Georgia homeowners put a lot of effort into their yards and landscapes in the spring in the hopes of being able to enjoy them in the summer. Your pristine lawn is not only attractive to people but also lawn pests who see it has a smorgasbord. The best way to fight these pests is to be able to identify them and treat them before they cause too much damage.
If you have never seen a mole cricket, then you are one of the lucky ones. These things that nightmares are made of are not from outer space but dwell in the thatch layer under your grass. They tunnel under the surface at night, feeding on larvae, small worms, and the roots of your lawn. Mole crickets can damage crops, gardens, grass, and pastures. Aeration can help control mole crickets by breaking up the thatch they live in.
A very notorious pest in Georgia is the Japanese beetle. Adult beetles can cause extensive damage to the leaves of your trees and shrubs. But it isn’t the adults that cause most of the damage. It’s the larvae or grub. Grubs feed on the roots of your grass in the spring and fall and can kill large patches of grass right down to the dirt.
To check for grubs in your yard, pull up a piece of sod and check. If there are several grubs in a square foot of dirt, then you have a grub problem and should call a professional lawn care company to take care of it.
Army worms appear in the fall when they begin their destructive march across your lawn, leaving behind a path of destruction in the form of dead grass. These hungry caterpillars have an appetite for a number of crops such as peanuts, corn, soybeans, and lawns. Luckily, armyworms rarely cause permanent damage to your lawn, and contacting a lawn care service will help solve your problem quickly.
Fire ants are a non-native species in the United States. They were imported over 90 years ago from the tropical climates of South America. Eventually, fire ants found the weather in the South to be very similar to the hot and humid climates of their native land and settled right in. Since then, they have spread freely through the southern states with no natural predators to keep them in check.
Fire ants aren’t only a menace to your yard, but they also pose a threat to your family. Fire ants are extremely aggressive and extremely territorial. They will attack anyone who disturbs their colony, including pets and children.
At Environmental Turf Management, we have over 20 years of experience battling lawn pests in Georgia. Our lawn care program can control a lot of surface insects while our fire ant control program can help keep your family safe from these stinging pests.
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