Do you have bare or thin patches on your lawn? Have you tried everything, including cat litter-like fertilizer from your hardware store, with no success? There are numerous reasons why your landscape may not live up to your expectations. It could be something as basic as not following the simple do’s and don’ts of lawn care or something more serious like a pest infestation. As your trusted pest control Surprise AZ professionals, here are some tips for identifying and eliminating lawn pests.
Identifying common lawn pests
- Chinch bugs
These tiny black bugs are the most common lawn pest in the United States. They hang out around shrubs, flower beds, driveways, and sidewalks. They are forced to the surface when you water your lawn (or it rains). Squeezing a white cloth over a suspicious spot will reveal whether or not you have an infestation.
These are larvae of various species of beetles. They live below the surface of your grass and eat roots, which can kill large patches of your lawn very quickly. Pull back a few square feet of sod and look for grubs about three inches below the soil level if you suspect your lawn is plagued with them.
Moles are little creatures that live underground and feed on small insects and worms such as those found in your yard. Besides making unsightly piles of dirt on your property, moles can cause damage to plants as they burrow through their roots looking for food.
Ants don’t cause much damage to the plants in your yard, but they are a nuisance. Carpenters ants, in particular, can do some damage to wooden structures on your property.
Caterpillars also contribute immensely to dead patches in the lawn due to their tendency to feast on grass blades. Several types of caterpillars, such as Armyworms and Cutworms, thrive under favorable conditions.
Controlling Pests Effectively
Once you’ve detected what type of pests is on your lawn, you need effective ways to get rid of them:
Insecticides are commonly used for getting rid of insects and other pests on the lawn. There are many types of insecticides available at your local garden center. Ask the store employees for help choosing one that’s best for your situation.
Remove the Insect’s Habitat
If you’re dealing with grasshoppers, remove anything from your lawn that they can use as shelter. This includes stones and debris where they lay their eggs. Also, clean up any excess grass clippings on your lawn to prevent infestation.
Get Professional Help
If you’re still confused about which pests are infesting your lawn or garden, you should seek professional assistance. A pest control company can examine the area and make an accurate assessment. It may cost money, but it will save you time and frustration from guessing what’s wrong with your outdoor space.
When it comes to pest control and prevention, Granada Pest Control has you covered. We have a team of experts who are well-versed in the removal of common household pests and lawn pests. If you suspect pests on your property, don’t hesitate to call us for an inspection.