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Avoid a grub bug lawn infestation

Bugs and insects are a natural part of the composition of our gardens and lawns. In most cases you don’t have to worry about them. There are insects which feed on grass but don’t eat enough to cause problems. In addition, there are those insects that are beneficial to your lawn and help in the decomposition of organic matter, so your grass gets all the nutrients it needs. On the other hand, there are insects and bugs that would be a problem to your lawn if they are in high numbers.

Army worms

These are moths which migrate to Atlanta, Georgia in summer from Texas. When they are fully grown, their larvae are greenish in color. They are devastating to turf grass lawns as they eat the grass down to the soil.

Grub worms

During the early parts of summer, many beetle species lay their eggs in the turf grass. These eggs will hatch later in the summer and develop to grub worms. These worms damage the root system of the grass in the fall months. The way you can control them is to use insecticide at this time, before winter begins.

When winter begins, these worms usually entrench themselves deeper into the soil making it harder to kill them. Treatment is necessary if there are more than 10 grubs in one square foot of turf.

Chinch bugs

Chinch bugs cause patches of discolored grass that may be confused with lawn diseases. The chinch bugs have sucking mouths that cause turf damage in open and sunny areas. It is important to first find the bugs to be sure that they are the cause of the problem.

To defend your lawn against these bugs, you need to aerate your lawn, mow regularly and water regularly. You may also consider removing thatch, which provides an ideal environment for chinch bugs to thrive. If the number of chinch bugs is too high, you may need regular lawn treatments to control the problem.

What to do about pests in your lawn

Lawn treatment to completely prevent the infestation may not possible. The best solution is early detection to prevent serious damage.

Some pests, such as army worms, move very fast, and may prove difficult. Knowledge of the cycle of these bugs is necessary so that an effective control program can be designed. When properly identified, most of the pests can be controlled with the proper application of insecticides.

Materials used for pest control are available in granules, soluble powders, wettable powders, emulsifiable concentrates, and baits. suggests  At Environmental Turf Management, we have the expertise to evaluate the problem and apply the proper insecticide to reduce or eliminate the problem. Contact us today if you have any concerns that these bugs might be invading your lawn.