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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