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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Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Get Rid of Mice Part 2

To some, mice are cute little creatures, to others, mice are nothing but a pain. Best Pest Control knows that people struggle to get rid of mice once they have entered their home. Last week's blog we had a few ways to help deal with a mice infestation. This week, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks is finishing up that list with a few more methods. If you're mice problem persists, give Best Pest Control and we can take care of it. 


Bait Stations


Bait stations, also known as bait packages, are sealed packets that contain meal or pellets. They typically come in plastic, paper, or cellophane wrapping, which allows the mice to easily gnaw through it and get the fresh bait. The mice that feed on this bait will die. While bait stations are extremely helpful when it comes to getting rid of mice, these types of products are best handled by trained pest management professionals. This will ensure the safety of you, your family, and even your pets.

Poor Sanitation Attracts Mice


Mice only need 3 to 4 grams of food per day to survive. This means that a few crumbs, no matter how big or small, are all they really need to survive. It’s a good idea to vacuum your floors and be sure to wipe down all countertops, eliminate any residue, crumbs and any access to food sources. When storing food, you should store it in glass jars or airtight containers. This will keep mice from chewing through any packaging and having access to a food source. You should always keep your garbage secured. When mice are hungry, they can chew through just about anything.

Start from the Outside


You should remove any debris around the house where mice can hide. You should keep any weeds to a minimum and destroy any nesting areas as you find them. You can help prevent nesting and burrowing by lining your home’s foundation with a strip of heavy gravel. The less debris and clutter you have around your home and yard, the easier it is to spot signs of rodent activity and prevent them from entering your home.

Pets vs. Mice


Many, not all, but many cats love to hunt mice. Some dogs will even join in on the chase. If you have pets, they might be the best way to catch a mouse. If you don’t have a pet, now may be the time to consider one. Many farms use cats to control their mouse population. They’re known as farm or barn cats. Some pets have absolutely no interest in catching mice and we don’t blame them.

Best Pest Control knows how pesky mice can be, especially once they have invaded a home If you’re still having troubles getting rid of mice, give the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks a call! 


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How to Help Get Rid of Mice

Now that the weather is starting to really cool down, critters will be looking for ways to gain entry into your home to stay warm. But hey, can you blame them? Best Pest Control knows that mice are pesky little creatures that can cause all sorts of problems once they are inside of your home. If you have a mice problem, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few methods to deal with the infestation.


Eliminate Entry Points


Rodent-proofing your home is a great way to stop a mice infestation from growing or even starting in the first place. You can defend your home from mice by eliminating points of entry and easy access. This can be difficult since a mouse has the ability to squeeze itself into even the smallest of openings. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you can fit a pencil or dime through a crack or opening, a mouse will more than likely be able to squeeze through.
You should seal cracks in the foundation as well as openings in the walls. You should avoid using plastic, rubber, wood, or anything else a mouse can easily chew through. You should also get weather stripping for door and window gaps.

Use Mouse Traps


One of the best ways to help get rid of an ongoing mouse infestation is with mouse traps. The classic wooden snap traps will take care of light to moderate mouse populations, but keep in mind that most people don’t truly know the severity of a mouse infestation. You should use many traps and lay many different types of traps. Traps such as bait traps, multiple-capture live traps, and glue traps, alongside the classic wooden trap. By doing so, you will have a better chance of catching all of the mice.

Use the Best Bait for the Mouse Trap


You can use whatever food the mice have been eating in your home for bait, chances are they will continue to eat that food and be drawn to it on the trap. You can also use mouse favorites such as chocolate, peanut butter, bacon, oatmeal, or dried fruit. When you’re ready to set the trap, tie whatever bait you choose to the trigger with dental floss or fishing line. This will almost always guarantee that you will catch the mouse and it won’t just run off with the bait. You should replace the fresh bait every two days, and if food isn’t working, you can always try using nesting materials instead.

The Placement of a Trap is Critical


You should place the traps perpendicular to the walls, with the trigger facing the baseboard. This will cause the mouse to run directly into the bait as it naturally runs along the wall. Mice don’t usually travel more than ten or twenty feet from food sources and nesting areas, so place the traps anywhere you see a mouse or any signs of a mouse. You should also change the trap locations every two days, mice are naturally curious so they won’t avoid traps like rats will.

We are just getting started on our list of ways to get rid of mice. Check out next week’s blog for the final four ways. Best Pest Control knows how frustrating dealing with a mice infestation can be. If you need help getting rid of unwanted critters, give the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks a call! 


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Where Do Pests Go In The Winter?

When the cold weather appears, birds migrate south, bears go into hibernation, and humans layer up and tend to relax inside of their warm house. Have you ever wondered what happens to certain pests during the winter? Many people just assume that they die off, but Best Pest Control knows that some pests have strategies to make it through the winter. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some information about how specific pests survive through the winter and the cold weather.


Bed Bugs


Bed bugs are interesting creatures. They can withstand temperatures from close to freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, controlling bed bugs can be extremely difficult. However, after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, they usually succumb. The bad news? Our homes are the perfect refuge for bed bugs to survive during the winter months.

Ants


You don’t usually see a line of ants scurrying across the kitchen counter in the middle of winter. While the may not be out in plain view, that doesn’t mean they aren’t nearby. Ants are extremely successful at overwintering in the outdoors, including our yards. During the fall, they indulge in large amounts of food with the goal of putting on fat to survive for weeks without eating. As the chill of winter arrives, an ants body temperature and it’s productivity significantly decreases. So they seal up their colony and hunker down deep in the soil until the spring arrives. Once the temperature rises, ants will emerge from their colony, full of energy, and ready to crash your spring picnic.

Mosquitoes


Coming across a mosquito and their red, itchy bites, is inevitable when you’re outside in the summer months. When winter comes around, it might be surprising to learn that mosquitoes don’t just fall away. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes overwinter or hibernate, in protected places. As the weather conditions begin to improve, female mosquitoes awaken and are on the hunt for a blood source to feed on and to begin developing eggs.

Cockroaches


Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and they have evolved into some of the most adaptable creatures. Does this mean they are able to survive the cold weather? Most types of cockroaches can survive year-round, as long as they have easy access to a warm, moist environment. The American cockroach will live outdoors in warmer climates. Once the temperature starts to get colder, this cockroach will mass migrate into homes or larger commercial buildings such as restaurants, grocery stores, etc. The German cockroach, on the other hand, prefers an indoor humid habitat close to food and moisture sources. This species often makes itself at home in residential kitchens and bathrooms, especially during the winter.

Termites


What happens to termites during the winter is influenced by the specific species and the climate that they live in. in colder climates, subterranean termites will dig deeper into the soil – below the frost line – to stay warm. Species like dry wood termites will seek out dry wood for shelter. In warmer climates or heated homes, termites can be active year-round.

Because many common household pests are able to survive during the winter season, it’s important to take the necessary steps to pest-proof your home. Best Pest Control can help you take those necessary steps to keep your home free of pests this winter. Before the weather gets too much colder, call the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks and make sure your home is prepared. 


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