How to Identify Lawn Pests
Maintaining a perfect Florida lawn comes with a lot of potential problems. There are a few pests, in particular, that you should look out for. However, they can be difficult to identify. You can use the following descriptions to help identify them:
Chinch Bugs absolutely love St. Augustine grass. They are tiny, less than 1/8th of an inch long, and have black bodies with white wings. Chinch bugs attack your lawn by sucking the liquid out of grass blades. In doing so, patches of grass on your lawn will dehydrate, turn yellow, then brown and die.
Fire Ants are known for their dark red bodies and burning, itching stings. These can be particularly dangerous for those who are allergic as they can cause anaphylaxis. Their main identifier are the dirt mounds you’ll find on your lawn. When disrupted, the ants will race out and attack. It’s important to catch fire ants in time, as they can create underground tunnel systems that will leave your lawn weak and damaged.
Mole Crickets are particularly disruptive to the root structure of your grass. They feed on and chew through the grass roots, causing your grass to die off. When dealing with mole crickets, your grass will feel spongy when stepped on and be covered with brown patches. Because the grass lacks roots, individual blades will be easily pulled.
Sod Webworms chew through small areas of grass. They create tunnels out of their silky web that will run under the grass. Signs to look for include raggedly-chewed grass and smaller brown spots- around the size of a baseball. However, if a large infestation is present, they can destroy a whole lawn in a few days.
Armyworms are small caterpillars that grow into moths. The females lay up to a thousand eggs at once in patches of fresh grass. These can hatch as quickly as 2 days. To spot these guys, you’ll want to look on the outside of dead or damaged grass areas. The grass will look as if it’s alive as they move. Their swift reproduction rate makes these guys a major lawn hazard.
If you notice any signs of a lawn pest, be sure to call a professional immediately as damage can happen before you know it. At Heron Home & Outdoor, we offer free same day inspections! Give us a call at 1-877-772-0826 and we’ll get your lawn looking great again.
How to Identify Lawn Pests in Orlando and surrounding counties
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