Lawn Care

Lawn Pests Leave Calling Cards That Reveal Their True Identities

The grass seems to be growing an inch per minute in residents’ minds as spring continues to warm Lafayette. This astounding growth isn’t limited to just the grass. In fact, everything seems to be generating new life, including the insect population. Pests in and around the yard are commonplace in the spring. Knowing what to look for and how to treat the pests are the smartest ways to eradicate them. Explore the top solutions in controlling pests as spring turns into summer.

Mysterious Lawn Patches

A primarily green lawn that suddenly succumbs to brown patches probably has grubs. These larvae are the juvenile form of beetles that fly around during the Lafayette spring and summer. They don’t actually feed on the grass blades, however. Grubs focus their attention on grass roots where they hide from predators in the soil.

Tilling the soil to upturn the grubs is a simple way to find them. There might be chinch bugs in the soil too. Many pests consume the grass and roots, which leads to the brown patches.

Wilting or Bitten Grass Blades

Armyworms or cutworms tend to focus on grass blades. Louisville residents might notice the blades losing their shapes or suddenly shrinking in size. Both of these pests will decimate the grass while working on other areas in the yard.

Chinch bugs create other issues on the lawn, including wilting and discoloration. They’re often overlooked as the cause for these lawn problems because other factors produce the same results. Overwatering and shady areas can wilt and discolor too. It’s critical for residents to pay careful attention to the grass with a closer inspection.

Noticing Pathways or Soil Mounds

The landscaping has bigger problems when moles or voles have created a home in the yard. Residents will see mounds of dirt piled up in certain areas with moles. As clever rodents, voles form pathways just below the soil’s surface that resemble cracks in the earth.

Because these pests aren’t tiny like insects, removing them takes some professional action. Both moles and voles can grow quite large. Residents can have them humanely removed without dealing with traditional traps.

Tracking Damage With Insect Life Cycles

Louisville residents may have a small mystery on their hands when lawn-damage signs are vague and subtle. Go online, and research which pests are completely active at the moment. Residents can eliminate several types of pests if they’re dormant in May or June, for instance.

Some life cycles may be just starting. In these cases, inspecting questionable areas across the lawn may be necessary. A close inspection might reveal tiny larvae that were imperceptible from a standing position. Use this discovery information in order to create an eradication plan.

Bringing the Critters to Light

Prioritizing lawn care comes with its challenges when residents don’t know what’s affecting the grass in the first place. Bring those critters to light with a drench test. Add two tablespoons of lemon, dish detergent to two gallons of water. Select a problem area of the lawn, and pour the soapy mixture onto it.

The grass won’t be harmed by this test, but the pests hate to be suffocated. They’ll flock to the surface for air. As a result, residents know which pests are in action right now.

Dethatching as a Solution

Dethatching is the process of removing part of the lawn’s lower section or thatch. Pests love to thrive in this area because it’s sheltered and full of nutrients in the soil below and blades above.

By dethatching, some of the pests are actually removed. Their habitat is essentially pulled apart. They’ll look for other areas to replicate in.

Always use equipment that’s designed for dethatching. It preserves the grass above with its mechanical design. The professionals can always assist residents with this service.

Considering a Short Drought

Another clever way to employ pest control strategies is by focusing on resources. Many pests thrive on an overwatered lawn. The moisture feeds their activities. Give the lawn a rest from ample watering. In fact, it’s perfectly fine to allow some dryness to set in.

This short drought might cause the pests to move to another location or die back in great numbers. It may be difficult to tell if they’ve been eradicated so allow the drought to carry on for a few days.

Exploring Natural Deterrents

Pest control doesn’t have to involve chemicals. Natural solutions, such as milky spore bacteria or nematodes, can carefully weed out the pests without hurting the environment. Pinpoint the pest types found in the lawn. Consider their predators in the wild. Nematodes, for instance, are parasites for insects. They’ll reduce the insect numbers in little time.

Landscape professionals also point out the benefit of a well-maintained lawn. Grass that’s incredibly healthy cannot die back with just a few pests. The insects may even look for another lawn to inhabit.

Turning to Professional Help

When residents don’t feel comfortable about their landscaping challenge, expert help is available. Professionals can inspect the property and verify which pest is active. Residents might discover that they have several pests working diligently on the grass blades and roots.

The experts come up with a multiple-point plan that can kill off the active pests and deal with the larvae. Residents ultimately approve of the solutions, including pesticides or natural selections. Most professionals today want a natural solution so that they protect the environment with the service.

Consult with Don King Landscaping so that a property’s lawn care is a top priority. These professionals can point out lawn issues and reasonable solutions. Caring for gardens is both a science and an art. Allow the experts to green up the yard for a long-lasting lawn into the summer and fall.