Springtime Lawn Pests
April 28, 2017
Springtime is here again, delivering us from the harsh cold of winter. Well, not that harsh since it’s south Florida, but either way the weather is getting warmer. There are so many great things about springtime such as the flowers blooming, the beautiful weather and it's baseball season. Because the weather is getting warmer, that means the plants and flowers are starting to grow again. Your garden will be full of beautiful flowers and our lawn will be lush and green. But with springtime here, your lawns and gardens will come under attack. Evil pests also love the springtime because it’s when they start to look for food and your flowers and lawn look pretty tasty. You can keep your plants and lawn safe if you know what to look for.
Our first unwanted critter is the chinch bug. The chinch bug can grow to be 6 millimeters in length and has white wings with a black spot. Chinch bugs cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year to lawns across the U.S. Chinch bugs feed o the grass by latching on to a blade of grass and sucking all the nutrients out of it. The blade of grass then turns a brownish, yellow color as it withers away. An infestation of chinch bugs will show as discolored patches, which are usually circular in shape. St. Augustine grass is especially susceptible to chinch bugs, but any lawn can be affected.
The next unwanted pest is the white grub. White grubs are the larvae of May, or June, Beetles. They are 25 – 40 millimeters long with white bodies and three pairs of legs. White grubs like to feed on the roots of plants and grass. This makes them especially dangerous because if they eat the root system of the grass, then the grass will die. A large enough infestation can kill an entire lawn quickly and turf replacement will be necessary.
Another lawn pest is the tropical sod webworm. These webworms are actually moths, but the damage is done by the larvae stage of these pests, which is a caterpillar. The caterpillars destroy the grass by eating it. When the caterpillars are small, the damage is hard to see as they only eat small portions of the top part of the grass. But, as they get bigger and older, they start to eat more and more of the grass. Early damage is hard to detect, but the grass will appear ragged in some areas. Eventually, it will lead to brown and yellow patches of grass, plus the ingress of weeds. Any warm season grass is especially susceptible to tropical sod webworms such as Centipede grass, Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass. Some cool season grasses are also vulnerable including Creeping Bent grass.
Luckily the experts at Nozzle Nolen can take care of any lawn insect problem you might have. With quick and effective treatments available to treat a problem or prevent any future ones, Nozzle Nolen will keep your grass green and beautiful all Spring and Summer.
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