Barring another Polar Vortex, Utah’s winter is typical. Cold, brisk, marvelously sunny, it keeps the air crystal clean. But, June, July, and August will heat things up. The weather cycles in Weber, Morgan, and Davis Counties want reliable and efficient HVAC comfort systems. What’s a homeowner to do this time of the year?
Even a properly running HVAC system adds up to a large piece of the household electric bill. Keeping it running smoothly maintains the energy savings. It is rather simple: if the system is not running easily, the struggle costs money. So, it makes good sense to anticipate the problems and prevent others.
A professional certified Utah heating and air conditioning company has a wealth of knowledge to assist users in fixing these issues.
The system load refers to the amount of heating and cooling used. The load is key to determining the sufficiency of the system and the efficiency of its performance. Reducing the overall load saves in big and small ways.
Early spring is time for the maintenance visit and, perhaps, signing that Maintenance Agreement for the future.
Gerald Jackson is a savvy home improvement diyer. It was a passion that was developed from a young age while working on home appliances alongside his father. When he’s not improving homes, Gerald enjoys playing basketball with his buddies and traveling.
Utah State officials, and nature lovers alike, have been left wondering what has been killing off our beloved bald eagles. Now scientists at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) believe they have an answer.
Since the beginning of December 2013, some 27 bald eagles have been found dead, and scientists fear this number will continue to rise. Additionally, five other sick bald eagles are being treated at a DWR rehabilitation facility.
In a public statement, the DWR believes they have found an answer as to why our adored national bird is dying… West Nile Virus (WNV)!
Utah DWR lab tests confirm that Utah bald eagles are dying from West Nile Virus, contracted by eating other small birds known as grebes. Birds becoming infected with West Nile is actually very common, but we all hate to see it hit so close to home.
The good news is that these aquatic birds (grebes) that the bald eagles are feeding on, which are carrying WNV, should be done with there winter migration. These bald eagle deaths should just about be over.
If you find a dead bald eagle, or any other dead bird for that matter, it’s best to leave it alone; even if you cannot contract WNV from handling dead birds.
Infected mosquitoes transmit the West Nile Virus to birds; and Mosquitoes become infected by biting infected birds. It’s a vicious cycle. Some predatory birds, like the bald eagle in this case, that are predators can become infected with WNV after eating sick or dead birds that were already infected.
West Nile Virus has been detected in over 300 different species of birds, with crows and jays being the most susceptible.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever catch West Nile from a bird, but it is very possible that you can catch it from infected mosquitoes. When outdoors protect yourself by wearing clothing that covers your entire body; and spray yourself down with a mosquito repellant containing DEET. Mosquito activity is at its peek during the dusk hours, so limit your outdoor exposure during these times.
With the summer of 2013 now officially at an end, I thought I’d ask the exterminators at Bulwark Pest Control in St. George what pests they were receiving the most phone calls about this past summer.
These are the top three pests in St. George:
Cockroaches can cause so many different health problems, spreading bacteria, parasites and worms. In fact, germs that roaches pick up from consuming garbage and sewage are actually protected by a roaches’ body and can remain alive and active for weeks; allowing the dirty bugs to spread germs. It should come as no surprise, that roaches are called about quite frequently in St. George. In addition to being dirty disease spreading bugs, roaches are also very hardy and multiply like crazy. When you start to see a few of these inside your home or kitchen, it’s best to call a St. George roach exterminator before the problem grows.
Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial, gobbling up millions of Southern Utah pests by injecting a chemical that liquefies their victims; nobody wants to find one in their bedroom. Of all the different species of spiders found in St. George, the Black Widow spider is the most infamous. With her shiny black abdomen marked underneath by a bright red hour glass, the Black Widow spider is unmistakable. When a homeowner finds a few in his or her home, they know that they are dealing with this venomous spider. Frequent sightings of Black Widow spiders require professional St. George spider control.
A nation-wide survey was recently done by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in which participants were asked what pests they are experiencing the most. The number one response was ants. Those findings were equally shared by the residents of St. George, UT; as ants were the number one called about pests.
Carpenter ants, Field ants, Pavement ants, and Fire ants are all found in St. George. With St. George’s dry weather and moderate winters, it allows these ants to multiply and spread very rapidly. Serious infestations of these ants require professional St. George ant control.
If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing roaches, spiders, or ants of any kind, it’s time to call a St. George exterminator!
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The following infographic is an excellent resource for identifying a Brown Recluse; and what to do in the unlikely event of being bit by one of these dangerous spiders.
While the Brown Recluse spider is not commonly found in Southern Utah, there are other dangerous spiders that lurk. Some of these include the Black Widow Spider and the Desert Recluse. Even if the spider is not venomous or dangerous, like in cases involving Wolf spiders and common House spiders, you don’t want them in your St. George home, scurrying across your walls and floors.
If you are frequently seeing spiders inside your St. George home, or on your property, it’s time you solicit the help of a spider control professional. Get St. George spider control today!Bulwark Exterminating
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been warning us for years, and now they have confirmed the existence of Africanized or Killer Bees in St. George, Utah; and multiple areas of Southern Utah as well.
The Washington County commissioner has informed the public that the Killer bees were found in seven traps: three near St. George, and four in the Kanab area. After determining that the bees were in deed Africanized, they were quickly exterminated.
Frequently found in most of Arizona and Texas, Killer Bees have been inching closer and closer to Utah. It now looks like they are here; but as to what extent, it is unknown. Experts say there is nothing to be alarmed about; residents of St. George just need to be aware that the killer bees are now in Utah.
It is impossible for St. George residents to distinguish between Africanized Killer Bees and European honeybees by appearance, because both bees look the same. The only way to distinguish killer bees from other bees is their aggressive behavior. If killer bees are disturbed, the will viciously and relentlessly attack in swarms. These attacks can have deadly consequences.
If you happen to see a hive of bees, of any kind, stop in your tracks. Walk away calmly as to not alarm the bees. Like I said before, they may be Killer Bees, they may not. There is no way to tell for sure. Just be aware of the bees and the situation. If you do happen to see a bee colony near your St. George home, get professional help from a bee removal specialist.
To prevent any type of bee from making a hive near your home, take a few preventative measures. Make sure your home is not bee-friendly by cleaning up your property. Plug holes and hollow spaces in which Killer Bees like to build their nests.
The presence of killer “Africanized” bees is both a health and a safety risk to people and pets. Their presence can often time result in expensive damage to your property if their hive is not removed. Do not try to remove or exterminate the killer bees on your own, as attempts can be dangerous and even life threatening. Look to hire someone with professional training and protective equipment.
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The most popular state insect, of all the 50 US States, is the honey bee. In fact, the honey bee is the state insect of these 17 states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and of course… Utah.
Some of these states claimed honey bees as their state insect early on during statehood, and others decided more recently. As to which species of honey bee state legislators were referring to when they designated the honey bee the state insect; your guess is a good as mine. There are actually seven different recognized species of honey bees, with 44 subspecies. My guess is that these state legislatures were simply assigning the honeybee as a state insect in its truest and purest form. The genus Apis are only true honey bees recognized by scientists.
It’s understandable to see why so many states have claimed the honey bee as their official state insect. Honey bees are dynamic and hardworking insects. The largest companies in the world have would love to get just 10% of the honey bee’s work ethic out of their employees. Just like any thriving civilization (or dynamic corporate office for that matter), each honey bee has a designated role within the hive. Check this out; a honey bee would even give its own life for the preservation of the hive and the queen. Now that’s dedication!
In 1983, Utah designated the Western honey bee as the official state insect after a plea from a local fifth grade class. Utah is also known as the Beehive State; and designated the Western honey bee as the state insect, because it directly represents the hard work and dedication of a hive. In designating the Western honey bee as the state insect of Utah, the state would love for it’s citizens, and it’s society, to emulate that of a honey bee and their hives. In fact, the honey hive is so well respected that it even dons the Utah state flag.
Bees are an extremely beneficial group of insects, play key roles in pollinating flowering plants. There is even evidence that they can cure diseases like HIV. They are also social insects that live together in colonies or nests. Hive labor is divided and have a caste system composed of workers, queens, and males. During the warmer months, honey bees can be found about almost anywhere there are flowers in bloom.
Unfortunately, 14 deaths a year are caused by honey bee stings. Deaths resulting from a honey bee sting are only typical when the sting victim has an allergic reaction.
Author Bio: Anthony Ball writes blogs for Bulwark Exterminating, which is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in eleven cities, including St. George, Utah.
During the past few years US cities, including St. George, UT, have been dealing with a bedbug epidemic. Bedbugs have been found in Southern Utah apartment complexes, hotels, movie theaters, buses, nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and even Dixie State College. Property managers and tenants alike need to be able to identify bedbugs, know the best bedbug prevention measures, and know the Utah bedbug laws.
Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown in color, and are a flat, oval shape. After feeding on a blood meal, a bedbug will no longer be flat, but will appear engorged and swollen. They will also turn a darker red in color after eating a blood meal. Adult bedbugs are approximately ¼ inch in length. Bedbug larvae are much smaller.
In know it’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent bedbugs is to take caution when traveling and sleeping in hotels. Before crawling into an unfamiliar bed, thoroughly check the mattress seams and bedding for bedbug activity. Check the furniture, outlets, and baseboards for activity as well, as bedbugs like to hide there too.
If you do happen to bring home some blood-sucking bedbugs, professional pest control measures should be taken.
Currently, there are 22 states in the United States that have bedbug laws. As of 4/2013, there is only one law in Utah’s books that specifically addresses bedbugs. It’s important to note, that proposed bedbug legislation is continuously being brought to the table, and that the laws can change. The law reads as follows:
Utah Administrative Code Rule R392-200. Design, Construction, Operation, Sanitation, and Safety of Schools
Effective measures intended to minimize the presence of bedbugs on the premises shall be utilized. The premises shall be maintained so that propagation, harborage, or feeding of is prevented.
The purpose of this blog post is to provide general information to the residents of Southern Utah. If you are a landlord, tenant, or bedbug victim, seek the professional advice of a licensed St. George attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.McMullin Legal Group, PLLC
If you have the unfortunate task of battling bedbugs, don’t go at it alone. Instead, get the help of a licensed pest control professional. The same goes for battles against cockroaches, ants, spiders, and scorpions. Get pest control!
If you’ve lived in Southern Utah for long, you’ve likely had an unfortunate encounter with the Red Imported Fire ant. After making its unwanted debut in the late 1930’s, the fire ant has spread to most of the southern states. They sting, they bite, and they destroy property.
Red Imported Fire ants have red bodies, and black abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. There bodies are covered with long, bristly hairs.
Red Imported Fire Ant nests are easily identifiable because of their large mounds that protrude above the ground. These mounds reach heights of almost three feet high, and can measure two feet in diameter. Fire ant nests can also reach depths of over eight feet. These mounds cause significant property and environmental damage; damaging tree and plant roots, and electrical equipment in which they are attracted.
Red Imported Fire ants do bite, but they are well known for their painful stings. If a homeowner reports being stung by an ant, it’s safe to assume it’s a Red Imported Fire ant. No other species of North American ant can sting; although others will bite. Fire ants are very aggressive pests. If disturbed, hundreds of stinging worker ants will spill out of the nest in order to defend it. Pest control professionals and homeowners alike should take extreme caution when dealing with these malevolent ants.
Eliminating those pesky fire ants from your property is no easy task. If you opt for over-the-counter pest control products that come in aerosol cans to solve the problem, you’ll be disappointed. They don’t work. The fire ants will scatter, only to return to their nest when traces of the pesticides subside. Instead, seek the services of an ant control professional.
If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to control fire ants around your property, a pest control company who specializes in ant control is the way to go. These companies are up-to-date on all the effective methods used to control fire ants. They will provide a combination of baits, sprays, drenches, and granules; consistently. Their continual and effective strategy will eliminate the fire ants from your home.
In the world of insects, sometimes looking intimidating is enough to deter a predator. The shape and colors of insects say a lot about it’s adaptability and presence in the wild. In nature, bright colors are often a warning to stay away because of venom or poison, but this is not always the case since sometimes these merely act as decoys. Size and shape also serve to protect from and deter predators, but don’t mean that the insect is fearsome and aggressive.
To us humans, insects inspire responses ranging from revulsion to apprehension to total fear. Much of this comes from a natural dislike of bugs that crawl and buzz and fly. Since there are about 1.5 billion insects for every one of us, getting somewhat comfortable with this class of invertebrate may be important. Here are some insects whose creepy reputation outweighs their actual ability to do you harm.
These probably make the top of most lists of insects nearly everyone either actively hates, is generally revolted by, or would categorically avoid if nearby. While cockroaches are ugly and creepy looking, they don’t bite. Their only harm is the spread of bacteria, but this can be avoided in clean areas. One reason for their reputation as fearsome insects is that they are often found in large numbers and thus have the ability to truly disgust as a group.
Something about large, fast moving, flying, multi-colored insects inspires a nervous fear that we can’t overcome. Dragonflies are large and creepy looking, but totally harmless to humans. In fact, dragonflies do a lot of good by eating mosquitoes and other small destructive insects that pester you a lot more and are actually much more harmful.
These are pretty well known to be harmless to humans, but many people are afraid of contact with the garden insects. The praying mantis is quite hideous and has a fearsome disposition for smaller insects, but the worst you will get is a slight pinch by picking one up. Many a kid has even made a pet out of the praying mantis, so despite the loathsome appearance, these insects are quite docile.
These are large, stout beetles that look more intimidating than they actually are. They often have bright, metallic colored bodies and are scavengers for dung and decaying plant matter. The size and color of these beetles make them seem harmful, but they are harmless and will usually do everything they can to avoid you.
These arthropod insects can be both harmless and very deadly. For this reason, most people avoid contact with spiders. The assumption is that any spider you come across could bite you and potentially be venomous. Realistically, most spiders don’t have lethal venom and will not bite. Exercising caution is always a good idea around spiders, but the general rule is that by leaving them alone, they will leave you alone. Most spider bites result from carelessness or unintentionally getting too near a web.
Ben Vaughn writes on pest extermination in Utah and understanding insects and home infestation.
Cockroaches can ruin an otherwise perfect Valentine’s Day, even if you have taken the time to buy her expensive jewelry and roses. Cockroaches are a romance killer. Show her how much you love her this Valentine’s Day by getting roach control.