Common Lawn Pests

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Common lawn pests will leave signs that they are infesting your yard. For example, brown spotted areas are a common sign, and these spots can provide a warning that you have a pest infestation. However, some people mistake these brown spots for a lawn disease, and this can cause confusion. There are several bugs that will eat the grassy areas of your lawn and leave patches or spots behind.

Some of the most common lawn pests include:

Japanese Beetles

These pests form colonies in the garden of homes and even commercial properties. They might not eat the grass directly, but they will lay their eggs in the soil of your lawn. As the eggs begin to mature, small grubs will form that need to eat the grass and the roots of your lawn in order to survive. Grubs form during the larval stage, and they will later become mature Japanese beetles. The cycle will repeat until your lawn is destroyed or they are eliminated from your property.

Mole Crickets

This pest is known to cause a lot of damage to the lawns where there is an infestation. They can tunnel into the earth and feed on the corpses of smaller insects. They also eat the roots beneath the grass, which leaves incredible devastation behind. The ground will feel like a sponge in the areas where they fed, and they will leave behind unhealthy looking patches of brown where the grass used to be growing. They are attracted to moisture in the soil, and avoiding excessive amounts of watering can prevent a mole cricket infestation in some cases.

Chinch Bugs

These pests often leave behind a yellow or brown patch in the grass where they’ve been eating. They are extremely small and difficult to identify. They are attracted to several types of grass, so you might need to consider this before planting or overhauling your lawn. For example, they like bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, red fescues and perennial ryegrass. They feast on these areas by releasing toxic venom into the soil, which leaves the area yellow or spotted brown with red tints.

Other common lawn pests may include the following:

  • Crickets
  • Ants
  • Moles
  • Fire ants
  • Billbugs
  • Stinkbugs
  • Aphids
  • Earwigs
  • Fleas

B&B Exterminating

Our seasoned professionals understand the importance of early lawn care and preventative measures that can help you avoid extensive damage from a pest infestation. Early detection is the key to prevention, so you can always contact our professionals for advice on your particular situation. Many of our clients have already tried the most common amateur treatments without success. Professional pest control services will help you to maintain your home or office lawn area with a minimal amount of interference in your daily routine. Contact us for details.