Bug Control for Lawns

Overview

A beautiful lawn takes time and patience to create. Proper irrigation, fertilizing and regular mowing are necessary to maintain your lawn. However, there is one more threat to your lawn that is insidious and barely visible. This threat consists of bugs. Mole crickets, chinch bugs and grubs are just a few insects that love to dine on healthy grass. You can provide bug control for your lawn and ward off insects before any damage is done.

Pests

The three most active and prevalent lawn pests are chinch bugs, grubs and mole crickets. All three of these insects dwell underground, dining on the roots of the grass.

Activity

Seasons where pests are most active are spring and summer. Cold weather drives the insects into dormancy.

Damage Indicators

Chinch bugs find their way into your lawn by borders such as a driveway, sidewalk or garden bed. They create irregular patches of brown grass, which extend from the border into the yard. Mole crickets leave the grass extremely lumpy as they burrow beneath the surface. Grubs are very inconspicuous, but create erratic brown patches in the grass.

Treatments

There are many pesticides on the market today. Some are chemical-free and some are not. Some have been banned by the EPA, such as Diazinon and Dursban. These are slowly being phased out and replaced with more eco-friendly products. Pesticide treatments are available in granular form or liquid.

Application methods

Granular treatments are applied with a broadcast spreader or a drop spreader, according to the package's instructions. It is best to water in granules immediately after application. Liquid treatments require a hose attachment specially designed for applying liquid pesticides or liquid fertilizers to the lawn.

Frequency

It is suggested that a second treatment is applied to the sod 10 days after the first. In order to prevent infestation, applying a preventative treatment in early spring is a good practice.

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About this Author

Lisa Larsen has been a professional writer for 18 years. She has written radio advertisement copy, research papers, SEO articles, magazine articles for "BIKE," "USA Today" and "Dirt Rag," newspaper articles for "Florida Today," and short stories published in Glimmer Train and Lullwater Review, among others. She has a master's degree in education, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.