Identification and Control of Turfgrass Insects

Insects form the most populous form of animal life, but only a small number might become a potential problem. Even though several insects feed on grass, not all of them cause damages. The majority are harmless, and some play crucial roles in the growth of turf grass, while others are pests. Turfgrass insects are cyclical and depend on several factors, including weather, desirable habitat, suitable food sources, and predators.

Lawn insects can cause diseases, nutritional disorders, drought, and nematodes, which can be so damaging to your lawn. Therefore, it is important to correctly identify the problem to save time, money, and to avoid the unnecessary application of pesticides.

It is not easy to observe the extent of damage until the numbers of the insect species reach a detectable level. The presence of dead sod and the existence of white grubs is an indication that insects have infested your lawn.

Turfgrass insects can be controlled through the use of pesticides, but this mode usually takes longer to be effective.

When you combine sound lawn practices with the use of pesticides, you are more likely to have a vigorous and healthy lawn. Having a well-designed pest management system makes it easier and efficient to control pests and prevents recurrence and the likelihood of new outbreaks.

It is important to have plans for the possibility of a pest problem before planting turfgrass on your lawn. Maintaining a healthy lawn can help in defending against insect pests. Good turf management practices that can help in preventing the invasion by insects include:

  • Fertilization
  • Overall sanitation
  • Mowing
  • Proper watering
  • Maintaining a dense turf

Contact us to help you evaluate your lawn, identify any turfgrass insects on your lawn and for exceptional results in the control process.

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