Bed Bugs

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Please do NOT feel embarrassed if you have bed bugs. Bed bugs have nothing to do with sanitation, nor are they associated with having a dirty home. You or anyone in your family can bring a pregnant female bed bug home from just about anywhere at any time. Bed bugs are known to not only frequent hotels, but are also very prevalent in college dorm rooms, movie theaters, cabs, busses, gyms, school locker areas, nursing homes, etc. You can even have them brought into your home by friends or family members who have an issue themselves but are just too embarrassed to say anything or have anything done about it. Take back control of your home and allow us to make your home bed bug free again! If you are having a bed bug issue, contact us today 1-800-649-9992.

Bed Bug Removal in Worcester, MA

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Mice are Moving in!

POM-MICEWe here at Ford’s Hometown Services provide what we consider to be preventative pest service. Meaning we don’t wait till you have a problem to address it. Our services for mice start in August because we know that mice will soon start moving in when we have cooler nights. The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. Mice will invade bird feeders and store acorns and other nuts inside wall voids and attic spaces. When you see these signs or hear them gnawing it is time to get some help. If you feel you may have a mouse problem, please call today. 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Don’t let your weekend bite!

Well, can you believe it is September? We hope you have the pleasure of enjoying Monday the 5th off to observe Labor Day. Just a reminder from your friends here at Ford’s Hometown Services: If you are enjoying your yard over the weekend, be sure to check yourself and children for ticks, and don’t forget your pets. This advise is doubled if you are taking the family camping. Stay away from tall grasses and un-mowed areas where ticks will be hiding. Keep a lint roller (the kind with the sticky tape) handy and roll it over everyone before entering into the home. Lyme disease is a real problem and can affect your health for the rest of your life.  Also, mosquitoes are in the news lately because of EEE. Eastern Equine Encephalitis- EEE is a serious disease in people of all ages and can even cause death. Symptoms of EEE infection in humans include high fever, mental confusion, headache, stiff neck and lack of energy. In many cases, these symptoms progress rapidly to a dangerous swelling of the brain called encephalitis and may lead to coma and even death.

Maybe you decided to take a trip and are staying at a hotel. Well, you won’t find mosquitoes or ticks, right? Lets not forget about bed bugs. Check the room before you put one piece of luggage in it. Pull back the fitted sheet and scan the mattress for signs of these blood feeders.

Now that we have warned you what to avoid and watch out for, sit back and relax and enjoy the long weekend. Remember, if you are having a party or event, we spray yards for mosquitoes and ticks. Call today 1-800-649-9992. Don’t let your weekend bite!

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Your Lawn Has Sedge!

What is sedge?

Sedge is a very invasive perennial weed,  yellow sedge is usually found in New England lawns. These infectious plants are spread by air borne seeds or underground tubers formed at the ends of whitish rhizomes. You can identify this weed by rolling the stem between your fingers, the stem has a triangular shape. Lime green plants  emerge late Spring and grow faster than the turf grass around it. Sedges are commonly found in swampy soils or wet lands. When your lawn was installed, these weeds may have come in with the loam or deposited by seed eating birds.

Suppression:
Sedge  is a nasty and difficult weed (monocot) to suppress. Our fertilizing programs will not control this weed. This requires a special selective herbicide (Halosulfuron-methyl also known as Sedgehammer). We recommend this additional service before it rapidly spreads throughout the lawn.

We recommend a minimum of (2) two services approximately 4-6 weeks apart. It may require additional services. Do not mow lawn for two days before and after application.

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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Bugs Move in for the Winter

Mice Billboard1As the temperatures start to get cooler in the evenings, the insects and mice start to find a place to overwinter so there are a few housekeeping chores you need to attend to that 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. 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 if you can see light shining in around your door, you need to replace it. 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 their 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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YOUR LAWN CAN’T BREATH!

Fall Aeration & Seeding Services

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  • The majority of root growth occurs in the Fall. Therefore; the Fall is the best time to aerate a lawn.  A deeper root system will help against Winter, drought and disease stress. In addition; it will increase water & nutrient efficiency. It is by far one of the best services for your lawn.
  • Fall is also the best time to plant new grass. Aerating with over-seeding is a great way to thicken your lawn. We offer optional over-seeding with this service. We recommend seeding no later than Oct 10th. Slice-seeding for very bare areas is also available. If you need seeding, now is the time, not Spring.
  • Oxygen Is A Key Nutrient For Maintaining Plant Health. Luckily, Mother Nature Offers It Free, But Your Lawn Needs Your Help Supplying It To The Roots. 

For a FREE estimate please call 508-459-3644

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Excluding Bats and Birds is no problem for Ford’s Hometown Services!

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Our Bat Team works at incredible heights

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.

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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Reminder to bee-aware

This nest is a danger to anyone who crosses its path. It is blended in with the stones around it and would be very difficult to see. If a person was to get to close several baldface hornets would fly out ready to sting and defend their nest. Noises like lawn mowers and weed-wackers can annoy these pests into a frenzy causing them to come out by the hundreds. Please be careful this time of the year. These nests are often found in shrubs or in the ground around homes so be alert. If you have an issue with hornets or wasps, please leave it to the professionals. Give us a call 1-800-649-9992. We fear no weevil. nest on building3

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Too Cute for Words!

Our very brave Rheanna is always happy to handle our insects and reptiles and just loved the brand new baby snakes!  Most people go running from snakes, but not Rheanna.

Rheanna with baby snakes

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Yellow Jackets

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YELLOW JACKETS

 Family ‘vespidae”

 Yellow Jackets are considered beneficial social wasps feeding on sweet secretions and other insects but can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare. The fertilized queen from the prior fall is the only survivor of the winter.  In the spring, she seeks a nesting site in wall voids, stone walls, in the ground, and in shrubs. Ten to twenty eggs are initially laid in her newly constructed nest, which are fed and tendered by her until they reach adulthood. Now her duties become strictly egg laying and her new adult workers support her new offspring while developing the nest.

When fall arrives; the nest becomes noticeable in size as it may contain thousands of worker wasps. We get the majority of Yellow Jacket calls at the end of August till mid October. Usually it is because when shrubs are being trimmed a hidden nest becomes disturbed and attacks. Ford’s Hometown Services responded to an emergency Yellow Jacket call to a property where a tractor tire broke through into a hidden nest in the ground engulfing the homeowner in a cloud of yellow jackets. When we arrived the tractor was still running and thankfully the homeowner was safe inside. These wasps can be aggressive and will defend their nest by stinging multiple times. Homeowners should never attempt to treat a yellow jacket nest which requires a ladder or if you are unsure if you are allergic. For safety reasons these situations should be left up to the professionals. By late fall the colony produces new queens who become fertilized, fly off to over-winter and so the cycle continues.

How we can help

Our technicians use many methods (sprays, organics, dusts and special equipment) to eradicate yellow jackets depending on where the nest is located. Because we are treating during the day- while the nest is active, we must leave the nest up allowing all members of the colony to return into the treated nest so we know all members of the colony will die. If the nest is knocked down, the yellow jackets out foraging for food will return and start rebuilding a new nest. Post treatment: There may be some hatching of drones, but with no colony members assisting, they will soon die. A homeowner should never attempt daytime treatment.

More Information on Yellow Jackets

  • When having a party, place all trash cans away from people. Anything that is sweet will attract yellow jackets- keep all food covered.
  • When nests are first forming, knock them down with a hose to discourage the queen from building there.
  • Keep a close eye on the ground. Ground nests go unnoticed until the traffic in and out becomes fast & furious. Children are especially at risk in a yard with a ground nest.
  • Although not recommended, if you try to treat a nest, do not shine a flashlight on the entrance hole. It can alert the yellow jackets to your presence or give them the illusion the sun is coming up and they will become active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Jacket Stinger

OUCH! The Yellow Jacket has the ability to sting multiple times. While stinging, the Yellow Jacket releases a pheromone letting its friends in the nest know there is a threat. This signal will cause more and more angry Yellow Jackets to come out stinging. Your best plan of action if this happens is to run far away from the nest and find an enclosed shelter.

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