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Summertime Pests Part 2

In our previous post, we looked at some of the common summertime pests that many homeowners in Florida deal with. Continue reading today’s post to learn about a few more summertime pests that may be wreaking havoc in your grass this season.

Whether you’re concerned about possible pest problems in your lawn or you just want to schedule routine lawn care, we can help. Contact Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter for help with all of your lawn and garden needs.

Hunting Billbugs

Hunting billbugs are a type of weevil that can cause extensive damage to your lawn. They frequently infest lawns that feature Zoysia and Bermuda grasses. Not only do the adults feed on the stems and other parts of the grass, but the larvae actually bore down into the stems to feed on the roots! Since the symptoms caused by billbugs, yellowing and dead grass, are similar to grass that is diseased or suffering from a lack of water, they could go unnoticed.

What to Be on the Lookout for

To see if your lawn is infested with billbugs, you can start with a tug test, which means that you should tug on the grass to see if it pulls away easily from the ground. Once you’ve done that, look for debris that appears to be sawdust inside of the damaged grass. You could also look for small, legless white larvae either in the grass or within the top two inches of soil.

Pest Control Plans

Regular watering could help to fight off light infestations, but if you see evidence of more than 10 billbugs in a square foot of grass, then you’ll need to utilize an insecticide. It is important that you choose the right insecticide and use it correctly. If you’re not sure which one to use, or if the problem seems bigger than store-bought items can handle, then be sure to call Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter for the professional pest control you need.

Mole Crickets

Mole crickets can damage any type of grass, but they tend to prefer lawns with Bahia grass or Bermuda grass, which means that your Florida lawn could be especially vulnerable to these pests. Don’t let their grass preference fool you, however, as they will devour whatever grass is available to them. As one of the most destructive and invasive pest species, mole crickets are one pest that you definitely want to be on the offensive when it comes to protecting your lawn.

Symptoms of Activity

As with many of the other pests we’ve looked at, mole crickets also create patches of dead and dying grass in their wake. Another symptom to look for is the mounds of dirt that they leave at the entrance to their tunnels. If you’re able to do so safely, try getting up on your roof and take advantage of the height to see if you can observe tunnel outlines in your yard. If you have a mole cricket infestation, then you’re likely to see a patchwork grid caused by their tunneling. One additional problem that a mole cricket infestation brings is the increased presence of predators as they are food for birds and raccoons.

Actionable Items

Unfortunately, mole crickets are incredibly difficult pests to exterminate, which means that it is critical to hire a professional lawn care company like Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter. Since mole crickets work at night and are dormant during the day, it can prove very difficult for homeowners to try to locate them in order to deal with the problem. Call us today to schedule a same-day, free inspection.

Army Worms

The reason for this particular pest’s name is that they do in fact battle with your lawn. They are about one to two inches long and vary in color from gray to yellow to pink. Eventually, they will turn into brown moths that are much easier to identify at night since their furry abdomens are revealed when they gravitate to your outside lights.

Symptoms of Army Worm Activity

Like many of the other lawn pests that we’ve looked at, army worms also eat both the blades and stems of the grass in your yard. Additionally, they will eat all of the leaves on nearby plants in your yard. This activity leads to circular bare spots in most lawns. In cases of extreme infestation, the lawn may appear to move as a result of the heavy level of activity.

They tend to be more active early in the morning and again at night once the heat of the day is past. You will not usually observe activity during the day as that is when they are typically dormant in an effort to escape the heat of the sun.

Treatment Options

The best treatment, of course, is early detection. The sooner that you are able to identify and address the problem, the better. One of the easiest ways to prevent army worms from hanging out in your yard is to water your grass. In addition to your regular watering schedule, make it a habit to water your lawn after you mow it as this will make them to move to other lawns. Since they are hard to spot, especially during the day, you may have an infestation on your hands before you realize it.

If your lawn is suffering from an army worm infestation, then there are several things that you can try. Go to your local home improvement or garden store and look for a liquid insecticide first. There are granular insecticides, but these are generally not as effective. Once you’ve sprayed your lawn with the insecticide, wait three days to give it time to work. If you still see signs of an infestation, then it’s time to call the experts at Palm Coast Pest Control.

We hope that today’s post has given you some helpful insight into the types of pests that you want to watch out for as you care for your Florida lawn. If you are interested in scheduling regular lawn care, or are looking for helping eliminating pests, then contact Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter. We are proud to offer same-day, free inspections and estimates.