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5 Pests You'll Likely Run Across this Summer

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Summer is the time when everyone is out and about, and that includes the bugs! Having a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company come out and spray your home regularly can help control these summer pests. Although you should have your home sprayed before the start of the summer season, it is not too late! Best Pest Control can take care of all your pest control needs, including these 5 annoying insects you spot this time of the year.

Japanese Beetles Japanese beetles emerge as adults in late June or early July, and they are very destructive. They are skeletonizers as they feed on the soft foliage of trees and bushes. However, there’s never just one. They feed in groups of at least 25 beetles. They will mate and lay eggs until mid-August. Making sure these pests are under control in the summer is important as the larvae eat the roots of grasses in the winter months. Ants Ants are probably the number one pest control problem in the country. They will come out during the beginning of the s…

5 Common Missouri Weeds and How to Avoid Them

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Whether you’re trying grow a bountiful garden or if you’re trying to keep a clean cut lawn, weeds in the summer can get in the way of your yard and garden goals. If your yard has soil that is filled with clay, weeds are likely to flourish and kill your grass or plants. In Missouri, weeds aren’t hard to find in the summertime and may become hard to get rid of. In this week’s blog, Best Pest Control will discuss some common Missouri weeds and how to avoid them.


Common WeedsDandelions
While these weeds produce bright yellow flowers that turn into balls of fluff that are perfect for making wishes, they can choke off your plants and flowers in your yard. Dandelions are a perennial broadleaf. White clover, thistle, violets and chickweed are also included in this category of weeds. Their roots spread wide underground and their jagged leaves can spread out from the base of the weed as far as ten inches, making them hard to get rid of.

Marestail
Also known as horseweed, marestail is a fast spre…

July 20-28 is National Moth Week!

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The last week in July is National Moth Week! It's a whole week devoted to learning about and observing the different species of moths. Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 species of moths, and there are quite a few that call the state of Missouri home. To celebrate National Moth Week, here are the different species that are found in Missouri.


Cecropia Moth
These moths may look like butterflies, but they have stout, hairy bodies and feathery antennae. The body is red with a white collar and white bands on the abdomen. From above, the overall color of the wings are dark brown or gray, with a reddish patch at the base of each forewing. The Larvae are large and bluish-green.

Banded Tiger Moth
The adults usually rest with the wings held over their bodies or flat out to the sides. The forewings are mostly black with cream-colored marking and the hindwings usually have reddish marking and a broad black border. You'll usually see them at night congregating around …

Fun Facts About Beetles Common to Lake Of the Ozarks

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It's summer here at the Lake of the Ozarks, which means that pesky bugs are all over the place. One of the most common pests we see here at the Lake is beetles. From June bugs to Japanese Beetles, they come in all shapes and sizes and they are everywhere. Best Pest Control took a look at some fun facts about these pests we'll be seeing all summer long.


Beetles are the largest group of living organisms. 
One out of every four animals on earth is a beetle. When you add in plants, one out every five known organisms is a beetle. Scientists have found over 350,000 species of beetles and there are still more to be discovered! Some scientists estimate that there may be as many as 3 million beetle species living on the planet. The order Coleoptera (the insect order the beetles are in) is the largest order in the entire animal kingdom.

Beetles are EVERYWHERE! 
You can find beetles almost anywhere on the planet from the North Pole to the South Pole. From the deserts to the beaches and fro…

Keep Your Lawn Looking Great this Summer

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During the Summer months, it can be hard to keep your lawn healthy. Between random storms and hot, humid days, your lawn may need some work. Best Pest Control doesn’t just keep pests at bay, we also help with lawn care maintenance at Lake of the Ozarks! Here are some easy lawn care tips to help your grass stay healthy during the summer months.


Mow Your Lawn to the Right Height 
During the summer, you want to keep your lawn a little taller than normal. Having your lawn tall will help shade the soil so it doesn’t dry out. This will lead to your lawn having deeper roots, and it will prevent weed seeds from germinating.

Water Appropriately
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently for the healthiest grass. Your lawn needs at least an inch of water on a weekly basis, and more if there is severe heat. Keep a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of rainfall to prevent overwatering your lawn.

Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp
Dull lawn mower blades damage your lawn by tearing the grass up, leaving op…