Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cockroaches - The Masters At Hide & Go Seek

Cockroaches are pests that most people would rather not think about. For the most part, they are known as gross insects that are known for carrying pathogens that can transmit disease. They are also notorious for sneaking up on unsuspecting homeowners and their looks are frightening. Best Pest Control knows that it’s awful to see one cockroach in your house, but the thought that there could be and there probably is more is more frightening. The best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks has listed some of the most common hiding places in your home where cockroaches may be taking shelter.


Your Cabinets


If you think that cockroaches can’t penetrate cabinets, you are wrong. They can easily sneak into cabinets and even your pantry to feast on any food or crumbs they find. It’s important to regularly clean your pantry and cabinets in order to make them less attractive for cockroaches and other pesky critters. You could also store food items like pasta and pet food in plastic, air-tight containers. This will deter bugs from getting into your food items.

Your Computer


This may be a weird hiding spot, but if you’ve ever eaten while on your computer, there’s a good chance that crumbs have fallen through your keyboard and get stuck beneath the keys. While it may seem harmless, some cockroaches are actually small enough and can squeeze through those tiny gaps on your keyboard. This means that they can set up base camp in your computer or keyboard. You can make your electronics less attractive to cockroaches by not eating while you are using the computer. It’s also important to regularly clean your keyboard with canned air.

Your Furniture


If you think that your couch is comfy, there’s a good chance that cockroaches think the same thing. Cockroaches will sometimes camp out inside of your couch. It’s even more likely if you tend to drop crumbs or other food particles while you are sitting on your couch. It’s bad enough that they might be living in your couch, but cockroaches can lay eggs in or even on your furniture.  You can help prevent cockroaches in your couch by routinely vacuuming your couch, not eating on your couch, and by checking wood furniture for egg casings that need to be cleared away.


Pipes


Pipes that run throughout your home are located in dark places and cockroaches love dark places. If you want to make sure that cockroaches aren't making their new home in your pipes or drains, you can regularly check them to make sure that there are no drips or leaks. You should also seal any cracks or holes around plumbing that leads to the outdoors. This will help limit cockroaches access points.

 Nooks and Crannies


Homes of all sizes have crevices that can make the perfect hiding spot for cockroaches. This could include trim and baseboards, the back of picture frames, and places in your home that have too much “junk”. You should inspect your home to make sure all cracks are sealed and your trim is flush with the wall.

Your Cockroach Exterminators


If you’re unsure if you have any cockroaches hiding out in your home, give the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. Knowing that you have a trained professional taking care of your cockroach problem or preventing a cockroach problem will put your mind at ease. Give Best Pest Control a call today. 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bugs To Love

Valentine's Day is a day all about showing the love. While it may seem like all bugs are bad, there are a few that we should be thankful for. Best Pest Control wanted to feature a few bugs that we love and you should too! We normally don't like seeing pests in our homes and gardens, but not all insects are bad. You should call the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks when you see any pesky critters roaming around your home, but if you see any of the bugs we mention below, you’re better off catching and releasing them into your yard or garden.


Ladybugs


Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are a great natural pest control for gardeners. Both adult and larvae eat spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids. Most gardeners should welcome these bugs, as they can keep your garden insect free. Luckily, you can attract ladybugs by planting flowers among your vegetables. Wildflowers like dandelions and Queen Anne's lace are known for attracting ladybugs.

Bees


Honey bees and bumblebees are loved for their ability to pollinate. Many vegetables and fruit trees need to be pollinated by bees in order to produce. Honey bees are not only important for pollinating, but they also produce honey. If you are wanting bees to help pollinate your garden, you can attract them by planting flowers with pollen and nectar.

Praying Mantis


Praying mantis are great predators and eat moths, grasshoppers, flies and other insects. Their heads can rotate up to 180 degrees depending on the species. This head rotation allows them to remain very still while hunting. When an unsuspecting insect ventures near them, they will quickly strikeout. While they are a great natural pest control for gardens, they will also prey on beneficial bugs.


Dragonflies


Dragonflies are predatory insects who eat mosquitoes and other pests like aphids. What's not to love about a bug that eats mosquitoes? Dragonflies lay their eggs in water and their larva may take years to reach the adult stage.

Green Lacewing


The green lacewing enjoys a wide arrange of insects including aphids, spider mite, insect eggs and even small caterpillars. They will also eat leafhopper nymphs who, in their adult stage, can become a serious pest to gardens.

Your Bug Experts 


While all of these bugs act as a natural pest control, you shouldn't rely on them to protect your entire home. Best Pest Control can ensure that the bad bugs and pests don't get into your home this upcoming spring. Now is a great time to start planning for the warmer weather. If you need to schedule your preventative pest control, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. From the outside of your home to the inside, Best Pest Control can keep those pesky bugs from invading. 

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Keeping Your Restaurant Pest Free

One of the most important aspects of owning a restaurant is keeping it clean and well maintained. From the front of house to the back of house, keeping bugs out should be one of restaurant owner’s main priorities. Unfortunately, restaurants are prime targets for pests, so it's important to use the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks to make sure your restaurant is pest free. Best Pest Control can help you continue to run your business without worrying about a bug or rodent problem.


Why Pests Love Restaurant


Restaurants typically have a large amount of food in storage. Because of the amount of food in one location, pests see a perfect place to settle in because of the endless food supply. Luckily, restaurants can minimize pest invasions by practicing good cleaning habits, and by keeping food spillage to a minimum.

Restaurants serve large quantities of food for long periods of time. In addition, customers or even servers may accidentally drop food on the floors. Plus, large industrial kitchens have plenty of areas where grease and food can get trapped. Because of all of this, it's important to clean serving areas frequently and scrub all areas where food is prepared to minimize any pest issues.

It is also important for restaurants to keep dumpsters and other garbage areas closely monitored and as clean as possible. Closing dumpster lids and emptying trash cans frequently should keep any pest issues to a minimum. Cutting the grass and weeds along dumpsters or fences is also a good idea to eliminate hiding places for rodents.

Your Restaurant After Dark


If your restaurant isn't open 24-hours, then there will be a period of time when the lights are off and no one is there - or is there? This is usually the period when pests come out, as rodents are careful to avoid human contact. Plus, they are generally nocturnal creatures and prefer to come out when there's no light. Insects, such as cockroaches, can scatter when exposed to light, which makes them incredibly difficult to discover.


Professional Service, Professional Results


Best Pest Control can help your restaurant eliminate any pest issues. When you schedule routine spraying of the restaurant perimeter and places prone to pest entry, the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks can help prevent insects and rodents from entering your establishment. Our pest control experts can help you identify what kind of pest issue you may have, and can determine the proper solution that will help get rid of them. With our expert services, your restaurant can close for the night with the peace of knowing that the pests aren't coming in and making a new home for themselves.

Helping Your Restaurant Succeed


Restaurants are a big business at the Lake, and with so much food in storage, pests can become a big problem for restaurant owners. 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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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Verdict Is In - 6 More Weeks Of Winter

Every year on February 2, the country turns its attention to a small city in Pennsylvania to see whether or not we will have 6 more weeks of winter or if we will have an early spring. Well, this morning, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob and predicted the weather for the rest of winter. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to inform you that the verdict this year is that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Last year, Phil had also predicted that there was going to be 6 more weeks of winter. While we trust Phil to let us know if spring is coming early or if we should bundle up for six more weeks of winter, how much do we know about him? Best Pest Control has a few fun facts about this famous weather-predicting rodent. 

The Groundhog Day folklore dates all the way back to 1887.

Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Before he was known as Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog. 

Since a groundhog hibernates for the winter, the act of it coming out of the ground is a natural sign of spring. In addition to groundhogs, people used to watch for other hibernating animals such as badgers, bears, and hedgehogs as signs of winter's end. 

A groundhog's burrow is more than just a hole in the ground. It can consist of nearly 50 feet of tunnels, buried 5 feet underground with multiple exits in case it needs to escape from predators. 

According to the National Climatic Data Center, Phil has been wrong 15 times since 1988. However, when Phil doesn't see his shadow, he tends to be a bit better. Since the beginning, he's seen his shadow 15 times and was correct seven times for a 47 percent accuracy rate. 

There are nine years without any records, and even the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, which keeps track of the readings, don't know what happened to Phil during those years.


There's only one Phil. Phil has been doing readings since the 1800s and has stayed alive this long due to a magical "Groundhog Punch" that he's fed every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic. Just a sip of this magical punch extends his life for another seven years. So even if Phil misses out on six annual sips, he's still good to go with weather reports and news making for one more year. 

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle takes care of Phil the entire year. They also plan each year's big ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The Inner Circle currently has 15 members (16 if you count Phil). The members all have individual nicknames that tie into their careers.  

When Phil is not predicting the weather, he lives in the town's library with his wife Phyllis. He also enjoys traveling and has even met big celebrities and public figures like Oprah and President Ronald Regan. 

Happy Groundhog Day!

Phil’s prediction may not have been what people were wanting to hear. While we were hoping for warmer weather and an early spring, bugs were too. Pretty soon we will start to see more bugs as they come out of their winter hibernation and Best Pest Control knows that it’s important to make sure your home is ready. If you need help protecting your home from insects and pesky critters, call the best pest control company at the Lake of the OzarksBest Pest Control can help make sure your home is pest free, just call 573-348-1600 and schedule your appointment today! 


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