Our Bearded Dragon Likes to Hide!

As I was walking past our Bearded Dragon, “Draco’s” enclosure, I had to do a double take. I ran to grab my camera because I have not seen him hide like this before. I was talking to him while taking the photo and in the second picture below he seemed a little mad that I found him. Sorry Draco!

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Bat Exclusions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Nuisance Bats and Birds Driving You, Well, Batty? Are bats the latest unwelcome visitor in your home or office building? Are bat and bird droppings causing you to worry about your health, your kids’ health, even your pets’ health? Are these bats and birds damaging your property?

Bird and Bat Droppings: Health Hazards Waiting to Happen. You’re right to be concerned about the problems caused by bird and bat droppings. Besides the unsightly mess, droppings cause property damage and pose health risks. Pigeon and bat droppings contain uric acid. This acid eats into the surface it drops on. Painted surfaces, canvas awnings, signs, and other similar materials are most likely to be affected. Dried droppings contain many fungal and viral diseases that pose health risks as well (think of your kids and pets playing in the backyard). Histoplasmosis, encephalitis, meningitis, and salmonella are just a few of the common viral and bacterial diseases that have been associated with bird droppings.

Ford’s to the Rescue: Safe and Effective Bird and Bat Removal When You Need It Most. At Ford’s Hometown Services, we tailor a bird or bat exclusion program to meet your specific needs. We always use the latest and most effective humane bird and bat removal methods—methods that work for your home or office building over the long term.

From a few birds and bats to large habitations, we have the expertise to capture and exclude birds, bats, and other wildlife nuisances from homes and commercial buildings. A big thank you to our wildlife specialist Brian Jarvis for the photos!

Call us at 800-649-9992 when you first see signs of trouble.

Ford’s Hometown Services…The Best in Pest Control and Lawn Care for Over Sixty Years.

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Head Lice

At Ford’s Hometown Services, we often get walk-in’s with insects to be identified. This is a service we provide free of charge. This little pest was brought in for identification. Under a microscopic camera, it didn’t take long to identify the pest as head lice. It surprised me that my coworker Donna knew so much about them. As it turns out as a hairdresser she was trained how to recognize signs of an infestation. Head lice are not something a pest control company will need to spray for because it is the host that needs treatment. It is best to consult a physician or pharmacist for treatment recommendations. I also learned from Donna that head lice prefer clean hair over hair that may have styling products in it. I learn something new every day.

Causes & Symptoms

Head lice infect hair on the head. Tiny eggs on the hair look like flakes of dandruff. However, instead of flaking off the scalp, they stay put.

Head lice can live up to 30 days on a human. Their eggs can live for more than 2 weeks.

Head lice spread easily, particularly among school children. Head lice are more common in close, overcrowded living conditions.

You can get head lice if you:

  • Come in close contact with a person who has lice
  • Touch the clothing or bedding of someone who has lice
  • Share hats, towels, brushes, or combs of someone who has had lice

Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status. Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.

Symptoms

Symptoms of head lice include:

  • Intense itching of the scalp
  • Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders (bumps may become crusty and ooze)
  • Tiny white specks (eggs, or nits) on the bottom of each hair that are hard to get off

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

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Pest of the Month, Snow?

Yes, this is New England and yes it snowed! That being said, even though it makes travel a pain, the snow can be so very beautiful. Please feel free to share a picture of the snow around your area. We also love pictures of pets and kids enjoying the snow.

We will be closed on Monday January 2nd. From all of us at Ford’s Hometown Services, have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Ford’s Hometown Services 1-800-649-9992

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Your House is Attracting the Wrong Crowd!

Need an idea for a New Year’s Resolution? Try making your property less attractive to insects. Be sure you store firewood away from the foundation and only store enough inside for two to three days. Storing large amounts of firewood inside can introduce many insects such as spiders and beetles along with carpenter ants and wood-boring insects. Always attend to water leaks right away and replace wood that has been soaked in water. Once wood is wet it becomes more attractive to many wood destroying insects as well as other moisture-seeking bugs. Tree stumps are a delicacy to both carpenter ants and termites. As the stump rots, more and more insects make that stump their home. It is a good idea to have the stump ground down or removed completely to avoid attracting both structure-damaging and nuisance pests.

After the winter months, check all soffit areas for gaps made by ice dams and be sure to seal them up. Squirrels, bats and birds can use these small gaps to create larger ones and gain entry into your attic space. And finally, de-clutter  your home. Old rugs, clothes and stored items can harbor infestations of moths, beetles and silverfish.

Need more advice? We can help id your insect and solve your pest control and lawn care problems. Call today 1-800-649-9992

 

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Our Holiday Office Hours

POM SANTA 2We will be Closed Friday December 23rd, Saturday December 24th, Sunday the 25th and Monday December 26th to allow our employees time to celebrate the holidays with their family and friends.

From All of Us at Ford’s Hometown Services, we would like to wish you and your family a “Pest and Weed Free” holiday. May the creatures not stir and don’t forget to leave cookies out for the Guest of the Month, Santa.  Happy Holidays!

 

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We still have Christmas Trees!

Just a quick reminder that we have plenty of Christmas trees and Wreaths for all of you who still need a beautiful tree. Stop by and have a cup of cocoa! Ford’s Hometown Services 549 Grove Street, Worcester MA 01605. We are across from Indian Lake. 1-800-649-9992

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We still have Christmas Trees!

Just a quick reminder that we have plenty of Christmas trees and Wreaths for all of you who still need a beautiful tree. Stop by and have a cup of cocoa! Ford’s Hometown Services 549 Grove Street, Worcester MA 01605. We are across from Indian Lake. 1-800-649-9992

 

 

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Do you see large sluggish flies on your windows?

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PEST OF THE MONTH

CLUSTER FLY 

The adult cluster fly will enter into homes to over winter.  In suburbs, older country homes become more vulnerable to the invasion.  As the winter warms into spring, these large sluggish flies appear mostly around windows to look for a lighted escape route.  They enter your living quarters through window rope pulley holes, overhead lighting, vents, and access points from your attic.  Large gatherings (clusters) can be seen on the sunny side of your house during the warm days of spring.  These flies are of no immediate threat to humans.

The eggs are laid in the soil and hatch in three days.  The newly emerged larvae (maggot) will penetrate earthworms and feed for 13-22 days and then pupate.  The pupae stage is 11-14 days before adulthood.  Control of these insects begins with preventing entry by interior caulking and physical barriers such as insect screening.  Insect light traps can help control and catch the adults.  Rarely is professional spraying necessary as these insects do not live very long indoors. This is a pest problem you can anticipate each year, however with the proper procedures mentioned above alleviation is possible.

Flies bugging you? Are mice a pain in the attic? Call Today 1-800-649-9992

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Infested, by Bob Ford

Did you ever wonder what the owners of a great pest control company do in their spare time? Well this is one way Bob Ford passes his time. Please enjoy!

 

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