You have invested your hard earned time and money into your lawn over the years and it’s a source of great pride and joy! Don’t let a spring lawn pest infestation turn your lawn from green and healthy, to brown and sickly. Protect your lawn this spring! The first step in protecting your lawn from an infestation is being able to identify lawn pest damage early so an effective treatment plan can be put into action. Here are 3 common lawn pests you may see this spring and how you can detect them early on:
Pest #1: Grubs
A grub infestation is one of the worst things that could happen to your lawn this spring. Not only do they feed on the grass’ roots, but they also attract other lawn-damaging critters that will dig up your lawn looking for a tasty grub meal. Once these grubs re-surface in the early spring months to feed, it’s on and you need to be ready.
There are two different ways to detect a grub infestation:
- The visible signs – circular patches of dead or dying grass, spread throughout your lawn. This grass will be yellow or brown and will appear sickly.
- The palpable signs – When walking on these patches of dead/dying grass it will feel significantly softer, and almost sponge-like. You will also be able to grab patches of grass and peel them back as the grubs have eaten through and disconnected the grass from the roots.
Pest #2: Chinch Bugs
Chinch bugs feed a little bit in the spring, but if not dealt with early on they’ll cause serious damage in the warm summer months. Once the adults wake from their winter dormancy, they feed, they mate, and it’s their young (nymphs) feeding in summer that cause the most damage.
Similar to the grub, there are two ways to detect a spring chinch bug infestation from the start:
- The visible signs – Because chinch bugs are sucking pests, they will suck moisture and other important nutrients from your grass. This will result in large brown patches that make it appear like your lawn is suffering from drought.
- The palpable signs – If you think you may have a chinch bug infestation, go to the area being affected. Part the dead/dying grass and look for white pests burrowing into the soil. They’re small and they often have a red or white stripe along their back, which aids in identification.
Pest #3: Bluegrass Billbug
Most commonly attacking Kentucky bluegrass, this billbug (and its larvae) is known to cause extensive spring lawn damage to homes in Michigan. The adults, who will be causing most of the spring damage, feed on the grass itself. Meanwhile, the larvae, which appear later, feed on the grass stem and root systems (similar to grubs).
The two ways to detect the bluegrass billbug:
- The visible signs – Irregularly shaped patches of dying grass across your lawn. Billbugs will also leave frass, which looks very similar to sawdust, on or around the crown of the grass. This will become visible once you have pulled a patch of grass from the ground.
- The palpable signs – You will be able to easily pull up patches of grass as if you were pulling weeds. The palpable damage is very similar to what you would see with a grub infestation.
If you’re worried about lawn pests causing damage to your lawn this spring, put an end to your worries by calling the experts in lawn pest control at Turf Tenders! Our team has the knowledge and experience to give you peace-of-mind knowing your lawn is protected this spring, and beyond!
Give us a call today at (248) 541-5296, or contact us here to hear more about how we can help you protect your lawn today and keep it looking beautiful throughout the year.