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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

10 Things to Know About Ants

Ants are really big in Utah. There are a lot of these insects in Utah but the 3 most common types are Carpenter Ants, Pavement Ants/Sugar Ants, and Little Black Ants.

Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants get their name from their nasty habit of creating nests within the wood parts of buildings, during which they chew the wood and create holes. This can weaken the building over time but unlike termites carpenter ants don’t eat it. 

Pavement Ants/Sugar Ants: The pavement ant/sugar ant are typically the ones you see crawling along the cracks and seams on sidewalks and pavement.  Pavement ants/sugar ants are omnivores and will eat almost anything. They like to feast on other insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts, ice cream, and cheese. 

Little Black Ants: When these ants are seen indoors they are typically first seen in the Kitchen, Bathroom, or Laundry Room but can spread to other areas rapidly. Little black ants will form multiple colonies with multiple queens and eggs laid by a queen can take just 10 days to hatch. This can make little black ants more difficult to get rid of than other species. 

10 Questions about Ants

1.Why are ants important?

Ants play a huge role in the environment. They turn and aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots. Ants eat a wide variety of organic materials and provide food for many different organisms. 

2. How do ants communicate with each other?

When ants need to communicate with each other they will use at least one of these. Scent, their antennas are how they receive a message, like our nose we use to smell. Touch, what they touch and use to show is a way of communication. Body Language, they can tell other ants just by lightly touching or stroking the receiver in different ways. And lastly they use sounds, they make sound that mean certain things to each other. 

3. Are ants dangerous?

Most ants that you find in your home are unlikely to be harmful unless they are fire ants. Large amount of fire ant bites can be harmful to a human being, causing massive anaphylaxis and eventually death.

4. Will ants eat plants?

Ants like to eat the sweet nectar from flowering plants and honeydew waste from aphids. Although ants can become a healthy part of your garden’s ecosystem, they can also cause destruction by eating your plants and any fruit that they may produce.

5. How long do ants typically live?

This depends on the type of ant it is. Unlike some insects that only live a couple of days or even hours, ants typically live anywhere from 4-12 months. Some can live up to 15 years!

6. If ants don’t have lungs, how do they breath?

Ants are so small that they don’t have a respiratory system. Therefore, they don’t have lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. Ants have holes throughout their bodies that take in oxygen so that the oxygen can circulate throughout the whole body.

7. What is the average amount of ants on the earth?

There is an estimate of 1 million ants for every one human. Ants outnumber humans big time, just imagine if they were our size they would rule the humans. With both of their intelligence, adaptability, and the number, they could dominate over us if only they were a little bit bigger.

8. Can ants swim?

Ants can doggy paddle throughout water to swim. They are able to hold their breath for a very long period of time. When it floods, ants will build their own boats to survive through the water. They are very smart survivors. 

9. How long have ants been around?

Ants have been around for about 130 million years. They were here when the dinosaurs existed, this means they know more about dinosaurs than humans do. Through millions of years of evolution, they have evolved into highly advanced creatures that are as complex as human beings. 

10.  Do I have ants or termites?

It can be very hard to tell the difference between ants and termites. Ants second pair of wings will be smaller than their first ones, whereas termites wings will all be the same length. Termites also have a broad waist, where ants will have a slender waist. These are the main ways to tell the difference. 

Spring is here!

Hey everyone tis the bug season, with the weather warming up the creepy crawlies become more active. So if you haven’t signed up for regular pest control hopefully you put it on your to do list. Don’t let the inactivity of winter fool you, already our town has been swarmed by both grasshoppers and false cinch bugs alike. So get your home protected with the Morgan Pest Control guarantee sign up today!