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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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Addressing Your Flea Infestation

Fleas are a major problem this time of  year, and are one of the many pests that warrant immediate action if found in the home setting. These pesky hitch hikers can be carried in on your clothes, in a pet's fur, or in extreme cases, in the fur of other pests! The most trusted pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks has put together some tips that should help you not only contain the flea problem but eliminate them as well. Remember, the easiest solution to fleas is to call Best Pest Control!


Wash and Wipe Down Everything in the Affected Area
Fleas are resilient, they can linger in areas for long periods of time, waiting for the right moment to jump on you for a meal. Wiping down hard surfaces and treating the infested area with proper treatment is a crucial step in removing the bugs from your home. Wash all the fabrics and family pets to eradicate any fleas or their eggs as well.

Keep Your Pets Clean
If you have dogs, cats or any other animal with fur, make sure you keep them clean. It is also a good idea to wash their bedding and toys regularly. If you are fighting the fleas, do not forget to include their bedding and toys in the treatment, as fleas may have infested their items as well.

Treat the Environment AND Your Pets
If your pet is the one that brought the fleas inside, make sure you treat the environment first before treating them. You need to treat your home first in order to get rid of eggs, larvae and grown fleas that might infest later on and then treat your pet to prevent new fleas in your home. During the time of treatment, you should remove your pets from your home, and treat your pets before allowing them to reenter your home to avoid re-infestation.

Find the Source of the Infestation
If you treat fleas yourself, don't assume the problem is gone. In order to effectively get rid of fleas, you need to know the source of their entry. You may know that they are coming in from your dog. However, the problem may be from your yard. This is why it is important not to assume the problem is gone just because you treated your home.

Fight Back With Best Pest Control
professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can effectively get rid of fleas from your home and yard. Fleas are difficult to treat yourself, as they are tiny and hard to see. If you do not get rid of all eggs, larvae and grown fleas, they may possibly come back, which would require another round of treatment. If you hire a trusted Lake of the Ozarks pest control company, they will make sure to get rid of fleas and prevent them from coming back.

Remember, the best and easiest way to treat them and make sure they don't come back is by calling Best Pest Control. Make sure your home and yard are protected from pests like fleas by calling a Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company. If you have a flea infestation, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Recognizing Signs of Termites in Your Home

Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage every year. The best way to protect your home from termites is to take preventative measures and have a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks spray for them. However, it is always best to be proactive and search for signs of termites on a periodic basis. If termites are in your home and you do not spot them in time, they could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Best Pest Control lists some signs that you may have termites in your home:


Mud Tunnels
In order for termites to survive, they need certain temperature and humidity levels. They will build tunnels out of mud to help block out any cool, dry air. These tunnels can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other food source, such as trees or a shed. To test if there are any active termites in your home, remove a small section in the middle of a tube. If termites crawl out or if the section is rebuilt within a few days, there are still termites in your home. However, they may also choose to abandon the disturbed mud tubes and build a new one, so do not assume you don't have termites if the tube doesn't get rebuilt.

Wings
When termites move from one location to another they swarm, which means they fly from one point to another to form a new colony. When they have found a new place they will lose their wings because they will never need them again. Their wings can be found near their access points like windows and doors. Although when ants swarm, they look very similar to termites. To make sure they are actually termites and not ants, take a closer look at the wings. Termite wings are all the same size, while ants have one pair of larger wings and one pair of smaller wings.

Damaged Wood
Because termites eat wood, wood damage is often the biggest sign of a termite infestation. Termites will chew through wood leaving behind grooves. Over time, it will weaken the wood causing structural damage. Places that wood damage is often found is below and behind walls, floors and other wood structures. Having a specialist look for wood damage is the best way to determine if termites are the cause, as it is hard to do yourself. Specialists have the appropriate tools to test the damaged areas and will not have to cut through walls or ceilings.

Protect Your Home From Termites
Termites will often swarm after heavy rain when the air is moist. Termites are a year-round problem, as they have a rather long life - living approximately one to two years if the conditions are right. Make sure your home is protected from the next swarm by having it treated for termites by a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company. If your home does have termites or if you think it does, Best Pest Control can inspect and treat your home. To schedule an appointment or inspections, call us today at 573-348-1600.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Prepping Your Home for Preventative Pest Control Services

The best way to make sure your home is fully protected from insects is to take preventative measures and spray your home and yard before they come. Having your home sprayed regularly can help control insects from infesting your home. However, if you do spot an insect crawling across your counter, Best Pest Control can help you get rid of your infestations. Before your routine preventative maintenance, here are a few things you can do to get the most out of Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control services.


When a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks comes to your home, they will determine what type of infestation you have and how frequent you should have your home sprayed. Although you do not have to be home for treatment of the outside of your home, there may be some preparation you have to do before they treat the inside of your home, depending on what type of infestation you have.

Spiders
  • Move small items away from walls.
  • Make sure there are no items underneath the beds. 
  • Clean along walls. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

After service, all residents and pets should remain out of the building for several hours until the product is completely dry. In addition, do not have your carpets steam cleaned.

Cockroaches
  • Move small items away from walls. 
  • Clean and remove items from the kitchen counter.
  • Clean along walls. 
  • Vacuum carpets and sweep/mop hardwood floors.
  • Tightly seal and store any open food. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off. 

During service, children and pets should be kept away and should not return until the treatment is dry. After service, do not clean the edges for a few months. If you are planning to shampoo the carpet, do so before the treatment, as this could maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Ants
  • Move small items away from walls.
  • Move items away from the back of the counter-tops. If moved elsewhere, make sure they are covered with cloth or plastic.
  • Clear items away from window sills.
  • Clean all floors, window sills and counter tops, especially the edges. 
  • If you have a fish tank, make sure it is covered and that the pump is turned off.

After treatment, do not clean the edges of the floors and counters for several days or weeks, if possible.

Protect Your Home From Pests With Best Pest Control
Having your home sprayed regularly by a professional pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help control the insects entering your home. Best Pest Control can help protect your home inside and out. From the yard to your kitchen, Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company can get rid of your pests. If you have in insect infestation, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!


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