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.
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!
This HUGE yellow jacket nest was built in a transformer. The workers got a real surprise when they got to close and the angry yellow jackets went on the attack. Luckily, we were able to get right out and destroy them. Nests of stinging insects are very dangerous this time of the year. Please leave the treatment to the professionals! Call Ford’s Hometown Services for any pest or lawn care needs. 1-800-649-9992
Right now the baby bats are learning to fly so you may find one in the house. We have had 7 calls this morning alone for “bat break-ins”. The best plan of action is to have an exclusion performed to keep them out.
Bats are the only true flying mammals, which have thin membranes that extend from the elongated forearm and fingers to the body’s hind limb. Their body is furry and their eyes are small with limited vision. They navigate by means of a sonar-like echolocation system, which enables them to avoid solid objects and detect flying insects in total darkness. A colony of bats can produce pounds of guano (bat droppings) that can stain through ceilings or even worse, break through and contaminate your living space. You may find guano next to your chimney within your attic, as the heated chimney provides comfort for overwintering. Large amounts of bat guano support the growth of a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. If the spores become airborne and are inhaled, a lung disease called histoplasmosis may develop. Bats can carry ectoparasites (“bat bugs”), which are blood-feeding insects similar to bed bugs and mites.
Although the percent is low, bats are also a known vector of rabies, a viral disease that is fatal if not treated. As a preventative measure, please make sure your pets are vaccinated. Do not handle a bat if it shows weakness or paralysis. Bats that have impaired flying ability or are viewed flying during midday may be rabid. In the exclusion of bats, Ford’s Hometown Services uses no pesticides, poisons or traps and does not harm the bats in any way. Our methods involve finding and sealing all points of entry, excluding the bats with one-way doors, re-checking to be sure all are safely out of your home and then blocking entrance holes. If you need help with bats or other forms of pest control, please call us today 1-800-649-9992.
Selective Herbicide for Violet Control
What are violets? Violets are considered an annual in cool season climates and a perennial in warmer climates. Perennial types have rhizomes or long stolons, heart-shaped leaves on long petioles, and purplish-white flowers; annual types can have irregular-shaped leaves, hairy stem with light yellow to purple flowers. It is a nasty and sometimes impossible broad-leaf weed (dicot) to control. Its waxy leaves make liquid herbicides roll off it, as on the finish of a new car.
Control: Our fertilizing program includes three selective herbicides to control a broad range of broad-leaf weeds. With our program we have experienced medium control of violets. We recommend (between regular treatments), additional violet control so that the plant will not have a chance to recover between applications. We are unable to give you a specific number of applications needed to fully control them. Overall price will vary; each application will be a separate charge.
Fords Hometown Services is the only known Lawn Company who still presently possesses an off the market chemical (Confront) know for good violet control. We purchased all the remaining stock in the area.
It is recommended to eliminate any violets from your property. If they are in your flowerbeds, we do not spray the beds with this service. We do offer a hand selective spray for such areas. This is offered at an additional charge.
If you are not on our fertilizing programs, we recommend a minimum of three services approximately 4 weeks days apart according to label.
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).
There is always a certain point in the year when stinging insect nests are dangerous to treat for homeowners and now is that time. Because the drones are now numerous, they are ready to attack and defend their nest with little to no provoking. Buying a can of spray to try to treat these nests is both dangerous and usually unsuccessful. See the two examples of nests found within homes and you can imagine how many stinging insects were inside. Once one member of the colony stings you, a pheromone is released calling others to defend the nest. Please leave the treatment of these insects to the professionals this time of the year. Need our help? Call: 1-800-649-99992.
Carpenter bees are very often seen hovering around the late-spring and early summer looking for nesting sites. These solitary bees look similar to bumble bees but their nesting habits are quite different. Bumblebees are usually ground nesting while carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. They prefer to nest in bare, unpainted and weathered softwoods such as fir, redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. The male bee will aggressively hover but is stingless and the female has a stinger but will only resort to stinging if handled.
In the spring, mating occurs and the female searches for a site to excavate. The entrance hole is slightly smaller than ½ inch and is perfectly round. Once a female has excavated her entrance hole, she will make a 90-degree angle often to both the right and left side. She will chew tunnels often exceeding a foot in length, thus creating extensive damage that is non-visible from the outside of the structure. During excavation, coarse sawdust mixes with the bee’s excrement and pollen which causes staining to siding and any other object it comes in contact with. After the female creates 6-10 brood cells in a row and fills each with a pollen and nectar “food ball” then walls off the hole with a plug of chewed wood pulp.
For treatment pricing and procedure please call: 1-800-649-9992
Carpenter Ant Facts
Carpenter Ants are attracted to wood damaged by water.
Carpenter Ants are nocturnal and quite often go undetected.
Many times Carpenter Ant nests & damages are revealed during renovations, and home repairs .
King & Queen Carpenter Ants have wings: smaller black worker Ants do not.
In the North East there are nine different species of Carpenter Ants, all of which are capable of wood infestation.
Annually Carpenter Ants cause an estimated ½Billion dollars worth of damage.
Carpenter Ants can be black or combination of red and black or red and brown. Workers vary in size and can range from ¼ to ½ inch and the queens range from ½ to 5/8ths. These ants are an important part of recycling and composting wood in their natural setting, but are destructive and unsettling when they invade our homes and businesses. Most carpenter ant queens start a nest in decayed or water-damaged wood that is softened by fungus. Normally, we find a major nest containing thousands of ants and smaller satellite colonies containing fewer ants. These satellite colonies can be found anywhere. The presence of winged ants (a swarming) indicates a mature colony close by.
Our Pest Management Professionals are experts in eradicating carpenter ants. They will ask questions to try to deduce where the ants may have set up the primary nest. Their questions may include: Have you had any water leaks or water problems in general? How many ants do you see and in what area do you see the most? Do you see ants every spring or do you see any with wings? Our professional will also look for conducive conditions such as mulch up against the foundation, excessive leaf litter, woodpiles and scrap wood, bushes and trees which touch the home and any earth-to-wood contact. If ants are seen, the technician may put carpenter ant bait down. The ants will pick up this “food” and head back to the nest to feed the queen and the young. These clues will hopefully lead to where the problem is and the discovery of where the nesting sites are. If you are a do-it yourself person and continue to have ants yearly, you may be causing a small problem to become a big one. Are you beeing bugged? Contact us at FORDSHOMETOWN.COM or 1-800-649-9992.