Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What You Should Know About Bed Bugs

When it comes to choosing their next victim, bed bugs are not picky. Bed bug issues and infestations can take place in many different places. Their preferred shelter is a dark area such as a sofa, bed mattress, or other soft furnishings. These wingless insects feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. As a result, humans make the ideal host for them. The fact that bed bugs can breed successfully in various environments and circumstances, along with their ability to go a long time without eating makes them difficult to eliminate. If you suspect you might have a bed bug issue, it’s best to hire a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to eradicate them. Best Pest Control can treat bed bugs and eliminate any infestations.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

Bed bugs are not limited to any one specific type of habitat. These pests are found in residential homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, condos, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, and even movie theaters. These days, even five-star hotels are susceptible to bed bug infestations.

Are Bed Bugs Hard to Treat?

Although considered pests, bed bugs should not be equated with sanitation problems in hotels or homes, for that matter. Bed bugs are hardy and transient pests. They are often found in other areas, besides the bed. They are able to survive for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. A pest control company can control bed bugs with constant inspection and treatment. 

Why Are Bed Bugs Found in Hotels?

Bed bugs travel easily and most people don’t inspect their suitcases or belongings before checking into or leaving their hotel room. Once bed bugs are inside a home or hotel room, bed bugs spread rapidly through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing, and luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread from room to room, since guests may end up moving to another room.

Are Bed Bugs Just in Beds?

Bed bugs do not just live in beds. They can live pretty much anywhere. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, and cracks and crevices in baseboards. This is also what makes dealing with a bed bug infestation so difficult.

Do Bed Bugs Carry Diseases?

Although bed bugs look like an insect that would transmit a disease, like a mosquito, there are no records of disease transmissions by bed bugs. However, the biggest risk factor for humans could be secondary bacterial infections, as result from scratching the skin from bites. If the skin breaks from scratching, bacteria could enter. 

What Can I Do to Protect Myself Against Bed Bugs?

A good time to check for bed bugs is after you return from a trip. Be vigilant in checking your luggage and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug infestation, contact the best pest control company at the Lake of Ozarks. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.

Best Pest Control Can Help with Your Bed Bug Problem

To effectively control bed bugs, a thorough inspection should be done by a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. Best Pest Control can do an evaluation to find out where the bed bugs are harboring. Once we discover the root of the problem, we will develop a treatment and plan of action to gain control of them depending on the infestation. If you suspect bed bugs in your home contact Best Pest Control to eliminate these pests immediately!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring is the Time to Protect Your Home from Pests

The weather lately may not seem like it, but spring is fully underway! As the weather continues to (hopefully) warm up, many pests will start to become more active and will come out of hiding. Insects like ants, mosquitoes, wasps, ticks, fleas, cockroaches, and even rodents are now preparing to feed, breed, and nest after winter. Unfortunately, as the weather gets warmer, homeowners can find themselves with a pest issue during the spring season. To make sure your home is protected, consider hiring the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to keep insects and rodents from coming in. Best Pest Control can provide professional treatment plans to help eliminate these critters. Check out this checklist that offers ways to try to prevent them from coming into your home in the first place.

Checklist to Keep Pests Out

  • Seal all crevices and gaps in windows and doors.
  • Clean and maintain air ducts and vents regularly.
  • Fix leaky pipes and any sources of moisture from clogged gutters since this can attract ants and cockroaches.
  • Eliminate all standing water around the house including birdbaths. 
  • Make sure basements, crawlspaces, and attics are dry and well ventilated. 
  • Clean basements and attics of old trash, boxes, and papers, which can harbor rodents.
  • Replace or repair rotten roof shingles to discourage ants and termites from entering.
  • Clean dirty dishes every night and disinfect food preparation surfaces.
  • Remove trash from the house on a regular basis.
  • Secure inside and outside trash containers with a lid.
  • Keep garbage cans and compost piles away from the home.
  • If pests are suspected, launder all fabrics in hot water, including pet bedding, rugs, and slipcovers.
  • Avoid leaving your pet's food bowl out for an extended period of time.
  • Remove any trash or debris from your lawn or garden.
  • Trim plants, bushes, and shrubbery and make sure the branches do not touch the structure of the house.
  • Inspect your home's foundation and seal any cracks since this is an easy access point for pests.
  • Fence your flower and vegetable gardens to keep rodents from invading them.
  • Do not allow wood to touch or lean against the home and raise it off the ground if possible.

Avoid Infestation By Being Prepared

Pest prevention is the best way to eliminate any potential pest infestation. Once pests infest your home, they can cause major damage. Not only are they unpleasant (and possibly dangerous) to live with, but the damage can be costly if repairs or replacements are needed. With the help of a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, some minor home repairs, and proper sanitation, homeowners can be prepared for spring pests. By adding these extra items to your spring cleaning 'to-do' list, the effort will be worth it in the long run. Don’t let your home be invaded by troublesome pests.

 Best Pest Control Can Combat Spring Critters

To make sure your home is ready for spring, contact Best Pest Control. We have the proper defenses against insects and rodents that can enter your home. Ask us about getting on a regular schedule so you can eliminate persistent pests and your worries! Give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call today for a free estimate.


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Friday, April 13, 2018

April is Lawn and Garden Month

As the weather starts to change, maintaining your lawn and garden will soon become a full-time job to keep it healthy and looking lush. At Best Pest Control, we do more than tackle those unwanted pests around your home and yard. We can also take care of your lawn service at the Lake of the Ozarks. From performing a lawn evaluation and setting up a proper treatment schedule to preventative pest control, we can do it all. Here are some issues that the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can take care of:


If you have pests causing problems to your yard, it should be relatively easy to identify. A pest infestation usually affects a widespread area and will be visible on the surface or if you roll back a little bit of the grass. Animals such as skunks, raccoons, birds, and moles start digging up the turf to feed on grubs beneath the surface. 


Moles can create quite a mess, leaving their tunnels all over your yard. You know you have a mole problem if you discover visible trenches and dug-up soil in your yard. Some molehills can be substantial enough to damage lawn mower blades and housings.

Lawn Disease

If your lawn develops a disease, it can be difficult to identify what is causing the problem. It would actually require the use of a microscope to see the fungus, bacteria, or virus that is responsible. However, on the surface you may notice irregular patches of browning grass. Another sign is generalized thinning and browning in various parts of the lawn. One common lawn fungus you may notice is mushrooms coming up through your yard.


Weeds are one of the most common problems in lawns. Not only do they look bad, they compete with grass for water, nutrients, space, and light. They will flourish in shortly-cut grass. One way to keep them at bay is to mow your grass higher. Unfortunately, not all weeding tactics work against all types of weeds. Applying a pre-emergent weed control will help prevent them from coming up in the first place. 


Although not quite a weed, moss can become quite a nuisance in your yard. Moss cannot kill your grass, but can creep into your lawn if it has already started to die. If you start to see moss taking residence in your yard, this is a good indicator that something deeper is wrong with your lawn. It is just taking advantage of the empty dirt and dead grass left behind. 

Best Pest Control Can Shape Up Your Lawn

Best Pest Control is the most trusted Lake of the Ozarks pest control company and we offer weed control, lawn spraying, and live trapping services as well. We realize even the most seasoned landscapers can end up with problems that affect their lawns. Our lawn company at the Lake of the Ozarks can pinpoint the problem. Leave it to Best Pest Control to find a treatment that rids your lawn of unwanted pests, weeds, and disease!


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