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How Seasons Affect Insects

Do you know where insects go during the winter to keep warm? You may also be wondering why you get more ants in your home in the winter? Well the weather affects insects differently all year round. 

Temperature and moisture are the biggest factors that affect insects. Most insects do hide away during the winter, however if the temperature goes back and forth between freezing and thawing then this could result in the insects coming out earlier. 

Ants and insects will come into your home at any season, but at certain times the activity could increase.

Winter

Winter months is a time of hibernation and survival for pests. The pests don’t like the cold weather and have a hard time surviving if it gets too cold. The cold weather forces pests to find their own shelters and homes. Some pests will look for shelter outdoors, while others will look for shelter indoors. To keep pests out of your home during the winter you need to prepare during the fall. 

Spring

With the weather warming, pests are starting to come out of their warm shelters. The spring rain will flood the ants homes and force them to look for new ground higher up. Spring is the time that most insects are awakening and mating. Spring is also the beginning of swarming season for termites. A lot of pests will start to move outdoors during the spring in search of mates. 

Summer

During the summer while you are having your backyard parties with everyone, the pests are looking to join in on the fun. However, that is probably not your idea of fun. During the summer months the insects are out more because of the hotter weather. Bees, wasps, and other stinging insects are more active during the summer because of the moisture from the spring months. 

Fall

Fall is a time of preparation for a lot of pests to get ready for the cold winter months coming up. There are a couple common fall bugs that are looking to invade your home during the fall months. Some of these fall bugs include ladybugs, box elders, and spiders. During fall months it is the best time to prepare your home from all the pests looking to come inside for the winter months. 

Rainy Weather

The more it rains during the spring and summer, the more ants you will find in your home. When it rains a lot, the rain will flood the ants homes and then they will come looking for a dry place to live, like your home. Most of the time they will come in an army of ants to find a new home.

Dry Weather

If there is a drought or a long dry period the ants will also come into your home. Most of the time however they aren’t looking for a place to live. The dry weather messes up their food supply and they are in need of finding a new source of food. They might even move their homes closer to yours so that they have faster and easier access to your food. However, you probably won’t see as many ants as you would during rainy weather. 

Getting Ready

Don’t chance the fact that during the winter pests won’t come into your homes. Ongoing yearly pest control services will keep them out. Keep your food stored in airtight containers and keep your kitchen clean of all crumbs, even the ones you can’t see. Call Morgan Pest Control to start pest control service at your home. 

Preparing for Pest Control

You just got back from a nice family vacation and you come into the kitchen to find ants… All over the kitchen, mostly coming out around your sink. This is the last thing you want to deal with just getting off vacation. You could always find some DIY options to try and get rid of them or you could call Morgan Pest Control and have our trained techs come out to get rid of them for you. Here are some tips that will make it not only easier on our techs but it could have a better chance at keeping the ants away after we have left. 

Preparing for Ant Control Services:

Prior to arriving at your home most companies will leave you with a few steps to complete before the techs get to your house. These steps are there to make it the safest place we can while we are treating the ants and to make our techs job easier. For these reasons most companies will not treat areas that were not properly prepared beforehand.  

  1. Wipe counters, sweep floors, and clean up any spills that are in the kitchen to reduce the ants food source. 
  2. Vacuum the floors to pick up ALL the crumbs, especially the ones you can’t see.
  3. Store all your food in pest-proof containers.
  4. Empty trash regularly.
  5. Wash dishes and/or run the dishwasher regularly.
  6. Never leave any pet food out after the pet has finished eating. 
  7. If you recycle always rinse containers out thoroughly.
  8. Be prepared to answer any questions that the techs may have, including where you have been seeing the ants or where they have been in the past. 

After the Pest Control Service:

  • Be patient. The bait will not immediately kill the ants, the bait will take time to kill the ants. Baiting is the best way to get rid of the entire colony of ants. 
  • Do not spray any insecticides or kill any ants that you see. The ants that you will see, need to continue eating the bait and taking it back to the colony. Do not kill them, they will die on their own. 
  • Avoid using any strong cleaners, especially near any of the bait. You could get rid of the ants pheromone trail that the rest of the ants are using to find the bait. 
  • Leave all the ants that are heading towards or away from the bait alone. They will bring some of the bait back to the queen the queen will also die from the bait.

The Spider has been Named

Most of you know about the spider that was on display in the roundabout on main street, well we, Morgan Pest Control, had the opportunity to buy that spider and move it down to our office. It is the perfect fit to go along with our company. We have so many people stopping by to take pictures with it and they always seem to have the same question in mind. “What’s the name of the spider?” Well, thanks to everyone that submitted their favorite names, the spider now has a name of its own!

 

For just over a month we have asked everyone that could, to submit a name on our Facebook or Instagram page for a chance to win up to $3,000. We thought that since spider go so great with the holiday Halloween that what better time than to announce what the name of the spider would be. So here we are on Halloween naming our spider! So without further ado the spider’s name is…. 

Dixie Long Legs

 

Now that we have a name for the spider, do you see that green sign in the picture under our big red Morgan sign? Well we are going to strip that sign out and replace it with a sign that says: “Home of the World Famous Spider, Dixie Long Legs”. So that everyone that comes to visit will know the name of the spider! We aren’t sure the exact date that the sign will be replaced because it still has to be made and then later replaced but as you drive by keep checking that green sign to see if it has been changed out yet. 

 

We would like to thank everyone that entered a name into our contest. We had so many great names that would fit with the spider so well but unfortunately we could only give the spider one of those names, which all of you got to vote for in the end. Thank you for having some fun with us and coming up with the name. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors that made it possible to have more than one winner.

Thank you:

  • Peppers Cantina
  • Roy’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Sweet Rolled Tacos
  • Red Robin
  • Crumble Cookies
  • 700 Degree Pizza
  • Tuacahn Amphitheatre
  • Hurst General Store
  • Chick-fi- a
  • Durango’s Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fiiz Drinks
  • Dixie Bowl
  • Great Harvest
  • Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash
  • Dixie Direct Savings Guide
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Minky Couture
  • Brigham’s Playhouse

 

Voting

The time has come, we have chosen the top 10 names that we think would go great with the spider. Voting starts today!! Visit our website to vote for your favorite name or head to our office to vote. If you come down to our office to vote if you will receive a trick or treat bag from Morgan Pest Control. When we run out of those treat bags we are out and will not have anymore, so hurry down! 

 

Voting Dates:

October 28, 2019 @ 7:00 a.m — October 29, 2019 @ Midnight 

All times are MST 

 

Top 10 Names that were chosen:

  • Cuddles
  • Morganator
  • Archie
  • Bitsy
  • Dixie Long Legs
  • MorgAntula
  • Hugh Jarachnid
  • Arch”Ned”
  • Bubba
  • Morgie

 

Go vote right now!!!

 

We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us with prizes for the top ten winners. Those sponsors are:

  • Peppers Cantina 
  • Roy’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Sweet Rolled Tacos
  • Red Robin
  • Crumble Cookies
  • 700 Degree Pizza
  • Tuacahn Amphitheatre
  • Hurst General Store
  • Chick fil a
  • Durango’s Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fiiz Drinks
  • Dixie Bowl
  • Great Harvest
  • Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash
  • Dixie Direct Savings Guide
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Minky Couture
  • Brigham’s Playhouse

Scorpions

Scorpions

Scorpions are nocturnal, meaning they are mostly active at night time. They don’t like the cold, so they don’t usually come out until it’s about 60 degrees or so. There are two common types of scorpions: The Desert Hairy Scorpions & Bark Scorpions. The desert hairy scorpions aren’t very venomous, their stings are just as bad as a bee sting. They burn for a short period of time but the pain will fade away pretty fast. They are found in large quantities in the Little Valley; Washington Fields area, here in St. George. Though there are other places where they are prominent as well. They are a light tannish/yellowish color. The bark scorpions on the other hand are very poisonous. These are a light brown color.  It’s very difficult to tell the difference between the two different types though. If you have any questions on what kind of scorpion you have at your home, kill it and then bring it into our office and we can identify if for you. 

Scorpions Homes:

Scorpions can be seen in many different types of habitats. However, most scorpions will prefer to live in the deserts and semi-arid regions. Most scorpions like to hide out under logs, rocks, boards, and clutter. Some, such as the bark scorpions, will rest on vertical surfaces like trees, bushes, and walls. They like the warmer temperatures and are mostly found in rocks and dirt, especially when moving to get ready to build on a dirt lot. 

Scorpions Food:

Scorpions eat a lot of different insects, spiders, lizards, and even some other scorpions. They can also eat small mammals, such as mice. Scorpions will use their pincers to capture and crush their prey. Scorpions largely depend on water, however they can survive for months without any food. 

Scorpion Hunting:

There are a bunch of different ways to reduce the amount of scorpions that you see in and around your house, however you will not be able to get rid of every single scorpion. Morgan Pest Control has a stronger pesticide that we can use to knock down the amount of scorpions that are around but we will not guarantee that you won’t see any more. You could also get a black light from us and go out and have some fun killing them on your own. Black lights are really fun to use to find scorpions at night. The black light will make the scorpion glow a bright green color that makes it really easy to see.

***CONTEST HAS BEEN CLOSED***

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a name for the #morgansnamethespider contest!! ***CONTEST HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED*** We are now going to take this next week, October 20, 2019 – October 27, 2019, to meet up and discuss ten names that we think would fit best with the spider. On October 28, 2019 @ 7:00 a.m. (mst) we will open up voting to everyone that is willing to vote on their favorite name. Voting will then go until October 29, 2019 @ Midnight. Voting will be on our website or down at our office. However, if you come down to our office you will receive a trick or treat bag from Morgan Pest Control. When we run out of those treat bags we are out and will not have anymore, so hurry down! 

We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us with prizes for the top ten winners. Those sponsors are:

  • Peppers Cantina 
  • Roy’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Sweet Rolled Tacos
  • Red Robin
  • Crumble Cookies
  • 700 Degree Pizza
  • Tuacahn Amphitheatre
  • Hurst General Store
  • Chick fil a
  • Durango’s Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fiiz Drinks
  • Dixie Bowl
  • Great Harvest
  • Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash
  • Dixie Direct Savings Guide
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Minky Couture
  • Brigham’s Playhouse

Why Morgan Pest Control?

Do it Yourself Pest Control vs. Professional Pest Control

When you are having problems with bugs or spiders what do you think to do? Do you think about trying to find a DIY concoction to get rid of them? Or, Do you call Morgan Pest Control that can send our trained and licensed technicians out to get rid of them for you? We will send out our trained technicians and you will not have to worry. We have better pesticides and our treatments could cost less in the long run. We can tell you that calling us will turn out better for your situation in the long run. 

No Worries:

When we send out our trained technicians you won’t need to do much of anything, there are a couple things you could do to get ready for them but you don’t have to worry about how you are going to get rid of all the bugs.

Trained Technicians:

Our technicians are well trained and licensed and know exactly what to do with your situation. We take a lot of pride in seeing that our customers are treated with great customer service. All of our techs are trained and have a lot of knowledge when it comes to pest control.

Better Pesticides:

There are many DIY pesticides/concoctions out there that people always say are the best working stuff out there. Well then you try it and it was a complete waste of time. Not with our pesticides. We know the exact amount that needs to be put down and when pesticides will work best with your situations. 

Less Risks:

By doing DIY pest control you may not know about the chemicals you are putting down and that some of those chemicals might not be safe. Morgan Pest Control knows all about the chemicals they are putting down and know what amount can be toxic to the human body. We are trained to know what chemicals to use and how much of it we need to use. 

Cost Less:

You may think that putting down a few dollar mouse traps or setting out a couple of $6 ant traps will be cheaper than calling in an expert pest control provider, but the reality is that most DIY pest treatments are short-lived fixes.  By the time you realize the DIY remedies haven’t worked, a pest infestation may have blossomed. The problem is now out of control and professional treatment may be more expensive.

Free Callbacks:

If our services didn’t turn out the way that you thought they would and we need to come back out to make it better please let us know. There is typically not a charge, depending on the situation. We want you to have the best experience with us and if it isn’t then we want to know so that we can make it better. 

Call Us:

Call us at (435)673-9172 if you are wanting to switch from your DIY concoctions and go with Morgan Pest Control. We will get rid of any pest control problems and answer any questions you may have. 

Stink Bugs, Fall Leaves, Pumpkins: Signs of Fall

During the spring and summer you are almost always outside and you want the outside of your home to look nice. Whereas, during the fall and winter months your time is mostly spent inside and you want the inside of your house looking good. 

The weather is getting colder, tree branches are becoming bare, and landscaping at  your home are not as critical as in those other months. However, ignoring the outside of your home during the fall and winter months can create an open invite for a lot of different pests who are also looking to stay warm somewhere. 

Fall Bugs & Pests

Seasons change and with those seasons pests will come and go. Overwintering pests start to make their way indoors to keep warm in the cooler temps. While “summer” pests, stick around until they find a new place to go. 

 

Rodents

Your #1 priority this fall should be making sure that your rodent control and exclusion are under control. Fall bugs aren’t the only pests looking for a warm place to live. 

Most rodents are looking for a dark place that is undeserved to hide out in for the winter. Some of these places include: walls, closets, pantries, attics, etc. are inviting. If you can see droppings or gnawing marks in any of these places these are signs of problems. 

 

Occasional Fall Bugs

  • Stink Bugs – Stink bugs can mostly be found in the walls. Stink bugs will start making their way inside as we get farther into the fall season. They are wanting a nice cozy and warm place to live for the next 4-6 months. Once they get into your home it is impossible to get rid of every single one, so make sure to check for entering points on your home. 
  • Lady Beetles (aka Ladybugs)
  • Box Elders

 

Fall Maintenance Tips

Here are some quick and easy tips on how to make sure your landscaping is well maintained and pest-free for the fall and winter months ahead. 

 

Firewood

Some pests like to hide out in the woodpiles and the damp ground that is beneath the wood. Keep firewood stacked on an elevated surface and as far away from the home as possible.

 

Decorations

Everyone loves to decorate their homes for the fall season. From Halloween decorations to Thanksgiving decorations this is the time to get your home ready for the holidays. Unfortunately, some of the decorations that you put out could be attracting pests to your home and giving them access points to the inside of your home.  

 

Which Decorations Bring in the Pests?

While bringing out all of your decorations, it is best if you check them to make sure that there aren’t any pests that were already living on them or in their boxes. Take everything outside to dust off and make sure you aren’t binging the pests inside your home. 

Decorations pests may be hiding out in include:

  • Straw Piles 
  • Firewood 
  • Scarecrows
  • Spider webs
  • Pumpkins 
  • Gourds

Enjoy your holidays pest free by trying to put the least amount of these decorations up in or at your home. Watch for signs of problems that could be in your home so that you can take the proper steps to get rid of them as quickly as possible. 

Pest Proofing

10 Ways to Keep Unexpected Guests Out of Your Home 

One of the BEST  ways to keep pests out is to deny their entry, a procedure known as pest proofing. There are many ways to do this, most are pretty easy to accomplish. Taking these steps before they end up inside can greatly reduce the amount of pests you see inside your home.  Here are just a few steps to deny their entry:

1.Seal & Repair Openings:

Go around the exterior of your home with caulk and search for any cracks or openings that any pests will be able to get through and into your home. Especially look around utility openings, where wires or pipes are coming out of. 

2. Keep a Clean Kitchen:

A lot of the pests that come into your home are looking for food. If you keep your kitchen clean, especially vacuuming up crumbs like once a week, the pests won’t be able to find your food. 

3. Clean up the Yard:

Pests are smart and they know how to use tree branches that are close to a house as a bridge to get onto the house and then to find an opening to get into a house. Keep trash bins and compost heaps covered and away from the house. 

4. Repair Gaps & Tears in Window/Door Screens:

Making sure there are no tears in window or door screens will reduce the amount of flying pests that you see in your home. Some pests can still fit through the mesh and the only way to keep those out is to keep the windows or doors shut. 

5. Install Door Sweeps:

While lying on the floor, check for any sunlight that is coming from under the door. If you can see any you might want to add a door sweep so that the pests can’t crawl through under the door. Inspect the corners also, this is where they will enter the most. 

6. Keep your Pets Food Cleaned up:

Once again most pests are looking for food. Whether you feed your pest outside or inside, make sure that there isn’t a mess left after your pet is done eating. Pet food will attract a lot of pests. 

7. Store Boxes Off the Floor:

Storing boxes off the floor in your home will prevent pests from getting inside those boxes and making their own home in the stuff that you are storing. Try to store boxes on shelves in your home. 

8. Store Firewood Away from Home:

Some pests like to hide out in the woodpiles and the damp ground that is beneath the wood. Keep firewood stacked on an elevated surface and as far away from the home as possible.

9. Check Attic & Crawl Space Vents:

Normal window screens are not strong enough to keep like squirrels out. To prevent squirrels and other pests use ¼” hardware cloth on the outside, followed with small mesh screening on the inside. 

10. Call Morgan Pest Control:

After doing all, if not most of these things, call Morgan Pest Control to have one of our trained and licensed technicians come out and spray your house. Either the exterior or interior or both you just let us know what you would like. 

Pests are certainly not something that people want to live with them, therefore it is important to take the necessary steps to pest proof your home the best you can. Deny the entry of those little pests the best you can. Keep your unexpected guests out and enjoy living in your home.

Naming the Spider

Most of you know about the spider that was on display in the roundabout on main street, well we, Morgan Pest Control, had the opportunity to buy that spider and move it down to our office. It is the perfect fit to go along with our company. We have so many people stopping by to take pictures with it and they always seem to have the same question in mind. “What’s the name of the spider?” Well we don’t have one yet but that’s what we need your help with. We are going to run a little contest called, Name the Spider Contest, we need all of you to come up with one of your favorite names for the spider and enter in our contest. We will be posting the contest on Facebook, Instagram, and our website. 

 

Entering:

To enter this contest all you have to do is go to either our Facebook, Instagram, or our website and submit the name you want for the spider. You could win $1,000 just by entering a name if you are the winner. Then if you come down and take a selfie with the spider and post it to your social media pages and use the hashtag #morgansnamethespider you could win another $1,000 if you are the winner. But that’s not it, you could win another $1,000 if you are a annual customer on or before October 11, 2019 @4:30pm. That’s all that you have to do to be entered to win up to $3,000. 

 

Dates:

September 19, 2019 @5:00 pm — October 19, 2019 @6:00 pm — Naming 

October 28, 2019 — October 29, 2019 — Voting 

October 31, 2019 @9:30 a.m. — Winner Announced

All Times are MST

This contest will start September 19, 2019 and you will have just over 4 weeks to submit your names, until October 19, 2019. Then us as a company will take a couple days to pick the top 10 names that we feel would go great with the spider and we will then put those 10 names out at our office and we want you guys to come down on October 28, 2019 and October 29, 2019 to vote for your favorite name. Now for when we announce the winner, we have been thinking about what would be the best day to announce and we thought that Halloween would be the best day because it goes perfectly along with the holiday. So the winner will be announced October 31, 2019.

Prizes:

The winner of the contest will win up to $3,000 cash prize. But that is not the only winner of this contest. The runner upper will receive ONE Year of free pest control services and the new Dixie Direct Savings Guide. But those aren’t the only winners either. The 10 names that were picked to vote on, all 10 of those people will receive a prize. The other 8 winners will receive some other prizes equaling up to $50. 

These prizes could include places like:

  • Peppers Cantina 
  • Roy’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Sweet Rolled Tacos
  • Red Robin
  • Crumble Cookies
  • 700 Degree Pizza
  • Tuacahn Amphitheatre
  • Hurst General Store
  • Chick fil a
  • Durango’s Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fiiz Drinks
  • Dixie Bowl
  • Great Harvest
  • Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash
  • Dixie Direct Savings Guide
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Minky Couture
  • Brigham’s Playhouse