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'Tis the Season - What's Welcoming Pests this Holiday?

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December is finally here and the holiday season is in full swing! People are beginning to decorate their homes and that includes picking out the perfect Christmas tree. We may be trying to bring the festive vibe into our homes, but we may also be unknowingly bringing in unwanted pests. Best Pest Control wants to make sure your home remains pest free this holiday season. Check out a few tips from the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Your Christmas TreeIf you choose to bring a live Christmas tree into your home, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that they are pest magnets. Not only may bugs be living in the tree, but they can also lay eggs. When you bring the tree into your warm house, bugs will be more comfortable and the eggs may hatch. The USDA Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists all the pests that could be brought into your home through your Christmas tree. This doesn’t mean you have to ditch the real tree for a fake tree. Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree …

Time to Schedule those Winter Checks!

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Do you own a second home at the Lake? There's more to preparing your home for winter than locking the door and moving south! The Lake of the Ozarks' best home maintenance company has a winter home check service to make sure your second home is prepared and safe for the winter weather while you migrate to warmer climates. This service from Best Pest Control covers a variety of monthly household checks, including:


Checking the Pipes
A service technician will check the pipes in your house to make sure that they aren't frozen or cracked. While we're at it, we will make sure that the water is turned off and that the pipes are clear from any obstructions that could damage them while you're away.

Checking the Dock
Your boat may be winterized, but your dock is still in the water and subject to the hazards that the freezing temperatures may bring. Our crew can stop by once or twice a month to make sure your dock is withstanding the winter. If needed, we can install a de-icer t…

Are You Dealing with a Bed Bug Infestation?

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With the recent news of a bed bug infestation in one of Jefferson City's state buildings, we think it's a really good time to talk about bed bugs. These hard-to-see opportunistic pests can quickly become a problem without you even suspecting a thing. They are sneaky travelers and can multiply quickly. 

Too often these insects remain hidden, leaving you and your family at risk. Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company is ready to treat your bed bug problem, but how can you tell if you have an issue? Best Pest Control has put together this list of things to help you determine if you have a bed bug problem.
How to Check for Bed Bugs.Bed bug bites are often misattributed to fleas, spiders and mosquitoes. The best way to check for bed bugs is to examine your bed, furniture and behind baseboards. You'll want to look for small specks of blood, especially near seams and crevices. Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate with each other. Therefore, if you can smell a sweet and…

Is Your Home Winter-Ready?

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It's cold, dreary and wet outside. No way are you looking forward to spending the day working on winterizing your home. But with fall officially here, and winter making itself present, now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the winter season. This is especially true if you're a second homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're thinking about getting your home ready for the winter season, here are the ways Best Pest Control can help!


Pest Control

Pest control may be the last thing on your mind once the summer ends, but pests don't go away during the fall. Many different insects like to seek out shelter to escape the cold, and that warm place may be your home. Termites also tend to swarm during the fall, so make sure your home is fully protected and call a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company.

Fall Lawn Care

Although you may not be mowing your lawn every weekend, there are still some things you need to do to make sure your lawn is prepared for the follow…

Missouri's Most Common Pests can Survive through Winter!

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When the cold weather appears, birds migrate south, bears go into hibernation, and humans layer up and tend to relax inside of their warm house. Have you ever wondered what happens to pests during the winter? Many people just assume that they die off, but Best Pest Control knows that some pests have strategies to make it through the winter. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some information about how some of Missouri's most common pests survive through the winter and the cold weather.


Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are interesting creatures. They can withstand temperatures from close to freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, controlling bed bugs can be extremely difficult. However, after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, they usually succumb. The bad news? Our homes are the perfect refuge for bed bugs to survive during the winter months.

Ants
You don’t usually see a line of ants scurrying across the kitchen counter in the…

Controlling a Pest Problem

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There are two schools of thought on pests: prevention and control. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we try our best to eliminate or prevent critters from getting out of hand. Last week, we talked about the importance of pest prevention in the home, and some ways you can prevent pests from becoming a problem. This week, we're going to be talking about what you should do if prevention simply doesn't work and you need help in controlling a pest infestation.


Pest Control
If pests are already in your home, it's probably too late for prevention. Your best option is to call in the #1 pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you are attempting to control the infestation on your own, here are a few things to consider when eliminating or controlling your pest problem.

1. Don't Use Outdoor Pesticides Indoors!
Outdoor pesticides are more potent and are generally designed to be used in open air environments. Usage of these chemicals indoo…

Preventing a Pest Problem

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There are two schools of thought on pests: prevention and control. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we try our best to eliminate or prevent critters from getting out of hand. Pest prevention in Mid-Missouri is just as important as pest control. This week we'll be talking about pest prevention, and why you should always attempt to prevent your pest problem before controlling it.


Pest Prevention
Preventing bugs and rodents from entering your house is an important first step in keeping your house safe. There are several methods of preventing pests from intruding, which include:

1. Remove Sources of Food, Water, and Shelter.
This is as simple as cleaning up around the house and paying special attention to the kitchen and pantry areas. Easy access containers for grains, sugars, and boxed goods attract pests, especially if they are near the ground. Keeping these containers tightly sealed and off the floor can go a long way to preventing a critter infestation. Si…

Got Mice? We've Got the Solution!

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We live in a rural location with many of us surrounded by wooded areas that are teeming with field mice and more. A mouse infestation is a problem that many people face in the Ozarks. Best Pest Control knows that it’s best to address the problem before the little creatures appear. By taking action as soon as you begin to spot mouse droppings, you'll prevent these rodents from creating a larger infestation. If you have a mouse problem, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you!
Identifying Mouse Droppings
For some, it can be difficult to tell mouse droppings from rat droppings, or even other pests for that matter. With mouse droppings, size is a key differentiation. Mouse droppings are usually an eighth to a quarter of an inch in length. They are also tapered at the ends and may look like dark grains of rice.

Regardless of what you may hear, determining how old rodent droppings are is difficult because the color often depends on the food source. The best…

Don't Let Your Leaves Pile Up!

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When the leaves start to fall, it's likely that those leaves will be left to pile up along your home's foundation and lawn. While they may seem harmless, leaf piles can be dangerous. Leaf piles can supply hiding places for all kinds of creatures, from centipedes to snakes. Most insects and other pests you may find in piles of leaves are relatively harmless, but some are not. Best Pest Control has listed some types of pests you may find in piles of leaves.


Centipedes
These pests are motivated by their hunger. They go wherever their hunger leads them. Centipedes are nocturnal. They like to stay hidden and stay close to the ground. Because of this, piles of leaves provide them with irresistible cover. Some centipedes are also equipped with powerful venom that can cause pain and in some cases an allergic reaction in some people.

Ticks
While summer is definitely tick season, ticks can still pose a threat during the cooler months, especially when the leaves begin to fall. Deer ticks…

5 Common Home Invaders of Missouri

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The weather is cooling, and the leaves are beginning to turn. What a wonderful time of year the Fall season is! But, with fall comes the onslaught of relentless pests trying to invade your home. They're seeking shelter for the winter months and your home is the ideal location providing warmth, darkness, and food. This week, Best Pest Control is sharing with you 5 common home invaders you'll likely run into this fall in Missouri.


House Centipedes
House centipedes like the cool, damp, environment found in places such as bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces. They feed on other insects such as a bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, termites, silverfish and other pests. Like most insects, they are very crafty when it comes to getting indoors. House centipedes will seek out a place that is warm and where they can hide and seek prey. They will get in under doors, through cracks and just about any opening. They are very small and narrow, so the space doesn’t have to be very big.
Millipede…

Kick Off the Official Fall Season with these Events!

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We at Best Pest Control are not quite ready for summer to be over just yet, but the season is wrapping up. Our calendars say today is the first official day of the fall season, so we guess it's time to embrace all that fall has to offer. At the Lake of the Ozarks, that's a lot! Check out some of the local events that'll kick off the fall season this weekend!


Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza
Sep 28, 2019
Ozarks Amphitheater
2629 MO Hwy 5
Camdenton Missouri 65020
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Lake of the Ozarks Family-Friendly Fall Event!
This year the event will host its first Pumkin Chunkin' Competition! There will be a "Largest Pumpkin Contest" and a"Best Decorated Contest" complete with awesome prizes. Enjoy this and more, complete with great MO microbrews and MO wines and tantalizing foods as you browse through all MO artisans and crafters. Throughout the day the stage will great live music all day. Lots for the young ones to enjoy - from bounce hou…

Gnats Driving You Nuts? We've Got the Solution!

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Is it just us or are the gnats relentless this time of year? It's like you smoosh one, and 3 more appear in its place. 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 …

6 Fall Maintenance Items Best Pest Control Can Help With!

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Although the first day of fall is September 23, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the season, especially if you're a second homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're thinking about getting your home ready for the fall season, here are the ways Best Pest Control can help!


Pest Control
Pest control may be the last thing on your mind once the summer ends, but pests don't go away during the fall. Many different insects like to seek out shelter to escape the cold, and that warm place may be your home. Termites also tend to swarm during the fall, so make sure your home is fully protected and call a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company.

Fall Lawn Care
Although you may not be mowing your lawn every weekend, there are still some things you need to do to make sure your lawn is prepared for the following spring. The leaves will soon be changing, and they will soon be covering your yard. Excess leaves on your grass can kill your lawn, be…