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Histroy of Morgan Pest Control

Morgan Termite & Pest Control was first started by H. Ray Morgan. Ray originally worked for Dewey Pest in California before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1948. While running pest control services out of his car, he held a part time job as a chef, Ray gradually built up enough of a clientele to support opening office, and in 1955 the first Morgan Pest Control office opened serving the greater Las Vegas area. 

Ray Morgan’s business grew very rapidly, due to his insistence on maintaining quality service for a reasonable price. So in 1962 Tay was able to open a branch office in St. George, Utah. Getting his entire family involved in maintaining the business helped to keep a strong familial atmosphere and excellent family values. Through all this dedication Morgan is now a leading pest control company throughout Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. 

Upon Ray’s death in 1984 the St. George location, which serves all areas, except the greater Las Vegas area, was passed on to Don Warner. 

In 2005, Don Warner retired and sold his St. George operation to Dave Kipp. Dave has been in the pest control industry since 1991 in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. After a couple of years he decided to venture out on his own and started Dead Aim Pest Control in 1995. He relocated his family to the St. George area and purchased Morgan Termite & Pest Control in April 2005. His philosophies of great customer service and the best technology in the business will be a continued success in the pest control industry.

In April of 2019 Morgan Termite & Pest Control’s St. George location bought the huge metal spider that was on display in the roundabout on main street. The first time Dave drove by that spider on main street he knew that he had to buy it and bring it down to the office. Well that didn’t happen right away. The days after they took that spider down Dave drove by and noticed that the spider was gone. He thought he had missed his chance to buy it. Well within the next few weeks he had made calls to the city and anyone else he thought would know if the spider had been bought. He came to find out that the city has an artist that puts their art up around the city for a certain amount of time and if it sells while on display the city gets some of the profit. Well the time had come to switch out the spider with something new and the spider was taken down and stored away. Dave finally found the artist and started the process to buy the spider and move it down to the office. 

Even though Morgan bought the spider in April it was stored in our  warehouse until we were able to set it up just under our sign. It was finally set up on May 8, 2019. Dave had finally got the spider down to his office. It is the perfect fit to go with what we do. However, we came up with a problem when people started visiting us. The one question that we always got asked was, “What’s the name of your spider?”. Well, thanks to the people of our town and others that we service in, they came up with names and then everyone voted on their favorite name. We now have a name for the spider. Her name is Dixie Long Legs. We love the name and now we are able to answer that question. 

Due to the dedication, hard work, and customer service values of Morgan Termite & Pest Control has become a major success in Southern Utah. At the helm of this company is Dave Kipp, constantly giving back to the community in the form of donating time and resources to local schools and organizations.

Morgan Termite & Pest Control is the largest pest control company available in the Southern Utah area and serves a majority of both commercial and residential customers. It is the intention, no, the mission of Morgan Termite & Pest Control to continue the growth of this company by adhering to the standards, quality service, and reasonable pricing.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Morgan Termite & Pest Control! We hope you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

-Morgan Termite & Pest Control

Termite Prevention Tips

There are two different types of termites that live in Southern Utah, Subterranean and Drywood Termites. These pests will destroy the wood on your home and it is important to inspect your home and property thoroughly for proper identification is the main key to control these pests. The process to treat these different kinds of termites is different for each type of termite and is very important to perform the proper treatment. 

Subterranean Termites:

These termites live underground and will build tunnels, referred to as mud tubes, to reach food sources. Like most other termite species, they feed on products that contain cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring, when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive and live underground. They can build tunnels through cracks in concrete to reach the wood structures of you home. 

Drywood Termites:

Unlike subterranean termites, Drywood termites don’t need contact with soil to survive or any other water source. Drywood termites live in dry wood, hence their name, that may be above ground level. Drywood termites build colonies in structural wood, fence and utility posts, furniture, moldings, door and window frames, and so forth. Because termite workers can be difficult to identify, species are often determined based on geographical locations, location of colony, and/or type of wood damage. Most often homeowners find these termites by the piles of debris found in window seals and under location of infestation.

Termite Prevention Tips:

  • Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which termites need to thrive.
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and exterior AC units. 
  • Repair soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes, or uneven/bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. 
  • Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, door frames and skirting boards for any noticeable changes. 
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between the soil and any wood portions of your home.
  • Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually. Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. 

Signs of Termites:

  • Quiet clicking sounds coming from the walls
  • Flying termites/ swarming termites
  • If you see White Ants (they aren’t ants they are most likely termites)
  • Hollow sounding wood when tapped on 
  • Mud tubes

Call Us:

If for any reason you feel you have termites in your home, please call and schedule an appointment so a Morgan technician can come and properly identify and solve any issues that are found. Don’t wait as the problem could get worse over time. If you have the littlest thought that you have termites call us at (435)673-9172.

Mice & Rats

Mice in Southern Utah? There are many different kinds of mice that live in southern Utah. Some of those include: Field Mice, White-Footed Mice, and Pack Rats. Field Mice live mostly in fields, hence the name. If you are building in what used to be a field, you could end up with field mice in your building. White-Footed Mice, can cause a virus that can be fatal to humans, that virus is called Hanta-virus. It is spread through their feces. These mice like to burrow in the ground to make their nests and are found mostly outdoors. Pack Rats are gray in color with white on their bellies, they can cause immense amounts of damage and are found often in rural areas. 

Rats found in southern Utah are the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus). The group is generally known as the Old World rats or true rats, and originated in Asia. Rats are bigger than most Old World Mice, which are their relatives, but seldom weigh over 500 grams (1 lb) in the wild. 

SIMILARITIES:

Mice and Rats are mostly color blind and have a sense of smell that is four times greater than that of a dog. Mice and Rats have many similarities including: they are both mostly nocturnal, they are usually the same colors (white, grey, brown, or black), they both have long tails, and they both have whiskers. There are many other similarities between mice and rats. 

DIFFERENCES:

Mice and Rats are not all that similar to each other. There are many differences between each of them including: most mice are a lot smaller than rats, rats will live longer than mice, rats have bigger ears than mice, mice will produce almost double the amount of droppings than rats do, mice have weaker teeth than rats, and mice trouts are more triangular than rats are. 

SIGNS:

If you are seeing or hearing any of the following signs that are given you may have mice or rats living with you in your home:

  • Droppings
  • Urine Odors
  • Gnawed Holes
  • Rodent Runways
  • Rodent Nestings
  • Rub & Gnaw Marks
  • Scampering Noises
  • Unusual Pet Behavior

HOW WE CAN HELP:

If you have seen any of the signs that were mentioned above around your house then give us a call and we will send out one of our trained and licenced technicians to get their expert opinion on whether you have mice or rats living with you. We can get rid of them for you so that you don’t have extra animals living at your home. 

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