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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Happy Friday! From your friends at Ford’s Hometown Services!

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HELP WANTED!

FHS_NewLogo_finalhires1f1LABORERS (CENTRAL MASS)

Compensation: $15.00 to $17.00, Overtime, with Benefits.
Ford’s Hometown Services is looking for Laborers to work in our Turf Division.
Main duties: fertilization, grub, mosquito, aeration and tick control and other duties.

Full Time — Great Hourly Pay $15.00 to $17.00, Overtime, with Benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS:
* A valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
* Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; ability to walk long distances.
* Good interpersonal skills, and ability to follow directions
* Ability to work outdoors in all weather.
* Early mornings, late afternoon hours, and Saturdays may be required.

If you are interested, please contact Geoff Ford – Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM  508-459-3711.FHS_NewLogo_finalhires1f1FHS_NewLogo_smaller kef

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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. 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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