Hidden Dangers of Baldface Hornet Nests

 

This nest is a danger to anyone who crosses its path. It is blended in with the stones around it and would be very difficult to see. If a person was to get to close several baldface hornets would fly out ready to sting and defend their nest. Please be careful this time of the year. These nests are often found in shrubs around the home so be alert. If you have an issue with hornets or wasps, please leave it to the professionals. Give us a call 1-800-649-9992. We fear no weevil. nest on building3

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Mosquito!

MosquitoFord’s Hometown Services 1-800-649-9992

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Are Violets Invading Your Lawn?

Selective Herbicide for Violet Control

What are violets? Violets are considered an annual in cool  season climates and a violetperennial 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).

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Fun at Ford’s Hometown Services

 

 

Here is a photo I can guarantee you would only see at our office. Ozzy is helping Chelsea with her work.

 

chelsea and the Ozzy

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Cheaper is not always better!

Lawn Care Millionaire's photo.

Giving our customers the best service is our number one priority. We want our customers to be Pest and Weed-free! Are you unhappy with the results from your pest control or lawn care company? Give Ford’s Hometown Services a call today: 1-800-649-9992

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Wishing You a Happy Friday!

We hope you have a Pest and Weed Free Day! If the bugs are pestering you or your weeds have got you wacky, give us a call! 1-800-649-9992.

POM CrabgrassPOM Car ants

 

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Your lawn has Sedge!

What is sedge?

Sedge is a very invasive perennial weed,  yellow sedge is usually found in New England lawns. These infectious plants are spread by air borne seeds or underground tubers formed at the ends of whitish rhizomes. You can identify this weed by rolling the stem between your fingers, the stem has a triangular shape. Lime green plants  emerge late Spring and grow faster than the turf grass around it. Sedges are commonly found in swampy soils or wet lands. When your lawn was installed, these weeds may have come in with the loam or deposited by seed eating birds.

Suppression:
Sedge  is a nasty and difficult weed (monocot) to suppress. Our fertilizing programs will not control this weed. This requires a special selective herbicide (Halosulfuron-methyl also known as Sedgehammer). We recommend this additional service before it rapidly spreads throughout the lawn.

We recommend a minimum of (2) two services approximately 4-6 weeks apart. It may require additional services. Do not mow lawn for two days before and after application.

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).

photo from Aggie Turf website

Yellow nutsedge

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It is Risky to Treat Stinging Insect Nests this Time of the Year.

Well, its August (can you believe it) and I wanted to remind everyone that our recommended cutoff point for homeowners treating stinging nest is here. By this time of the year nests are large and contain hundreds of members. The risk of getting stung multiple times is the greatest this time of the year. Please call us if we can be of assistance with any stinging insect issue. Call today 1-800-649-9992yellowjackets

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We know about Ground Control!

We give a whole new meaning to “Ground Control”

Is your lawn this green and lush? Maybe it is time to call Ford’s Hometown Services at 1-800-649-9992

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis is your lawn on Grubs

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What do you do if your child swallows a bug…

Eating Bugs

“My child just ate a beetle.” “I think I swallowed a stinkbug.” “My kids were eating ants.”

The poison center answers LOTS of calls about people who swallowed insects of all kinds. Callers don’t know whether to be worried, disgusted, or (sometimes) amused. If you’re squeamish about eating bugs, here’s the bottom line: don’t worry. If you’d like to know more, read on.

No matter where they live, children are willing to put just about anything into their mouths – including insects. Most adults in the U.S. find the idea repulsive, but children haven’t learned that yet.

It is likely that eating insects – on purpose – began with our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  In many countries, insects are now a usual part of the diet. They contain protein but little fat, they may be an abundant food source, and certain insects are considered delicacies. Grasshopper tacos, roasted stink bugs, boiled dragonflies, and fried ants are just the beginning of an international culinary adventure. Tequila bottles may contain worms – and so do some lollipops.

It is ALWAYS all right to call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 if you’re concerned about children swallowing bugs (or anything else). In the case of insects, poison center experts assure the caller that the child has just eaten a bit of extra protein that will be digested along with other food. It is possible that hard, indigestible parts of the insect body (for example, grasshopper legs or beetle wings) will be excreted in the stools; parents and caregivers shouldn’t be alarmed if this happens.

Related questions concern pesticides, if the caller thinks the bug was first killed by an insecticide. The amount of insecticide consumed with one or a few bugs should not cause any harm. The poison center would be concerned, though, if the child had access to the area where the bug killer was placed or stored. In that case, remove the child from the area, wash the child well, and call the poison center right away. The 24-hour number is 1-800-222-1222.

Thanks to the CDC for this info.

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