Friday, October 26, 2018

Watch Out for these Spooky Critters this Halloween!

We are just a few days away from Halloween and that means things are about to get spooky. While it’s normal to see spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlers on your front doorstep on Halloween, they are usually in the form of spooky décor or trick-or-treaters. Best Pest Control wants homeowners to know that they should also be on the lookout for real-life pests this fall. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween. Check out this guide to some common household critters and a few tips to help keep them from turning your home into a haunted house.


Scurrying Rats
Rats are one of the most reviled pests, due in part to their creepy appearance. They are primarily nocturnal and can be found nesting in places from piles of garbage to dark areas of a basement. Rats can fit through an opening the size of a quarter, so it’s easy for them to gain entry into your home. Once they are inside, they can spread diseases, contaminate food and gnaw through wires and electrical cords.

Helpful hint: Before homeowners bring boxes with Halloween decorations inside, inspect them for signs of an infestation. This includes gnaw marks and rodent droppings. Once Halloween is over and it is time to pack up those decorations, make sure to store them in plastic boxes with sealed lids. This will help keep pests out.

Flittery Bats
It seems that bats have always caused unfounded fear in people, maybe it’s because they are usually associated with haunted houses or even vampires. Bats are nocturnal mammals that roost in dark areas of buildings, such as attics and under fascia boards, and in other sheltered areas like caves. They are known to fly from their nests at dusk to get food and then they return just before the sun comes up.

Helpful hint: Homeowners should screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and install door sweeps this fall to help keep bats out of their home. If you think you have a bat infestation, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call.

Biting Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are similar to vampires because they feed off human blood and it’s usually at night. Although bed bugs are usually found in beds, they can also hide out in crevices on furniture and behind baseboards. Bed bugs will hide in purses, luggage, and other personal belongings when they’re on the hunt to find food. Bed bugs do not carry any diseases, but they do leave red, itchy welts on the skin.

Helpful hint: if you plan on renting or purchasing a Halloween costume from a rental, or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs before you take it home. Pay close attention to the inside seams and check for signs of sticky white eggs, shed skin, and of course for actual bed bugs.

Sneaky Spiders
The sight of a spider crawling around your home can frighten almost anyone, especially around Halloween. Spiders often times get a bad rap, but only a few species that are found in the United States are actually dangerous. Homeowners should be particularly aware of the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider, and the hobo spider. These types of spiders are known to attack when they are disturbed or threatened.

Helpful hint: Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by keeping garages, attics, and basements clean and clutter-free. Make sure to wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time, like Halloween decorations.

Happy Halloween From Best Pest Control
If you find any signs of these creepy crawlers in your home, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. Best Pest Control hopes you have a fun and safe and most importantly, a critter-free Halloween!


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