Common Lawn Pests
Common Lawn Pests and How to Control Them – Disease and grass insect pests can be prevented or cured by following a few basic steps. Be sure to set your low mower height to 1-1/2 inches, have a sharp blade, have the proper fertilizing, drainage and water. Even following each and everything above still can bring on unwanted insect attacks. So what pest is your culprit?
What Does a Cinch Bug Look Like?
1.) The bugs are small flat bugs that are about the size of a grain of rice.
2.) The baby ones are brick red, but turn a brown color in their middle age.
3.) As adults, they turn a black color with white wings.
What Do Chinch Bugs Do?
1.) Brown patches with a reddish middle.
2.) Outer circle has a yellow color.
3.) Pull on grass. It will still be firmly rooted.
A lawn that has Chinch Bug Infestation. The picture shows what a lawn will look like if they are not dealt with quickly and properly.
Testing for Chinch Bugs
Since the bugs are so small it is easier to test your lawn using a coffee can and water to see them. Cut both ends off of a coffee can and stick one end into the ground. Fill it with about 1/2” or better full of water. The chinch bugs will float to the top.
What Does a Sod Webworm Look Like?
What Do They Do?
Irregular shaped brown colored areas of grass are an indication that you have sod webworms.
Testing for Sod Webworms
A good way to test for sod webworms is to mix two teaspoons of pyrethrum in one gallon of water and apply it one square inch of the affected area. Within a ten minute period of time if you see gray worms coming to the surface you have an infestation.
If the infestation has gone on for a long period of time you may see small lawn moths, this too, is a good indication.
What Do They Do?
They create patches of brown dead grass that went pulled on will come up like a doormat.
Testing for Them:
When you see brown patches of grass, lift the patch. When lifted, you will see fat, white colored worms that are generally curled up like shrimp.
What Can You Do To Get Rid of Chinch Bugs and Sod Webworms?
The best insecticide that I know of to get rid of chinch bugs and sod webworms has the active ingredient Bifenthrin. This company sells the best product on the market Talstar PL Granules Insecticide.
The product works to control ants, fire ants, spiders, fleas, ticks, worms, crickets and almost all other lawn insects such as chinch bugs and sod webworms.
Can be used on lawns, landscape, gardens, perimeters of buildings. Protection for 2-3 months. Also works on scorpions. It is safe to use around birds, pets, and other mammals.
For white grubs, the bifenthrin doesn’t work. I found that this product St Gabriel Laboratories 10Oz Conc Milky Spore 80010-9 Grub Control works extremely well.
I love the fact it is 100% Organic and safe to use around pets and children. Once the spore is released it will last for 15-20 years. Perfectly safe to use in your garden.
You can limit all your lawn pests with just two products the first year. After the first year, you will only have one to purchase. However, practicing all of the tips in this guide will limit the chances of outbreaks.