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Don't Let Flies Ruin Your Summer!

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Backyard barbeques, swimming, and family fun outdoors... that could only mean one thing. Summer is here and so are the flies. If you've noticed an increase in the number of flies inside your home after the busy holiday weekend, it's probably due to the doors being left open, all that enticing food sitting out on your countertops, and the cool air conditioning welcoming those pesky pests.

You're probably more than ready for some relief from those buzzing nuisances. Although house flies are mostly harmless, they are very annoying. They are dirty pests and could even make you sick and can sometimes even bite your pets. Don't let flies ruin your summer fun! Best Pest Control has some tips to help you fight back.


Clean Counter Surfaces Well
To avoid flies, it's best to clean every surface with disinfectant. It's especially important to regularly clean the areas where you eat or cook like the kitchen or table. Bleach base or chlorine base cleaners are the best options…

Count on Best Pest Control for Your Pest Control Needs and More!

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If you've been looking for a solution to your pest problems, your search is finally over. You don't need to look any further because we've got you covered. Our expert team is trained to "get rid" of these annoyances. We have a defense against all the pests that effect central Missouri so you don't have to worry. Call us today for a free estimate. But pest control isn't the only thing we cover. Check out some of the other services we offer!


Organic Pest Control
We know it's important to you. We offer a full line of organic pest control products at Lake of the Ozarks to keep your family and your pets safe from not only from pests, but from hazardous chemicals too!

In addition to our pest control services include, we can assist with:
Lawn TreatmentsLeaf Blowing & RemovalWeed SprayingWinter Home Checks
Don't Forget About Your Dock!
We know you want to get on the water fast, not clean cobwebs and spider poo from your boat and boat dock. We also get ri…

4 Red Flags that Indicate a Termite Infestation

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Termites are serious pests that cause billions of dollars in damage to homes every year. Many homeowners aren't even aware that they have a termite problem until it's too late, and those structure eating pests have already caused tons of damage. Best Pest Control has over 25 years of experience under our belts, and termite inspection and treatment is one of our specialties. While routine annual termite inspections are the best way to determine if there's a problem, there are some telltale signs you should be watching for.


Watch for Swarmers
You will generally see these winged termites in the Spring when the weather is warming up and often after it rains. This is when the young leave their nests and head out to mate and start colonies of their own. They are small and very similar to flying ants, but there are ways to tell them apart.

TERMITES: 
straight waist
straight antennae
wings are the same length
shed their wings

ANTS:
pinched waist
bent antennae
wings are different leng…

DIY Solutions to Keep Ants Out of Your Home

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During the spring and summer months, it's common to find ants in and around your home. During rain storms, ants like to find shelter, and that is usually inside your house. They are always looking for food, so you will typically find them in your kitchen carrying away crumbs. The best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks has a handful of tips to help you keep these guys from taking over your home:


Discourage these Unwelcome Guests
Take a few simple preventative measures in your house to discourage unwelcome guests like ants.
Promptly clean up food spills before ants discover themStore ripe fruit in the fridge and all other food in airtight containersClean out trash cans (inside and outside)Keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food/water around themInspect indoor potted plants for any insect activity on a frequent basisNatural DIY Solutions
If you've got kids or pets at home, you probably don't like spraying chemical ant repellent all over your house. Here are a few…

Control Mosquitoes this Summer with Best Pest Control

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With the increasing temperatures and humidity rising, mosquito season is just around the corner. If you plan on spending any amount of time outside, you'll want to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Sometimes it takes more than bug spray to keep these pests at bay. Best Pest Control can spray your backyard and get rid of these annoying summer pests. In addition, we're sharing some tips to help you keep the mosquitoes at bay this summer.


Preventing Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in water, and not much water at that. A Frisbee or even a plastic water bottle cap can hold enough water for them to breed. To avoid mosquitoes from laying their eggs, take the following steps:
Find and remove any puddles of water or standing water around your home.Punch a hole in any unusable tires laying in the yard to prevent pools of water forming inside them.Dump and wipe out your bird bath every few days. The eggs can stick to the bottom of the bowl and survive in dry periods.Regula…

5 More Summertime Pest Control Tips

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Imagine having your nice backyard BBQ with family and friends interrupted by a swarm of mosquitoes or a trail of ants. Or having your guests stumble upon a cockroach or spider inside of your house. Best Pest Control knows it’s important to keep all sorts of bugs and pests away from your home both inside and outside. Last week, we talked about ways to prepare your home for summer fun. We thought it'd be a great idea to continue that conversation with these summer pest control tips from the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Keep Your Kitchen Clean
There’s nothing more appealing to ants and other bugs than a pile of crumbs on the counter or on the floor. While those crumbs may seem small to you, they are a large food source for tiny insects like ants. Make sure you’re not attracting unwanted critters by sweeping your floors, wiping down your countertops, and ensuring your food is put away and secured. You should also take the trash out regularly and keep it away fro…

4 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer Fun!

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Officially, the summer season doesn't begin until June 20, 2020. But for many, Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you live at the Lake full-time or you have a vacation home here, now is a great time to prepare your home for the busy summer ahead. Best Pest Control knows that the Lake will be filled with guests from out of town, outdoor BBQs and time spent on the water. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to help you get your home ready for your summer plans.
1. Prepare Your LawnYou're probably already making plans to spend time enjoying your backyard space. Make sure it's a place you want to spend time in. Mow your lawn ahead of time and trim back the trees and bushes. Pick up any leaves that may still be hanging around from the fall and winter and weed eat the edges of your lawn. Not only will this make your lawn look beautiful, it will also help keep any pests away. There’s nothing wors…

3 Common Questions About Bees

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Last week we talked about Yellow Jackets, Wasps, and Hornets. This week, we thought we'd continue the talk on stinging insects by covering bees. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumble bees. Contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to keep bees from becoming a burden to you. Best Pest Control can perform an inspection to accurately identify the offending bee and locate any damage. Below we answer 3 common questions about bees:


Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
This actually depends on what type of bee stung you. Honey bees, do indeed die after they sting you, but other bees can sting you and continue to live to find another victim. However, you don't have to worry about male bees stinging you. Only females are able to sting by pumping venom through a needle-like apparatus into the unfortunate receiver. Bees are able to grab and hold on to the victim's flesh while they sting you, but retract and …

Yellow Jackets, Wasps & Hornets.. Oh My!

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The ability to sting, coupled with their great mobility, makes Yellow Jackets, Hornets and wasps some of the most feared of all insects. Many species are present in every geographic region of Missouri. These species vary in aggressiveness and other behaviors, however, and only a few need to be feared. This doesn't make it any less of a problem for some people. So this week, Best Pest Control at the Lake of the Ozarks is sharing helpful information to help you more easily identify some of the more common buzzing nuisances found in Missouri.



Yellow Jacket
Yellow jackets are an aggressive species that live up to their name. They can easily be identified by the yellow and black bands on their bodies. All yellow jackets aggressively defend their nests and will be most aggressive in late summer and fall. Because yellow jackets forage for meats, sweets, ripe fruit and garbage, they pose a threat to humans even when they are not near their nests. They are usually a problem in picnic areas …

4 Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden

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If you have a garden, you most likely run into the problem of bugs making themselves at home in it. Before you call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company to get rid of them, check to see if they may actually be beneficial to your garden. There are many “pests” that can help defend your garden against other pests that could do a lot of harm to your plants. Here are 4 bugs that could be beneficial to your garden:


1. Ground Beetles
The ground beetle is a nocturnal insect that feeds on slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots and other pests that live in the soil. They typically live beneath mulch, around compost piles or around perennial plants. They will often create vertical tunnels that they use to trap prey. However, they typically wander around and feed at night. Ground beetles live long lives, compared to other insects, as they can inhabit a garden for more than a year.
2. Ladybugs
Ladybugs or lady beetles are one of the more beneficial insects to keep in your garden. In fac…

5 Springtime Pests To Look Out For

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After what seems like forever sitting indoors through the cold winter months, it's hard not to love the fresh sights and sounds of spring. Flowers are in bloom and birds are chirping, but it seems the pesky bugs have joined them as well. Even though there are some insects that can be beneficial to your garden, there are some that really know how to do some damage. A pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help identify and treat the ones that like to destroy our outdoor spaces and cause havoc. Here are some things to look out for:

Pests in Your Vegetable Garden There are several different types of worms, beetles, and other crawly insects that can feed on a fruitful garden in no time. These insects love a ripe, juicy tomato plant as much as any avid gardener. Defensive measures can be taken such as growing "companion plants" that keep pests away from your main crop. However, once an infestation occurs, redirecting them won't work. A Lake of the Ozarks pest …

Keep Your Lawn & Garden Looking Gorgeous with Best Pest Control Services!

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With spring officially here, maintaining your lawn and garden will soon become a full-time job to keep it healthy and looking lush. At Best Pest Control, we do more than tackle those unwanted pests around your home and yard. We can also take care of your lawn service at the Lake of the Ozarks. From performing a lawn evaluation and setting up a proper treatment schedule to preventative pest control, we can do it all. Here are some issues that the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks can take care of:


Pests
If you have pests causing problems to your yard, it should be relatively easy to identify. A pest infestation usually affects a widespread area and will be visible on the surface or if you roll back a little bit of the grass. Animals such as skunks, raccoons, birds, and moles start digging up the turf to feed on grubs beneath the surface.

Moles
Moles can create quite a mess, leaving their tunnels all over your yard. You know you have a mole problem if you discover visi…

Your Quick Hit Household Guide to Preventing Pests

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Spring has finally arrived and the pests are now waking up. If you are tackling home improvements, you can avoid a pest infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks by adding some things to your to-do list. With the help of the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, you can maintain a healthy living environment and ward off pests this spring. Here is a household guide of things you can do to avoid a pest infestation this spring:


Kitchen
Your kitchen can become a common gathering place for ants. This is because the kitchen provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants march through your home in search of crumbs or overripe fruit sitting on the counter top and sticky residue from spilled liquid. To make your kitchen less attractive to ants, keep your kitchen clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Here are some other things you can do to try to keep ants at bay:
Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flourWipe down the inside of your cabinets and install fresh shelf …