Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

With all the traveling you'll be doing and all of the visitors you'll be hosting for the holidays, you run the risk of unknowingly hosting an unwanted guest: bed bugs. Too often these insects remain hidden, leaving you and your family at risk. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company is ready to treat your bed bug problem, but how can you tell if you have an issue? Best Pest Control has put together this list of things to help you determine if you have a bed bug problem.

How to Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bug bites are often misattributed to fleas, spiders and mosquitoes. The best way to check for bed bugs is to examine your bed and furniture. You'll want to look for small specks of blood, especially near seams and crevices. Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate with each other. Therefore, if you can smell a sweet and musty odor, you may have an infestation. 

Identifying the Bite

Bedbugs and fleas leave similar bites, but there's one main difference.  Fleas bite in random places, meaning you'll have red welts all over your body, each with a single bite mark inside. Bed bugs bite in clusters, leaving lines and multiple raised red welts near each other.

Treating a Bed Bug Bite

If you discover some bed bug bites on your children or yourself, there are a few options. If they are simply red and itchy, you can wash them with soap and water to reduce the symptoms If it continues, an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream can be used to eliminate the itch. Serious bites that leave blisters or hives can get infected. These should be seen by a dermatologist - you may be seeing an allergic reaction!

How to Treat a Bed Bug Infestation

The problem with a pest you can't easily see is that treating them can be a guessing game. We suggest washing all the clothes and bedding in the affected rooms, along with using a stiff brush to dislodge eggs from furniture and other surfaces. Vacuum all furniture with texture as well to reduce the chances of a re-infestation. 

Best Pest Control can Help You Solve Your Bed Bug Problem

The problem with bed bugs is that you can never tell if they're completely gone. We recommend a combination of washing all the bedding and clothes, along with a treatment by the best pest technicians at Lake of the Ozarks - don't watch your loved ones continue to get bitten due to accidentally missing a spot when cleaning. Let the best exterminators in the Lake area assist you in keeping your family and friends safe from bed bugs this holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What Kind of Winter Will We Have?

Around this time of the year, we often hear people predicting how bad of a winter we can expect to have. Many times this prediction is often accompanied by a way of telling how they know, whether that way is through insects, seeds or animals. How can they predict our winter forecast? Best Pest Control has gathered up five old wives tales that are supposed to be true indicators of what kind of winter we'll have! 


1. Ladybugs / Ladybird Beetles

Ladybugs are found all throughout the United States and are susceptible to seasonal weather. Because they are cold-blooded, they tend to swarm when the weather starts to get colder. You know winter is just around the corner when the ladybugs begin their search for hibernation. They prefer warmer places, typically your home, to spend their winter months. 

2. Persimmon Seeds

This may be one of the more common ways of predicting the winter in Missouri. According to folklore, once you cut open a persimmon seed the shape of the kernel inside will reflect what the weather will be like this winter. If it is a spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.If it is fork-shaped, expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. If it is knife-shaped, expect icy, cutting winds. 

3. Woolly Bear Caterpillar / Woolly Worm

Woolly bear caterpillars are the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger moth. These worms are found all over the state of Missouri and could possibly be able to predict how harsh the winter will be this year. According to folklore, the size of the band will indicate the harshness of the winter. A wide band suggests a mild, warm winter, while a woolly bear that is predominantly black suggests it will be a cold, harsh weather.

4. Furry Animals

A squirrels activity may indicate the oncoming cold. According to the legend, if a squirrel is frantically storing food and moving at a fast pace early in the season, expect a harsh winter. However, if the squirrel is moving at a more leisurely pace, expect a mild winter. In addition, the size of the tail may also indicate how the cold the winter will be. If the tail is big and bushy, it will be cold and harsh. The fur on cows and dogs may also be an indication of the oncoming weather. If the hair on their nape (or back) is thick, you better bundle up!


5. Spiders

If spiders are spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, expect a cold and harsh winter. Although we appreciate the spiders letting us know the weather will be bad, we don't want them in our homes.

There are many other tales and folklore out there that claim they can predict the oncoming winter weather. Do you believe them? Whether you do or not you do, there is one thing we know for sure. Pests tend to take shelter during the winter months and typically that shelter is your home. Make sure your home is protected this upcoming season by hiring a trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your home needs protection from these pests, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Watch Out for these Spooky Critters this Halloween!

We are just a few days away from Halloween and that means things are about to get spooky. While it’s normal to see spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlers on your front doorstep on Halloween, they are usually in the form of spooky d├ęcor or trick-or-treaters. Best Pest Control wants homeowners to know that they should also be on the lookout for real-life pests this fall. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween. Check out this guide to some common household critters and a few tips to help keep them from turning your home into a haunted house.


Scurrying Rats
Rats are one of the most reviled pests, due in part to their creepy appearance. They are primarily nocturnal and can be found nesting in places from piles of garbage to dark areas of a basement. Rats can fit through an opening the size of a quarter, so it’s easy for them to gain entry into your home. Once they are inside, they can spread diseases, contaminate food and gnaw through wires and electrical cords.

Helpful hint: Before homeowners bring boxes with Halloween decorations inside, inspect them for signs of an infestation. This includes gnaw marks and rodent droppings. Once Halloween is over and it is time to pack up those decorations, make sure to store them in plastic boxes with sealed lids. This will help keep pests out.

Flittery Bats
It seems that bats have always caused unfounded fear in people, maybe it’s because they are usually associated with haunted houses or even vampires. Bats are nocturnal mammals that roost in dark areas of buildings, such as attics and under fascia boards, and in other sheltered areas like caves. They are known to fly from their nests at dusk to get food and then they return just before the sun comes up.

Helpful hint: Homeowners should screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and install door sweeps this fall to help keep bats out of their home. If you think you have a bat infestation, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call.

Biting Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are similar to vampires because they feed off human blood and it’s usually at night. Although bed bugs are usually found in beds, they can also hide out in crevices on furniture and behind baseboards. Bed bugs will hide in purses, luggage, and other personal belongings when they’re on the hunt to find food. Bed bugs do not carry any diseases, but they do leave red, itchy welts on the skin.

Helpful hint: if you plan on renting or purchasing a Halloween costume from a rental, or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs before you take it home. Pay close attention to the inside seams and check for signs of sticky white eggs, shed skin, and of course for actual bed bugs.

Sneaky Spiders
The sight of a spider crawling around your home can frighten almost anyone, especially around Halloween. Spiders often times get a bad rap, but only a few species that are found in the United States are actually dangerous. Homeowners should be particularly aware of the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider, and the hobo spider. These types of spiders are known to attack when they are disturbed or threatened.

Helpful hint: Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by keeping garages, attics, and basements clean and clutter-free. Make sure to wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time, like Halloween decorations.

Happy Halloween From Best Pest Control
If you find any signs of these creepy crawlers in your home, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. Best Pest Control hopes you have a fun and safe and most importantly, a critter-free Halloween!


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Monday, October 22, 2018

It's National Rodent Awareness Week!

Hey all! Did you know that October 21 - 27 is National Rodent Awareness Week? The purpose of this week is to raise awareness to homeowners of the health and property risks associated with rodents. As a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, our job is to keep your home protected from unwanted guests like rodents. If rodents get into your home, it is important to have a professional to get rid of them quickly. From chewing electrical wires to causing structural damage, they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Best Pest Control offers ways you can tell if you have rodents in your home and how to stop them.


Signs Of Rodent Infestation

Mice and rats can sometimes be difficult to find. However, it is important to know the signs of an infestation, as a couple mice can turn into a dozen quickly. Check out these warning signs of a rodent infestation:

  • Rodent dropping around food, in drawers or cupboards and under the sink.
  • If you find nesting materials, such as shredded paper, fabric or dried plants.
  • Chewing patterns on food items or wrapping. 
  • Entrance points - chewed holes in the walls and floors. 
  • Strange orders coming from hidden areas. 

How To Prevent Rodents

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent rodents from taking shelter in your home this season:

  • Make sure the garbage in the kitchen has a tight sealing lid.
  • Keep the kitchen clean and tidy to remove food and water source.
  • Keep the yard clean to remove any possible nesting materials, such as leaves. 
  • Seal up possible entrance points with chalk or other materials. 

How To Get Rid Of Rodents

If you find that your home has a rodent infestation, it is important to make sure that you take care of the issue quickly. Rodents can do a lot of damage to your home and health including chewing the electrical wiring, causing structural damage and spreading disease. A professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you get rid of rodents and prevent future infestations. At Best Pest Control, we can help make sure that all rodents are taken care of and help you find points of entrances, so you can seal them. Having professional Lake of the Ozarks pest control company can ensure you that the problem is being properly taken care of so that another infestation doesn't happen. 

Let Best Pest Control Take Care Of Your Rodent Issue

Rodents are more active this time of the year, as they are seeking shelter from the upcoming cold season. If you need help taking care of your rodent infestation, contact Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600. We can help make sure that your home is rodent free and we can make sure that they don't come back. Best Pest Control is here for all your pest control needs. From rodent control to termite prevention, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can make sure your home is protected from it all. 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Interesting Facts about Raccoons

Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of fare. While these furry creatures can be a nuisance to homeowners, there is so much more to this bushy-tailed mammal. Best Pest Control is here to give you some interesting facts about the raccoon.


What Do Raccoons Eat?
Raccoons are omnivorous, so they eat animals, insects, and vegetation. Oftentimes, raccoons choose to live near riverbeds or in marshes so they can eat fish, snails, crawfish, and frogs. Raccoons will also raid gardens, eat your pet's food, steal bird eggs, and rummage through the trash.

Raccoons Can Get Fairly Large
Most adult raccoons average about 18 to 28 inches in length and can weigh anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds. Male raccoons tend to be larger than females. The world’s heaviest raccoon, named Bandit, set a Guinness World Record for weighing almost 75 pounds. Raccoons don’t normally get this heavy, Bandit was kept as a pet and took frequent trips to his local ice cream store.

Where Do Raccoons Live?
Raccoons live in dens that they make out of holes in fallen trees or in burrows that have been abandoned by other animals. They are den hoppers and usually relocate every few days or so. The exception to this rule is nursing mothers – they wait until their kits (baby raccoons) are old enough to be moved before finding a new den.

What Happens to Raccoons in Winter?
Raccoons aren’t exactly true hibernators. However, they can build up their body fat during spring and summer so that they can sleep in their dens for weeks at a time when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall. Although they don’t technically hibernate, this is the reason why we don’t see very many raccoons in the winter. Some people may even find raccoons in their attic during the colder months. It’s a good idea to seal everything up during the fall to prevent these critters from entering your home.

How Long Do Raccoons Live?
A raccoon’s lifespan depends on whether it lives in captivity or the wild. Wild raccoons have a life expectancy of about two to three years. Captive raccoons have been known to live for as long as 20 years.

Raccoons Can Carry Pathogens That Spread Disease
While raccoons may look cute, you don’t want to mess with them. These creatures can become aggressive, especially when cornered or they feel threatened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that raccoons were the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species. They also carry parasites that can transmit baylisacaris infection to humans. While these infections are rare, they can cause severe damage to the eyes, organs, and brain.

While raccoons are interesting creatures, that doesn’t mean you want to find them in your home. If you're dealing with raccoons in your yard or around your home, Best Pest Control can help! In addition to pest control, we also offer animal trapping services at the Lake of the Ozarks. To learn more about our services, call us at 573-348-1600.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Termites? We've Got You Covered!

You and your family will be closing in two weeks on your dream home and can't wait to start making new memories. Visually, the home is perfect - the roof is sound, all the appliances are in working order, but the inspection report indicates a termite infestation...

If not remedied properly, termites can be as as damaging to homes as floods and tornadoes. This does not mean you should break your contract on that dream house though. Once termite infestation or damage is revealed, your first plan of action should be to contact a professional pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks. There are solutions to rid the home of these unwanted pests. Treatment and repair can then be negotiated with the seller.


Signs to Look For
Termites are not always obvious to the naked eye. There are some clues of infestation that buyers can look for: a swarm of winged insects or "swarmers", discarded wings, cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. The signs may be similar to water damage. A scent like mold or mildew may also be apparent.

Older homes constructed of wood are not the only homes susceptible to termite damage. Brick and masonry homes could have termites in the framing, flooring and even furniture. It is also not uncommon for newer homes to have termites. If purchasing a new home, ask the seller if the home had a termite pre-treatment or if the wood used to build the home was termite-resistant.

How to Prevent Termites
In the U.S., there are three types of termites, drywood, dampwood and subterranean. A professional termite exterminator in Lake of the Ozarks should be contacted to identify the species for successful elimination. If infestation gets bad enough, termites will eat through books and stored food. Here are a few ways to prevent termites from reappearing once they have been exterminated:
  • Keep wooden parts of the home foundation 6 inches above soil
  • Do not store firewood, lumber or paper near home or crawl space
  • Remove dead trees, stumps and roots
  • Keep mulch below the siding of the home
  • Install metal flashing on the home
  • Regularly inspect cracks and joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites
  • Keep the basement and crawl space as dry as possible


We've Got You Covered
Termite inspections are a small investment for the long time life of your home. Best Pest Control will reverse any damage through professional repair. It is important that all of the infestation has been fully exterminated to prevent any further infestations. This will prevent costly repairs in the future.

We've got you covered so you can get to the closing table. With three locations at Lake of the Ozarks, Best Pest Control will be able to rid your future home of these destructive pests in a timely manner. Let us be your trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks for years to come.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Common Pests You'll Likely See this Fall

Fall has officially begun, and the temperatures are starting to feel more like Fall with every passing day. Just because Fall is here, doesn't mean we're in the clear for annoying pests and rodents. In fact, there are still a number of pests that will be making their way inside to seek shelter from the dropping temperatures. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has gathered a few of the pests you may see this Fall:


Cockroaches
Cockroaches like many other pests seek shelter during the Fall and Winter months to escape the cold. Unfortunately, this shelter is usually a warm home. It is important to evict cockroaches as soon as possible, as they carry many diseases. Cockroaches like moist and warm places, so you will often find them in the kitchen or the bathroom. Cockroaches can be very difficult to get rid of, so having a pest control company get rid of them for you will help ensure they are gone for good.

Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are a common issue in Missouri during the Fall months, as they become full adults in the Fall. During the cooler season, stink bugs will take shelter on the warmer sides of buildings. They will also try to squeeze themselves under weatherstripping or through cracks to find refuge in the warmth of a home. A pest control company can ensure these pests don't take shelter in your home.

Mice and Other Rodents
As the cooler weather begins to make its appearance, rodents become a common issue in the Fall and Winter months as they begin seeking shelter from the cold. They will do just about anything to get into crawl spaces or garages to find the perfect spot. Mice can fit into a hole the size of a dime, so any little crack or crevasse could be the ideal access point. In just a few short months a couple mice could become a dozen, so it is important to know the signs of a mice infestation and address it IMMEDIATELY.

Spiders
With the shorter days comes more exterior lights at night. Insects are naturally attracted to light, which means more will be spending the night around your home. Spiders will be making their webs around these lights to catch these insects. While we may appreciate them keeping the insects at bay, we don't want spiders hanging out around the house. Best Pest Control can spray the exterior of your home to make sure these spiders don't make themselves comfortable.

Bed Bugs
With school back in session, the curiosity of what your kids might be bringing home from school can b a real concern, especially when we're talking about bed bugs. They can be picked up on clothing and bags and carried into the home. Fall means Back to School time, which provides the perfect opportunity for these traveling pests to make their way into your home. Bed bugs are not easy to treat, so it is important to take the proper course of action when bed bugs are found in your home. If you need help with treating bed bugs this Fall season, contact a professional pest control company.

Get Rid Of Fall Pests With Best Pest Control
Fall is a time to cozy up in your home, however, we do not want pests cozying up in our home as well. If you have fall pests making their way into your home, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control can make sure your home is protected from all the different types of insects this season brings.


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Spiders of Missouri: How Much Do You Really Know About Them?

There are several species of spider around the Lake, and while most are harmless and even provide some benefit, others are dangerous and should only be left to pest control experts at Lake of the Ozarks to handle. The fall season weather will have these creepy crawlers looking for a safe dry and warm place to hang out for the coming winter months... and your home is looking like a pretty good target! Let's take a look at some of the spiders found around the Lake area and learn more about them!


Wolf Spider
Size: up to 1 inch not including the legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
The wolf spider is a spider that doesn't spin a web to catch it's prey! Wolf Spiders run down insects and other spiders at night, often darting through the grass or dirt. The bite of a Wolf Spider hurts, but is otherwise harmless. An interesting fact about wolf spider females is that they carry their young on their back. Once hatched, they stay with mom for weeks until the spiderlings are ready to go off on their own.

Common House Spider
Size: Length (not including legs): 1/8 to 3/8 inch (females); 1/8 inch (males)
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Most commonly seen in webs attached to garage doors, in basements and barns, between window panes and walls, and behind open doors. This is a synanthropic species: it primarily lives near humans, in our human-built habitats, and it benefits from the association. Unlike many other spiders, common house spiders do not typically flee when a person approaches; this may be due in part to their poor vision. Common house spiders capture many types of insects, including several common household pests: mosquitoes, flies, wasps, multicolored Asian lady beetles, cockroaches, and more.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Size: up to 1 inch not counting legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Garden Spiders have some of the most aggressive markings of any spider in Missouri, and they're almost completely harmless to humans. Usually found in gardens and near houses, the Garden Spider will weave a web nearly 2 feet at its widest to catch larger insects such as the grasshopper. These spiders breed one time, creating egg cases of up to 1,000 eggs each! When hatched, the new spiders will send silk into the air known as "ballooning" and float away to a new part of the garden.

Brown Recluse
Size: 1/4 inch not including legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
This is a spider worth staying away from! The Brown Recluse is commonly found in homes across Missouri, and they love to hide in storage, rarely used drawers, and basements/attics. They tend to avoid human contact, (hence the recluse title) but due to how often we are cohabitants, bites do happen. They are almost never fatal but the venom is dangerous to humans and animals. If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse, seek medical attention immediately.

Black Widow
Size: 3/8 inch not including legs
Photo Credit: Mo. Dept. of Conservation
The most infamous spider on the list. The female Black Widow is easily recognized by the black body and red hourglass symbol on the abdomen, and can be found under flat rocks or logs all over the Lake of the Ozarks area. The important thing to remember about this species is that while dangerous, they tend to avoid human interaction unless provoked a lot. The venom of this spider can kill insects, and some smaller reptiles like lizards and small snakes as well. If you find yourself bitten by a Black Widow, seek medical attention immediately. Pain from the bite is usually delayed, but when it finally comes, it's accompanied by cramps, muscle tightness, nausea, headaches, swelling and sweating.

Spiders and Humans
The most important thing to remember about these spiders is that they all prefer to avoid human contact. If any of them are found in your yard, or inside the home, Best Pest Control can easily remove them. Spiders can cause a lot of damage, if not on their own, then through people who will stop at nothing to eliminate them from the house! Lake of the Ozark's best pest company can remove the spiders, and all of their food sources and outside habitats, with professionalism. Give us a call today at 573-348-1600!


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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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