Kids of all ages (including the adults!) will have the opportunity to learn gross and interesting facts about all of our exotic creatures. Everyone will have a front row seat and one by one we will hand display each and every live member of our Bug Club. But it doesn’t end there! In addition to all of our fascinating insects we also have live animals and reptiles that will be presented as well. Throughout the presentation the bravest of the brave will get to participate and actually hold & pet a few select live members of our Bug Club. If touching is not your thing, not to worry, everyone will still be able to safely view each & every member of the presentation up close and personal. This unique experience will live in your child’s memories for years to come. Call today and book your party before it’s too late! 1-800-649-9992
Mice contaminate our crops and spread various diseases by biting us and leaving urine and feces on surfaces. They can also introduce fleas, carry ticks infected with Lyme Disease and carry an assortment of mites. Mice also carry Hantavirus, which causes severe respiratory infections in humans. Mice love to gnaw and often spend time chewing on electrical wires, books, clothing, and cause extensive damage when they are able to get into vehicles and RV’s. Mice urinate and defecate constantly on everything they walk on (cans, utensils, plates, countertops, etc.). One female mouse can produce 40 to 60 young per year and the young can start breeding in as little as 4 weeks. Mice can squeeze into holes as small as a pencil and will use existing gaps in bulkheads and garage doors for quick entry. If an existing gap is not available, they are more than happy to chew a brand new hole to enter a structure.
Many times a homeowner will use over-the-counter mouse poisons and find the rodents are removing the poison and storing it around the home (usually attics or basements). The formulations of baits our technicians use are in a style that rodents are forced to eat and not store. Our technicians will also use snap traps for a quick knockdown of the rodent population. Are you being bugged? Contact us today at 1-800-649-9992
We will be closed Monday for Columbus Day. Have a safe and happy weekend!
Please do NOT feel embarrassed if you have bed bugs. Bed bugs have nothing to do with sanitation, nor are they associated with having a dirty home. You or anyone in your family can bring a pregnant female bed bug home from just about anywhere at any time. Bed bugs are known to not only frequent hotels, but are also very prevalent in college dorm rooms, movie theaters, cabs, busses, gyms, school locker areas, nursing homes, etc. You can even have them brought into your home by friends or family members who have an issue themselves but are just too embarrassed to say anything or have anything done about it. Take back control of your home and allow us to make your home bed bug free again! If you are having a bed bug issue, contact us today 1-800-649-9992.
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. Mice will invade bird feeders and store acorns and other nuts inside wall voids and attic spaces. When you see these signs or hear them gnawing it is time to get some help. If you feel you may have a mouse problem, please call today. 1-800-649-9992.
Well, can you believe it is September? We hope you have the pleasure of enjoying Monday the 5th off to observe Labor Day. Just a reminder from your friends here at Ford’s Hometown Services: If you are enjoying your yard over the weekend, be sure to check yourself and children for ticks, and don’t forget your pets. This advise is doubled if you are taking the family camping. Stay away from tall grasses and un-mowed areas where ticks will be hiding. Keep a lint roller (the kind with the sticky tape) handy and roll it over everyone before entering into the home. Lyme disease is a real problem and can affect your health for the rest of your life. Also, mosquitoes are in the news lately because of EEE. Eastern Equine Encephalitis- EEE is a serious disease in people of all ages and can even cause death. Symptoms of EEE infection in humans include high fever, mental confusion, headache, stiff neck and lack of energy. In many cases, these symptoms progress rapidly to a dangerous swelling of the brain called encephalitis and may lead to coma and even death.
Maybe you decided to take a trip and are staying at a hotel. Well, you won’t find mosquitoes or ticks, right? Lets not forget about bed bugs. Check the room before you put one piece of luggage in it. Pull back the fitted sheet and scan the mattress for signs of these blood feeders.
Now that we have warned you what to avoid and watch out for, sit back and relax and enjoy the long weekend. Remember, if you are having a party or event, we spray yards for mosquitoes and ticks. Call today 1-800-649-9992. Don’t let your weekend bite!
What is sedge?
Sedge is a very invasive perennial weed, yellow sedge is usually found in New England lawns. These infectious plants are spread by air borne seeds or underground tubers formed at the ends of whitish rhizomes. You can identify this weed by rolling the stem between your fingers, the stem has a triangular shape. Lime green plants emerge late Spring and grow faster than the turf grass around it. Sedges are commonly found in swampy soils or wet lands. When your lawn was installed, these weeds may have come in with the loam or deposited by seed eating birds.
Sedge is a nasty and difficult weed (monocot) to suppress. Our fertilizing programs will not control this weed. This requires a special selective herbicide (Halosulfuron-methyl also known as Sedgehammer). We recommend this additional service before it rapidly spreads throughout the lawn.
We recommend a minimum of (2) two services approximately 4-6 weeks apart. It may require additional services. Do not mow lawn for two days before and after application.
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).
As the temperatures start to get cooler in the evenings, the insects and mice start to find a place to overwinter so there are a few housekeeping chores you need to attend to that 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. 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 if you can see light shining in around your door, you need to replace it. 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 their 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!
Fall Aeration & Seeding Services
- The majority of root growth occurs in the Fall. Therefore; the Fall is the best time to aerate a lawn. A deeper root system will help against Winter, drought and disease stress. In addition; it will increase water & nutrient efficiency. It is by far one of the best services for your lawn.
- Fall is also the best time to plant new grass. 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 10th. Slice-seeding for very bare areas is also available. If you need seeding, now is the time, not Spring.
- 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 a FREE estimate please call 508-459-3644