Lawn Insects and Pests
A wide variety of insects and critters live in, and munch on your lawn. It
only make sense, 'cuz after all, your lawn is a great place to live. It's
lush, it's green, and it's filled with good things for those insects and
'varmints to eat.
A normal level of insect activity is to be expected, and it is indicative
of a healthy lawn. When the level of visitors reaches high levels, we notice
and get annoyed. Treating your lawn is effective, yet problematic as once
it is treated, you should stay off it for a while. The chemicals can be harmful
to you, your kids, and your pets.
Because of the harmful nature of insecticides, we recommend reasonable insect
control. We also encourage you to handle chemicals carefully and responsibly.
Apply them, only as directed.
The most common of insect problem is grubs. The
Japanese Beetle grub is
perhaps the best known. They are effectively controlled, but not eliminated,
through insecticide treatment in mid summer. This is the time when the grub's
life cycle begins. It's the larval stage. The larvae burrows into your turf,
intent on fattening up on your lawn's roots, prior to hibernating for the
winter. This is when you want to apply a "Fertilizer and Grub" killer. It
is important to do it just after they have gone into your turf. Applying
grub killer before they have entered the lawn is a waste of chemicals into
the environment. Watch for the right time in your area. Ask a local lawn
and garden store if you are not sure.
More on Japanese Beetles
There are a whole host of other insects that also enjoy your lawn, some for
only a brief visit, and others an entire season, if allowed. There are a
variety of insect sprays you can use to combat any serious infestation. But
again, we emphasize caution. Applying an insecticide will eliminate insects,
but you should also stay off the lawn for a period of time as indicated in
the instructions on the label of the insecticide.
Other Lawn Damaging Varmints
Insects are not the only pests that invade your lush lawn. Undoubtedly, the
most damaging of them are Moles and Voles.
Moles and voles tunnel under your lawn, looking for insects and other goodies
to eat. Your healthy lawn has plenty, so once moles move in, they are hard
to get rid of. Lawncare and pesticide companies have many options for you
to choose from in fighting an infestation. They include:
Mole Poisons- harmful to the environment and not always effective.
High pitched sounds- this only sends the mole to your neighbor for a while.
Mole traps- there is a wide variety to choose from.
Toxic Gases- But, you may never know if you "smoked 'em out".
A very effective tool is the traditional mouse trap with a little peanut
butter. Set this next to an active hole, and cover it with a small container
to shelter it from pets and weather. Voila, the Moles sniff the peanut butter
and the rest is history along with the mole. Mousetraps also are harmless
to the environment.
Tip: Partially chew a piece of chewing gum and set it in an active
hole. The mole will eat it, but can not digest it and will die.
More on Moles and Voles
Your pet dog is sometimes unfriendly to your lawn. When your dog,
or a neighbor's dog, urinates on the lawn, the nitrogen in the urine is so
strong that it will burn a brown spot in the lawn. If you see the dog urinate,
immediately flush the area with water. If you do not see it happen, the brown
spot will appear in a few days. Flush it with water and immediately re-seed
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