Head Lice

At Ford’s Hometown Services, we often get walk-in’s with insects to be identified. This is a service we provide free of charge. This little pest was brought in for identification. Under a microscopic camera, it didn’t take long to identify the pest as head lice. 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. If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Now this is a good idea!

Mosquito

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The best thing about working at Ford’s Hometown Services..

The best thing about working at Ford’s Hometown Services is you get to play with the critters. This is a three horned lizard. (If my boss sees this, I am working hard.. really.)

Stop by and see our collection of insects and reptiles. We are open Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon. 1-800-649-9992

There is a 3-horned lizard on my head

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Stinging insects are a threat to your pets too.

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You can see the swelling on the left side of his face caused by a stinging insect.

As most of you dog owners do, I let my pooch (Gizmo) out this morning to do his thing. He sniffed around and came running back to me. As he was coming towards me I noticed his face was swollen. OH NO! He got stung by something. When a dog or cat gets stung in the face they can suffer swelling that can cause their eyes to shut, throat to close and nose to swell shut. This can be life threating. He was breathing fine, so I just kept a close eye on him and let him lick an ice cube. I also took photos every 10 minutes to see if the swelling was getting better or worse. He was lucky and the swelling came down.

Even with the cold weather we have had, use caution while in your yard because stinging insects are still active. Ground nests are usually the worst, but many nests are well hidden in bushes and trees. If you have a stinging insect problem, call today 1-800-649-9992.

What this bee doesn’t know is that I work for the best pest control company in Massachusetts and I have access to pesticides. It better hope I don’t find it!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

Hope you get more treats than tricks! Your friends at Ford’s Hometown Services 1-800-649-9992.
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What’s up with the ladybugs?

As 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.

Today seems to be the day ladybugs feel they need to find shelter for the winter. Until the weather stays below 50 they will be actively seeking a place to overwinter.

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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Happy Friday! From your friends at Ford’s Hometown Services!

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HELP WANTED!

FHS_NewLogo_finalhires1f1LABORERS (CENTRAL MASS)

Compensation: $15.00 to $17.00, Overtime, with Benefits.
Ford’s Hometown Services is looking for Laborers to work in our Turf Division.
Main duties: fertilization, grub, mosquito, aeration and tick control and other duties.

Full Time — Great Hourly Pay $15.00 to $17.00, Overtime, with Benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS:
* A valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
* Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; ability to walk long distances.
* Good interpersonal skills, and ability to follow directions
* Ability to work outdoors in all weather.
* Early mornings, late afternoon hours, and Saturdays may be required.

If you are interested, please contact Geoff Ford – Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM  508-459-3711.FHS_NewLogo_finalhires1f1FHS_NewLogo_smaller kef

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Organic Pest Control

FORD’S HOMETOWN SERVICES professional technicians are constantly striving to improve your service by using the latest technology available. We are proud to offer organic services in both our pest management and lawn care divisions. Using this new technology we can effectively manage virtually any pest with an unprecedented margin of safety.  These plant oils are classified as “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are approved as food additives. These plant essential oils, such as thyme oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, wintergreen oil and others, are used to add flavor and aroma to many food, beverage and cosmetic products such as non-alcoholic beverages, cakes, candy sweeteners, gum, and lipstick. Want more info? Call today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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We are Hiring Lawn Care Technicians & Laborers

TURF APPLICATORS & TURF APPLICATOR TRAINEES (WORCESTER, MA)

 Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Are you looking to start a new career? Do you want to become more marketable and employable? Do you like the great outdoors? A career in the field of lawn care services is just what you need! Ford’s Hometown Services is where it starts!

You must:
• Hold a valid driver’s license; also a satisfactory driving record.
• Have good interpersonal skills, and ability to keep calm under pressure.
•Be able and willing to work with chemicals.
• Be mechanically-inclined and able to perform light mechanic and repair work.
• Be able and willing to work outdoors in all weather.
• Have the ability to read maps, work routes, etc.
• Be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis; and be able to walk long distances.

Apply in person at Fords Hometown Services, Inc. // 549 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605-3898.

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