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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