There are several common insects and lawn pests that hamper your lawn care efforts. Correctly identifying these lawn pests so proper treatment can be implemented is the best way of managing them.
Common Pests Of Lawns
Chinch Bugs – These pests cause serious damage in the thick turf of lawns. Dead or drying areas of a lawn signal their presence. Dry season is known to favour its spread. Generally, a chinch bug produces 2 generations every year. The first generation starts to die in early fall while the second generation hibernates at the approach of cold weather in debris or in loose soil near the root zone. These pests do the greatest damage from mid-summer to early fall.
White Grubs – There are many beetles that produce white grubs that create lawn damage. These include the oriental beetle, European chafe, Japanese beetle, northern asked chafer, and the Asiatic garden beetle. They cause damage by eating the root system of the turf.
Japanese Beetles – Often, they feed in groups. They start eating at the top of the plant, working downward. They are most active on warm, sunny days. Moreover, they prefer plants which are in direct sunlight. One beetle cannot eat much; however, group feeding by plenty of beetles can result to severe damage. Adult Japanese beetles are known to be highly mobile; thus, they can infest areas that are miles away. However, they only make short flights as they move about to lay eggs or feed.
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