Cool Albino Groundhog

Albino GroundhogThis cool guy has been seen around the Greendale area of Worcester. It is an albino ground hog (aka woodchuck). It is unusual that these animals make it to adulthood because their color is so easily spotted by their predators such as owls and hawks. Ground hogs are a pest to gardens as they love tender young green plants. They can also disturb the soil with their burrows. If you find you are being pestered by wildlife, please give us a call and we can help solve your problem. 1-800-649-9992

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Home of the “Guest of the Month”

Just a quick reminder that we have plenty of beautiful Christmas trees. During our business hours (8am-5pm) come in the office and visit our live insectarium.

Ford’s Hometown Services 549 Grove Street, Worcester MA 01605. 1-800-649-9992

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We have Christmas Trees for Sale!

The Christmas season is upon us. If you are looking for a great tree this year, stop by and see our beautiful Christmas Trees.  Trees sizes range from apartment size and up.  Or check out our wreaths and decorated logs. We also have bows, swags and roping. Get the family together and come visit us at 549 Grove Street, Worcester (across from Indian Lake).  Wreaths & Roping

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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of our family, friends and customers, Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

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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. Head lice are not something a pest control company will usually need to spray for because it is the host that needs treatment.  It is best to consult a physician or pharmacist for treatment recommendations. If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Now this is a good idea!

Mosquito

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The best thing about working at Ford’s Hometown Services..

The best thing about working at Ford’s Hometown Services is you get to play with the critters. This is a three horned lizard. (If my boss sees this, I am working hard.. really.)

Stop by and see our collection of insects and reptiles. We are open Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon. 1-800-649-9992

There is a 3-horned lizard on my head

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Stinging insects are a threat to your pets too.

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You can see the swelling on the left side of his face caused by a stinging insect.

As most of you dog owners do, I let my pooch (Gizmo) out this morning to do his thing. He sniffed around and came running back to me. As he was coming towards me I noticed his face was swollen. OH NO! He got stung by something. When a dog or cat gets stung in the face they can suffer swelling that can cause their eyes to shut, throat to close and nose to swell shut. This can be life threating. He was breathing fine, so I just kept a close eye on him and let him lick an ice cube. I also took photos every 10 minutes to see if the swelling was getting better or worse. He was lucky and the swelling came down.

Even with the cold weather we have had, use caution while in your yard because stinging insects are still active. Ground nests are usually the worst, but many nests are well hidden in bushes and trees. If you have a stinging insect problem, call today 1-800-649-9992.

What this bee doesn’t know is that I work for the best pest control company in Massachusetts and I have access to pesticides. It better hope I don’t find it!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

Hope you get more treats than tricks! Your friends at Ford’s Hometown Services 1-800-649-9992.
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What’s up with the ladybugs?

As 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.

Today seems to be the day ladybugs feel they need to find shelter for the winter. Until the weather stays below 50 they will be actively seeking a place to overwinter.

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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