It is nearly impossible to completely eradicate insects in your yard. Many insects are considered beneficial, since they provide food for birds and other animals and eat other harmful insects. However, identifying the turf-damaging insects and selectively controlling them is the best strategy to maintain a healthy lawn.
Grubs are serious and destructive lawn insects that feed on lawn roots. They can be easily identified by their “C” shaped bodies when found in turf. Due to their long life cycle, Grubs can potentially damage your lawn year-round.
Grub damage usually occurs between August – October. Some grubs may potentially damage your lawn year-round. Typically grubs can be found a few inches below the soil surface, and even burrow deeper before winter arrives.
Brown patches on your lawn can be a sign of grub damage. If you notice brown patches, call Roots Turf and Ornamental. Let us evaluate your lawn and find treatment options for you.
Mole Crickets & Chinch Bugs
Mole crickets are common turfgrass pests. Mole Crickets adapted for digging, allowing it to tunnel through the soil. Any species of turfgrass can be damaged by mole crickets, but they particularly like bermudagrass.
Mole crickets dig tunnels in the ground, severing grass roots and causing the soil to bulge upwards. They also eat the roots and shoots of grass. Mole cricket damage looks like ugly brown patches.
Chinch bugs are most damaging to St. Augustine grass. Chinch bugs feed on plant juices and releases a toxin that causes yellowish to brownish patches in turf.
Surface Feeding Insects
Surface feeding insects, such as Sod Webworms, live in the thatch where they feed on the undersides of leaves. Damage of your lawn first appears as small, ragged brown spots in the turf. As feeding continues, the brown patches on your lawn become larger.
Sod Webworm damage is often confused with drought stress, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Early warnings of a possible sod webworm problem comes when you see small moths flying in a zigzag motion over the lawn in the early evening. Sod Webworms are night-flying moths as adults and greenish caterpillars with black spots in their infancy.
If you notice a possible Sod Webworm infestation, call Roots Turf and Ornamental for treatment options.