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Watch Out for These Summertime Pests – Part 1

In Florida, we are able to enjoy gorgeous warm weather almost every day of the year. While the casual tourist might not notice the change in our “seasons,” every local can identify the tell-tale signs of change. As we move towards the hottest season of the year, there are some common summertime pests that you want to be on the lookout for. At Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter, we will help you protect your yard and landscape from the damage these pests can cause. Contact Us Today!

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are one of the most common pest insects found in the southern United States. It is very common in Florida, and is the primary pest affecting lawns with St. Augustine grass. Despite the fact that researchers worked to create a chinch bug resistant form of St. Augustine grass, the insects adapted within 12 years and the variant was no longer free from damage.

Symptoms of Chinch Bug Activity

The damage to your lawn will be most visible between June and September when chinch bugs are actively feeding. At first, the damage to grass might appear to be the result of drought stress, but closer inspection will reveal the offender. Make sure to be on the lookout for circular patches of lawn that first appear to have a purple tinge and then slowly wilt as they turn yellow and then brown.

Actions You Can Take

One thing that you can do to protect your lawn if you have St. Augustine grass is to employ proper mowing, fertilization, and irrigation. Adjust the blade on your mower so that the height of your grass is maintained at 3 to 4 inches, which helps to ensure a stronger root system and increase your lawn’s resistance to chinch bug infestation. Additionally, make sure that your mower’s blade is regularly sharpened so that the grass is cut and not torn, which could lead to other disease and infestation problems.

The only way to truly eradicate chinch bugs from your lawn is through professional extermination. Contact Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter, and let us put our skills and equipment to work for you.

Grubs

Grubs (beetle larvae) are among the insects that cause some of the most harm to lawns. White grubs are the larvae of a variety of beetles, including June bugs, European chafers, masked chafers, Japanese beetles, Oriental beetles, and billbugs. Since grubs complete their life cycle within one year, and the larvae feed on the roots of lawn grass, this can cause major damage to your entire lawn in a very short amount of time.

Symptoms of Grub Activity

You need to be on the lookout for wilted grass blades, brown patches of turf, and dead patches. If you suspect grub activity, then try lifting up a small patch of turf as it will easily lift off the soil when grubs have caused damage. Additionally, if you notice that animals such as crows, skunks or moles have an unusual interest in your lawn, then you can be fairly certain that they are seeking out a meal of grubs.

Treatment Options

Unlike other lawn pests, a grub infestation can’t be treated by most homeowners since their activity is primarily under the soil and below lawn foliage. At Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter, we are happy to provide same-day inspections to evaluate the condition of your lawn and provide an estimate for treating any grub infestation before it gets out of control.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito got its name from the single white stripe that goes down the center of its head and back. It is an exotic species that can transmit a variety of harmful diseases such as the Zika virus and West Nile virus. While it won’t necessarily cause damage to your lawn, it can prevent you from enjoying your lawn if you are getting bitten each time you go outside. Don’t let mosquitoes be the reason why you can’t enjoy your yard this summer.

Symptoms of Activity

One of the most obvious ways to tell if you have an infestation is the buzzing of the females and an increase in mosquito bites. Depending on the sensitivity of the person who is bitten, they might have a minor reaction such as a mild irritation, or they might have a more serious reaction such as inflammation and swelling. One other sign to look for is the presence of mosquito larvae in any standing water around your home.

Treatment Solutions

One of the first things that you can do to rid your property of Asian Tiger mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes for that matter, is to make sure that you have no areas of standing water. If you have baby pools, flowerpots, or birdbaths in your yard, then it’s important to either get rid of them or temporarily move them into your garage until you have eliminated the problem.

Additionally, make sure that your gutters are not filled with any organic matter that would prevent the flow of water, and check that all of your windows have screens free from holes or tears. The best way to eliminate the problem of Asian Tiger Mosquitoes is to hire a professional pest control company. Contact Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter to schedule your same-day inspection today!

Tropical Sod Webworms

This pest prefers tropical and subtropical climates such as what we enjoy here in Central Florida. Tropical Sod Webworms are larvae of invasive moths. They particularly enjoy freshly planted grass or recently transplanted grass on new lawns. They are called webworms, as the juvenile caterpillars form an interconnected support web in the grass.

What to Look for

If you think your lawn might have an issue with sod webworms, then kneel down and check a small patch of grass for any indications of chewing or scraping. You can look around the grass to see if you can spot any webworms as well. If you’re concerned that there might be webworms hiding in the thatch, then you can do a soap drench test to try and flush them out.

As they eat grass blades and stems, brown patches will be left behind. Sod webworms can cause extensive damage and leave your turf riddled with holes due to the birds looking for a good meal.

Treatment Plans

Like many other pests that damage lawns, you will need to seek the help of a professional pest control company. The good news is that once you begin treatment of your lawn, the grass should recover from any damage caused by the webworms. Make sure that you continue to water and irrigate properly to maintain healthy grass.

At Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter, we have the experience and tools that you need to reclaim your lawn from sod webworms. Call today to schedule a same-day inspection!