Best Treatments in Controlling Lawn Pests

February 20th, 2021

Your lawn defines the curb appeal of your home and plays a major role in the first impression your property creates. You want beautiful, green grass, but bugs and pests often make that difficult to achieve. 

By learning to recognize common Florida bugs and familiarizing yourself with the best treatment options available, you can take back power over your yard and enjoy your view.

The Chinch Bug

Is your grass turning yellow or reddish-brown? If so, it could be under attack by chinch bugs. These incredibly tiny bugs -- they only measure about ⅕” long with black bodies and white wings across their backs -- are difficult to spot, but the damage they cause is obvious. 

Chinch bugs view your lawn as their dinner; so even if you cut, water, and fertilize your sod exactly like you should, chinch bugs can still cause trouble. They will suck your grass blades dry and inject a poison that kills the blades. 

This tends to cause damage in patches that end up looking like they are suffering from drought. A professional pest control service is the best way to stop chinch bugs in their tracks. An eco-friendly pesticide or chemical-free alternative like diatomaceous earth are the best treatment choices. 

Fall Armyworms

The fall armyworm thrives in warm and tropical regions like Florida. Unfortunately, it’s such a strong flier that it can easily disperse long distances over the summer.

Larvae are known to cause damage by eating foliage and leaving distinct holes. Just like with chinch bugs, a professional pest control service is the best way to keep fall armyworms from destroying your beautiful sod. 

Mole Crickets

The mole cricket is another serious pest in Florida, especially in Bahia sod. Mole crickets love to tunnel through roots and eat the shoots of the grass. Unfortunately, their tunneling habits end up dislodging plants and causing them to dry out. Special nematodes are available to infect and kill mole crickets. 

You work hard to keep your sod looking beautiful, green, and healthy, so you don’t want to give pests the opportunity to ruin it. Green Solutions Lawn Care and Pest Control serves the Tampa area to help customers beautify and preserve their outdoor landscapes and keep their indoor dwellings pest-free. Call (813) 684-7336 now to make your appointment.