Everyone do the Frogday dance!

Happy friday image with a frog Funny

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Things I have heard at my work, that you would never hear at your work.

Office worker answers phone (it is one of the technicians):

Tech: Hey, can you bring my work out to the parking lot?

Office worker: Why can’t you come get it?

Tech: I got sprayed by a skunk and don’t want to stink up the office.

Office worker: I will be right out.

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Office worker answers phone (it is one of the technicians):

Tech: can you please call the homeowner and ask them to open the attic door?  They just shut me in their attic.

Office worker calls customer: Hello Mrs. Jones, can you please go open the attic door, our technician is still up there.

Customer: Oh sorry, my husband didn’t know he was up there.

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Office worker: Hey Leo, do you have any bat guano?

Leo: No- not on me, but I have some in the van.

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Office worker answers phone (it is a customer):

Customer: I was in the other day and I bought some mouse traps and they are not working.

Office worker: What are you using for bait on the trap?

Customer: Oh, I am suppose to put something on it?

Whats so funny coldwater

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How we feel about Friday.

TGIF!
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You Have Homework to do..

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs 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!

 

 

 

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More than meets the eye! Oh My!

 

 

 

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. 1-800-649-9992Yellow Jacket Nest on transfomer

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There is a bat in my house!

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.Picture 026

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 KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAbats 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.

 

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Lawn Alert: VIOLETS

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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Pest Alert: Stinging Insects

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.

Huge Nest in attic

Yellow Jacket Nest in Wall

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Carpenter Bees

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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: KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA1-800-649-9992

 

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Our office will be closed on Friday July 4th

 

 

Our office will be closed on Friday July 4th. We wish you a very safe 4th of July.Office closed july 4th

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