Wednesday, September 19, 2018

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Services!

Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks loves our customers. When our trained technicians treat your house for pests, they always do it as if they are treating their very own home. Customer satisfaction is one of the most important things to us, and we greatly appreciate it when people take the time to give us feedback. Here is what a few of our clients have to say about the best exterminators at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Customer Testimonials
"Thank you Best Pest for your excellent service. I am so happy to not have to worry about spiders and bugs in my house or on my outside deck. You truly are BEST!!" ~ Barbara Ruehter   
"I've moved a few times now here at the lake and I ALWAYS call on Best Pest! Last place was crawling with brown recluses and they REALLY helped me get control of them! Thank you guys sooo much for helping my family and I with that nightmare!♡" ~ Katherine Farrow 
"They have earned the right to call themselves "Best" pest control. They are dead serious about bugs! Great service, keep up the good work!" ~ Pete Zimmerman 
"I've used Best Pest for years and they always exceed my expectations! Everyone is so friendly and efficient! Highly recommend!" ~ Jan Dowden 
"Great service from very nice and trustworthy people. Always there when you need them." ~ Terry Knox 
"We have been Best Pest customers since we purchased our home in the Village of Four Seasons in 1990. To say we have been satisfied would be an understatement. They have been great and we are very pleased with the pest control service they have given. As one of the first in our neighborhood to use Best Pest we go out of our way to recommend them to our neighbors. We do it with pride. In addition, we are frequent users of some of the other services they provide because we know they will always do a good job. When in need we call them because it is like calling a good friend." ~ Steve and Hildy Davis 
"Best Pest Control lives up to the name!" ~ Carol Cline 
"Ryan has been keeping our home bug free for 11 years, and he is always on time. He and his crew have always been there for me, from snow removal, to rebuilding my deck to replacing my kitchen floor. He has also helped with replacing some of my landscaping timbers. If you are looking for someone that you can always count on it should be Ryan at Best Pest." ~ Bill Daugherty

"Best Pest has been our ally against insects and bugs at the lake for more than 6 years.Since our home was a second home, we were concerned about allowing someone access to our property when we are not there and wanting to be sure the pests are taken care of properly. We've won the battle against bugs and pests and are 110% satisfied with the Best Pest Team You can trust them with your home, boat, dock, children, pets and friends!" ~ Art & Jan Burtscher 
"Ryan has been doing the pest control at our lake house since we bought it 10 years ago. He does an excellent job, does what he says he'll do, and shows up on time. Those qualities are very hard to find in the lake area. I highly recommend this company!" ~ Superpages.com review
We would love to hear about your experience with Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks. We do everything in our power to exceed the expectations of our customers and guarantee that you get the quality service that you deserve. Our highly motivated and professional technicians and staff are dedicated to providing only the very best in both products and service. Contact us soon and let us know what we can do for you.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What You Need to Know About Pest Prevention and Control

At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we try our best to eliminate or prevent critters from getting out of hand. Pest prevention in Mid-Missouri is just as important as pest control. Here are the differences between the two, and why you should always attempt to prevent your pest problem before controlling it. Remember, it's always easier to prevent a problem than to solve one!

Pest Prevention

Preventing bugs and rodents from entering your house is an important first step in keeping your house safe. There are several methods of preventing pests from intruding, which include:

Clean up Clutter In and Around the Home
Things scattered on the ground or floor can shelter insects and even mice! These pests won't go unnoticed if you keep your space open and clean. Additionally, paper waste on the floor is a great nest building tool for rodents and bugs. Throwing away old magazines and newspapers/cardboard is beneficial for more than just cleaning up the house.

Remove Sources of Food, Water, and Shelter
This is as simple as cleaning up around the house and paying special attention to the kitchen and pantry areas. Easy access containers for grains, sugars, and boxed goods attract pests, especially if they are near the ground. Keeping these containers tightly sealed and off the floor can go a long way to preventing a critter infestation. Similarly, don't leave out glasses of water or leave the faucet outside running. Creatures of all sizes need water to thrive, so eliminating unnecessary water sources will prevent pests from moving in.

Check for Air & Water Leaks
Leaky pipes can lead to water accumulation beneath the house or beside the walls, which are common hiding spots for pests. If there are air leaks in the walls or under the doors of your home, you can bet that small animals can find their way indoors. Seal up those cracks and wrap up your pipes to prevent pest feeding grounds from starting.

Pest Control

If pests are already in your home, it's probably too late for prevention. Your best option is to call in the #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you are attempting to control the infestation on your own, here are a few things to consider when eliminating or controlling your pest problem.

Don't Use Outdoor Pesticides Indoors
Outdoor pesticides are more potent and are generally designed to be used in open air environments. Usage of these chemicals indoors can cause health risks for you, your family, and your pets. Best Pest Control uses organic and environmentally friendly pesticides, both inside and outside, so you can rest easy knowing the job was done safely and effectively.

Safely Search & Identify Probable Areas of Infestation
You can also attempt to set baited traps to eliminate pests, but the best way to know for sure that you've eradicated the issue is to utilize a local pest control business. Try to point out likely areas of concern to the pest control expert, so they can focus their attention on problem areas. They will have access to different pesticides that are more effective than the store-bought varieties, as well as subject knowledge to eliminate your pest problem.

Best Pest Control is Your One Stop Shop for All Your Pest Control Needs
As the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to have been providing quality service to our area for over 25 years. In order to offer the best possible solution, we work exclusively with organic and environmentally safe pesticides that eliminate the pest problem and leave our customers with healthy, happy homes. If you can't prevent the problem, Best Pest Control can provide the solution!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Keep Your Restaurant Pest Free with Best Pest Control!

Do you own or know someone who owns a restaurant? Then you know how important a clean and well-kept restaurant can be for a successful business. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests. Using a professional pest control company will keep your restaurant pest-free, so you or your friends can continue on with business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem. Let's look at some reasons why bugs and rodents may be a problem to restaurants and how the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help eradicate them from the property.


Abundance of Food
Restaurants, by nature, have food in storage to prepare for customers. Pests see stored food as the perfect place to settle in - easy food, easy home! Restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and keeping food spillage to a minimum.

Unlike at your home, restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. Customers or servers may accidently drop food on the floor. Large industrial kitchens also have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Cleaning serving areas frequently and scouring all areas where food is prepared can minimize any pest issues.

Dumpsters and other garbage areas also need to be closely monitored and kept well clean. Closing dumpster lids and emptying them frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Tamper resistant lids for your food storage areas and dumpsters are also a good idea. Cut grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences rows to eliminate hiding places for rodents.

Life Happens After Dark
Is your restaurant open 24 hours? If not, then you'll have periods of time when the lights are off and no one is there. This is when the pests come out. Rodents are careful to avoid human contact, and are generally nocturnal creatures, preferring to come out when there is no light. Insects, like the cockroach, can scatter when exposed to light, making them incredibly difficult to discover.

Professional Service, Professional Results
Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate its pest issues. By routinely spraying the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, we can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment and getting a free meal.

Best Pest Control also has experts who can identify the particular bug issue you may have. Our technicians can determine exactly what kind of pest you have and prepare the proper solution that will get rid of the problem. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night in peace, knowing that the pests aren't coming out for a nightly party.

Let Best Pest Control Help Make Your Restaurant a Success!
Restaurants are a big business at the Lake and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for the restaurant owner. The most trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help make your business safer, and ultimately, pest free. Contact Best Pest Control for a free estimate at eliminating or preventing a pest problem!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Lawn Care Tips for the Fall Season

As we enter the month of September, some of us can't wait to be able to enjoy the cool Fall season. It's just around the corner, after all! As we near a time where leaves will begin to turn and cover the ground, we at Best Pest Control feel it's important to remind you that Fall is the best time prepare your lawn for the dormant winter months. There are a few steps that you can take in the Fall to ensure that you'll have luscious, green grass in the Spring.  


Rake Up Leaves

Leaves are slowly beginning to turn in some areas, which mean that soon they will start to fall. It is important to continuously rake leaves, as leaving them on your lawn can cause some serious damage. Leaves that are left on the lawn blocks light and traps moisture, which could suffocate the grass and potentially be a breeding ground for fungal disease. It is best not to wait until all the leaves have fallen, as the leaves could become wet from rain and morning dew. 

Continue To Mow

Although you may think the mowing season is over, it actually lasts throughout the fall. Grass will continue to grow, however, it will be at a much slower rate. As the season comes to an end, it is best to drop the mower's blade to the lost setting for the last two cuttings. Cutting the grass short will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, which will result in less brown spots during the winter. 

Overseed The Bald Spots

Autumn is a great time to overseed (or reseed) your lawn to make it lush and full in the spring time. Having a thick, healthy lawn is a good protection against weeds. However, overseeding doesn't just fill in bare patches, it also strengthens existing grass. Fall is a good time to overseed your lawn, as the ground is still warm, there is still plenty of moisture, the nights are cool and the days are not as hot. 

Aerate The Soil

Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn. Aerating allows oxygen, water and fertilizer to easily reach the grass roots. Regular aeration prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, which is a thick layer of roots, stems and debris. Thatch could block water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil. The best time to aerate is right before fertilizing so that the fertilizer can reach the roots. 

Control The Weeds

Fall is the best time to fight back against weeds like dandelions, as they are taking in lots of nutrients to prepare for the harsh winters. Because they are drinking in everything that comes their way, weed killers will be most effective in the fall. If you do weed control now, they will less likely to pop back up in the spring. 

Fertilize The Roots

If you are going to fertilize your lawn once a year, the best time to do it is in the fall. This is because the grass leaves grow slowly, but the roots are going quickly. In the fall, adding fertilizer allows the grass to grow deep roots and keep nutrients on reserve, so it can grow back in the spring nice and full. It is best to wait until mid to late fall to apply the fertilizer. 

Fall Lawn Care Maintenance With Best Pest Control

Taking care of your lawn in the fall is lots of hard work. If you need help with any of these lawn care maintenance chores, call Best Pest Control. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company does more than getting rid of pests, we can also help with lawn care maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. To learn more about our services, visit our website at www.LakeBestPestControl.com or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Addressing Your Flea Infestation

Fleas are a major problem this time of  year, and are one of the many pests that warrant immediate action if found in the home setting. These pesky hitch hikers can be carried in on your clothes, in a pet's fur, or in extreme cases, in the fur of other pests! The most trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks has put together some tips that should help you not only contain the flea problem but eliminate them as well. Remember, the easiest solution to fleas is to call Best Pest Control!


Wash and Wipe Down Everything in the Affected Area
Fleas are resilient, they can linger in areas for long periods of time, waiting for the right moment to jump on you for a meal. Wiping down hard surfaces and treating the infested area with proper treatment is a crucial step in removing the bugs from your home. Wash all the fabrics and family pets to eradicate any fleas or their eggs as well.

Keep Your Pets Clean
If you have dogs, cats or any other animal with fur, make sure you keep them clean. It is also a good idea to wash their bedding and toys regularly. If you are fighting the fleas, do not forget to include their bedding and toys in the treatment, as fleas may have infested their items as well.

Treat the Environment AND Your Pets
If your pet is the one that brought the fleas inside, make sure you treat the environment first before treating them. You need to treat your home first in order to get rid of eggs, larvae and grown fleas that might infest later on and then treat your pet to prevent new fleas in your home. During the time of treatment, you should remove your pets from your home, and treat your pets before allowing them to reenter your home to avoid re-infestation.

Find the Source of the Infestation
If you treat fleas yourself, don't assume the problem is gone. In order to effectively get rid of fleas, you need to know the source of their entry. You may know that they are coming in from your dog. However, the problem may be from your yard. This is why it is important not to assume the problem is gone just because you treated your home.

Fight Back With Best Pest Control
professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can effectively get rid of fleas from your home and yard. Fleas are difficult to treat yourself, as they are tiny and hard to see. If you do not get rid of all eggs, larvae and grown fleas, they may possibly come back, which would require another round of treatment. If you hire a trusted Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, they will make sure to get rid of fleas and prevent them from coming back.

Remember, the best and easiest way to treat them and make sure they don't come back is by calling Best Pest Control. Make sure your home and yard are protected from pests like fleas by calling a Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company. If you have a flea infestation, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Recognizing Signs of Termites in Your Home

Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage every year. The best way to protect your home from termites is to take preventative measures and have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks spray for them. However, it is always best to be proactive and search for signs of termites on a periodic basis. If termites are in your home and you do not spot them in time, they could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Best Pest Control lists some signs that you may have termites in your home:


Mud Tunnels
In order for termites to survive, they need certain temperature and humidity levels. They will build tunnels out of mud to help block out any cool, dry air. These tunnels can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other food source, such as trees or a shed. To test if there are any active termites in your home, remove a small section in the middle of a tube. If termites crawl out or if the section is rebuilt within a few days, there are still termites in your home. However, they may also choose to abandon the disturbed mud tubes and build a new one, so do not assume you don't have termites if the tube doesn't get rebuilt.

Wings
When termites move from one location to another they swarm, which means they fly from one point to another to form a new colony. When they have found a new place they will lose their wings because they will never need them again. Their wings can be found near their access points like windows and doors. Although when ants swarm, they look very similar to termites. To make sure they are actually termites and not ants, take a closer look at the wings. Termite wings are all the same size, while ants have one pair of larger wings and one pair of smaller wings.

Damaged Wood
Because termites eat wood, wood damage is often the biggest sign of a termite infestation. Termites will chew through wood leaving behind grooves. Over time, it will weaken the wood causing structural damage. Places that wood damage is often found is below and behind walls, floors and other wood structures. Having a specialist look for wood damage is the best way to determine if termites are the cause, as it is hard to do yourself. Specialists have the appropriate tools to test the damaged areas and will not have to cut through walls or ceilings.

Protect Your Home From Termites
Termites will often swarm after heavy rain when the air is moist. Termites are a year-round problem, as they have a rather long life - living approximately one to two years if the conditions are right. Make sure your home is protected from the next swarm by having it treated for termites by a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. If your home does have termites or if you think it does, Best Pest Control can inspect and treat your home. To schedule an appointment or inspections, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Prepping Your Home for Preventative Pest Control Services

The best way to make sure your home is fully protected from insects is to take preventative measures and spray your home and yard before they come. Having your home sprayed regularly can help control insects from infesting your home. However, if you do spot an insect crawling across your counter, Best Pest Control can help you get rid of your infestations. Before your routine preventative maintenance, here are a few things you can do to get the most out of Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control services.


When a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks comes to your home, they will determine what type of infestation you have and how frequent you should have your home sprayed. Although you do not have to be home for treatment of the outside of your home, there may be some preparation you have to do before they treat the inside of your home, depending on what type of infestation you have.

Spiders
  • Move small items away from walls.
  • Make sure there are no items underneath the beds. 
  • Clean along walls. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

After service, all residents and pets should remain out of the building for several hours until the product is completely dry. In addition, do not have your carpets steam cleaned.

Cockroaches
  • Move small items away from walls. 
  • Clean and remove items from the kitchen counter.
  • Clean along walls. 
  • Vacuum carpets and sweep/mop hardwood floors.
  • Tightly seal and store any open food. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

During service, children and pets should be kept away and should not return until the treatment is dry. After service, do not clean the edges for a few months. If you are planning to shampoo the carpet, do so before the treatment, as this could maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Ants
  • Move small items away from walls.
  • Move items away from the back of the counter-tops. If moved elsewhere, make sure they are covered with cloth or plastic.
  • Clear items away from window sills.
  • Clean all floors, window sills and counter tops, especially the edges. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off.

After treatment, do not clean the edges of the floors and counters for several days or weeks, if possible.

Protect Your Home From Pests With Best Pest Control
Having your home sprayed regularly by a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help control the insects entering your home. Best Pest Control can help protect your home inside and out. From the yard to your kitchen, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can get rid of your pests. If you have in insect infestation, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Common Reasons You Have Gnats in Your Home

Have you had enough of those tiny little flying insects that seem to multiply around your kitchen, pet bowls, and even household plants? These pesky insects are gnats and can be extremely annoying. Gnats are a common pest problem, which can require a call to the #1 pest company at the Lake of the Ozarks. The best indication you have a bug problem on your hands is seeing the adults fly about in the air. Best Pest Control can resolve gnat infestations so that you can get rid of them once and for all. It is crucial to locate the sources of the gnats to keep them from breeding. Here are some common places that you will find gnats in your home:


In Your Kitchen
Stop gnats from re-infesting by getting rid of their food supply. Gnats feed on food scraps that you leave in your kitchen. Some of the most frequent places in your kitchen that gnats will quickly lay eggs and inhabit are:
  • Food Sources - When you store food, make sure it is in an airtight container, and placed in a sealed cabinet or refrigerator. Keep an eye on fruit or keep it in the refrigerator to prevent it from becoming overripe, and attracting gnats. 
  • Trashcan- Do not give gnats a chance to live off of your discarded food. Food waste will also cause a gnat invasion. Make sure to change your trashcan regularly and wipe it out. Having a tight fitting lid will keep them from getting inside.
  • Sinks and Drains- Gnats are attracted to the old food or residual stuff down in the pipes and garbage disposal. Sink baskets, stoppers, and anything else that can have spoiled food on it can attract these flying pests. Try running a bunch of soapy water down the drain or filling the sink up with water and a small amount of bleach to keep these areas disinfected.
In Pet Bowls 
If you feed your pets wet food, you could end up with a gnat problem. Since gnats love moist places and leftover food, your pet's bowls can create an infestation. You need to clean and dry the pet bowls after each meal to ensure gnats don't take up residence in your pet's dinner bowl.

Inside Over-watered Houseplants 
Over-watered plants are the perfect breeding ground for gnats. They will lay their eggs in the soil. You can identify a gnat infestation on houseplants by clear larvae or gnats flying up from the soil. You will want to remove some of the soil and let it dry up. To keep this from happening, make sure your houseplants are damp rather than wet. Also ensure that your plants have adequate drainage.

Let Best Pest Control Solve Your Gnat Problem
While these insects are small in size and don't appear to be a big pest problem, they reproduce quickly and populate infested areas in swarms. This is how they become larger problems to homeowners. In order to properly treat gnat infestations, it is recommended to contact a Lake of the Ozarks pest control professional. Best Pest Control can properly remove gnats. They can locate any possible breeding sources so that they can treat them for any future re-infestations.

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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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10 Tips to Keep the Ants Away

Summertime is notorious for ants and other bugs to come out of the woodworks and make their way into your home. Whether it's because of the sweltering heat or the pop up rain storms, ants like to find shelter where it's cool and dry and full of food. So you will typically find them in your kitchen carrying away crumbs. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has 10 simple tips to help you keep these guys from taking over your home:


1. Use Caulk
Ants are tiny, so there are many ways they can get into your home. Try sealing your windows, doors and cracks with caulk to deter them from entering your home. Plus, sealing up your home can help save you money on your energy bills – so it’s a win-win!

2. Sprinkle Salt
If ants are making their way into your home, stop them by sprinkling a line across their path or entry point. They will not want to cross the salt line and be deterred from entering your home.

3. Use Citrus Peels & Cucumbers
Place either cucumbers or citrus peels in certain areas of your home, if you see lots of activity. These items are toxic to the type of fungi that ants feed on, so they will stay clear.

4. Clean with Vinegar
Cleaning surfaces in your home with a vinegar and water mixture is not only natural, it also can help deter ants. Ants supposedly do not like the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails they use to get around.

5. Use Chalk or Baby Powder
Talcum Powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is apparently a natural ant repellent. Chalk also contains calcium carbonate, which is also a natural deterrent. All you need to do is draw a line with either chalk or baby power across any entry points.

6. Use Peppermint Oil
Seeing ants on the counter? Clean it well, and then wipe them down with a clean damp cloth that has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Just like the vinegar method, the ants do not like the smell of peppermint and will hopefully stay clear.

7. Use Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds can be used around the outside of your house, as well as in your garden. If you know where they are getting in, be sure to sprinkle some in that area.

8. Spray Lemon Juice
Another method that is similar to the use of vinegar, is spraying lemon juice around the places that the ants are entering. Lemon juice can cover the scent trails that ants use to get around.

9. Try Bay Leaves
Are you seeing ants in your pantry? Get rid of them by placing bay leaves in the drawers, cabinets and containers where there are ants. There are other spices and herbs that you can use around the outside of your house, similar to the coffee ground method. Try sprinkling black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, mint or garlic around the foundation of your home.

10. Use a Professional Lake of the Ozarks Pest Control Company
If all else fails, call Best Pest Control. We can help you track down where the ants are entering your home and kick them out!

Get Rid of Ants and Pests
If you are tired of fighting the ants that are coming into your home, call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Best Pest Control can help you get rid of pesky insects, like ants, and keep them from coming back. If you have an infestation, let us help you by calling 573-348-1600 today!

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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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