How To Prevent Summer Pests from Damaging Your Lawn

Lawn damage can occur at any time of the year, but the hot, dry weather conditions in the summer can often cause your lawn to be more susceptible to diseases and pests.  A healthy, well-maintained lawn is better able to resist these problems.

What lawn pests are common in our area?

White Grubs

Grubs

White grubs are the larvae stage of the Japanese Beetle.  They damage your lawn by feeding on grass roots near the surface of the lawn or just below the thatch layer, which causes the lawn to wilt, turn brown and die.

How do you know if you have grubs?  Moles, racoons and skunks like to eat grubs, so if you see them digging up your lawn, chances are, they’re looking for grubs. You can also identify the problem by pulling on the affected area of the lawn – if it rolls up like a carpet, most likely there are grubs present.

A properly timed application of grub control will prevent the destruction that these pests can cause.

grub-life-cycle

Chinch Bugs

Website - Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs feed on your grass and cause damage to it by taking away grass fluids and injecting it with toxins that cause it to turn brown and die.

How do you know if you have chinch bugs?  Chinch bugs are very small in size, about 1/16 – 1/5th of an inch long, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to spot them easily.  You’ll know you’ve got them because of the damage they’ll leave behind, such as patches of lawn that first change to yellow, then turn brown.  Most damage is likely to appear near paved areas and hot, sunny areas.

Lawn Sod Webworms

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A sod webworm or ‘lawn moth’ is a general term which encompasses numerous species of caterpillars that infest lawns, including blue grass sod webworm, burrowing sod webworm, and the silver-striped sod webworm. They damage your lawn by feeding on the leaves and stems of the grass, just above the crown, which causes brown patches.  Kentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue, Bentgrass, and Buffalo Grass are examples of turfgrasses which are susceptible to larval damage.

How do you know if you have sod webworms?  The damage from the sod webworm often shows up as brown patches in the lawn, about the size of a baseball. In some cases, the brown patches are punctured with holes the size of a pencil, which are caused by birds searching for the webworms.  The most severe damage usually occurs in July and August.   Damaged areas do not always turn not yellow before turning brown.  Most damage is likely to appear near paved areas and hot, sunny areas that are difficult to water.

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Call us today to get on our Fertilization and Weed & Insect Control schedule.

For more information on Lawn Fertilization, Weed & Insect Control, or any of our other services, please visit our website – www.deertickguard.com

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