Pest of the Month Bats

Ford’s Hometown Services takes every effort to be sure bats are not harmed during our exclusions. When a colony of bats moves into an attic, bat guano gets everywhere, causes staining and is very dangerous to breathe. Our goal in the  exclusion of bats is to allow them to safely get out of the home and not be able to get back inside. Exclusions are timed carefully to be sure the young are old enough to fly so they won’t get left behind. Bats are the nocturnal exterminators of the world and have a tendency to get a bad rap through horror movies and misinformation. We love bats, but they can cause damage when they set up their colony in a home.  For more info on our bat services, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Our Office is Closing at 2pm Today

Due to a company picnic our office will be closing at 2pm today.

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Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle

 

Have you ever opened a box of cereal, flour or rice and found bugs in it? Well, you are not alone. Bugs invade our food thereby contaminating it to the point of having to throw it away. The Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle is one of the most popular insects found in household pantries in our area. If infestations are found, all food products need to be inspected for signs of the insects. Then, the pantry shelves need to be thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. If the infestation has been festering for a long time, insecticides may need to be used. Although these insects are harmless if you eat them, they breed and spread quickly so it is important to go through your food cabinets regularly and toss expired foods and clean up spills.

Are you being bugged? Call today 1-800-649-9992

 

 

 

 

 

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So what’s under the cup?

This cicada killer wasp! The person who found this was very curious to what it was so when he brought it in (it was already dead) he put it under the cup until he could get it identified. He took this awesome photo of it too.

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

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Don’t lift the cup!

A friend sent me this photo of a cup he saw at work with this written on it:

Legal notice! Do not open without asking. It could scare you! Seriously!

This was under the cup. A Cicada Killer Wasp

 

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It’s Head Lice Time!


 

 

 

 

Well, school in back in session and it is head lice season. Head lice are not something a pest control company will usually need to spray for because it is the host that needs treatment. It is best to consult a physician or pharmacist for treatment recommendations.


Causes & Symptoms

Head lice infect hair on the head. Tiny eggs on the hair look like flakes of dandruff. However, instead of flaking off the scalp, they stay put.

Head lice can live up to 30 days on a human. Their eggs can live for more than 2 weeks.

Head lice spread easily, particularly among school children. Head lice are more common in close, overcrowded living conditions.

You can get head lice if you:

  • Come in close contact with a person who has lice
  • Touch the clothing or bedding of someone who has lice
  • Share hats, towels, brushes, or combs of someone who has had lice

Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status. Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.

Symptoms

Symptoms of head lice include:

  • Intense itching of the scalp
  • Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders (bumps may become crusty and ooze)
  • Tiny white specks (eggs, or nits) on the bottom of each hair that are hard to get off

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

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Bald-Faced Hornet’s Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bald-faced hornet’s nest posed a true threat to the family who had it treated. Bald Faced Hornets are very nasty and will defend their nests aggressively if they feel threatened. It is always best to leave the treatment of these huge nest to the professionals this time of the year. The risk of getting repeatedly stung is almost guaranteed.  If you need help with a nest or any other pest, give us a buzz 1-800-649-9992

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Fall is the BEST time to Seed & Aerate your lawn!

Aeration helps drought stress!

The majority of root growth happens in the Fall. A deeper root system will help against Winter & drought stress, disease stress, increase water & nutrient efficiency, and aid in over all health.

Fall is the best time to plant. 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 15th.

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 scheduling & pricing call us today at 1-800-649-9992.

Worcester County & surrounding towns only.

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A Unique Look at a Yellow Jacket Nest

 

 

 

 

 

Well, this is a view many people will never get to see. Thanks to Steve Antoni our Pest Management Professional/photographer, we get a unique look up at the entrance of a yellow jacket nest. This nest was very well hidden and did pose a threat to any person or pet getting too close. Please take a close look before trimming any bushes or pruning trees this time of the year. If you are being bugged call today  1-800-649-9992

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American Giant Millipede

The American Giant Millipede is a large millipede of eastern North America. This big guy was found in Mendon MA by our technician Steve Antoni. These millipedes are known to reach a length of 4 inches. As you can see, once they are touched they curl up to protect themselves. They can also release a noxious liquid that can cause slight burns which is their only defense against predators such as birds and rodents. Millipedes are found in dark moist areas and will move from these areas in the event of flooding or periods of drought. They are most often found invading basements and garages but do not survive indoors long. If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992

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