One constant concern in caring for our lawns is the presence of bugs, insects, and pests. This is a common problem, and it requires that the lawn should be periodically checked for bugs and pests.
Here are the top 7 lawn pests and insects that can cause some damage to your lawn:
1. Armyworm: Armyworm larvae go from place to place and feed on the shoots of the grass. They eat at night and sometimes on cloudy days, but they usually hide int he thatch layer during the day. They eat the grass as soon as they are hatched from their eggs. They also move as a group, which makes it imperative to eliminate them as soon as you spot some to stop their spread.
2. Bluegrass Bill Bugs: Simply known as the Bill Bug, this pest feed in the roots, rhizomes, and shoots of the grass. The Billy Bug larvae feed into the stems where there is moisture, and it is here when they cause great damage to the grass. The adults only cause minor damage as compared to the larvae. The larvae are usually hatched and appear in late May and June.
3. European Chafer: The larvae of this species feed on the roots and rhizomes in midsummer. During this time, the grass aren’t able to regenerate well and brown patches will appear. As they grow (with one year life cycle) they will move to swarm in the trees.
4. Japanese Beetle: The larvae also feed on the roots and rhizomes in the summertime, causing brown patches to appear on the grass. The adult Japanese Beetle feeds on fruit and on shrubs.
5. June Beetle: The larvae also feed on the roots and rhizomes in the summertime. It is larger than the other larvae pests and has an irregular life cycle. The adult June Beetle feeds on foliage and on shrubs. You can see them at night flying around lights.
6. Hairy Cinch Bug: This bug drinks the juice s from the grass, thus giving the grass irregular yellow or brown patches. The Hairy Cinch Bugs, or Nymphs, first appear in May, then a second generation appears in September.
7. Sod Webworm: The Sod Webworm larvae feed on the shoots of the grass, eating the grass down to soil level. They eat at night. The moths hide in constructed silk-lined tunnels through the thatch layer and into the soil. They usually fly at dusk or when there’s foot traffic in the lawn.
There are specific insecticides and solutions for each of these lawn pests and insects. You might want to consult with a lawn care or gardening expert to learn how to take care of your lawn better against these pests and insects.
To learn how to minimize your lawn pests and insects problems, read Bruce Zimmerman’s Know Your Turf Grass Thugs.