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

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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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What should you do when you find this? Call Ford’s Hometown Services!

Cockroach on toothpaste tubeThen get a new tube of toothpaste!

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Do you want a nice lawn but can’t afford the water bill? We have the solution.

Imagine not worrying about water bans.

Hydretain: This safe organic application applied prior to drought will reduce the amount of water needed to properly support the plants growth. This is not a wetting agent. It is an organic humectant that pulls moisture to the root hair and  becomes stored  until needed by the plant. The plant will hold and retain the water at the root hair, keeping it from evaporating before it is properly used. Over watering is not a problem either. It will hold only what is needed. This revolutionary product can be used on lawns, vegetable gardens, plant beds, flower beds, and even in hanging plants. It can be used to cut your water bill and you will have your neighbors green with envy and scratching their heads wondering how your lawn is so green and you don’t run your sprinklers like they have to. Watch our video on our web site. You will be amazed at how well it works. At such a low cost, it will pay for itself on your water bill savings. This is a no brainer. We expect this service to become huge. Call for a free phone estimate. 1-800-649-9992

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Kiss your bad grass goodbye!

Chris Ford, Vice President Lawn Division

 We thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone that with the heat and lack of rain your lawn is thirsty. You should be watering 45 minutes every other day in sunny areas and 20 minutes ever other day in shady areas. Only water your grass in the very early morning.  Last year did your lawn lacking luster? Weeds gone wacky? Grubs got you down? Kiss your bad grass goodbye and make your neighbors green with envy by calling us for a free estimate 1-800-649-9992.

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Don’t let your weekend BITE!

Well, May is almost over and most of us have the pleasure of enjoying Monday the 25th off to observe Memorial Day. Just a reminder from your friends here at Ford’s Hometown Services: If you are enjoying your yard over the weekend, be sure to check yourself and children for ticks, and don’t forget your pets. This advise is doubled if you are taking the family camping. Stay away from tall grasses and un-mowed areas where ticks will be hiding. Keep a lint roller (the kind with the sticky tape) handy and roll it over everyone before entering into the home. Lyme disease is a real problem and can effect your health for the rest of your life.  Also, mosquitoes are in the news lately because of EEE. Eastern Equine Encephalitis- EEE is a serious disease in people of all ages and can even cause death. Symptoms of EEE infection in humans include high fever, mental confusion, headache, stiff neck and lack of energy. In many cases, these symptoms progress rapidly to a dangerous swelling of the brain called encephalitis and may lead to coma and even death.

Maybe you decided to take a trip and are staying at a hotel. Well, you won’t find mosquitoes or ticks, right? Lets not forget about bed bugs. Check the room before you put one piece of luggage in it. Pull back the fitted sheet and scan the mattress for signs of these blood feeders.

Now that we have warned you what to avoid and watch out for, sit back and relax and enjoy the long weekend. Remember, if you are having a party or event, we spray yards for mosquitoes and ticks. Call today 1-800-649-9992. Don’t let your weekend bite!

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Violets & Ground Ivy Control

Selective Herbicide for Violet & Ground Ivy Control

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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.

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.

Contact us  today or call us at (800) 649-9992 for your free estimate (our price is based on square footage).

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Got Ants?

Carpenter AntsCarpenter 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, tree stumps and any earth-to-wood contact.  If ant_vs_termiteants 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. Are you beeing bugged? Contact us at FORDSHOMETOWN.COM or 1-800-649-9992.

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Should I 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

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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Ticks Suck!

Tick are very prevalent this time of the year and they are on the move. They attach to you or your pet and start to feed. Removing a tick is tricky because if the head is not removed infection can set in. The most effective way to remove a tick is to use tweezers. Any other method will cause the tick to bury in deeper to the skin. After spending any time in the yard or where ticks may be present take a shower to remove the tick before it has a chance to latch on. Also, remember to launder the clothes you were wearing or put them in the dryer on high heat to kill any wondering ticks. Be vigilant in checking kids and pets for ticks if they have been playing outdoors. Ford’s Hometown Services has a great Tick/Mosquito Program to protect your yard from these blood-sucking pests, please call for more information and ask about our 7% off program special 1-800-649-9992.

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