Do you see large slow-moving flies around your windows?

CLUSTER FLY 

The adult cluster fly will enter into homes to over winter.  In suburbs, older country homes become more vulnerable to the invasion.  As the winter warms into spring, these large sluggish flies appear mostly around windows to look for a lighted escape route.  They enter your living quarters through window rope pulley holes, overhead lighting, vents, and access points from your attic.  Large gatherings (clusters) can be seen on the sunny side of your house during the warm days of spring.  These flies are of no immediate threat to humans.

The eggs are laid in the soil and hatch in three days.  The newly emerged larvae (maggot) will penetrate earthworms and feed for 13-22 days and then pupate.  The pupae stage is 11-14 days before adulthood.  Control of these insects begins with preventing entry by interior caulking and physical barriers such as insect screening.  Insect light traps can help control and catch the adults.  Rarely is professional spraying necessary as these insects do not live very long indoors, but sometimes professional spraying is necessary. This is a pest problem you can anticipate each year, however with the proper procedures mentioned above alleviation is possible.

Flies bugging you? Are mice a pain in the attic? Call Today 1-800-649-9992

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Should You Plant Grass Seed in the Spring?

What is Wrong with Spring Seeding? 

Spring seeding disadvantages

  • Increased crabgrass
  • Ground is cold
  • Slower germination (8 weeks to maturity)
  • Entering heat stress of summer
  • Increased watering for a longer period of time (cost & labor)
  • Increased broad-leaf weeds
  • Less effective crabgrass pre-emergent control
  • Broad-leaf weeds cannot be sprayed until grass has matured
  • Fertilizing treatments of nitrogen uneven to existing lawn
  • Result can and most likely will be impaired
  • Higher cost due to crabgrass pre-emergent control

Most towns currently have some water ban in effect so the necessary watering to get the seed established may be impossible.

Fall seeding advantages

      • Crabgrass being an annual dies off (no competition)
      • Intended seeded areas are now exposed for seeding due to effective  crabgrass treatment in the spring, and broadleaf control throughout year
      • Soil is warm
      • Quicker germination (4 weeks to maturity)
      • Less watering (less cost and labor)
      • Coming out of the heat stress of summer
      • Lower price due to Pre-emergent no longer needed
      • Better results

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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My dog shaming daily calendar for March 15th

It says , “my name is Jasmine, today I learned mousetraps are not puppy toys, Ouch”

p.s. Now I won’t even go in the kitchen and I love food!

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My dog shaming daily calander for March 15th

It says , “my name is Jasmine, today I learned mousetraps are not puppy toys, Ouch”

p.s. Now I won’t even go in the kitchen and I love food!

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Our Office Will Be Closed Tomorrow-Tuesday March 14

This message is to inform everyone that our office will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday March 14th due to the forecast for heavy snow throughout the day.  We feel it’s best, as we care about everyone’s safety.  Have a pest and weed-free day! 

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Carpenter Ants will be on the move very soon!

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, something annoying in your attic? Contact us at info@fordshometown.com or 1-800-649-9992.

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What’s Going on at Ford’s Hometown Services?

 

 

 

 

Boy, are we excited to start showing off all of our hard work over the winter months. If you have ever stopped by our office to see all of our critters, you may recognize the cool enclosure that is getting a full face lift by our very own Bob Ford and Ryan Corey. This is just one of the many changes we have made. We will share more as they happen. Our critters will be at the Worcester Home Show this weekend so stop by and pet a roach if you are brave enough.

 

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Ford’s Hometown Services Back yard Sweepstakes

We love giving back to our customers! This year all of our current customers are automatically entered into the FHS BACK YARD SWEEPSTAKES to win a FREE season of pest, lawn care, tick or mosquito control, valued up to $500.00. The winner will be picked on May 15th. Join our Facebook page for results. Are you being bugged? Call today 1-800-649-9992

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2017 Award for Excellence in Customer Service!

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Mole Damage

Moles

Moles are insectivores that feed on insects, grubs, and mainly earthworms. Moles are underground dwellers. Normally because it is so cold this time of the year they are far below the surface but since the weather has been warming they are closer to the surface than normal. We provide treatment for these destructive critters. Call today 1-800-649-9992.

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