Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ways To Control Mosquitoes This Summer

The mosquitoes are out and about here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mosquitoes are often out in the early mornings and evening hours. If you'll be spending time outside during these hours, you'll want to make sure you don't get bitten by these pesky pests. Sometimes, it takes more than bug spray to keep these pests at bay. Luckily, Best Pest Control can spray your backyard to get rid of these and other annoying summer pests. In addition, Lake of the Ozarks' Best Pest Control company has some tips on how you can avoid having mosquitoes flying around your home this summer.


1. Remove standing water.  After rain storms, ensure there is no water that has collected around the house. Tires, buckets, flower pots, toys and trash containers can collect water, which makes for the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

2. Clean bird baths often. Bird baths are a great way to attract beautiful birds to your home and give them a place to cool down during the hot summer days. However, bird baths are also the perfect place for mosquitoes. To avoid mosquitoes, remember to empty and scrub down bird baths regularly.

3. Tightly cover water storage containers. If you have any buckets, cisterns or rain barrels, ensure the lids are tightly covered to ensure mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs. If your container doesn't have a lid, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

4. Repair septic tanks. If your home has a septic tank, make sure to repair any cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes, and use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

5. Keep mosquitoes out of your house. To keep mosquitoes from making their way into your home, use screen doors and windows. If you have window and door screens in your home, make sure that there are no rips or holes. In addition, don't leave doors propped open.


The easiest way to control mosquitoes at the Lake of the Ozarks is with a mosquito control treatment from Best Pest Control. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can help protect you from all the annoying summer pests in the area. In addition to these tips, keeping your lawn well maintained and weed free can also help keep the mosquitoes at bay, and Best Pest Control can help you with our landscaping and weed control services! Call 573-348-1600 to learn more and to schedule your appointment.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tips On Protecting Your Garden From Pests & Animals

There is one thing you can always count on in your garden, and that is uninvited guests. Whether it's deer, rabbits, birds or insects, you can be sure to find something lurking in your garden. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect your garden from these annoying pests. Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips you can put into action so you can enjoy your garden all to yourself this season.


Protect Your Garden From Pests

- Some gardeners use natural and homemade insecticides, such as salt spray, mineral oil and garlic spray. Using these natural insecticides and organic pesticides can help fight off pests without causing harm to you or the plant. It's important to remember to reapply these natural pesticides frequently, and especially after a summer storm.

- Certain plants can actually deter insects and pests from the rest of your garden. For example, a row of marigolds can help keep a vegetable garden safe.

- Releasing ladybugs into your garden is a great way to ward off other insects, as they will eat the bad insects that are eating your plants. Many nurseries sell packs of ladybugs for you to use as a natural pesticide.

- If your garden is experiencing an aphid outbreak, cut off the leaves that are the most consumed and spray the remaining leaves with soapy water. Aphids don't like the soapiness and it won't hurt the plant.

- If creepy crawlers like slugs, snails and caterpillars are taking over your garden, make it hard for them to cross the soil. A good way to do that is by spreading crushed eggshells beneath the targeted plants and they will hopefully move along.


Protect Your Garden From Animals

- Dogs (& even cats) are a great way to ward off other animals from sneaking into your garden. Dogs are very territorial and will make sure that they're area is protected from unwanted guests.

- Make your garden less attractive to wildlife by eliminating hiding or nesting areas like brush piles and tall grass. It's also a good idea to make your home less attractive to wildlife to deter them from wandering onto your property altogether. Seal off access to crawl spaces beneath the porch or deck and minimize food sources by covering compost piles, cleaning up birdseed, and ensuring your lawn is grub free.

- Visual and auditory devices can be used to repel animals as well. These include ultrasonic repellers, motion activated water sprayers, noise makers, faux predators, and reflective tape. However, it's important to note that these tactics may lose their effectiveness over time as pests become familiar with them.

- Fences around 4 - 8 feet are a great way to keep away larger animals such as deer from getting into your garden. However, if built correctly, they could even keep out smaller animals like rabbits or raccoons. A fence that's a few feet tall will work for most rabbits, however, persistent bunnies and groundhogs may go under to get to your garden. To make sure they don't get through, it's a good idea to go underground 10 inches with your fence. Chicken wire, hardware cloth or rabbit fencing are also a good alternative for making sure small animals don't get through.


When dealing with pests in your garden, these methods can help, but they're not guaranteed. At Best Pest Control, we can help protect your home and yard with our pest control services at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition, if critters are getting onto your property, evict them by using our Lake of the Ozarks animal control services. To schedule your appointment, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fight Those Filthy Flies

June is Fight the Filthy Fly Month. Summer is here and so are the flies. Although house flies are mostly harmless, they are very annoying. They are dirty pests and could even make you sick and can sometimes even bite your pets. Don't let flies ruin your summer fun! Best Pest Control has 7 tips to help you fight back.


1. Clean counter surfaces well. To avoid flies, it's best to clean every surface with disinfectant. It's especially important to regularly clean the areas where you eat or cook like the kitchen or table. Bleach base or chlorine base cleaners are the best options.

2. Dispose of trash regularly. Garbage cans are a fly's favorite breeding ground, so to avoid having flies in or around your home, regularly dispose of indoor waste and ensure the outside receptacle's lid is tightly sealed.

3. Always cover food. Leaving food out and unexposed is like inviting a fly to a buffet. Always keep food covered, especially if it's left out. It's best to put away food right away in a tight sealing container. If you are having a party this summer where food will be left out, it's best to keep items covered with plastic wrap to ensure flies to not invite themselves over.

4. Maintain indoor plants properly. If you have indoor plants, try not to over water them. In addition, make sure to prune them well and dispose of any dead plant matter.

5. Fix and repair window screens. The best way to ensure flies don't come into your home is by sealing up entrances. If your window screen has a tear or is in bad shape, flies could get through. By fixing the window screen, you can still enjoy the cool breeze, while still keeping the flies out.

6. Pick up after pets. If you have pets, make sure their waste is picked up immediately. Just like with trash, flies are attracted to your pet's waste. In addition, you can help control flies by giving them a bath regularly and by wiping off their paws when they come back inside.

7. Remove sitting water. Flies are attracted to standing water. If you have a birdbath, make sure the water is clean and changed out often. If you have anything around the house that could collect water, such as buckets, empty flower pots, tires or lids, make sure they are emptied after storms or they are kept on their sides to avoid water from being collected.


If you are fed up with flies around your home and nothing seems to help, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600. Best Pest Control offers a full range of services from lawn care to pest control services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Don't spend your summer fighting pests or taking care of the lawn. Let us help so you can enjoy your summer!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Keep Your Lawn Looking Good All Summer Long!

The summer heat can take a toll on your yard, especially when it's not being taken care of properly. If you mow too low, over water, under water, or ignore the signs of pests, your lawn could quickly become lifeless and possibly die in small or large patches. Best Pest Control has a few steps you can follow to help you prevent this from happening to your lawn.


1. Mow at the right height. In the summer, it's important to make sure not to mow your lawn too short. However, you don't want it to be too tall either. If you don't mow your lawn enough, becomes lanky and thin. Tall grass is also a place for insects like grubs to hide. Grass that is too tall is also tough to mow. It's recommended to never remove more than one-third of the leaf surface at any one mowing. During periods of peak growth, expect to mow grass once every 5-7 days.

2. Don't over water your lawn. For healthy grass, it's best to water your lawn deeply and infrequently. Lawns need roughly one inch of water per week, and more when the heat is severe. It's best to water your lawn in the early morning to reduce evaporation and fungal growth. It's best to water your lawn regularly and deeply or not at all. Don't let your grass go brown and dormant, then try to water it back to green. If your lawn goes dormant in the summer, let it stay that way until the fall. It should recover once the weather changes.


3.Use sharpened blades to mow the lawn. Dull lawn mower blades can sometimes cause more harm than good. They can tear the grass, which creates ragged, brown edges that provide an opening for disease organisms. It's best to sharpen the blades after 10 hours of mowing. It's also a good idea to purchase a second pair of blades so you'll always have a sharp blade at hand.

4. Tackle the weeds. Weeds often indicate the sign of a more serious issue with your lawn. Proper lawn care is the key to preventing weeds. However, if you do find weeds, summer is the best season to take care of them. It's best to remove them before they bloom and disperse seeds for next year.


5. Treat for pests. Japanese Beetles and June Bugs lay their eggs in the grass. Once the eggs hatch and turn into grubs, they eat the grass roots. This could cause a lot of damage to your lawn. It's also a good idea to get your yard sprayed for other pests that bother us during the summer, such as fleas and ticks.

Summer heat can get the best of our yard, so fight back with these tips. If you need help taking care of your lawn, Best Pest Control also offers lawn care services at the Lake of the Ozarks. As your Lake of the Ozarks pests control company, we not only treat pests, we can also treat your yard. If your lawn needs help, call 573-348-1600 today!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Protect Yourself From Insects This Summer

Summer has arrived, and with summer comes insects. Furthermore, June 3rd is Insect Repellent Awareness Day, so Best Pest Control wants to take the opportunity to share with you the importance of taking precautions to avoid mosquitos and ticks. Take a look at the ways you can prevent them from taking over your lawn and summertime fun:


Avoid Insect Habitats
Typically ticks and mosquitos can be found in specific areas. For ticks, they generally tend to dwell in tall grass or wooded areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks. Mosquitos prefer areas near bodies of water for breeding purposes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing fresh water oftentimes found around the home. Mosquitoes rest in tall grass, weeds, and brush near inhabited locations such as homes and other buildings.

Wear Appropriate Clothing
You can minimize areas of exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots, and hats. Tucking in shirts, tucking pants into socks, and wearing closed shoes instead of sandals may reduce risk. The less skin exposed the better chance of avoiding bites. Mosquitoes can't penetrate clothing that has a very tight weave. While cotton and linen typically aren't great armor against bug bites, many synthetic fibers tend to be woven tightly enough to keep mosquitoes out. Any garment that offers sun protection will also have a tight enough weave to block bites.

Use A Topical Insect Repellent
Insect repellents are important tools for prevention of insect-borne diseases as well as painful or uncomfortable insect bites. Repellents or insecticides, such as permethrin, can be applied to clothing and gear for added protection. Before doing any outdoor activities, be sure to spray down with a product with DEET or Picaridin. Sweating or swimming may decrease the amount of time the repellent is effective for, so depending on the activity you are partaking in, you should reapply accordingly.

Check For Ticks
Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body

Have Your Lawn Treated

Rather than trying to treat your lawn yourself, it's best to have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks do the treating for you. Pest control products contain chemicals that if handled incorrectly can be hazardous. Best Pest Control has the proper knowledge and experience to use mosquito and tick control chemicals properly so as to avoid damage to property or health risk to people and pets. 


By following these simple guidelines while you're enjoying your outdoor summer activities, you'll more easily prevent mosquito and tick bites. Don't forget that the best way to prevent these pesky insects from taking over your lawn is to call Best Pest Control and have us come out to treat your lawn. We have a defense against pests in central Missouri so you do not have to worry. Call us today for a free estimate!

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