Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle

 

Have you ever opened a box of cereal, flour or rice and found bugs in it? Well, you are not alone. Bugs invade our food thereby contaminating it to the point of having to throw it away. The Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle is one of the most popular insects found in household pantries in our area. If infestations are found, all food products need to be inspected for signs of the insects. Then, the pantry shelves need to be thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. If the infestation has been festering for a long time, insecticides may need to be used. Although these insects are harmless if you eat them, they breed and spread quickly so it is important to go through your food cabinets regularly and toss expired foods and clean up spills.

Are you being bugged? Call today 1-800-649-9992

 

 

 

 

 

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So what’s under the cup?

This cicada killer wasp! The person who found this was very curious to what it was so when he brought it in (it was already dead) he put it under the cup until he could get it identified. He took this awesome photo of it too.

Remember, if you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992

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Don’t lift the cup!

A friend sent me this photo of a cup he saw at work with this written on it:

Legal notice! Do not open without asking. It could scare you! Seriously!

This was under the cup. A Cicada Killer Wasp

 

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It’s Head Lice Time!


 

 

 

 

Well, school in back in session and it is head lice season. Head lice are not something a pest control company will usually need to spray for because it is the host that needs treatment. It is best to consult a physician or pharmacist for treatment recommendations.


Causes & Symptoms

Head lice infect hair on the head. Tiny eggs on the hair look like flakes of dandruff. However, instead of flaking off the scalp, they stay put.

Head lice can live up to 30 days on a human. Their eggs can live for more than 2 weeks.

Head lice spread easily, particularly among school children. Head lice are more common in close, overcrowded living conditions.

You can get head lice if you:

  • Come in close contact with a person who has lice
  • Touch the clothing or bedding of someone who has lice
  • Share hats, towels, brushes, or combs of someone who has had lice

Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status. Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.

Symptoms

Symptoms of head lice include:

  • Intense itching of the scalp
  • Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders (bumps may become crusty and ooze)
  • Tiny white specks (eggs, or nits) on the bottom of each hair that are hard to get off

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

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Bald-Faced Hornet’s Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bald-faced hornet’s nest posed a true threat to the family who had it treated. Bald Faced Hornets are very nasty and will defend their nests aggressively if they feel threatened. It is always best to leave the treatment of these huge nest to the professionals this time of the year. The risk of getting repeatedly stung is almost guaranteed.  If you need help with a nest or any other pest, give us a buzz 1-800-649-9992

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Fall is the BEST time to Seed & Aerate your lawn!

Aeration helps drought stress!

The majority of root growth happens in the Fall. A deeper root system will help against Winter & drought stress, disease stress, increase water & nutrient efficiency, and aid in over all health.

Fall is the best time to plant. Aerating with over-seeding is a great way to thicken your lawn. We offer optional over-seeding with this service. We recommend seeding no later than Oct 15th.

Oxygen Is A Key Nutrient For Maintaining Plant Health. Luckily, Mother Nature Offers It Free, But Your Lawn Needs Your Help Supplying It To The Roots.

For scheduling & pricing call us today at 1-800-649-9992.

Worcester County & surrounding towns only.

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A Unique Look at a Yellow Jacket Nest

 

 

 

 

 

Well, this is a view many people will never get to see. Thanks to Steve Antoni our Pest Management Professional/photographer, we get a unique look up at the entrance of a yellow jacket nest. This nest was very well hidden and did pose a threat to any person or pet getting too close. Please take a close look before trimming any bushes or pruning trees this time of the year. If you are being bugged call today  1-800-649-9992

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American Giant Millipede

The American Giant Millipede is a large millipede of eastern North America. This big guy was found in Mendon MA by our technician Steve Antoni. These millipedes are known to reach a length of 4 inches. As you can see, once they are touched they curl up to protect themselves. They can also release a noxious liquid that can cause slight burns which is their only defense against predators such as birds and rodents. Millipedes are found in dark moist areas and will move from these areas in the event of flooding or periods of drought. They are most often found invading basements and garages but do not survive indoors long. If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992

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We are currently having phone issues…

Ford’s Hometown Services is currently experiencing problems with our phones. We are working hard to get them back online. Please feel free to contact us by email at: info@fordshometown.com or message us through our Facebook page. We hope to have this resolved soon.

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Nature is so cool!

Most people would walk right by this stick insect and never have the pleasure of seeing it. But Steve Antoni notices bugs right away. Then he enjoys photographing them and sometimes even holding them. It is just amazing how well this stick bug blends in with its surroundings. Are you being bugged? Call today 1-800-649-9992

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