When it's emerald green and healthy, your lawn is that element of your homes landscape that usually makes the first impression on visitors. Its charm and beauty is what marks out your home as a huge center of attraction. But when invaded by pest, there is no doubt that it will look quite the opposite.
But the hard part usually has to do with how to combat these pests in a classic rivalry and come out the hero without paying through your nose for it.
Obviously, the only way this can happen is if you know the what pests your up against.
The best time to treat your lawn
To get the best results, it is often recommended to treat your lawn between May until September.
Below are some of the most common lawn pests and how to prevent and treat them.
One reason you should avoid fire ants by all means, is because they are colonial. You don’t want to experience the excruciating pain from their sting. They can turn your lawn into theirs if you give them any chance. Even worse, your lawn will become a danger zone for both people and pets.
You will need a special chemical to get rid of them. In certain cases, you may need to hire a company to completely get rid of them
Just as mosquitoes can attack your health, they can also make your lawn a scary area when you leave them hanging around. Get rid of stagnant water around your lawn as they easily breed in such places.
If they refuse to go, then you should consider hiring a lawn care company to keep them in check.
Grubs are very dangerous pest to lawns. They are larvae of Chafer or Japanese beetle that target and feed on the turf grass roots, usually during spring, summer and early fall.
Even worse, grubs are food for birds and badgers, and as such these creatures can mess up your lawn just to feed on them. This is why you must prevent them at all cost, and act very fast the first instance you notice them.
Whenever you notice some brown patches or wilted grass blades, then it is possible your lawn is under attack by grubs. The easiest way to control them is with nematode treatment.
If you notice your lawn is having a lot of damaged thin grass, especially during spring, then it is possible that leatherjackets are at work. Yellow colored patches might also be an indicator.
Leatherjacket is a bug or more specifically, crane larvae, which eat up the turf roots and stems. Like Grubs, they can be controlled by applying biological nematodes.
You can also apply predator control by allowing birds to feed on them. However, this method puts your lawn at risk, as the birds will probably do a lot of tearing, scratching and digging just to get the bugs.
Chinch bugs are tiny dangerous insects that shouldn't be allowed to wander on your lawn. While feeding on grass blades, they secrete a substance that causes the grass to stop absorbing water. They are most likely to be found at the grass stems.
The common sign that your lawn is being attacked by chinch bugs is when you notice slight traces of purple coloring on the patches of the turf. Eventually these patches become limp and flaccid, with more color changes to yellow and then to brown.
Call Safari Today for hassle free lawn care
As a professional Lawn Care Technician, I like to say I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot.