Thursday, March 29, 2018

Preparing Your Lawn For Spring

Winter weather can be tough on your lawn. Grass, shrubs, and trees are weak after months of lying dormant. If you want your lawn and trees to come back fuller than before, Best Pest Control can help. Here are a few simple tips from the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to help get your lawn ready for the summer months that are ahead.


Remove Any and All Debris


The first step in getting your lawn ready for the warmer months is to do some cleaning. Clear away any leaves, twigs and other debris that have gathered over the winter months. Not only can the debris get stuck in your lawn mower, it can also block fertilizers and other materials from being properly absorbed by the lawn. Not to mention, it can create a breeding ground for pests.

Apply Pre-Emergent, Weed Killer & Fertilizer


Applying a pre-emergent in the early spring is very important. It's best to apply it prior to temperatures reaching 55-60 degrees. Afterward, the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Once crabgrass has germinated, it's very difficult to get rid of. When you fertilize in the spring, it can jump-start your lawn from its winter slumber. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand heat stress through the summer months.

Don't Skip Aeration


Core aeration is a great thing to do to your lawn in the spring. It's important because it allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. It also results in new growth and increases root development. In the spring, it's important to core aerate before the soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. After this point, the voids created in the lawn will only be an invitation to aggressive weed seeds.


Mow Early & Often


Many homeowners only mow once a week during the spring. However, if you let the grass grow too high and then cut it, it could stunt the roots so they can't reproduce properly. Instead, mow every five days for the first six weeks of spring, depending on the weather, to ensure a thicker, fuller lawn.

Trim Trees


It's hard to tell if a tree has dead branches unless you really inspect it closely. If dead branches are left untended, they can fall, which could cause property damage and potential injury. It's best to trim the trees before the leaves come out, as it's easier to see the condition of the branches.

TIP


While it's tempting to fill brown patches with grass seed, if you are also applying pre-emergent or weed killer, the grass seeds won't germinate. Instead, fertilize the lawn and in a few weeks, shoots will grow and fill in the brown patches. If the brown patches are too big, or you just can't wait until the fall, sod can help.

Best Pest Can Help With Your Lawn Maintenance


Spring is finally here, so it's time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming warm weather. In addition to pest control, we also offer lawn care services at the Lake of the Ozarks. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we also offer landscaping, lawn treatments, leaf blowing & removal, weed spraying, and yard cleanup. If you want to spend your time enjoying the beautiful weather instead of doing lawn maintenance, give Best Pest Control a call to schedule your appointment.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Do's & Don'ts of a Termite Infestation

Last week was termite awareness week, but at Best Pest Control, we believe that every week should be termite awareness week. Termites wreak havoc and can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Not only can they harm the structure of your home, but they can also cause hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars’ worth of damage. Termites are extremely difficult to detect and sometimes even more difficult to get rid of. The best way to ensure your home is termite free is to prevent termites before they find their way into your home. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to termite prevention.


Do: Regular Landscaping Maintenance 


Termites feast on wood sources, so if you have a lot of wood around your home, you are giving them an invitation inside. If you are using wood mulch, keep it several inches below the siding and wooden parts of your home. You should also quickly remove any and all dead trees, stumps and roots near your home. Keep all shrubs and trees trimmed and cut back from the walls of your home and don't allow leaves or broken limbs to pile up near your foundation.

Don't: Skip Termite Prevention


There are many things you can do around your home to prevent a termite infestation. Just because you've never had an issue with termites, doesn't mean you won't have one in the future. Unfortunately, termites are something homeowners have to deal with and the odds are, as a homeowner, you will deal with them at some point or another. Take every precaution possible in order to protect your home the best you can.
  • Keep wooden parts of the home foundation 6 inches above the 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 

Do: Have Regular Inspections Done


Even if you've never had termite activity in your home, it's a good idea to have an inspection done. If you haven't had an inspection done within the last few years, it's best to call a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure your home is termite free. Termites can hide out in the inner structure of your home for a long time before being found, so although you may think you're in the clear, you may be wrong. Have an inspection done, and save your home hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Don't: Allow Water to Accumulate


Water is a vital part of termite’s survival, so it's important to do everything you can do to avoid an excess of water around the structure of your home. Make sure to divert rainwater away from the foundation of your home by keeping all gutters and downspouts clean and in great shape. If your home has sprinklers, make sure they are aimed away from the foundation of your home. Quickly repair any leaks you see from water pipes, AC units, or faucets. Don’t allow mulch to pile up more than an inch or two, as water will start to accumulate there.

Schedule Your Inspection Today


The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can give you peace of mind when it comes to the possibility of termite activity in your home. Best Pest Control does termite inspections and can get rid of pesky termites and make sure they don’t come back with preventative spraying. Schedule your inspection today!


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Tackle Pests This Spring

Daylight Saving Time has taken place and spring is just a few short days away. This means that pests are starting to wake up and will be making their appearance soon. If you are tackling home improvements, you can avoid a pest infestation in your home by adding a few things to your to-do list. With the help of the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, you can maintain a healthy living environment and ward off pests this spring. Best Pest Control has put together a room-by-room guide of things you can do to avoid a pest infestation this spring.


Outdoor Space


A great place to start to avoid a pest infestation is the outside of your home. During the spring, it’s important to examine your outdoor living space. Look for any damage done over the winter months. Rotted wood and shingles can attract termites and other insects. Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts before April rain showers. You may also need to repair ripped screens, replace weather stripping, and seal any loose mortar around the foundation. Cut back bushes in your yard so that branches are not touching the house, allowing easy access for pests to enter your home. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch away from your home's foundation.

Kitchen


Your kitchen can become a common gathering place for ants. This is because the kitchen provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants march through your home in search of crumbs or overripe fruit sitting on the countertop and any sticky residue from spilled liquid. To make your kitchen less attractive to ants or other pests, keep your kitchen clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Here are some other things you can do to try to keep bugs at bay:
  • Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flour
  • Wipe down the inside of your cabinets and install fresh shelf paper
  • Vacuum behind kitchen appliances
  • Disinfect your kitchen counters and floors on a regular basis


Bathroom


Many pests like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can be frequently found in bathrooms. Eliminating sources of water in your bathroom is the best way to prevent pest infestations. Check under the sink and around the bathtub to ensure there is no moisture from leaky pipes or faucets. You should also wash the shower curtain and liner and clean out drawers and medicine cabinets.

Basement


Rodents, spiders, and a host of other pests can take up residence in your basement. The reason why pests find basements so attractive is because they tend to be dark and cluttered, which provide ideal places for them to hide. Spring is a good time to go through your belongings and pitch things you don't need. Replace any cardboard boxes with plastic storage bins with tight-fitting lids. Seal any cracks or crevices to prevent any pests from entering your home. Mice are able to fit through an opening the size of a dime and insects can fit through a paper-thin crack.

Best Pest Control Can Help You Combat Spring Pests 


You can help deter pests from invading your home and living space this spring by taking some extra measures in each room and your outdoor living space. Best Pest Control offers treatments for all pests that affect Central Missouri, so you don't have to worry about a pest problem this spring! Give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call and make sure that your home is protected this spring and all year. 


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