Have you seen Snow Fleas?

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SPRINGTAILS (Snow Fleas)

             These wingless primitive insects are about 1/16 inch long with chewing sucking mouthparts.  They are grayish whitish in color and hairless.  Springtails have the ability to jump due to a spring-like mechanism under the abdomen.  They do not bite or cause any structural damage to homes. These insects are noticeable under damp leaves and moist dark areas.

You may notice them congregating on snow surfaces during the spring thaw jumping with no apparent reason therefore receiving the nickname “snow fleas”.  Springtails feed on garden crops, flowers and vegetables but are for the most part harmless to agriculture.  The most common specie in eastern United States is found in and within close proximity to ponds, lakes and swamp areas that may become an essential addition to fish diets.  Inside homes, we have found these insects in the hundreds when a constant moisture source is available. One of the strangest places we have found them is inside a teapot. In most cases a reduction in moisture with the use of fans and a dehumidifier will solve the problem. In severe cases, interior treatments including a perimeter foundation spray several feet out is very effective for springtail control.

 

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Squirrels are Just Nuts!

Have you noticed that squirrels are very active right now? Ford’s Hometown Services sure has. For weeks now we have been inundated with calls for problem squirrels in homes and garages. It is squirrel mating season and some are now starting to have their first litter. You will see them this time of the year chasing each other up and down trees and chattering at each other.  Our wildlife specialist Leo Dupont says that it is just about impossible to find gray squirrel droppings. He believes that they are smart enough to bury them to prevent their detection. Although found in trees, Bob Brooks our sales specialist points out that if given the choice they will go for an attic nest over a tree nest. Always check around your eaves and foundation for gaps and seal them up quickly. Over time ice will widen these gaps leaving your home vulnerable to invaders. When we have a light covering of snow, you can often see footprints of mice and other wildlife such as squirrels. These footprints can lead you directly to the entrance they are using to enter into your home. Is wildlife making you batty or squirrels driving you nuts? Call Ford’s Hometown Services today 1-800-649-9992.

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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. Our certified professional technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home or business, identify the problem pests and provide a written report. In order for our service to be most effective and guarantee your complete satisfaction, we may suggest that certain corrective actions be taken. These measures might include eliminating food sources, removing clutter, or trimming outdoor vegetation near the structure. Our knowledgeable technicians will gladly point out conditions favorable to insect pests. Got Bats in your belfry, ants attacking or mice making you nuts? Call Ford’s Hometown Services today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Help Wanted!

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www.fordshometown.com
508-459-3660
(Family-owned and operated since 1941)

HELP WANTED

Inside Salespersons; Outside Salespersons; Laborers; 
Pest Control Technicians & Lawn Care Applicators
Applicants for Tech positions must hold or be willing
to obtain the Massachusetts Core Applicator License. All applicants must have satisfactory driving records, excellent interpersonal and communication skills)

For more info, call Geoff at 508-459-3711
or visit 549 Grove Street in Worcester, MA

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Let Me In, It’s Cold!

Man, it is cold out, let me in. If wildlife could speak we are pretty sure that is what they would say. We are getting many calls for wildlife removal, especially squirrels chewing their way into homes through eaves and into the attic. “It sounds like something is bowling in my attic” is my favorite complaint.  During the winter we are always treating for mice inside homes and commercial establishments along with out-buildings such as sheds and garages. Bird feeders can attract a variety of wildlife and give them a food source which will keep them in your area. It is only a matter of time until they will try to get inside your home.  Once inside these animals are destructive and chew on wires and urinate and defecate wherever they please. They can get into your food and contaminate plates and utensils. The most common threat when squirrels get inside is the fleas and ticks they can introduce to the home.  Wildlife and mice may also carry disease and parasites that can affect people and pets. Don’t let them set up shop in your home! If your attic is being attacked, give us a call and we will make your home pest free! 1-800-649-9992Ground hog looks through window

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Are Mice Cute? Not When They are in the House.

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Oh! Mice are so cute!

But did you know that:

Mice contaminate our crops and spread various diseases by biting us and leaving urine and feces on surfaces. They can also introduce fleas, carry ticks infected with Lyme Disease and carry an assortment of mites. Mice also carry Hantavirus, which causes severe respiratory infections in humans. Humans contract this virus when dust particles contaminated by mice droppings are inhaled.

Still think they are cute?

It is thought that mice start 1% of house fires in the U.S. each year. In 2006, fire departments responded to 412,500 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,580 people (not including firefighters) and injured another 12,925, not including firefighters (Karter 2007)**. This makes mice responsible for 4,125 fires, 25 deaths and 129 injuries in 2006. They love to gnaw and often spend time chewing on electrical wires, books, clothing, and cause extensive damage when they are able to get into vehicles and RV’s. Mice urinate and defecate constantly on everything they walk on (cans, utensils, plates, countertops, etc.).  Mice are curious animals and love to explore, so new things in their environment will not scare them away. One female mouse can produce 40 to 60 young per year and the young can start breeding in as little as 4 weeks. Mice can squeeze into holes as small as a pencil and will use existing gaps in bulkheads and garage doors for quick entry. If an existing gap is not available, they are more than happy to chew a brand new hole to enter a structure.

Okay, maybe they are not so cute, but mice do have their place in this world providing themselves as a food source to owls, fox, snakes, fisher cats, coyotes and hawks just to name a few. They are an important part of the food chain. However, as you can see from the information above, mice do not belong in your home and need to be controlled.

How we can help:

Many times a homeowner will use over-the-counter mouse poisons and find the rodents are removing the poison and storing it around the home (usually attics or basements). The formulations of baits our technicians use are in a style that rodents are forced to eat and not store. This bait is placed in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children and pets. Our technicians will also use snap traps for a quick knockdown of the rodent population. In some situations, instructions may be given to a property owner to correct sanitation issues such as unsecured garbage or removal of pet foods to reduce competition between mice taking our bait vs. eating your pet food or birdseed. We address the property in its entirety by treating sheds, garages, attics, basements and areas of activity (where droppings have been seen). In some cases exterior treatment is also warranted.

We can also give an onsite estimate/inspection to exclude the mice from the property. This will provide a long-term solution and a pest free environment for you and your family.

Mice Facts

  • Mice will stay indoors year round but are most noticeable during the fall migration indoors.
  • Mice urine can be seen glowing under a black light.
  • One female mouse can have 40 to 60 babies per year if 10 of those babies are female you could have 400-600 mice in two years. YUCK!
  • There still remains the old “Myth” that certain baits make a rodent thirsty, which in turn makes them go outside for water. There is no such bait.
  • ** http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/fire.htm

 

Do the Mice in your home have you ready to move? Call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Merry Christmas!

Our office will be Closed Thursday December 24th and Friday December 25th so all employees can spend time with their families. From all of us at Ford’s Hometown Services, Have a safe and very Merry Christmas!

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Did you ever notice?

20 Mind-Blowing Things You Can Never Unsee

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What’s hiding in your holiday decorations?

MiceWe often get calls when customers bring out their holiday decorations and find mice droppings or mouse nests. To avoid this, put your holiday decorations in heavy sealed containers. Never pack away edible decorations or wreaths with nuts or seeds as this gives mice a food source and can cause moths and beetles. Having a problem with mice stirring, Ants marching or just being bugged? We fear no weevil! Call today: 1-800-649-9992.

 

 

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