Video of Live Termites

Take a look at what our termite crew caught on tape today. You can see the mud tubes and worker termites moving within the wood.  Are you being bugged? Call today 1-800-649-9992

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Celebrate with us and $AVE!

 

 

 

 

 

Now is the time to protect your family and pets from the blood suckers! In celebration of our 75th Anniversary, Ford’s Hometown Services will give you $75.00 off your prepaid tick and/or Mosquito plan.

Option One: Knock-em Out Spray Program
This service provides a rapid knockdown/kill and residual protection. A minimum of four (4) treatments annually is recommended through the season. Spring, late Spring, Fall, and late Fall.

  • Initial Border Spray (March-April)
  • Border Spray (May–June)
  • Border Spray (October–November)

Option Two: The Organic Green Alternative Program
The Green alternative! we are proud to be USDA National Organic program compliant. Safe for children and pets! we use all natural botanical rosemary & peppermint oils. This service also provides a rapid knockdown/kill but with a shorter residual protection. Although safer, this program may require more services for equal protection with an additional charge.

  • Initial Border Spray (March-April)
  • Border Spray (May–June)
  • Border Spray (October–November)

Call us today for a free estimate at (800) 649-9992 to discuss your tick control needs.

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Be on the lookout, it’s termite swarming time!

It is termite swarming season. For the next few weeks termites will be appearing in basements and yards. It may be your only chance to discover you have termites. This group of termites was brought in by a local homeowner today for identification. If you find any type of insect and would like it identified, please bring it in and we will be happy to help you.

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

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Feed-a-Bee!

The  FHS  “Feed a Bee” initiative

Ford’s Hometown Services has partnered with the Bayer CropScience in a major initiative called the “Feed a Bee” program to increase and promote the foraging of honey bees and other pollinators. The campaign’s goal is to create a diversity of bee-attractant plants by planting 50 million flowers in 2016. To accomplish this, “Feed a Bee” initiative will educate consumers about pollinator food shortage. Feed a Bee was designed to help bees not only to be better nourished, but also to thrive. They play an important role in pollinating many of our fruits, such as nuts, vegetables, apples, almonds etc..

This is particularly important as the world population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people requiring 70 percent more food by 2050. Improving honey bee health is key, but lack of diverse sources of pollen and nectar is a major obstacle. Ford’s Hometown Services would love for you to stop by our office located at 549 Grove Street  Worcester , MA and pick up  your free wildflower seed packet. If you mention that you saw this on Facebook you can get 3 seed packets.

 

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Myth vs. Reality on caring for your lawn.

Myths vs. Reality: How to Get Your Lawn in Top Shape this Spring

Have you ever wondered when the right time to apply fertilizer to your yard is or whether it’s ok to cut the grass really short?

To help homeowners get their spring and summer lawn care off to a great start and to celebrate National Lawn Care Month in April, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers these myth-busting tips.

Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day.

Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count! Watering the lawn in the early mornings or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation. It’s the best time for water to penetrate deep into the soil.

Myth #2: It’s ok to cut the grass very short.

Reality: Most landscape professionals advise against cutting more than one-third of the grass leaf at a time. Mowing at a finished cut height of 3 to 3.5 inches throughout the summer is generally recommended. The lawn will need less water, will be more resistant to weeds and will have a deeper, greener color. Use a sharp mower blade to prevent tearing grass blades. A crisp and clean cut will help prevent a “brown tip” appearance.

Myth #3: It’s best to water your lawn every day.

Reality: Watering your lawn every three days is better than daily watering. Deep, rather than shallow watering of your lawn is recommended to nurture the roots. An inch of water to 12 inches of soil is the preferred ratio for watering actively growing grass.

Myth #4: If you want to replace your lawn, you should do it in the spring when plants get ready to bloom.

Reality: The best time to sow seed is in the late summer and early fall when the temperatures are more consistent and when highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, are at the end of their life cycle.
Myth #5: Early spring is the best time to fertilize the lawn.

Reality: Since different species of grass prefer nutrients at different times of the year, be sure to use the correct fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. A slow-release fertilizer allows for more even and consistent feeding over a longer period of time than a quick-release fertilizer. And, remember to use fertilizers responsibly by cleaning up any that lands on streets, sidewalks or driveways where they can be washed into lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Myth #6: A garden hose is more cost efficient than installing an irrigation system.

Reality: Many landscape professionals recommend installing an irrigation system with smart controllers which have sensors that water when needed. Smart irrigation can offer a cost savings of 15–20 percent on water bills. Converting irrigation spray nozzles from sprinklers to rotating nozzles will spread heavy droplets of water at a slower pace, which makes them more targeted and effective.

Myth #7: You have to irrigate to have a healthy and beautiful lawn.

Reality: Grasses are built to endure long periods of drought by entering a state of dormancy.. When temperatures and moisture levels are at their extreme, the growing point of the grass plant, the crown, will shut off the grass blades, turning them brow. In almost all instances, once the heat and drought stresses have gone, the crowns will begin to send up new shoots. There’s nothing wrong with irrigating to avoid dormancy, but “embracing the brown” for a couple of weeks in the summer is just fine too.

For a FREE Estimate on any of our lawn services, tick and mosquito control or grub prevention, call today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Our Office is CLOSED TODAY

Just a reminder that our office will be CLOSED today Monday April 3rd for an all-day comepany meeting. We will be open tomorrow at 8am.

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Our Office Will Be CLOSED MONDAY APRIL 3rd For An All-Day Meeting

Our annual company meeting is being held on Monday April 3rd. This is a chance to introduce new employees to the company, go over safety procedures (priority) and make sure we are ready to provide our customers the BEST possible service. Our own employees do presentations to share information about their specialties and departments to be sure everyone is familiar with all of our services. Talk about a great way to get to know your fellow employees. This really makes us feel like a team and not just some service company. We feel our customers deserve the best team possible. Personally, I think because Ford’s Hometown Services is a family owned & run business, they want our team to feel like family and in turn treat our customers like family. If you are being bugged, call us 1-800-649-9992.

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Shh, Iggy is sleeping


 

 

 

 

 

 

I caught Iggy sleeping today. Usually as soon as you walk by he opens his eyes. Must have had a big night last night!

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Do you see large slow-moving flies around your windows?

CLUSTER FLY 

The adult cluster fly will enter into homes to over winter.  In suburbs, older country homes become more vulnerable to the invasion.  As the winter warms into spring, these large sluggish flies appear mostly around windows to look for a lighted escape route.  They enter your living quarters through window rope pulley holes, overhead lighting, vents, and access points from your attic.  Large gatherings (clusters) can be seen on the sunny side of your house during the warm days of spring.  These flies are of no immediate threat to humans.

The eggs are laid in the soil and hatch in three days.  The newly emerged larvae (maggot) will penetrate earthworms and feed for 13-22 days and then pupate.  The pupae stage is 11-14 days before adulthood.  Control of these insects begins with preventing entry by interior caulking and physical barriers such as insect screening.  Insect light traps can help control and catch the adults.  Rarely is professional spraying necessary as these insects do not live very long indoors, but sometimes professional spraying is necessary. This is a pest problem you can anticipate each year, however with the proper procedures mentioned above alleviation is possible.

Flies bugging you? Are mice a pain in the attic? Call Today 1-800-649-9992

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Should You Plant Grass 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

Most towns currently have some water ban in effect so the necessary watering to get the seed established may be impossible.

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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