Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's National Bed Bug Awareness Week!

April 22 - 28 is nationally recognized as Bed Bug Awareness Week. Now that the weather is warming up, people are beginning to move around more and are preparing to embark on their summer vacations. Best Pest Control wants to help your home stay bed bug free this summer by providing essential bed bug control tips.


How To Identify Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish brown and can grow to about the size of an apple seed. Before feeding, bed bugs are flat. The abdomen of bed bugs are covered with microscopic hair and have a banded appearance. Adults typically grow to 4 - 5 mm in length and 1.5 - 3 mm wide.

Where To Find Bed Bugs

If you suspect your home may have bed bugs, some places you should inspect include:

- Behind mirrors & picture frames
- Matress & Sheets
- Headboard
- Nightstand & desks

A few signs that you may have bed bugs include:

- Dark spots and blood stains on mattress and bedding.
- Exoskeletons (skin sheds during growth) of bed bugs.
- Live bed bugs themselves.
-  Waking to itchy red bumps that were not there before.

What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs

If you find bed bugs in your home, do not try to take care of the situation yourself. If you move a mattress or anything else infested with bed bugs, you could actually make the problem worse, as they could move to another area of the house due to the infested item being moved. The best thing to do if you have a bed bug infestation is to call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600.

Avoid Bed Bugs

To help you avoid a bed bug infestation, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

- While staying in a hotel, before settling in, pull back sheets and inspect the mattress and box spring for bed bugs and stains. Inspect the entire room before unpacking and notify management if any activity is found.

- When you arrive back home, inspect your suitcase thoroughly before bringing them into the house. Dry all clothes - even those not worn - on high heat to eliminate any bed bugs and their eggs.

If bed bugs hitchhiked their way back to your home, it's important to call a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate and requires a professional technician to ensure the job is done correctly. Call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Don't Let Wasps Ruin Your Summer Fun

Unfortunately, with the nice weather, comes pesky wasps. Wasps swarming around your home is not something you want happening while enjoying the beautiful weather. Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to help you enjoy your summer without any pests crashing the party. If you think wasps have made themselves at home, Best Pest Control has a few tips to help get rid of them and keep them away.


Do You Have A Wasp Infestation?

Seeing one or two wasps flying around your home could be unnerving, but how do you know when it's turned into an infestation? Locating the nest is the best way to figure out that these wasps have made themselves at home. These nests can be hidden or in plain sight. If the nest is hidden, you may notice the wasps flying in and out of a small opening in your home. Some wasps will even build their nest in the ground near garden or plants.

How To Control

If you spot wasps, or an active wasps nest, in or around your home, the best way to get rid of them is to call a professional Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. Wasps will use their stinger to defend themselves when they feel threatened. While you may not have intended to threaten them, invading their space will put them on defense. Stings can be dangerous, especially if the person being stung is allergic. The best way to avoid a wasp sting is to have them safely removed from your home by a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Keep Them Away

The best way to keep wasps away is to remove anything the wasps might be attracted to, from leftover picnic food to making sure your trash cans are tightly sealed. Take a walk around your home and check for any areas that may need repair. Broken panels or siding, gaps in soffits and other crevices are perfect homes for potential wasp nest. In addition, do a yard check and search for any rodent holes or potential burrows for wasps to make a home in and if they're unoccupied, fill the hole with dirt or debris.

Outside spaces, such as patios, porches, decks, gardens and docks are used most during the summer months, and unfortunately, wasps like to hang out there as well. Keep your friends and family safe this summer and still be able to enjoy these areas by calling the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you see a wasp or wasps nest around your home, don't wait to address the problem, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 and leave it to the professionals to safely remove the wasps from your home.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beware Of The Easter Bunny

Easter is this weekend and many families are getting ready for their Easter festivities. From brunches to Easter Egg Hunts, there are many opportunities for pests to ruin your weekend. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company wants to make sure your Easter activities go off without a hitch. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while prepping for your Easter weekend.

Count Your Eggs

Before hiding your eggs, make sure you count them all. If the egg seekers in your family don't find them all you can dispatch an adult to find them. Hard boiled eggs that are left in your yard can spoil, which can attract ants and other pests. While plastic eggs won't spoil, it's still best to count them before hiding, as the melted chocolate and other candy that they're filled with can still attract the pests. In addition to counting your eggs, if you're using hard boiled eggs and one of them cracks, make sure to toss it instead of keeping it in the hunt. A cracked egg is more likely to attract bugs compared to those with their shells intact.

Prep Your Yard

Now that you know how many eggs are in play, it's time to start hiding them. However, it's best to do a once over before you start hiding the eggs. During the spring, there are many more bugs out and about, including those that sting. We don't want any injuries while kids are out looking for eggs. Look for anthills, spider webs, wasps nests, still water where mosquitos will be hanging out and piles of leaves. When you come across these, take the proper steps to eradicate them as soon as possible. Have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks come and spray your yard for pests if needed.

Don't Leave Out Food & Candy

Easter involves a lot of candy and food. From Easter baskets to family brunches, all these activities are bound to make your yard and home a bug magnet. A few precautionary steps will go a long way in keeping the pests under control. If you are enjoying breakfast, lunch, brunch or any other meal at home, make sure any food that is left out is securely covered to avoid pests from enjoying it as well. If kids are enjoying their candy, ensure all wrappers are picked up and thrown away. More importantly, if they drop a piece off candy on the ground it needs to be picked up and thrown away rather than left out for the bugs to feast on. Make it easy for your guests and ensure there is a trashcan outside near the festivities.

Bunny Free Yards

Did the Easter bunny overstay its welcome? Rabbits are herbivores and love to eat through your garden. They will enjoy just about any vegetation, leafy plant, fruit, vegetable, root, bulbs and even bark off of young trees or bushes. They can also dig holes in the yard and under sheds, decks or the home as they construct their burrows. If the rabbit population becomes excessive, it may be time to call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can assess your situation and create a plan to help control the rabbit population and make your yard pest free.


Best Pest Control wants to wish you and your family a Happy Easter! Don't forget, if the Easter bunny overstayed its welcome or if your festivities brought in pests, don't be afraid to call us at 573-348-1600.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Critters We See At The Lake

The Lake of the Ozarks is home to many different pests, from wasps and mosquitos to groundhogs and armadillos. As you prepare your lawn this spring season, you may find that a critter has taken up residence nearby. If you stumble across a critter destroying your yard, contact a company that provides live animal trapping at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can trap these pests and prevent further damage from occurring. Below are some common critters we see scurrying around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Groundhogs

During the early spring, groundhogs are most active during the warm parts of the day. However, during the late spring or summer, their days are spent in their cool burrows and feeding occurs during the early morning and dusk. Their burrow system is located about 2-4 feet underground and could extend 15-25 horizontally. You may find groundhogs beneath homes, patios, under decks, garages and stored lumber.

Moles

Moles are active year-round. However, the females produce three to five young in the spring. Moles feed primarily on earthworms, ants, beetle grubs and other arthropods living in the ground. A small portion of their diet does consist of various seed and vegetable matter, but they are not known to eat bulbs or roots of gardening plants. They are one of the main culprits, however, for damage to lawns and gardens. It's easy to detect a mole infestation, as these pests cause havoc with their burrowing. They create elaborate underground tunnels called runways which run at shallow and deep levels.

Armadillos 

Unfortunately, getting rid of armadillos is no longer a problem reserved for Texans. They've made their way to the Lake of the Ozarks and are known for tearing up gardens and lawns in search of bugs and worms. They leave behind 3-5 inch divots in the lawn where they've dug up the turf looking for grubs. They're nocturnal, and they do most of their foraging and night.

Raccoons

Raccoons are one of the most commonly dealt with pest. They have adapted to living with humans and are now considered more urban animal than a wild animal. They have learned that garbage cans and dumpsters are an excellent source of food and that houses are excellent habitat. If you have a raccoon living in your home, it could make a big mess and leave behind lots of dropping. They could tear apart insulation, rip open ducts, damage pipes and tear apart wires.

Opossums

Typically, opossums prefer to establish a home within existing structures, such as hollow logs, garages, under buildings, inside burrows and even squirrels' nests in trees. It prefers that its home is close to a food source, and it's an omnivore, so it's not picky. Just about anything, it can find to consume will make for a meal, such as fruits, grass, insects, mammals, birds and fish. Homeowners most often notice an opossum has taken residence when they encounter them, often digging around garbage cans or in attics. They have also been known to damage lawns when digging for grubs.

These critters can not only tear up your yard but some of them can even take up residence in your home. The best animal control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you get rid of them from your property and help you protect your yard. In addition, Best Pest Control offers lawn treatments, landscaping and yard clean up. We will get your lawn and garden in tip-top shape and make sure it's ready for the summer season!

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