Organic Pest Control

FORD’S HOMETOWN SERVICES professional technicians are constantly striving to improve your service by using the latest technology available. We are proud to offer organic services in both our pest management and lawn care divisions. Using this new technology we can effectively manage virtually any pest with an unprecedented margin of safety.  These plant oils are classified as “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are approved as food additives. These plant essential oils, such as thyme oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, wintergreen oil and others, are used to add flavor and aroma to many food, beverage and cosmetic products such as non-alcoholic beverages, cakes, candy sweeteners, gum, and lipstick. Want more info? Call today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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We are Hiring Lawn Care Technicians & Laborers

TURF APPLICATORS & TURF APPLICATOR TRAINEES (WORCESTER, MA)

 Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Are you looking to start a new career? Do you want to become more marketable and employable? Do you like the great outdoors? A career in the field of lawn care services is just what you need! Ford’s Hometown Services is where it starts!

You must:
• Hold a valid driver’s license; also a satisfactory driving record.
• Have good interpersonal skills, and ability to keep calm under pressure.
•Be able and willing to work with chemicals.
• Be mechanically-inclined and able to perform light mechanic and repair work.
• Be able and willing to work outdoors in all weather.
• Have the ability to read maps, work routes, etc.
• Be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis; and be able to walk long distances.

Apply in person at Fords Hometown Services, Inc. // 549 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605-3898.

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Biting off more than you can chew?

Snake vs frogI had a little excitement around my pond over the weekend. Heard some thrashing in the pond and when I came around I saw this. I think the snake’s eyes are bigger than it’s stomach, but maybe it could have made a meal out of this frog. My rat terrier intervened and the snake went one way and the frog went back into the pond so we will never know. Remember, Ford’s Hometown Services provides services for the control of snakes if they are too close for comfort. Call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Everyone do the Frogday dance!

Happy friday image with a frog Funny

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Things I have heard at my work, that you would never hear at your work.

Office worker answers phone (it is one of the technicians):

Tech: Hey, can you bring my work out to the parking lot?

Office worker: Why can’t you come get it?

Tech: I got sprayed by a skunk and don’t want to stink up the office.

Office worker: I will be right out.

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Office worker answers phone (it is one of the technicians):

Tech: can you please call the homeowner and ask them to open the attic door?  They just shut me in their attic.

Office worker calls customer: Hello Mrs. Jones, can you please go open the attic door, our technician is still up there.

Customer: Oh sorry, my husband didn’t know he was up there.

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Office worker: Hey Leo, do you have any bat guano?

Leo: No- not on me, but I have some in the van.

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Office worker answers phone (it is a customer):

Customer: I was in the other day and I bought some mouse traps and they are not working.

Office worker: What are you using for bait on the trap?

Customer: Oh, I am suppose to put something on it?

Whats so funny coldwater

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How we feel about Friday.

TGIF!
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You Have Homework to do..

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs the cooler weather is upon us there are a few housekeeping chores you may not have considered. Mice, lady bugs, western conifer seed bugs, stink bugs, spiders and many more insects seek the comfort of your home to overwinter during this time of the year. So what can you do to make your home less attractive to them? First,  approach things at ground level. Door sweeps break down over time and should be replaced as needed. Basement doors and windows should be sealed properly to prevent easy entry. Now is also a great time for one more preventative spray on your foundation and around window and door frames. Cut back shrubs that touch the home to increase ventilation and remove insect highways to your home. Remove leaf litter from around the foundation especially around steps and under porches. Now you can work your way up. Remove window air conditioner units, it is inevitable that insects can find there way in through these and into your home.  Now look up. Gaps in your soffits should be closed and ventilation louvers to the attic should have insect screening. Tree limbs touching the home will allow insects, mice and squirrels a direct road to your attic, even if they need to chew their way in.

Excluding insects is a permanent way to keep the unwanted insects out. Fall is also a great time to have an exterior preventative spray for insects. If you would like more info call us today 1-800-649-9992. Have a Pest & Weed Free Day!

 

 

 

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More than meets the eye! Oh My!

 

 

 

This HUGE yellow jacket nest was built in a transformer. The workers got a real surprise when they got to close and the angry yellow jackets went on the attack. Luckily, we were able to get right out and destroy them. Nests of stinging insects are very dangerous this time of the year. Please leave the treatment to the professionals! Call Ford’s Hometown Services for any pest or lawn care needs. 1-800-649-9992Yellow Jacket Nest on transfomer

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There is a bat in my house!

Right now the baby bats are learning to fly so you may find one in the house. We have had 7 calls this morning alone for “bat break-ins”. The best plan of action is to have an exclusion performed to keep them out.

Bats are the only true flying mammals, which have thin membranes that extend from the elongated forearm and fingers to the body’s hind limb. Their body is furry and their eyes are small with limited vision. They navigate by means of a sonar-like echolocation system, which enables them to avoid solid objects and detect flying insects in total darkness. A colony of bats can produce pounds of guano (bat droppings) that can stain through ceilings or even worse, break through and contaminate your living space. You may find guano next to your chimney within your attic, as the heated chimney provides comfort for overwintering. Large amounts of bat guano support the growth of a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. If the spores become airborne and are inhaled, a lung disease called histoplasmosis may develop. Bats can carry ectoparasites (“bat bugs”), which are blood-feeding insects similar to bed bugs and mites.Picture 026

Although the percent is low, bats are also a known vector of rabies, a viral disease that is fatal if not treated. As a preventative measure, please make sure your pets are vaccinated. Do not handle a bat if it shows weakness or paralysis. Bats that have impaired flying ability or are viewed flying during midday may be rabid. In the exclusion of bats, Ford’s Hometown Services uses no pesticides, poisons or traps and does not harm the bats in any way. Our methods involve finding and sealing all points of entry, excluding the KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAbats with one-way doors, re-checking to be sure all are safely out of your home and then blocking entrance holes. If you need help with bats or other forms of pest control, please call us today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Lawn Alert: VIOLETS

Selective Herbicide for Violet Control

What are violets? Violets are considered an annual in cool  season climates and a violetperennial in warmer climates. Perennial types have  rhizomes or long stolons, heart-shaped leaves on long petioles, and  purplish-white flowers; annual types can have irregular-shaped leaves, hairy  stem with light yellow to purple flowers.  It is a nasty and sometimes impossible broad-leaf weed (dicot) to  control.  Its waxy leaves make liquid  herbicides roll off it, as on the finish of a new car.

Control: Our fertilizing program  includes three selective herbicides to control a broad range of broad-leaf  weeds. With our program we have experienced medium control of violets. We  recommend (between regular treatments), additional violet control so that the  plant will not have a chance to recover between applications. We are unable to  give you a specific number of applications needed to fully control them.  Overall price will vary; each application will be a separate charge.

Fords Hometown Services   is the only known Lawn Company who still presently possesses an off the market  chemical (Confront) know for good violet control. We purchased all the  remaining stock in the area.

It is recommended to eliminate  any violets from your property. If they are in your flowerbeds, we do not spray  the beds with this service. We do offer a hand selective spray for such areas.  This is offered at an additional charge.

If you are not on our  fertilizing programs, we recommend a minimum of three services approximately 4  weeks days apart according to label.

Contact us  today or call us at (800) 649-9992 for your free estimate with on-site analysis (our price is based on square footage).

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