Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Protect Your Home From Fleas & Ticks

We are already seeing fleas and ticks crawling around the Lake of the Ozarks. During the summer months, fleas and ticks are top of mind. We want to enjoy our outdoor spaces with the worry of getting bitten by one of these pests. To help you protect your yard, Best Pest Control offers a few tips for flea and tick control at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1. Keep The Yard Mowed

Eliminating fleas and ticks favorite hangout spots is the first step in making your property unappealing to them. This means getting rid of tall grass and brush, especially around the edge of the lawn. When doing yard work, ensure you clean up any clippings and leaves and put them in a yard waste receptacle. Simple landscaping can help not only make your yard look better, but also help reduce hiding spot for fleas and ticks.

2. Discourage Wildlife

Opossums, raccoons and feral cats can bring fleas and ticks into your yard. Don't invite these critters into your yard by leaving bowls dog or cat food outside. Trim back any trees or high shrubs that could let wild animals crawl into your attic. Seal off any opening to crawl spaces, garages, shed or below the deck, where these animals could nest.


3. Vacuum Every Day

Just because you have fleas and ticks in your house doesn't mean your home is dirty. However, if you pay extra attention to certain areas, you can help avoid having these pests in your home. Flea eggs, larvae and pupae often live in carpeting and throw rugs, so it's best to vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you spot fleas. Fleas often avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to vacuum near the baseboards, under furniture, under cushions and anywhere your pets like to sleep or spend time. If your pet likes to ride in the car with you, make sure to vacuum your car as well.

4. Treat Your Pets

Our furry friends could bring both fleas and ticks into our home and yard. It's best to use some sort preventative tick and flea medication on your pets, especially if they venture outside. After being outside, run a flea comb or brush through their coast before coming inside to reduce the number of pests they bring in with them.


5. Have Your Yard Sprayed 

Even with taking these preventative steps, fleas and ticks could still make their way into your home and yard. Best Pest Control can help you fight back with regular pest control spraying. Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests, including fleas and ticks. Enjoy your summer splashing in the water or adventuring the great outdoors, not searching for fleas and ticks.

Our expert technicians can help you protect your home from all pests infecting central Missouri. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company offers a full range of pest control, animal control and weed control services. Don't spend your summer worrying about pests or doing yard work. Instead, call Best Pest Control Company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Get Your Home Ready For Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is just over a week away. This is the perfect opportunity to visit your Lake of the Ozarks home, or if you live in the area full-time to invite guests to your home Lake home to celebrate. No matter what your plans involve, you want to make sure your Lake home is ready for the upcoming festivities. Best Pest Control has a few tips to help you get your home ready for your Memorial Day Weekend plans.

1. Keep Lawn Maintained

During Memorial Day Weekend, you probably have plans to spend time enjoying your backyard space. Make sure it's a place you want to spend time in. Get the lawn mowed and trim back the trees and bushes. Pick up any leaves that may still be hanging around from the fall and weed eat the edges of your lawn. Not only will this make your lawn look beautiful, it will also keep the pest at bay.

2. Clean Up The Deck

If you're enjoying Memorial Day Weekend BBQing, you want to make sure your deck and patio area are ready to be used. Sweep up and clear any spider webs that may have accumulated over the winter season. If your deck is wooden, the storms may have caused some mold growth, so take a power washer and clear away any green you may see. Your concreted areas and your home's siding may also benefit from a good power washing.

3. Get Your Dock Ready

Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to hit the water and enjoy the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Make sure there are no pests taking a joy ride on your watercraft and have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks come and spray your boat and dock. During the winter months, spiders and other pesky bugs may have hidden out in your boat and dock. Make sure you evict them before taking your watercraft out for a spin.

4. Evict The Bugs From Your Home & Yard

Pests know how to ruin a good time. Make sure they don't ruin your Memorial Day Weekend festivities and hire Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company to spray your home and yard for pests. Just like with your watercraft and dock, if your home was unused during the winter months, pests may be using your home for shelter. Kick them out with Best Pest Control!

5. Hire Best Pest Control

Best Pest Control makes it easy for you to get ready for Memorial Day Weekend. We can help you with everything from landscaping to pest control services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Memorial Day Weekend is just over a week away, so call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-348-1600.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Yellow Jackets, Wasps, Hornets - What's The Difference?

The ability to sting, coupled with their great mobility, makes Yellow Jackets, Hornets and wasps some of the most feared of all insects. Many species are present in every geographic region of Missouri. These species vary in aggressiveness and other behaviors, however, and only a few need to be feared. This doesn't make it any less of a problem for some people. With the potential of suffering allergic reactions when stung, it's better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge of how to identify them and their nests can help you to determine how to manage their presence around the home. So this week, Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks is sharing helpful information to help you more easily identify some of the more common buzzing nuisances found in Missouri.



Yellow Jacket
Yellow jackets are an aggressive species that live up to their name. They can easily be identified by the yellow and black bands on their bodies. All yellow jackets aggressively defend their nests and will be most aggressive in late summer and fall. Because yellow jackets forage for meats, sweets, ripe fruit and garbage, they pose a threat to humans even when they are not near their nests. They are usually a problem in picnic areas and orchards and around garbage containers. Typically yellow jackets nest underground, so finding the nest and eliminating it before you start mowing or spending a lot of time in the yard is a good idea to avoid attacks.

Hornet


The baldfaced hornet is black with whitish markings. It builds a distinctive pear-shaped, basketball-sized nest covered with grayish paperlike material. It usually constructs this nest in a tree or shrub or under the eave of a building. Baldfaced hornets are beneficial because they capture other insects as prey to feed their larvae. They usually do not threaten humans unless provoked.

The European hornet occurs across southern Missouri roughly south of Interstate Highway 44. It is dark brown with yellow and reddish markings. It usually nests in a hollow tree or log, or within buildings. The nest is covered with a brown envelope of coarse wood fibers. Although it causes alarm because it is a large wasp and comes to lights at night, this wasp is actually not very aggressive.


Paper Wasp

These wasps look similar to the yellow jacket, but are less aggressive. Several species of paper wasps of the genus Polistes occur in Missouri. They are typically slender and variously colored with brown, red and yellow. They build their single-comb unprotected nest from the eaves or porches of buildings or other sheltered locations.

Mud-Dauber Wasp

Mud daubers are solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae. They vary in length and are very slender with threadlike waists. Mud daubers are not aggressive, don't defend their nests, and usually sting only when pinned against the skin. They are beneficial except for their unsightly mud nests, which often are placed around human habitation in sheltered locations. These nests are tubelike cells often positioned side by side.

Get rid of those pesky stingers

If you have an issue with any of these stinging pests, it's important to take care of the problem quickly, especially if anyone in your family is known to have allergic reactions to stings. Rather than taking the risk of removing them yourself, contact Best Pest Control to come out, find the nest and remove the pest problem quickly and efficiently.


So this spring as you're getting your lawn and home exterior prepped for summer, keep an eye out for wasp, hornet, and Yellow Jacket nests around your property. Then call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of it for you. Our expert team is trained to "get rid" of these annoyances. We have a defense against all the pests that affect central Missouri so you don't have to worry. Call us today for a free estimate!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Spring Allergies or Pest Infestation?

It's that time of the year again, spring allergies have arrived! You may think that the plants blooming may be the cause of your allergies, however, you may be surprised at the real culprit. Your spring allergies could be the result of a pest infestation. Certain pests could cause allergy symptoms as well as asthma. Your local pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you identify and get rid of any pests infesting your home.


Allergy-Causing Pests

Stinging Insects

Hornets, yellow jackets and wasps could potentially cause allergic reactions. Now that spring is in full swing, we're seeing these stinging insects more and more. Don't let your home become a place for them to create their nest. If someone in your home is allergic to a stinging insect, it could be fatally dangerous.

Rodents
Mice and rats are dirty and often carry diseases and bacteria. They could be the reason you're experiencing allergies this season, as they also carry numerous allergens. If you have mice or rats in your home, you will find droppings, chewed food containers and electrical wire and hear noises in the walls.

Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic pests that can cause a large impact on your home. They like to live in linens and carpets and will feed off dead skin cells. Dust mites and their droppings are often the cause of allergies in the home. You may have dust mites if your experiences asthma symptoms in certain rooms of your home.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches carry allergens through their saliva and feces, and children are most commonly affected. Cockroaches are extremely difficult to get rid of, so if you find signs of a cockroach infestation, call your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company.

Prevent Spring Infestations

- Keep food tightly sealed and put away.

- Clean your sheets and linens regularly.

- Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink.

- Clean your kitchen often.

- Vacuum and dust regularly.

- Don't let trash pile up - take it out regularly.

- Ensure your home has proper ventilation.

- Seal interior and exterior cracks in walls, windows and doors.

- Fix or replace window and vent screens.

- Have your home and yard regularly sprayed for pests.

Don't suffer from asthma and allergies this spring. Do yourself a favor and call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks! Best Pest Control offers a full range of pest and weed control services to keep your home pest-free and your springtime asthma and allergy symptoms knocked out!

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