Friday, December 29, 2017

Avoiding Those Pesky Bed Bugs

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that all bugs become dormant or inactive. There are some bugs, that regardless of the weather, always seem to cause problems. The best pest control at the Lake ofthe Ozarks knows that one of those bugs is bed bugs. Prevention for bed bugs is important, as they are extremely difficult to get rid on once your home is infested. While it is best to call Best Pest Control once your home is infested, there are a few things you can do yourself, to help minimize the chance of your home getting a bed bug infestation. 

Don't Bring Them Home


If you are traveling, it is a good idea to inspect your hotel mattress for bed bugs before settling in. When you first arrive, inspect the mattress, box spring and any visible parts of the headboard, especially along the edges. Pull back the sheets and look along the ribbing and corners of the mattress and headboard. If you see any signs that they've been around, such as the bugs themselves, little brown spots or if you wake up with mysterious bites, tell the hotel management immediately. If you did experience bed bugs while on vacation, unpack your whole suitcase outside your home. Pull out clothes and put them through a hot wash. If you have delicate items, even a low dry cycle can help kill bugs. It is important to disinfect and fumigate the suitcase before bringing it inside. 

Minimize Hiding Spots


Bed bugs are nocturnal, so they will mainly come out at night. If they’re hungry enough, they will come out during the day. They typically will hide out during the day and this makes bed bugs hard to notice. Minimizing hiding spots will help deter them away from your home. Seal up cracks along the baseboards and molding, as well as holes in areas where pipes or wires go through the wall. In addition to sealing up holes and cracks, it's also a good idea to minimize clutter in the bedroom, especially near the bed and on the floor. 

Call the Professionals


Having the best pest control company at the Lake of theOzarks routinely treat your home can help prevent a bed bug infestation. Pest technicians can spot the signs of pest infestations, including bed bugs. At Best Pest Control, we offer a full line of organic pest control products, so there's no need to worry about harsh chemicals in your home. If you have a bed bug infestation, it's best to call a professional Lake of the Ozarks pestcontrol company, as bed bugs are extremely difficult to treat. If a bed bug treatment is done incorrectly, it could make the problem worse.

Getting Rid of All Your Pests


If you have insects and pests crawling around your property that you want to get rid of or protect yourself from, look no further than Best Pest Control. Our expert team is trained in getting rid of these annoyances, and we have a defense against all the pests that affect central Missouri, so you don't have to worry! If you have a bed bug infestations or any other pest annoyance, call the best pest control company at the Lake of theOzarks. What better way to start your new year than pest free? 


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Celebrations Around the World

Christmas is in a few days and the team at Best Pest Control is getting into the holiday spirit! People all around the world celebrate the Christmas holiday. There are many common traditions when it comes to Christmas, but there are a few unique traditions that are special to certain regions and areas. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is taking a look at a few unique traditions that take place around the world.


A Very Spidey Christmas - Ukraine


In America, it is common to decorate your Christmas tree with tinsel, ornaments, and 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 could not afford to decorate the family's Christmas tree, so 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.

Go Bananas This Christmas - India


Only 2.3 percent of India's population celebrates Christmas, but because of India’s large population, that still about 25 million people who observe this holiday. There are some Christmas 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 fir or pine trees. Because of the lack of "Christmas trees", they usually decorate banana and mango trees instead. They will even use the leaves of those trees to decorate their homes. 

A Kentucky Fried Christmas - Japan


Many Americans 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 they have to wait in line for hours to score a Kentucky Christmas dinner package. That package includes chicken, side dishes, cake and even wine.

Mischievous Yule Lads - Iceland


Children in Iceland leave their shoes on their window sill during the 13 nights before Christmas Eve. This is because Icelandic children believe they are visited by one of Iceland's 13 Santa’s - the Yule Lads (or Yule men). 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 leftovers 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. 


Send A Letter to Santa (Literally) - Canada


Although many people believe that Santa lives at the North Pole, his mailing address is actually in Canada. In Canada, 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 (whose numbers are in the thousands) have been helping Santa reply to the millions of letters he receives every year from children around the world.

Merry Christmas From Best Pest Control


The team at 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


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Friday, December 15, 2017

The Perfect Pest Control Gifts

The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is rapidly approaching. Whether you’ve thought about it yet or not, gift giving is at the top of most people’s minds. Some people are easy to shop for while shopping for others is nearly impossible. There are so many gifts out there to choose from, but why not give the ones you love a truly useful gift that keeps on giving? Best Pest Control knows how hard it is to find meaningful gifts for people. That’s why the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has put together a list of ideas that can help your family and friends with their pest control needs both now and in the future. Check them out below!


A Heavy-Duty Vacuum Cleaner

A gift you should add to your list of practical gift ideas is a high-quality vacuum. One of the best uses for a vacuum besides cleaning up messes is to help remove and get rid of pests. Vacuuming is critical in things like flea control and it’s also the best way to get rid of some occasional invaders. There are so many vacuums to choose from, so it’s important to get the best one that fits your budget; whether it’s a lightweight cordless vacuum or a small portable vacuum that can be used anywhere. A high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filtered vacuum is even better because it can help reduce pest debris from becoming airborne when you’re vacuuming.

Spider Catcher

If you know someone that hates spiders, a spider catcher would make a great gift for them. There are several different brands available that can be found both in-store and online. All spider catchers essentially consist of a pole attached to some bristles that allows the user to hold a spider securely while they take it outside to release it. The poles are always long enough that the spider is far away from whoever catches it.
 

Cleaning Products

Proper sanitation can help reduce pest attractants, so that makes cleaning products a practical gift that will be used often. You can even get extra creative and kick it up a notch and create a gift basket filled with different types of cleaning products, microfiber cloths, sanitizing sprays, and high-quality cleaning gloves.

Top-Rated Trash Can

Trash cans may not exactly seem like a glamorous Christmas gift, but a high-quality one is not only a great update but is extremely helpful in deterring pests. Automatic lid trash cans help contain food and smells that can tempt pests. One that has an automatic sensor can also make clearing plates a breeze. The trash can lid will open for you with a wave of your hand. It then automatically closes the lid when you are finished using it. Great for those who always forget to close the lid.

Best Pest Control knows that you can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas. If you notice some unwanted guests around your home this holiday season, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call! Both inside and out, we can help protect your home from those pesky critters. 


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Don't Let Pests Ruin Your Holiday Season

December is finally here and the holiday season is in full swing! People are beginning to decorate their homes and that includes picking out the perfect Christmas tree. We may be trying to bring the festive vibe into our homes, but we may also be unknowingly bringing in unwanted pests. Best Pest Control wants to make sure your home remains pest free this holiday season. Check out a few tips from the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Your Christmas Tree


If you choose to bring a live Christmas tree into your home, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that they are pest magnets. Not only may bugs be living in the tree, but they can also lay eggs. When you bring the tree into your warm house, bugs will be more comfortable and the eggs may hatch. The USDA Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists all the pests that could be brought into your home through your Christmas tree. This doesn’t mean you have to ditch the real tree for a fake tree. Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree in your home? You can still have a real tree, we just recommend you take a few precautions. You should always shake out your Christmas tree before bringing it inside. When you do this, closely inspect the tree for any signs of pests. Once the tree is inside, check the tree regularly for any bugs or signs of them. This will help prevent any infestations.

Wreaths & Garland


Most wreaths will be on the outside of your door, but they attract pests and those pests can find their way into your home. 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.

Garland adds a beautiful and whimsical touch to your home. While live garland brings a seasonal smell and adds an extra pop of color, your safest option is to go with fake garland. Garland is a great host for pests, so if you do go with the real stuff, it’s best to shake it out and look it over before bringing it inside.

Pine Cones


Pine cones are a seasonal décor item, and they make great crafts for kids around the holidays. However, just going outside to collect pine cones can introduce many pests into your home. Whether they’re store-bought or you collect them from the great outdoors, it’s important to inspect them and to make sure they are critter free. A good way to ensure they aren’t the home for pests is to bake them at 250 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. This will help get rid of bugs and sap.


Gingerbread houses


For some, gingerbread houses are a holiday staple. Not only are they fun to look at, but kids and adults love building them and putting them together. Humans aren’t the only ones that love gingerbread houses. They could also attract pests and sugar-seeking bugs. In order to avoid attracting pests and ants, you should wrap your gingerbread house up at night and stick it in the fridge.

Happy Holidays From Best Pest Control


It’s getting colder outside and pests will be finding new ways to sneak into your home and enjoy the warmth. Best Pest Control knows that regular pest control can help keep those pesky bugs out. If you find unwanted pests in your home this holiday season, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. We can help make sure your home is pest free this holiday season. 


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Keep Your Yard Free of Leaves and Pests

The last few weeks have been filled with heavy winds and leaf showers. The fall foliage this year was beautiful and seemed to stick around longer than usual. Now that all of those leaves have fallen to the ground, it’s time to clean up those leaf piles to prevent pests. Best Pest Control knows how proper lawn care can help keep pests out of your yard and home. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some steps you can take.


Lawn Care Maintenance


Not only is proper lawn care maintenance important to help keep pests out, but it’s also important for the health of your yard. Some leaf coverage (about 10-20%) won’t have a major effect on your lawn. However, an abundance of fallen and decaying leaves on your lawn can cause problems. Not only are sun rays blocked from reaching your grass, but those leaves can trap in moisture, which could result in the growth of mold and fungus. Leaf piles also make the perfect home for pests that are seeking shelter through the winter.

Pests That Are Attracted to Leaf Piles


Beetles – These insects are attracted to dark and damp places. What’s better than a pile of freshly fallen leaves? Leaf piles create the perfect shelter for beetles. While they don’t pose a health risk, having an abundance of beetles can be annoying.

Black Widow Spiders – These spiders are reclusive and like to live in dark and undisturbed places. Because of this, a pile of leaves is a great place for black widow spiders to hide out. When doing yard work, or cleaning up piles of leaves, it’s important to wear gloves to keep yourself protected from getting bit.

Mice – These pests are drawn towards piles of leaves not only for their shelter but for the insects that are already seeking shelter. Piles of leaves are a great food source for mice. Once you have an infestation of mice in your yard, they’re more than likely going to find a way into your home.

Snakes – Similar to mice, snakes find food and shelter in piles of leaves. Venomous snakes such as copperheads can be found in leaf piles. If you live in an area where venomous snakes are common, you should be extra cautious when cleaning up leaf piles.

Keep Pests Out of Your Yard


Lawn care maintenance is the first step in keeping pests away from your home. Leaves not only damage your lawn, they also attract pests. When it comes to getting rid of leaves, you have a few options.

Use a rake or leaf blowers to gather all of the leaves together. You can either compost the leaves or dispose of them. You can bag the leaves and dispose of them or you can burn them.
Another great option is to mulch the leaves with a mower. This option allows the nutrients and organic matter to go back into your lawn and the soil.
  
Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests – whether they are inside or outside your home. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks also offers a wide range of services. Whether you need help with maintenance for your lawn or need help with animal control, you can count on the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to protect your home. 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Don't Invite Pests To Your Thanksgiving

No matter how much we prepare, there’s always a chance things can go wrong and pests don’t take a break just because it’s a holiday. Even during Thanksgiving, Best Pest Control knows that pests have their sights set on your home, especially with the smell of delicious food in the air. Whether its cockroaches, spiders, ants, or any other pests, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help keep them out of your home this holiday season.


Most pests look for and find shelter during the fall as they prepare for the winter. This shelter could very well be inside of your home. When you bring extra food in for Thanksgiving, it can lure certain pests from their hiding places and into your common or living areas. Some pests that you should be on the lookout for this holiday season include:

Cockroaches – cockroaches are capable of harboring a variety of diseases that can even be transmitted to humans. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you keep your home free of these pests. Cockroaches are attracted to food waste, so it’s common to find them in kitchen and dining areas. Food scraps that are placed in trash cans can also attract cockroaches.

Ants – ants are extremely common both inside and outside the home. Ants live in large colonies and can quickly get out of hand, especially in your home. Ants commonly get into stored pantry items, even if they haven’t been opened yet.

Rodents – both rats and mice are popular in the fall as the weather begins to cool down. Rodents are attracted to the same types of food that humans eat, which means your Thanksgiving meal is extremely attractive to them.

Tips to Eliminate Pests


Block Entryways Around Your Home
Keeping pests out of your home is key to stopping an infestation. It’s important to check both inside and outside of your home and identify any entryways. These entryways include gaps around doors or windows. Use a sealant to plug up these entrances and to stop pests from coming into your home.

Clean Up Spills
Most pests are attracted to your home because of crumbs and any food residue that is left without being cleaned up. Cleaning up spills promptly and clearing your pantry of food debris can reduce the number of pests that invade your home.

Dispose of Trash Promptly
You should immediately dispose of trash in a sealed trash can. It’s also a great idea to take all trash to outdoor trash cans daily to keep pests from being drawn to the trash that has accumulated.

Properly Seal Items In Pantry
You should keep your opened pantry items in airtight containers to avoid attracting pests. By keeping food in an airtight container, they are not able to gain access to your food.

Pest Control for Thanksgiving


You don’t have to deal with pests this holiday season. If you’ve noticed more pests around your home, give the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. At Best Pest Control, we understand how important Thanksgiving is. We hope these tips help create a clean and pest free environment for you and your friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving! 


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