Dragonfly

 

 

 

 

Our technician Steve Antoni sent this photo of a dragonfly hitching a ride on his pants. What an incredibly pretty insect. They are also beneficial because they eat mosquitoes.

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Dragonfly

Our technician Steve Antoni sent this photo of a dragonfly hitching a ride on his pants. What an incredibly pretty insect. They are also beneficial because they eat mosquitoes.

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Fleas

 

 

 

Fleas are a pest you will find indoors and out in your yard. They hop on and hitch a ride feeding on the blood of your pet. Once fed, the flea will lay hundreds of eggs (50 per day) which fall off everywhere your pet goes. The egg will hatch into a larvae then go through the pupa stage, the only stage they are fully protected from the effects of pesticides. The pupa will remain until stimulated by something walking by. This is why when you go on vacation and your animal is removed you get hundreds of fleas all over you when you return. Frequent vacuuming will help physically remove these pests and can prevent a full-blown infestation. Check with your veterinarian to see what they recommend for protecting your pet. Treatment of the home is usually needed and treatment instructions are given to ensure our success. After treatment you will see fleas due to hatching pupa, but the cycle will be unable to continue. Did you make it through this without itching? Call if you would like additional information or a free estimate 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Carpenter Ant with Egg

Thanks to Steve Antoni for this cool photo he took of a Carpenter Ant moving the eggs from one nest to start another. It isn’t something you see every day. If you are seeing ants, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Pest Alert: Roaches- But not the Bad Ones!

PEST ALERT:

Every year we have panicked people come in worried sick because they have found a cockroach in the house. Surprisingly enough, there are types of cockroaches that are not a threat to the home. The two most popular ones around here are the Pennsylvania Woods Roach and the Mediterranean Cockroaches or Tawny cockroaches. These species of Roaches live outside, usually under the bark of trees or in your mulch or other such areas. They are attracted to light which is how they end up in your home. These species of  roaches do not get into our food, breed inside or even live very long indoors. They are considered a nuisance pest and very rarely need to be treated with pesticides. When inside you will find this roach walking around out in the open during the day. This is a tip that you have spotted a Woods Roach or Mediterranean Roach. Normally a German Cockroach (the kind you do worry about) would only be seen at night and shuns the light, scattering as soon as lights are turned on. So, please don’t panic! When in doubt, bring a sample of the insect to our office and we will be happy to let you know what you have found. Have an insect problem? Call us today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Our Office Will Be Closed July 4th!

Our Office Will Be Closed Tuesday July 4th. Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July! 

 

 

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Before you go on vacation, be aware of bed bugs!

Before booking a hotel room, you may want to read user reviews of the hotel and because nowadays guests who’ve had bad experiences with bugs report them online. Keep in mind that a report about one hotel does not mean the issue wasn’t isolated to one room, or that hotel management hasn’t since exterminated and is on top of the problem.

Travelers should check their bed for telltale signs of the bugs before any luggage is brought in to the room. So what should you do before tucking yourself  into bed? Here are some tips:

  • Peel back the bed sheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Make sure to check the mattress tag; bed bugs often hide there.
  • Experts recommend removing and examining the headboard if possible. Check for tiny black spots (excrement) that are smaller than poppy seeds. You may also see translucent light brown skins or, in the case of an infestation— live bugs.
  • Check the bedside table. Look for signs of bed bugs in the drawers and along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests.
  • If you brought a hairdryer, you can put it on high heat and run it near the cracks and crevices of the bed frame. If bed bugs are present, they will come out trying to get away from the heat.
  • You may want to elevate suitcases and keep them off the floor, like on a luggage stand, but bed bugs can climb so this does not keep your luggage safe.
  • If you see powder in the drawers or on the headboard, it is likely that the room has already been treated for bed bugs by a pest control company.
  • If bed bugs are detected, travelers should request another room. Be sure to inform hotel management.
  • Just moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You should repeat the thorough inspection of any new or different room you are offered.
  • When you pack to leave, inspect your luggage carefully first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs. Laundering most cloth items with typical hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning) should kill all bed bugs in or on such items. Sealing freshly laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items later to hide (and be carried back with you).
  • Our retail area has travel spray designed for treating your luggage and it is also useful to spray on your clothing to prevent ticks.

Call Ford’s Hometown Services with all of you pest and lawn care needs. 1-800-649-9992

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Save Your Lawn!

Lush Green Lawn

Hydretain: This safe organic application applied prior to drought will reduce the amount of water needed to properly support the plants growth. This is not a wetting agent. It is an organic humectant that pulls moisture to the root hair and  becomes stored  until needed by the plant. The plant will hold and retain the water at the root hair, keeping it from evaporating before it is properly used. Over watering is not a problem either. It will hold only what is needed. This revolutionary product can be used on lawns, vegetable gardens, plant beds, flower beds, and even in hanging plants. It can be used to cut your water bill and you will have your neighbors green with envy and scratching their heads wondering how your lawn is so green and you don’t run your sprinklers like they have to. Watch our video on our website. You will be amazed at how well it works. At such a low cost, it will pay for itself on your water bill savings. This is a no brainer. We expect this service to become huge. Call for a free phone estimate 1-800-649-9992

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Happy Early Birthday to Donna White!

Wishing our Scheduling Supervisor a very Happy Birthday (one day early)! We hope you enjoy your special day.

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Carpenter Ant Facts

Carpenter Ant Facts

  • Carpenter ants can go without food for six (6) months, but will eat each other to survive.
  • Many nests are found in trees outdoors. They will normally attack a dead limb first but can eventually weaken the tree and large limbs.
  • Carpenter ants are nocturnal but workers may be seen during daytime.
  • Carpenter ants wake up in the springtime and are found in kitchens and bathrooms looking for food and water. Once the flowers are blooming outside, the ants will forage outside for honeydew and other insects. Most homeowners think the ants have “gone away” but this is not the case. The annual emergence of ants indicates a nest in the home.
  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood for food; they excavate it to raise their young inside. You will find sawdust outside of a nest because the ants keep it neat and tidy.
  • Carpenter ants can be found walking across above ground wires and into your attic.
  • After treatment for carpenter ants it is common to still see ants for 3-4 weeks.
  • Ants in a nest can sometimes be heard chewing away at the wood in your wall. It sounds like the crinkling of cellophane or “Rice Krispies”.

 

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