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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Carpenter ant facts

Carpenter Ant Facts  Pest of the month carpenter ants

Carpenter Ants are attracted to wood damaged by water.

­Carpenter Ants are nocturnal and quite often go undetected.

­Many times Carpenter Ant nests & damages are revealed during renovations, and home repairs .

­King & Queen Carpenter Ants have wings: smaller black worker Ants do not.

­In the North East there are nine different species of Carpenter Ants, all of which are capable of wood infestation.  

­Annually Carpenter Ants cause an estimated ½Billion dollars worth of damage.

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We give a whole new meaning to “Ground Control”


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The ants are marching..

Carpenter AntsCarpenter Ants can be black or combination of red and black or red and brown. Workers vary in size and can range from ¼ to ½ inch and the queens range from ½ to 5/8ths.     These ants are an important part of recycling and composting wood in their natural setting, but are destructive and unsettling when they invade our homes and businesses. Most carpenter ant queens start a nest in decayed or water-damaged wood that is softened by fungus. Normally, we find a major nest containing thousands of ants and smaller satellite colonies containing fewer ants. These satellite colonies can be found anywhere. The presence of winged ants (a swarming) indicates a mature colony close by.

Our Pest Management Professionals are experts in eradicating carpenter ants. They will ask questions to try to deduce where the ants may have set up the primary nest. Their questions may include: Have you had any water leaks or water problems in general? How many ants do you see and in what area do you see the most? Do you see ants every spring or do you see any with wings? Our professional will also look for conducive conditions such as mulch up against the foundation, excessive leaf litter, woodpiles and scrap wood, bushes and trees which touch the home and any earth-to-wood contact.  If ants are seen, the technician may put carpenter ant bait down. The ants will pick up this “food” and head back to the nest to feed the queen and the young. These clues will hopefully lead to where the problem is and the discovery of where the nesting sites are.  If you are a do-it yourself person and continue to have ants yearly, you may be causing a small problem to become a big one. Are you beeing bugged? Contact us at FORDSHOMETOWN.COM or 1-800-649-9992.

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LAWN ALERT: Red Thread

This is a LAWN ALERT from Ford’s Hometown Services. Most New England lawns are experiencing a foliage disease known as Red Thread right now. Disease development occurs in temperatures ranging 40-70 degrees especially during long evening dew periods, rains and lawn watering in the late afternoon or overnight.

Your lawn may appear to have tan or pink patches 4-8 inches in diameter. A fungicide can be applied to suppress the disease in the plant, but the pathogen will remain in the soil waiting for the optimal conditions to return. Usually Red Thread is most prevalent in the Spring and Fall. Sometimes a feeding (fertilizer) will help “push” the disease out of the plant quicker.  Got Red Thread? Call for more information or pricing at: 1-800-649-9992 and ask for the lawn department. Remember, we give free estimates on our lawn care and pest control services.


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Pest Alert: Pennsylvania Woods Roach


Every year we have panicked people come in worried sick because they have found a cockroach in the house. Surprisingly enough, there are types of cockroaches that are not a threat to the home. The most popular one around here is a Pennsylvania Woods Roach.

The Woods Roach lives outside usually under the bark of trees or in your mulch or other such areas. They are attracted to light which is how they end up in your home. Woods roaches do not get into our food, breed inside or even live very long indoors. They are considered a nuisance pest and are very rarely sprayed for. When inside you will find this roach walking around out in the open during the day. This is a tip that you have spotted a Woods Roach. Normally a German Cockroach (the kind you do worry about) would only be seen at night and shuns the light, scattering as soon as lights are turned on.

So, please don’t panic! When in doubt, bring a sample of the insect to our office and we will be happy to let you know what you have found. Have an insect problem? Call us today 1-800-649-9992.

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Our Hedgehog Had a Bath!

Look at this cutie! We call him “Hedgy”. Every so often, he needs a bath which is done in a kitchen sink. Although he doesn’t really enjoy it, when it is done you can tell he feels better. Stop by and visit our insect and reptile display Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm. Or if you are looking for a new birthday party idea, call for details of our Bug Club Birthday parties.


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