The Definitive Guide Getting Rid of Common Lawn Pests
A healthy and green lawn is probably the best area of any house to spend time in while being surrounded by serenity and calmness; especially when it is well maintained. A healthy lawn shows great emerald green grass which is thick and appealing. But if your lawn is invaded by common lawn pests, it becomes sick and loses its appeal and requires a reliable solution.
Are you worried about your lawn, just because you have pests in the yard? Worry no more! Pest control can be a fatiguing task, and if it’s not done appropriately, it can cause further damage to your lawn. There are various pests which have different characteristics and have varying life-cycles, they lay eggs in different months and cause a variety of damages to your turf, grass, and roots.
Here is an ultimate guide on identifying various types of bugs in your lawn, and treating them in an efficient way. This guide includes information about some of the most common lawn pests you can observe damaging your lawn. For treating lawn pests in an effective manner, you should properly identify the types of pests you have in your lawn and get to know about their life-cycle, egg-laying and hatching time, and look for other signs of lawn damage such as brown spots, bite marks on the grass and also the insects in your turf.
The three most common lawn pests that you may encounter on your turf are listed and described below:
- Grubs (Beetle Larvae)
- Chinch Bug
Grubs (Beetle Larvae)
The lawn bugs are divided into two major categories: Root-feeding Grubs and Surface Dwelling Grubs. There are several names for a juvenile lawn beetle such as the white scarab, white curl grub or cockchafer. These grubs are basically the larvae of the beetle and feed on roots. The egg-laying for them takes place in the spring and also in the early summer months. After hatching out they become larvae and feed on roots till the winter arrives. When the winter approaches they burrow themselves a few inches under the soil and go dormant. In the early spring, these grubs begin feeding on grass roots again and enter into the pupation stage in the early summer.
One of the most common symptoms of being under grubs attack is wilted and flaccid grass blades and gradual death of the grass. Another indication of having grubs in your turf is the presence of crows, moles, and skunks in your lawn, they’re probably looking for a grub feast.
Chinch Bug is a small North American insect found in lawns and feeds on grass. It causes serious and quite visible damage to your lawn, leaving dead-grass and spots of brown grass all over your lawn. Chinch Bugs are also known as sap-sucking insects as they feed on the sap or juices extracted from the grass and other plant leaves in the lawn. Chinch Bugs pierce the grass blades and suck sap, during that they inject poison into the grass which interrupts the movement of water in the grass and turns it brown. Chinch Bugs have a very small life-cycle. They lay eggs in spring and hatch out in 20 to 30 days, the newly hatched bugs feed on the grass until they become adult nymphs in 4 to 6 weeks. The nymphs then reproduce and the recurring cycle goes on.
The damage caused by the chinch bugs is most visible when they’re adequately feeding on the grass, upon the close observation, you can see the grass changing its color and drying out slowly. This damage can be easily observed during the months from June to September.
Cutworm does its job by cutting the stems of the grass hence it is named as a cutworm. It is the larvae of various species of night-flying moths. Cutworms hide underneath the soil in the day time and sneak out at the night to feed on the grass. Cutworms have a life-cycle which is quite similar to chinch bugs. They lay eggs during the spring which are hatched into worms. The worms feed on the grass for 3 to 4 weeks to become moths. Later, moths reproduce 4 to 6 times in a year depending upon the region and climate. Mild winter regions are favorable for cutworms.
Cutworms burrow underneath the soil during the day time and cause all the damage during the night hours, the damage is also evident during the day, however. They cut the stems of your grass, consequently leaving the grass sheared-off and plenty of dead-patches in the lawn.
Pest Control Methods
There are various remedies for common lawn pest. The application of an insecticide is of significant importance as it brings results. There are some other measures too such as watering, mowing, fertilizing which can help but to get fast relief, an effective insecticide is necessary. Sevin is one of the strongest insecticides, it can kill up to 100 insects in one application. It’s important to consider the aftermaths of insecticides as they may harm your blooms, plants, and flowers. Fortunately, Sevin does no harm to anything except the insects and bugs. Another plus for Sevin is its application on various types of gardens, it can provide pest control to 500 different lawns. Whether it’s a flowering plant, ornamental, fruit or vegetable plant; Sevin protects all types of plants.
Sevin can be applied once a week during the spring and summer months. It takes approximately 50 to 90 minutes to work and protects your lawn for up to 3 months.
Grub Guard is another insecticide spray which provides great protection against various bugs, insects, moths, grasshoppers, and grubs. It is an effective pest control product and its 2-liter pack is adequate for 150 Square meters. Grub Guard is not harmful to birds and other animals except the real culprits such as insects, bugs, moths, beetles, grubs and various worms.
You can hire a professional like Crazy Frog Pest Control who will create a customized lawn plan for you today.