While there are a number of lawn issues that can invite bugs into your yard, insects are just a part of nature – and they love a nice lawn full of healthy grass too.
While some bugs can ruin your grass, others can completely ruin your desire to be in your own yard. As such, they need to be taken care of as soon as possible. While spraying your lawn for insects can be effective, you might wonder if mowing your lawn first will help or hinder lawn pest extermination efforts.
Should You Cut The Grass Before Spraying for Lawn Pests?
The short answer? Yes, you should definitely cut your grass before spraying for insects.
If you have ever taken an extra long vacation and come back to a lawn that was left to grow longer than normal, you will definitely notice a few more bugs in your lawn. The reason is that bugs love a protective environment, and long grass is perfect for them. Ants, ticks, aphids, and even fleas all love long grass and will consider a thick and healthy lawn a pretty great place to live if not deterred.
Cutting your grass before spraying for pests comes with a number of benefits, including:
- Allowing insecticide to reach pests easier. Long grass is loved by bugs because it serves as a shield for them. A shorter lawn means that treatments get to the base of your grass where most insects build their homes.
- Mowing your lawn removes and deters some insects. A lawn of longer grass is attractive to insects. By cutting your grass, it immediately makes your lawn less attractive. It helps the treatment work better, but will make your lawn a less a appealing home to insects.
- Allows insect treatment to remain where you want it. By mowing your lawn after an insect treatment, you may be removing some of that treatment and it could be spreading to parts that you do not want it. A freshly cut lawn allows the treatment to stay where it was put down so it can be fully absorbed.
While not completely necessary, cutting the lawn before a scheduled pest treatment for it is a great idea. Even cutting the grass a few days before the appointment can be a big help.
If you have a lawn in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that has become home to a few more pesky insects than you would like, contact us today. Abracadabra Lawn Pest & Weed Control is dedicated to building healthy lawns free of pests that families can enjoy.