How to Control Lawn Moss & Pests


Controlling lawn moss and pests that infest your lawn is important, as pests eat away plants and flowers and rapidly growing lawn moss drains essential nutrients from the soil. Fortunately, controlling lawn moss is a basic procedure of hand-pulling and can be treated with moss killer at the same time insecticide is used to control the unwanted pests. Controlling lawn moss and pests is a simple process that can be accomplished with a few small steps.

Step 1

Hand-pull areas where unwanted moss is growing in your lawn, starting with the highest concentration of affected areas.

Step 2

Place moss directly into plastic trash bags for disposal.

Step 3

Fill an empty, clean spray bottle with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of moss killer. Moss killer is readily available at any lawn and garden center.

Step 4

From a distance of 6 inches, spray areas where moss has grown in your yard.

Step 5

Leave to dry, do not rinse off.

Step 6

Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup insecticide (found at home and garden centers nationwide), unless your insecticide already has a spray nozzle attachment.

Step 7

From a distance of 6 to 8 inches, spray areas where you have noticed insect activity. Be sure to thoroughly coat the areas where the most infestation has occurred.

Step 8

Leave to dry. It is especially important that you do not rinse off, as many insects (such as ants) act as carriers to their colony and will bring the insecticide back to kill the remaining hidden or underground insects.

Step 9

Repeat treating insects as often as necessary. Check every 72 hours for new moss growth and continue hand-pulling and spray treating until moss and insects are eliminated.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash bags
  • Gardening gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Moss killer (such as Moss-Out. Moss-Kill or Rid-Moss)
  • Insecticide (available at any home and garden center)


  • Controlling Lawn Moss
  • Getting Rid of Lawn Pests
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