Lawn Insect Control

Lawn Insect Control

Turf Feeding Insects (billbug, chinch bug, sod webworm, grubs) The home lawn is an ideal environment for insects. Many are harmless, and some are beneficial but others can cause real problems. It is important to know the damaging ones from the non-pests. It is also important to be able to tell the difference between insect damage and other types of damage, such as disease, drought, or nutritional problems. Applications for these pests will be made in late June or July when insects are actively feeding.

 
Billbugs
Irrigation AssocationBillbug damage usually appears in late-June through August, when summer drought stress is common. Light infestations in lawns often produce small dead spots that look like the turf disease, dollar spot. Sometimes the damage looks like irregular mottling or browning in the turf. read more..
 
Chinch Bug
Irrigation AssocationChinch bug damage is usually first detected when irregular patches of turf begin to turn yellow then straw colored. The straw colored areas may be completely dead. These patches continue to become larger in spite of watering. Apparently, feeding by chinch bugs blocks the water and food conducting vessels of grass stems. By blocking the water, the leaves wither as in drought and the manufactured food doesn't get to the roots. The result is plant death. Damage generally occurs during hot, dry weather from June into September. read more...
 
Sod Webworm
Irrigation AssocationThe damage caused by sod webworms may first appear in early spring. The damage shows up as small dead patches of grass among the normally growing grass. The summer generation may cause general turf thinning or even irregular dead patches in late June into early August. Sod webworms prefer sunny areas and the larvae are often found on south facing, steep slopes and banks, where it is hot and dry. read more...

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