Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Do's & Don'ts Of Managing A Termite Infestation

Termites can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Not only can they harm the structure of your home, but they can also cause hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of damage. Termites are extremely difficult to detect and sometimes even more difficult to get rid of. The best way to ensure your home is termite free is to prevent termites before they ever find their way into your home. Best Pest Control offers a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to termite prevention.

Don't Skip Termite Prevention

There are many things you can do around your home to prevent a termite infestation. Just because you've never had an issue with termites, it doesn't mean you won't have one in the future. Unfortunately, termites are something homeowners have to deal with and the odds are, as a homeowner, you will deal with them at some point or another. Take every precaution possible in order to protect your home the best you can.

- Keep wooden parts of the home foundation 6 inches above soil
- Do not store firewood, lumber or paper near home or crawl space
- Remove dead trees, stumps and roots
- Keep mulch below the siding of the home
- Install metal flashing on the home
- Regularly inspect cracks and joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites
- Keep the basement and crawl space as dry as possible

Do Regular Landscaping Maintenance 

Termites feast on wood sources, so if you have a lot of wood around your home, you are giving them an invitation inside. If you are using wood mulch, keep it several inches below the siding and wooden parts of your home. In addition, quickly remove any and all dead trees, stumps and roots near your home. Keep all shrubs and trees trimmed and cut back from the walls of your home and don't allow leaves or broken limbs to pile up near your foundation.

Don't Allow Water To Accumulate

Water is a vital part of termites survival, so it's important to do everything you can do to avoid an excess of water around the structure of your home. Make sure to divert rainwater away from the foundation of your home by keeping all gutters and downspouts clean and in tip-top shape. If your home has sprinklers, make sure they are aimed away from the foundation of your home. Quickly repair any leaks you see from water pipes, AC units or faucets. In addition, don't allow mulch to pile up more than an inch or two, as water will start to accumulate there.


Do Have Regular Inspections Done

Even if you've never had termite activity in your home, it's a good idea to have an inspection done. If you haven't had an inspection done within the last few year, it's best to call a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure your home is termite free. Termites can hide out in the inner structure of your home for a long time before being found, so although you may think you're in the clear, you may be wrong. Have an inspection done, and save your home hundred or thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can give you peace of mind when it comes to the possibility of termite activity in your home. Best Pest Control can not only inspect your home for termite activity but if they find any they can get rid of them and make sure they don't come back with preventative spraying. Call 573-348-1600 today to schedule your inspection today!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Preparing Your Lawn For Spring

Winter weather can be tough on your lawn. Grass, shrubs and trees are weak after months of lying dormant. If you want your lawn and trees to come back fuller and lusher than before, Best Pest Control can help. Here are a few simple tips to help get your lawn ready for the summer months.

1. Remove Accumulated Debris

The first step in getting your lawn ready for spring is to do some cleaning. Clear away any leaves, twigs and other debris that have gathered over the winter months. Not only can the debris get stuck in your lawn mower, it can also block fertilizers and other materials from being properly absorbed by the lawn. Plus, it can create a breeding ground for pests.

2. Apply Pre-Emergent, Weed Killer & Fertilizer

Applying a pre-emergent in the early spring is very important. It's best to apply it prior to temperatures reaching 55-60 degrees. Afterward, the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Once crabgrass has germinated, it's very difficult to get rid of. When you fertilize in the spring, it can jump start your lawn from its winter slumber. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand heat stress through the summer months.

3. Don't Skip Aeration

Core aeration is a great thing to do to your lawn in the spring. It's important because it allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. It also results in new growth and increases root development. In the spring, it's  important to core aerate before the soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. After this point, the voids created in the lawn will only be an invitation to aggressive weed seeds.

4. Mow Early & Often

Many homeowners only mow once a week during the spring. However, if you let the grass grow too high and then cut it, it could stunt the roots so they can't reproduce properly. Instead, mow every five days for the first six weeks of spring, depending on the weather, to ensure a thicker, fuller lawn.

5. Trim The Trees

It's hard to tell if a tree has dead branches unless you get up into it. If dead branches are left untended, they can fall, which could cause property damage and potential injury. It's best to trim the trees before the leaves come out, as it's easier to see the condition of the branches.

BONUS TIP

While it's tempting to fill brown patches with grass seed, if you are also applying pre-emergent or weed killer, the grass seeds won't germinate. Instead, fertilize the lawn and in a few weeks shoots will grow and fill in the brown patches. If the brown patches are too big, or you just can't wait until the fall, sod can help.

Spring is just around the corner, so it's time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming warm weather. In addition to pest control, we also offer lawn care services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control offers landscaping, lawn treatments, leaf blowing & removal, weed spraying and yard cleanup. If you want to spend your time enjoying the beautiful weather instead of doing lawn maintenance, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bugs We Love!

Valentine's Day is a day all about showing love, so we wanted to feature a few bugs that we love. While we normally don't like seeing pests in our homes and gardens, not all insects are bad. While you may call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks when you see a creepy crawler near your home, there are a few pests that you may want to catch and release in your garden this upcoming spring.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are a great natural pest control for gardeners. Both adult and larvae eat spider mites, mealy bugs and aphids. Most gardeners should welcome these bugs, as they can keep your garden insect free. Luckily, you can attract ladybugs by planting flowers among your vegetables. Wildflowers like dandelions and Queen Anne's lace are known for attracting ladybugs.

Bees

Honey bees and bumblebees are loved for their ability to pollinate. Many vegetables and fruit trees need to be pollinated by bees in order to produce. Honey bees are not only important for pollinating, but they also produce honey. If you are wanting to entice bees to your garden, you can attract them by planting flowers with pollen and nectar.

Praying Mantis

Praying mantis are great predators and eat moths, grasshoppers, flies and other insects. Their heads can rotate up to 180 degrees depending on the species. This head rotation allows them to remain very still while hunting. When an unsuspecting insect ventures near them, they will quickly strike out. While they are a great natural pest control for gardens, it must be noted that they will also prey on beneficial bugs.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are predatory insects who eat mosquitoes and other pests like aphids. What's not to love about a bug that eats mosquitoes? Dragonflies lay their eggs in water and their larva may take years to reach the adult stage.

Green Lacewing

The green lacewing enjoys a wide arrange of insects including aphids, spider mite, insect eggs and even small caterpillars. They will also eat leafhopper nymphs who, in their adult stage, can become a serious pest to gardens.

While these bugs do act as a natural pest control, we shouldn't rely on them to protect our entire home. Best Pest Control can ensure the bad bugs don't get into your home this upcoming spring. To schedule an appointment with a reliable and trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-348-1600. We can help get rid of and prevent pests from getting comfortable in your home.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pests We Battle During The Winter

It's no surprise that summer is the prime season for pests. Insects are out and about, flies and mosquitos buzz into your home through open doors and window and rodents scurry around lawns and fields. All these things have you turning to the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Although we see the majority of pest related problems during the summer, that doesn't mean they are completely gone in the winter. In fact, the cold weather actually makes pests more likely to seek warm and shelter in your home. So which pests should we be aware of this winter?

Rodents

During the winter, rodents, such as rats and mice, enter homes more often in search of shelter and warmth. They will find their way in by squeezing through holes the size of a quarter or climbing up drain pipes. Not only are they causing damage to your home by gnawing on furnishings and building materials, they also pose a health risk to your family. Exposure to their urine and droppings can transmit serious diseases such as salmonella, hantavirus and infection. 

Spiders

After a long summer of feeding on insects, spiders typically head indoors seeking shelter from the cold. Although most house spiders are harmless, we still don't like them inside our homes and weaving their webs in the dark corners of the house waiting for prey. If you do see several spiders in your home, this could be the sign that you have other insects seeking shelter as well and it's best to call a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to spray your home. 

Cockroaches

If you were hoping that cockroaches die in the winter, you may not be pleased to find out the truth. Not only do they survive the freezing temperatures of the winter months, but they do so by seeking shelter as close to humans as they can. In their quest for food, they can fit through some of the smallest openings like the tiny gaps around doors and windows. They usually make a nest around the kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately, keeping them away can sometimes be a challenge, and they are almost impossible to eliminate without the help of a professional. 

Wildlife

In addition to rodents, spiders and cockroaches, squirrels and raccoons can easily find their way inside your house and take up residence in the attic. Both of these critters are excellent climbers and will gladly make themselves comfortable in the warm, dry attic during the winter months. They do, however, still need food and water, so you'll probably hear them coming in and out through the chimney, vent, roof holes and other openings.

Winter is definitely not the time to let your guard down as far as pest control. While they may be less active during this time of the year, that doesn't mean they are completely gone. The warmth and comfort of your home is an open invitation to all sorts of pests from rodents to spiders. Make sure you are ready to fight back by calling the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you find pests in your home, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

10 Fun Facts About Groundhog Day

Every year on February 2, the country turns its attention to a small city in Pennsylvania to see if winter is ending. This morning, Punxsutawney Phil predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter. Phil is the weather-forecasting celebrity groundhog that comes out every year and either sees his shadow (six more weeks of winter) or doesn't (an early spring). We trust Phil to let us know if spring is coming early or if we should bundle up for six more weeks of winter, but how much do we know about him? Best Pest Control has 10 fun facts about this famous rodent. 

1. The Groundhog Day folklore dates back to 1886, and this year was Punxsutawney Phil's 131 prediction.

2. Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Before he was known as Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog. 

3. Since a groundhog hibernates for the winter, the act of it coming out of the ground is a natural sign of spring. In addition to groundhogs, people used to watch for other hibernating animals such as badgers, bears and hedgehogs as signs of winter's end. 

4. A groundhog's burrow is more than just a hole in the ground. It can consist of nearly 50 feet of tunnels, buried 5 feet underground with multiple exits in case it needs to escape from predators. 

5. There is another spring predicting groundhog in Ohio named Buckeye Chuck. He became Ohio's official weather-predicting groundhog in 1979 by an act of the state legislature. 

6. According to the National Climatic Data Center, Phil has been wrong 15 times since 1988. However, when Phil doesn't see his shadow, he tends to be a bit better. Since the beginning, he's seen his shadow 15 times and was correct seven times for a 47 percent accuracy rate. 

7. There are nine years without any records, and even the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, which keeps track of the readings, don't know what happened to Phil during those years. 

8. There's only one Phil. Phil has been doing readings since the 1800s and has stayed alive this long due to a magical "Groundhog Punch" that he's fed every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic. Just a sip of this magical punch extends his life for another seven years. So even if Phil misses out on six annual sips, he's still good to go with weather reports and newsmaking for one more year. 

9. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle takes care of Phil the entire year. They also plan each year's big ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The Inner Circle currently has 15 members (16 if you count Phil). The members all have individual nicknames that tie into their careers.  

10. When Phil is not predicting the weather, he lives in the town's library with his wife Phyllis. He also enjoys traveling and has even met big celebrities and public figures like Oprah and President Ronald Regan. 

Happy Groundhog Day!

Although Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, it hasn't felt like winter at all this year. While it has been nice weather, the bugs are also enjoying the unusually warm winter. If you need help protecting your home from the insects enjoying the nice days we've been having, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can help make sure your home is pest free, just call 573-348-1600 and schedule your appointment today! 

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