Don’t let your weekend BITE!

Well, May is almost over and most of us have the pleasure of enjoying Monday the 25th off to observe Memorial 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 effect 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!

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Violets & Ground Ivy Control

Selective Herbicide for Violet & Ground Ivy Control

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What are violets? Violets are considered an annual in cool  season climates and a perennial 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.

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.

Contact us  today or call us at (800) 649-9992 for your free estimate (our price is based on square footage).

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Got Ants?

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, tree stumps 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. Are you beeing bugged? Contact us at FORDSHOMETOWN.COM or 1-800-649-9992.

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Should I 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

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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Ticks Suck!

Tick are very prevalent this time of the year and they are on the move. They attach to you or your pet and start to feed. Removing a tick is tricky because if the head is not removed infection can set in. The most effective way to remove a tick is to use tweezers. Any other method will cause the tick to bury in deeper to the skin. After spending any time in the yard or where ticks may be present take a shower to remove the tick before it has a chance to latch on. Also, remember to launder the clothes you were wearing or put them in the dryer on high heat to kill any wondering ticks. Be vigilant in checking kids and pets for ticks if they have been playing outdoors. Ford’s Hometown Services has a great Tick/Mosquito Program to protect your yard from these blood-sucking pests, please call for more information and ask about our 7% off program special 1-800-649-9992.

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We are Closed Tomorrow April 3rd for an All-Day Company Meeting

No, this is not a joke! Our annual company meeting is being held on Friday 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 inform everyone what their specialty is. 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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Help name our new Hedgehog!

Well we have a new baby hedgehog and he is just as cute as can be. We seem to have an issue with agreeing on his name and would love your input. Some choices are: Sonic, Hedgy, and Charlie. Do you like any of these or do you have any ideas? Don’t forget, you can stop by our office and see our live insect display at 549 Grove Street, Worcester MA across from Indian Lake. 1-800-649-9992

 

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What About Termites?


PEST OF THE MONTH

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Eastern Subterranean Termites As their name indicates the type of termites we deal with in New England are Subterranean and are typically moving around in the soil. Termites are an important part of recycling in the environment but are a structural destructive force in your home or business. Termites enter your home through a crack less than 1/16th of an inch. In a colony you will find workers, soldiers and reproductive termites.  Termites require a moist environment in order to survive so they need to get back down into the soil to re-moisturize their bodies. In the springtime a “swarm” of winged termites can be seen inside or outside of your home.   

 We Have Found Termites Damaging:

Pool Liners, Cardboard Boxes, BooksPaper Off Of Sheetrock, Wood Paneling, Carpet Backing, Tree Stumps, Wood Piles, A Baseball Bat Lying On The Ground, Mulch, Picnic Tables & Other Wooden Lawn Furniture, Wooden Stakes In Gardens (For Tomato Plants), Styrofoam Insulation, Pressure Treated Wood, and Pallets On The Floor Of A Basement.
 

Since termite colonies are in the ground or must return to the ground, the full area around the foundation is treated to create a barrier around your home. The chemical used (a termiticide) cannot be detected by the termites. Through there social interactions, they pass this material on to each other. Slowly knocking off each member of the colony in such a way that they don’t realize they are in danger. Are you beeing bugged? Contact us at 1-800-649-9992 or FORDSHOMETOWN.COM 

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Carpenter Ants Now?

Believe it or not the ants are starting to move. Many people have been calling due to Carpenter Ant activity in the kitchen or bathroom. In our professional opinion, this year will be big for Carpenter Ants due to the generous amount of moisture and any areas that were breached because of ice dams and melting snow. We highly recommend getting preventative service this year to protect your home from these destructive pests. Call today for a quote 1-800-649-9992.

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