Surface Insect Control

  

Enjoy a lawn that’s healthy and pleasant for the whole family. Don’t let pests infest your beautiful lawn ruining whole patches of your grass in their hunger to thrive. Keep out the insects through our prescribed lawn treatment, tailored individually to meet your lawn’s needs and optimize its performance.

 

Chinch Bugs

 

You might think it’s drought, but the dry, damaged areas of your lawn near walkways and driveways could be chinch bug damage. They usually damage the lawn during the summer, when temperatures are in the high 70’s and above.

 

Symptoms first appear as dead grass. If not stopped in their tracks, Chinch bugs can continue to spread into new turf, destroying large areas of your lawn. Chinch bugs release a toxin that will continue to damage your grass, making recovery of your lawn difficult in the case of severe chinch bug damage.

Chinch bugs can be identified as active, reddish nymphs, with a band of white on their back, feeding on the grass plants of your lawn. They become darker as they grow older, and in the adult stage, have black bodies with white, folded wings. When mature, they measure 1/6 of an inch. They are slow moving insects, and don’t hop, jump or fly.

To test for Chinch bugs, simply remove both ends from a metal can and press it into the ground, next to the damaged area of your lawn. Fill the can with water. If Chinch bugs are present in your lawn, they will float to the surface. Usually, the outer margin of the injured area of your lawn is a good place to look.

Another method of detecting the presence of the pests is to water small areas heavily, covering them with a white cloth. Shortly, the bugs will crawl up the grass blades, clinging to the surface of the cloth where they can easily be seen by turning the cloth over.

Chinch bugs should be dealt with directly through a proper lawn treatment. Call your Highpoint Lawn Service representative today to discuss how to best treat your Chinch bug infestation.

Billbug grub

 

Different species of grubs present themselves at different times. Unlike the White Grub, which spends the winter deep in the soil, the Billbug grub does not present itself in the turf until early spring when it’s the wettest. Clay colored, the adult Billbug weavel moves out of hibernation during the first warm days of spring, feeds on your lawn, burrowing its eggs into grass crowns and the surrounding soil.

The adult beetles bear a long snout or bill, measuring 1/5 to ¾ inch in length. In four to 14 days after the eggs have been deposited, tiny grubs are hatched in the soil of your lawn. At ½ to ¾ inch in length, the grubs are legless, white, and have an orange-brown head and a dark humped back.

Though the grubs are not very big, their appetite can destroy large amounts of green space, which will have to be reseeded. Save yourself a headache and make it easy on your wallet. Kill Billbug grubs before they have their chance to feast with a regular application of Merit, applied mid-summer or early fall.

Unlike White Grub injury which is often localized into a definite pattern, Billbug grub damage thins the turf, killing your lawn and its natural abilities to fend off diseases. The Billbug Grub does its damage by chewing near the crown, devouring the roots of your grass slightly below the ground level.

Though you can’t see them on the surface, your lawn could be teeming with Billbug Grubs. If the Billbug Grub does serious enough damage to your lawn, you will have an expensive renovation process to deal with.

Cutworms

 

Cutworms can chew the health of your grass, leaving uneven damage along the grass blades of your lawn, threatening the care you’ve invested in your lawn service. Cutworms have segmented bodies varying from 1 to 2 inches in length. Like Armyworms, they have three pairs of legs, with additional prolegs or unjointed projections on the abdomen.

They usually have a dull color, often greenish-gray, brown or black, with lighter longitudinal stripes along the length of their back and side. The adult moths are a uniform pale brownish-gray, with a wing span of 1 ½ inches. These do no damage.

But the cutworm larvae feed on your lawn at night, hiding in the debris or thatch on the surface of the soil during the day. They inflict damage by uneven chewing along the edge of the grass blades of your lawn. This can skeletonize the blades, completely severing the grass from its roots.

Cutworms are solitary feeders and don’t mass together to do damage like Armyworms. Most species of cutworms will produce only one generation a year. The adult moth lays eggs in late spring, depositing them on the grass blades, weeds and debris. Eggs will hatch in about a week, and the larvae will feed on your lawn until fully grown, riddling the grass blades, causing them to be scraggily and chopped.

At maturity, the larvae will dig cells in the soil, pupate and change into adult moths. But not before their larvae chew the health out of your lawn.

 

Sod Webworms

 

Sod webworms can also damage the thick lushness of your lawn by chewing up the grass blades. Sod webworms are the larvae stage of the lawn moth’s life cycle. These worm-like insects are light brown and ½ to ¾ inches in length. Their segmented bodies have stiff hairs protruding from dark brown, circular blotches. Adult moths are a dull grayish-brown.

The female moth will fly over the turf in a jerky, zigzag pattern, dropping her eggs into your grass. Eggs will hatch in about 6 to 10 days, sprouting larvae that will damage your lush turf by chewing down the blades of your grass. Sod webworms often cut the grass blades in half, sometimes severing the entire plant at its crown. They may strip the foliage completely off in patches, causing a yellowish-brown appearance similar to drought damage. Their mere presence can wreck devastation on your lawn if left unchecked.

Sod webworms spin silk-like tunnels in thatch or debris, remaining hidden during the day. Since their life cycle is no more than 6 weeks, most species can have several generations in a single growing season.

All grasses are vulnerable to an attack by Sod Webworms. Proper lawn treatment will kill their eggs before they hatch, saving the health of your lawn from their crude devastation.

 

Frit Flies Can Lay Ruin to Large Areas of Your Lawn

 

Frit flies can riddle your lawn, nibbling your grass blades down to their crown, creating extensive damage that can blight your lawn treatment. Adult flies will deposit their eggs in the axils of the leaf blades, tucked inside the sheath. The small eggs are white, with a finely ridge surface. Tiny larvae will hatch from these eggs, boring into your grass stems, feeding on the blades, wrecking patches of devastation in your lawn.

Infestation generally occurs in taller grass, but you usually won’t see the damage until heavy swarms of the insect reach the more highly sculpted areas of your lawn. An infestation of frit flies can discolor large areas of turf, ruining the beauty of your lawn.

Frit flies are very tiny, less than 1/8 inch in length, with shiny black bodies and yellowish-white markings on the legs. They can cause extensive damage to grasses and cereal grains, and often aren’t noticed until whole swarms infect the core of your lawn.

Frit fly larvae hatch in the warm weather of spring, reaching peak populations in June and July. They are not terrible pests, but under the proper conditions, they can wreck extensive damage to your lawn.

Talk to your Highpoint Lawn Service representative today about how to best protect your lawn from harmful frit fly infestation.

 

 

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