Pest of the Month -Bats

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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

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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We Welcome You to Our Office.

Last winter our front office door shattered due to ice getting jammed in the door frame. We finally got it repaired and also upgraded our glass to make the office more energy efficient. We are very pleased with the results. Stop by and check out our live insect and reptile display including a live honey bee hive. If you are lucky, Ozzy the skunk may make an appearance.

Ford’s Hometown Services is located at 549 Grove Street, Worcester (across from Indian Lake) and we are ready to serve all of your pest control, wildlife and lawn fertilizing needs. 1-800-649-9992.


Front office photo with new door

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Mice are Moving in.. Are you ready for the invasion?

We here at Ford’s Hometown Services provide what we consider to be preventative pest service. Meaning we don’t wait till you have a problem to address it. Our services for mice start in August because we know that mice will soon start moving in when we have cooler nights. The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s 150 babies a year! If you feel you may have a mouse problem, please call today. 1-800-649-9992.


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Red Squirrels “Chatter” at Hunters

How cute is this little red squirrel? He (or she) was in fact very aggressive and hissed and grabbed with its teeth as I was trying to get it to pose for this photo. Our wildlife expert, Leo Dupont explained to me these 7 ounce critters can in fact take down a family of grey squirrels. Also, the men who hunt were saying they will sit up in the tree and “chatter” at them for being in their territory. One hunter said they even shake the oak trees causing acorns to fall on you. Now that is clever. Red squirrels have been known to “tap” maple trees for the sap. They are very dangerous when cornered so removal should be left to the professionals. Need wildlife trapped? Call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Our Skunk “Ozzy” takes a nap

It has been great being able to see a skunk close up and how it eats and sleeps. Skunks are nocturnal so we catch him sleeping in funny positions all day. We thought we would share our favorite sleeping positions we have caught Ozzy in so far.

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PEST ALERT: Stinging Insects

Stinging insect nests are dangerous to treat for homeowners especially at this time of the year. The drones are now numerous and 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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We see you!

We see you! Our wildlife expert Leo spotted this young grey squirrel trying to hide. Too Cute!

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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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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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