Diagnosing Lawn Pests
One way to find out if you have lawn pests is to simply keep your eyes open. Look for moths flying up from your lawn as you mow. Watch for billbugs crossing your sidewalk or driveway during the evening hours. And keep an eye out for other pests such as grubs, which do the most damage in fall.
A professional pest analysis – such as one provided by Your Local Lawn Doctor – can also help halt house and yard pests before they become a bigger problem.
Yard and Perimeter
The best time of year to control pests varies depending on the type of pest. Some pests are best controlled when they are newly hatched or immature. Eliminating adult pests before they have a chance to lay eggs is also useful.
If you see dead, brown patches on your lawn, you may think it is due to severe drought stress, but it could indicate a problem with grubs or other yard pests instead.
Grubs cause damage to grass plants by feeding on their roots. Turf that is damaged by grubs is easily lifted up (like a carpet) due to a lack of root system support. Large numbers of grubs left untreated in a lawn can be devastating to the turf.
Controlling yard pests is always a good idea. However, some insects – like bees and butterflies – are beneficial for your lawn, as they are natural enemies of insects we consider to be pests.
Just like household cleaners, pesticides are safe if handled, applied and stored according to their directions. All pesticides are labeled with application guidelines and dosage restrictions as required by state or federal laws and regulations.
To avoid incorrect dosage amounts or overuse, have a professional like Your Local Lawn Doctor handle your pest maintenance schedule.
If using a home pesticide, dispose of it properly to protect the environment. Never pour chemicals down the sink, toilet, storm drains or in creeks. Instead, use them up by giving them to a friend or relative or take them to a hazardous waste collection facility in your community.
Using a professional service like Lawn Doctor’s Pest Control program eliminates the hassle of pesticide storage and disposal.