Right now, the only bug anyone seems to want to talk about has red eyes, crawls out of the dirt, and is preparing to wail through the summer months. Sure, cicadas are intriguing and the impending cacophony of Brood X is noteworthy, but there are tons of other annoying bugs to think about also. Especially those pests that can turn your beautiful, green lawn into a sickly, discolored mess when they literally invade your turf. Read on to learn more about these pests and contact us about our environmentally-friendly lawn pest solutions.
Lawn Pests: Grubs
Grubs are beetle larvae for a variety of beetle species. These little, white, c-shaped lawn pests live just below the surface of the soil during the larvae portion of their life cycle and they feed on the grass roots. This feeding activity is what can damage your lawn, and it isn’t limited to the summer. Many species of beetle lay eggs during the summer and then those eggs hatch and the grubs feed on roots in the late summer. During the winter, grubs go dormant, but in the spring they wake up and start feeding again, until they pupate and become adult beetles. Damage from grubs often presents as wilted grass that turns brown and spongey soil.
Lawn Pests: Cutworms, Armyworms, and Sod Webworms
Cutworms, armyworms, and sod webworms are moth larvae. Cutworms are about 2-inches long, and gray or brown with stripes. These larvae lawn pests feed on the base of the grass stems, and you will often see the sheared-off remains of the grass. Armyworms are 1 to 2-inches long and vary in color from pink to yellow to gray. They eat the whole blade of grass leaving circular bare spots and will sometimes skeletonize other plant leaves as well. Sod webworms are the 1-inch long, brown or green larvae of the sod webworm moth and they eat grass, including blades and stems, all the way down to the soil. This results in dirt patches showing up in an otherwise healthy lawn, and those patches are often riddled with holes from birds trying to eat the worms.
Chinch bugs are lawn pests that come in several varieties, many of which feed on the sap from grass blades and secrete an anticoagulant that keeps the grass from causes the grass to stop absorbing water, wither, and die. The damage from chinch bugs is most noticeable during the height of the summer, and it is often mistaken for drought stress damage, which it resembles.
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