checking the Pipes

A service technician will check the pipes in your house to make sure that they aren't frozen or cracked. While we're at it, we'll make sure that the water is turned off and that the pipes are clear from any obstructions that could damage them while you're away.

Checking the Dock

Your boat may be winterized, but your dock is still in the water and subject to the hazards of the freezing temperatures. Our crew can stop by once or twice a month to make sure your dock is withstanding the winter. If needed, we can install a de-icer to help prevent any structural or lift damage that could occur from the constant freezing and thawing of the lake water.

Checking the Breaker

Our service techs can check your breakers on both your home and dock to ensure nothing has tripped or has been tampered with. Leaving your breakers unchecked or turned off can cause serious issues in your home, including:

- Pipe damage due to frozen pipes
- Ice damage to your dock
- Flooding in the basement due to a sump pump failure
- Alarm malfunction from wide temperature variances.

Checking the Home

The deterrence of possible break-ins is the most important aspect of our Winter Home Check service. We will give you peace of mind by making sure your home is secure. A house that looks sealed for the winter can also look like a prime target for burglary. Our technicians can visit your home monthly or bimonthly to make sure that your property is sealed tight and safe from intruders.

Best Pest Control Offers More than Just Pest Control

The Best Pest Control company at the Lake of the Ozarks' winter home check service is designed for second homeowners who aren't able to check on their Lake homes during the winter season. It's our goal to make sure that your home is protected from everything from the winter elements to burglars. From pest control to home maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, Best Pest Control can do it all. Call us today at 573-348-1600 to get started!

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