Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Buzz About Bees

Bees spend spring through fall collecting pollen and nectar to prepare for the winter months. As a result, they can become a nuisance to you when you're attempting to enjoy the great outdoors. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees. While it can be alarming to see one of these flying around your home, with a little proper education and caution, they won't be a bother to you. Check out the buzz about bees:


Leave It Alone, It'll Leave You Alone
Bees don't just sting for fun. They do so when they feel they are in danger or are defending their nest. The honey bee is the most likely to attack, especially in large numbers. A bee is much less likely to sting when it is in search of food or water, but it will sting in defense when swatted, stepped on, or otherwise feels in danger. In most cases, bees will choose flight over fight. So, as the saying goes, 'leave it alone, it'll leave you alone.'

Not All Bees Die After Stinging
You may have heard that once a bee stings you, it dies. This actually depends on what type of bee stung you. Honey bees, do indeed die after they sting you, but other bees can sting you and continue to live to find another victim. However, you don't have to worry about male bees stinging you. Only females are able to sting by pumping venom through a needle-like apparatus into the unfortunate receiver. Bees are able to grab and hold on to the victim's flesh while they sting you, but retract and withdraw it's stinger before you can cry "Ouch!". Honey bees are unable to pull their stinger out and the bee dies as a result of a rupture to its abdomen. If you do get stung by a honey bee, be sure to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Although the stinger is detached from the bee, the venom can continue to pump inside of you. Rather than squeeze it, scrape it out with a fingernail or something flat like a credit card.

'Killer Bees' Really Do Exist
There are such a thing as 'Killer Bees', more properly called African honey bees. However, the chance of you getting stung by them is pretty rare. They mostly inhabit the southernmost areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, but have recently been found in Florida. They do not look for victims to attack, but like other bees defend their nest and do so aggressively. They earn their reputation from inflicting ten times as many stings during a defensive attack than that of their calmer cousins.

Best Pest Control Can Eliminate Your Bee Problem
Bees can be mistaken for wasps due to their similar physical characteristics, so effective treatment relies upon proper identification from a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control has an effective application strategy to remove bees from your home. The only way to rid your home of bees is to remove the hive entirely, so for safety and efficiency purposes it is best to contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control expert. Give Best Pest Control a call today to eliminate a bee problem at your home!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

4 'Pests' that are GOOD for Your Garden!

If you have a garden, you most likely run into the problem of bugs making themselves at home in it. While having any kind of bugs in your beautiful garden may be alarming, some of them can actually be beneficial to have around. Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company can help defend your garden against unwanted pests that could do a lot of harm to your plants. But, let's take a look at some of the bugs that could be beneficial to your garden:


1. Green Lacewings

This insect predator bears very distinctive, delicate looking wings, long antennae and gold or copper eyes. There are many different species of green lacewings, but they all closely resemble one another. They are not picky eaters and will feed on a wide range of pests including aphids, caterpillars, mites, whiteflies, thrips, mealybugs, leafhoppers and more. They frequently feed on insect eggs, plant nectars, pollen and honeydew. Their larvae can eat over 200 insects each! Green lacewings will often appear on their own after the spring breeding season, in which they will scatter far and wide to lay their eggs. However, you can encourage them to stick around by planting sweet alyssum, angelica, cosmos and coreopsis. Although it is a common practice to use the green lacewing for insect control, having them in your garden will not guarantee that your plants will never experience pest feeding.

2. Ladybugs

Ladybugs or lady beetles are one of the more beneficial insects to keep in your garden. In fact, they are so beneficial that many people buy them specifically to protect their gardens. Both the adults and the larvae will feed on pests that are not too hard-shelled, too fast or too large. Ladybugs will continue to feed in your garden as long as weather permits. The female ladybugs will lay their eggs and when those eggs hatch into larvae, they will begin feeding on many soft-bodied pests, mites and insect eggs. Within a month, they will pupate and emerge a week later as young adults. After the cycle is finished, they will begin the process again. Although ladybugs will help cut down on unwanted pests, they may fly away after release or if there are not enough pests to keep up their population.

3. Soldier Beetles

This large beetle, often called a leatherwing beetle, can be very helpful with grasshopper control. Closely related to lightning bugs (or fireflies), these slow-flying beetles are often seen among flowers or in thick vegetation. The soldier beetles lay their eggs in the soil. Once they hatch into larvae, they can feed for up to a year on the eggs and larvae of beetles, grasshoppers moths and other insects. The adults will often feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, but mainly on flower nectar and pollen. They are often attracted to herbs in bloom, single flowered marigolds and members of the daisy family.

4. Ground Beetles

The ground beetle is a nocturnal insect that feeds on slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots and other pests that live in the soil. They typically live beneath mulch, around compost piles or around perennial plants. They will often create vertical tunnels that they use to trap prey. However, they typically wander around and feed at night. Ground beetles live long lives, compared to other insects, as they can inhabit a garden for more than a year.

Protect Your Home and Garden with Best Pest Control

Although there are a few bugs that will protect your garden from pests, the best way to get rid of the unwanted pests is with the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you spot pests in your home or garden, give us a call! Our expert team is trained to get rid of annoying pests. We have a defense against all the pests that affect Central Missouri! Schedule an appointment by contacting Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

We Offer More Than Just Pest Control!

Just because our name is Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks, doesn't mean we only offer pest control services. In fact, we're here for more than just spraying for bugs around your house. We offer a wide variety of pest control services for both your home and your dock, as well as a few other home improvement and repair services. Our goal is to help make all areas of your humble abode nice and livable.


Pest Control, Animal Control, and Weed Control
We'll keep all kinds of critters, from bugs like ants to animals like raccoons, out of your living areas and away from your family. And don't worry about those annoying weeds. That's something that we can easily spray for, too. Our services include:
  • Spider Control for Your Home and Dock
  • Ant Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Termite Inspections & Treatment
  • Live Trapping
  • Weed Control
  • Lawn Spraying

Best Pest Control offers a full line of organic pest control products. All of the chemicals that we use are low odor & FDA approved.

Home Improvement and Repair
As we said, our services aren't just limited to pest control! We see a lot of need for home improvement and repair services as well. When people are less worried about bugs and are ready to clean up around their homes, but simply don't have the time or desire to do it themselves, we're the go-to choice. Some things that we can do for you are:
  • Deck Cleaning & Repair
  • Gutter Cleaning & Repair
  • Landscaping
  • Lawn Treatments
  • Leaf Blowing & Removal
  • Power Washing
  • Trapping
  • Weed Spraying
  • Winter Home Checks
  • Yard Cleanup

Hire the BEST at the Lake!
Best Pest Control of the Lake of the Ozarks is pleased to offer our services to many towns in the Lake area. Give us a call today and let us know which of our services we can take care of for you! It never hurts to ask, because we offer free estimates. Tell us what the problem is and we'll let you know how we can help and how much it will cost before any work is done.


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Helpful Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away

It's mosquito season at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you plan to spend any time outside, you will want to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Sometimes it takes more than bug spray to keep these pests away. Best Pest Control can spray your backyard and get rid of these annoying summer pests. In addition, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks also has some tips on how you can keep the mosquitoes from taking over your lawn this summer.


Preventing Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in water, and not much water at that. A Frisbee or even a plastic water bottle cap can hold enough water for them to breed. To avoid mosquitoes from laying their eggs, take the following steps:

  • Regularly clean your swimming pool.
  • Find and remove any standing water around your home.
  • Punch a hole in any unusable tires laying in the yard to prevent pools of water from forming inside them.
  • Dump and wipe out your bird bath every few days. The eggs can stick to the bottom of the bowl and survive in dry periods.

Controlling Mosquitoes

  • Keep grass and shrubs trimmed short.
  • Keep window and door screens in good condition.
  • If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or even pesticide-treated clothing while outdoors.
  • Use mosquito traps, such as bug zappers
  • Plant mosquito repelling plants around your home, such as rose-scented geraniums, lemon balm and catnip.

Control Mosquitoes with Best Pest Control
The easiest way to control mosquitoes is with a mosquito control treatment from Best Pest Control. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can protect you from all the annoying summer pests. Keeping your lawn maintained and weeds controlled is one way to keep the mosquitoes away from your backyard, and Best Pest Control can help you with their landscaping and weed control services as well. Call 573-348-1600 today for more information!


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

5 Reasons to Hire the Lake's BEST Pest Control Company

If you find that you have pests in your home, is your first thought to call the experts? You may think it is not a big problem or that you can treat it yourself. However, there are many reasons that you should call Best Pest Control when you see bugs or other pests in your home. From costs to health risks, there are many reasons hiring the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is your best option. Here are five reasons why you should consider making an appointment with the professionals:

1. Proper Treatment


Because pest control companies are trained to get rid of pests, they can use the proper sprays to make sure they don’t come back. You may think treating ants is a simple task. However, there are many different species of ants and each one may require a different type of product or application. You may not know what kind of ant it is and how to properly treat it, resulting in them coming back and you spending more money and time to solve the issue.

2. Cost Effective


Yes, it may be true that buying the sprays at the store may be cheaper than hiring a professional company. However, in the long run, it may cost you more money. If termites or carpenter ants go unnoticed or improperly treated, it may cost you thousands of dollars in home repairs. Pest control companies know what to look for and how to properly treat these pests, so it is worth it in the long run, to pay for the services now than to repair something that could have been avoided.

3. Health Risks


Pest control products come with a risk to you and your family’s health, not to mention to the environment. Not only can pesticides be hazardous, but using the wrong elimination method can have some consequences. Bees can swarm and mice may scatter when their nests are disturbed. Both can carry deadly diseases and may spread them across your home when they do this. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is trained to use pesticides safely and knows how to avoid these consequences.

4. Flexible Schedule


Time is a valuable thing, and Best Pest Control knows that. Many times, pest control treatments happen around the outside of your home, meaning nobody needs to be home during the time of the service. This is helpful if you are a busy person or happen to be at work when the pest control company is available to come spray your home.

5. Other Services


Many pest control companies, including Best Pest Control, offer a variety of other services as well. In addition to pest control, Best Pest Control offers deck cleaning and repair, gutter cleaning and repair, landscaping, lawn treatments, leaf blowing and removal, power washing, trapping, weed spraying, winter home checks and yard clean up.

When You Have Pests in Your Home, Call Best Pest Control Company!


Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests. We guarantee a safe, effective and professional job every time when it comes to protecting your home from termites and other destructive pests. If you think you have a pest problem in your home, don’t wait to call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Contact 573-348-1600 for a free estimate today! 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

4 Signs of a Wasp Infestation

Wasps are a pesky problem to have when trying to enjoy the beautiful weather this summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Wasps can be a dangerous pest to have both indoors and outdoors, especially when friends and family are near. Having wasps flying around, seeing their nest, or being stung is a clear sign that you need to address the issue in a timely manner. Keep your home, family, and pets safe from wasps this summer by having the best Pest Control company at the Lake of the Ozarks treat your home.

Here are a few signs you may have a wasp infestation that needs to be addressed immediately:


1. You've Seen Them Flying Around
You may have a wasp problem if you visibly see wasps flying around the outdoor space of your home. Wasp bodies have yellow and black markings. They maneuver through the air quickly, similar to a bird. Since they fly around fast, wasps can be difficult to spot. However, you may hear them buzzing around your home. Seeing and/or hearing wasps around the exterior of your home is a sign you need to have the issue treated.

2. You've Found a Nest Nearby
Locating the nest can be a sure sign that you have a wasp issue. 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 even nest in the ground near gardens or plants. They prefer to have a hidden location for protection. Wasps can damage your plants and flowers, so if you find a nest, it's important to get it treated by a professional. 

3. You or Your Family Members Have Been Stung
A sure sign that you have a wasp issue is to physically be stung by a wasp. They use their stinger to defend themselves when they feel threatened. Although you may not intend to threaten them, invading their space will put them on the defense. Stings can be dangerous, especially if the person being stung is allergic. Aside from the pain of a sting, the site can also swell and burn. Dizziness may occur as well. The best way to avoid a wasp sting is to safely have the insects removed from around your home.

4. You're Finding Them Inside Your Home
Wasps in your home create a more urgent situation. It is important to find where the pests have entered the home, so you know what location needs to be treated. Wasps usually enter through windows or doors. They can enter when the door or window is ajar, or if they are not sealed properly.

Don’t let pesky wasps rule the home you have worked so hard to create and maintain. Outside spaces, such as the patio, porch, deck, and garden, are used most during the summer months. Keep your friends and family safe while enjoying those areas this summer. If you see a wasp, have located the nest, or have been stung, you need to address the issue as soon as possible. These insects can cause damage to your property, or even worse, your family. Leave it to the pest control professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks to aid in the removal of the wasps near your home. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Keep Your Lawn Looking Healthy with these Summer Lawn Care Tips

During the Summer months at the Lake of the Ozarks, it can be hard to keep your lawn healthy. Between random storms and hot, humid days, your lawn may need some work. Best Pest Control doesn’t just keep pests at bay, we also help with lawn care maintenance at Lake of the Ozarks! Here are some easy lawn care tips to help your grass stay healthy during the summer months.


Mow Your Lawn to the Right Height 
During the summer, you want to keep your lawn a little taller than normal. Having your lawn tall will help shade the soil so it doesn’t dry out. This will lead to your lawn having deeper roots, and it will prevent weed seeds from germinating.

Water Appropriately
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently for the healthiest grass. Your lawn needs at least an inch of water on a weekly basis, and more if there is severe heat. Keep a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of rainfall to prevent overwatering your lawn.

Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp
Dull lawn mower blades damage your lawn by tearing the grass up, leaving openings. Sharpen your mower blades after every 10 hours of mowing at least.

Leave Your Lawn Clippings
When mowing your lawn, leave your grass clippings, if possible. If you leave the grass clippings on top of your lawn, it will supply the soil with added nutrients as well as additional shade.

Pick Up After Summer Fun
During the summer, your backyard is a great place to enjoy summer activities. This can result in toys, water games, lawn chairs and other items being left out. Little did you know, this could actually harm or even kill your grass.

Clean Up After Your Dog
Your dog’s potty breaks can be the doom of your lawn. If your grass is dying because of your dog’s urine, dilute it with water in the soil. If possible, create a mulch or pebble area and train your dog to use that designated area. Also, pick up your dog’s waste and properly dispose of it – this will help with unwanted flies too!

Avoid Parking on the Lawn
Parking or even driving on the lawn can lead to soil compaction, which can lead to dead grass and other issues. During times of excessive heat or drought, limit walking on grass to avoid further damage.

Summer heat can get the best of any grass. Fight back with these preventative tips! If all else fails, remember to call Best Pest Control! 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 1, 2018

Tips for a Pest Free Summer Part 2

As we are recovering from the long holiday weekend and getting back into the swing of things, some people might begin to turn their attention to preventative pest control for the summer months ahead. Did you notice any bugs or unwanted house guests over the weekend? Best Pest Control can help! Last week we started our list of tips on how to help keep bugs away this summer. This week, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is finishing the list. Check out the rest of our tips below and don’t forget to schedule your preventative pest control appointment with Best Pest Control.


Get Rid of Standing Water


The first and one of the best steps to controlling mosquitoes is to remove any standing water in or around your yard. No matter how big or how small, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even if it doesn’t rain, you might still have standing water in your yard. It can be easy to miss, so it’s important to regularly walk around your property and check for it. Check for leaks near your AC unit, look in rain spouts, and pick up your pet's water. Mosquitoes are one thing you don’t want flying around your house this summer.

Keep Your Trash Covered


It’s important to not throw certain food items out too soon unless your trash is properly stored or it will be picked up within 48 hours. One thing you don’t want to throw out too soon is meat scraps. The combination of the hot summer sun and the smell of rotting meat will more than likely bring unwanted pests to your yard and then to your house. Rotting meat will attract everything from annoying insects to wild creatures. You’ll want to make sure you dispose of it properly.


Store Firewood Properly


It may be almost summer, but people tend to store firewood all year long. If you do, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t inviting termites into your home. When storing firewood, you’ll want to make sure that it’s stored far away from your home. The minimum distance is 5 feet away, however, the further the better. You will also want to make sure it is stored off of the ground. This will help keep insects and other critters from making your firewood pile into their new home.

Use the Best Pest Control Company at the Lake of the Ozarks


It’s important to hire a pest control company to regularly come out to your home to spray for bugs and do routine checks. At Best Pest Control, we can create a personalized plan for your home and your specific needs. When you hire the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your home is protected. We hope these tips help keep your home protected this summer. 


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tips to Enjoy a Pest Free Summer

Summer will be here before we know it, and it’s important to make sure your home is protected from pests during the warmer months. Imagine having your nice backyard BBQ with family and friends interrupted by a swarm of mosquitoes or a trail of ants. Or having your guests stumble upon a cockroach or spider inside of your house. Best Pest Control knows it’s important to keep all sorts of bugs and pests away from your home both inside and outside. Check out these summer pest control tips from the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Keep Your Kitchen Clean


There’s nothing more appealing to ants and other bugs than a pile of crumbs on the counter or on the floor. While those crumbs may seem small to you, they are a large food source for tiny insects like ants. Make sure you’re not attracting unwanted critters by sweeping your floors, wiping down your countertops, and ensuring your food is put away and secured. You should also take the trash out regularly and keep it away from entry points to your home.

Secure Entryways into Your Home


While it may seem like common sense, making it difficult for pests to enter your home is your best and your first line of defense. When the weather begins to warm up, it’s best to take a walk around the perimeter of your home and search for any possible entryways. If you have any screen doors, make sure there are no holes or tears – repair any as necessary. You should also check any doors and windows for gaps or cracks. It’s also a good idea to check and replace any window stripping. By eliminating entry points, you are decreasing the chances of having unwanted guests this summer.

Don’t Forget About Yard Maintenance


We understand, it’s hot outside and the last thing you probably want to do is mow your yard. But keeping your yard and landscaping well maintained will deter overgrowth. Overgrowth provides an ideal spot for pests to take up residence and have their nests. If you have plants or bushes near your home, it’s important to keep them trimmed and maintained. Don’t want to take care of it yourself? No problem. Best Pest Control also tackles yard maintenance around the Lake of the Ozarks.


Keep Your Outdoor Furniture Clean


If you have outdoor furniture or even an outdoor swing, it’s important to continuously inspect your furniture and the chains of the swing. You’ll want to make sure your furniture is free of spider webs and any potential egg sacks. The last thing you want is a family of spiders taking up residence in your patio furniture. Clean and remove any webs as often as possible.

Keep the Outside and Inside Separate


If you have any outside toys and furniture, it’s important to keep them outside. If there are any bugs or pests on the toys or furniture, you don’t want to bring them inside and give them access to your entire home.

Keep Your Summer Pest Free


Making sure your home stays pest free this summer and all year long is our top priority at Best Pest Control. This is just the start of our summer pest control tips list so stay tuned next week as we conclude our list. In the meantime, don’t forget to schedule your preventative pest control. Give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call today.


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