Are Insects Damaging Your Hard-Earned Green Lawn?
Bugs are anything but lazy. When an ant builds a hill, or a bee collects pollen, it works relentlessly. They also multiply at an amazing rate. If an insect problem goes unchecked, it doesn’t take long for it to get out of hand. Stopping the progress of such a motivated, and well-staffed workforce is tough. And when bugs take aim at your lawn, you’re confronting them on their turf. Thankfully, the experts are a step ahead of the lawn-destroying insects.
Whether you suspect you already have a bug problem or you want to prevent one from taking hold, we can help. Here are a few of your lawn’s most common insect enemies, plus a few ways to stop these bad bugs in their tracks.
Ants In The Plants
One of the most common lawn-destroying insects is also one of the easiest to spot. Ant colonies give us clear signals of their presence by building unsightly mounds in your lawn. And if you see one ant mound, you can bet more are on the way! The good news is, there are many ways to combat ants. While ants don’t directly feed on or harm grass, it’s best to get professional help before the mounds become so numerous that digging them all out will pockmark your lawn.
Grub And Beetle Mania
Beetles are a common sight in lawns and gardens. Their taste for leaves is legendary. If you’ve spotted beetles in your yard, you’ve no doubt spotted the plants they destroyed. Mature beetles can chew up grass and the leaves off a plant in no time. Their offspring can be even worse!
Grubs — also known as beetle larvae — attack your lawn from underground. They feed on the grassroots. A few are normal, but you’ll know you have an infestation when you can pull up an entire patch of grass. Grubs also attract birds and animals looking for a meal. These predators make matters worse, digging holes all over your lawn to find a snack. You can add beneficial nematodes to your garden to feed on the grubs. But in the case of an infestation, you want to get professional help, before you’re faced with the expense of replacing the entire lawn.
Like beetles, grasshoppers have a hearty appetite for leaves and grass. They’re bigger than a lot of other common pests and can do some big damage too. Their close cousin, the locust, has been known to swarm and ruin entire harvests. Commercial grasshopper insecticide isn’t hard to find. But, it can be dangerous to pets. For help with turf-eating pests like grub and beetles, contact Gunter Pest.
Guest Blog Post By Richard Gillespie
Richard Gillespie is an exterminator whose interest in household and landscape pests began as a child when he would crank up the radio to hear “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes.” He prides himself on practicing humane and eco-friendly pest control … unless he finds a rat. Then, all bets are off.