16 Nov What Kind of Pests Are Killing Your Grass?
Lawn Pest Control and Detection
When your lawn is thick, healthy, and green, it represents the most intriguing part of your home. However, when your landscape reflects a brown and sickly aesthetic due to pest invasion, your property may quickly lose its appeal.
Learning about various pests that may threaten your beautiful yard, as well as combating them with effective treatment will help you ensure that your yard stays healthy and beautiful.
Your friends from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service want to help you identify pests and help you defend against them in your yard. Lawn pest control education and implementation remain vital to achieving your absolute best looking landscape!
Identifying Pests by the Damage they Wrought
The best lawn pest control is through correct identification, understanding their life cycles and symptoms, and then treating them swiftly and efficiently.
Common signs of a pest invasion include brown spots, dead grass patches, wilting blades, bite marks on the grass, and visible insects in the grass or turf layers. You may also observe underground pest damage by thin or missing roots, as well as visible holes in the soil.
White grubs represent one of the most damaging lawn pests. These beetle larvae feast on grassroots just below the surface of the soil, typically during the spring, summer, and early fall.
You may see grub damage symptoms as wilting grass blades, as well as brown turf patches, and grass death. Your soil will also appear spongy, and you can easily lift the top layer and see grubs underneath. Crows, moles, or skunks may also appear on your property seeking a tasty grub meal.
Turfgrass will face an onslaught from a variety of different chinch bug species. A chinch bug is a sap consuming insect that feeds on grass. As these bugs feed, they secrete an anticoagulant that stops grass from absorbing water efficiently. As a result, the grass will not obtain adequate hydration and begin withering before inevitably dying.
Damage from chinch bugs is most common from June to September. This period is when the insects most actively feed, requiring lawn pest control immediately. Your lawn will display a purple tinge before wilting, yellowing, and browning. Many homeowners think this is drought stress. However, a closer investigation will reveal the true cause.
Many cutworm species exist. These pests shelter in underground burrows throughout the day before emerging at night to feed. Cutworms feed on the base of grass by biting stems off entirely. By examining your lawn, you may observe both the burrows and the sheared grass.
Cutworms will hit short grass the hardest. If your yard wields short grass, the damage will display as dead spots throughout the yard.
Effective Lawn Pest Control from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service
Homeowners may not notice damage from lawn pests until severe damage occurs. However, you can quickly and effectively control and prevent pests like cutworms, grubs, and chinch bugs by implementing a comprehensive lawn pest control regimen.
A pest-free lawn is a welcoming place for family and friends to gather while enjoying the outdoors. You must keep a close watch on your yard to act promptly when law pests strike. With the help of Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service technicians, you can efficiently control common lawn pests.
For more information on lawn pest control from our expert and professional team, contact Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service today!