antMany homeowners take pride in their lawns. After spending many hours mowing, watering, and fertilizing your grass, the last thing you want to deal with is insect damage. Lawn pests can leave parts of the lawn looking damaged, or worse, kill the grass completely. The experts at Apex recommend watching out for these six lawn-destroying pests.

  1. Ants

Ants can cause significant damage to grass. They create vast networks of tunnels, which weakens the soil and cause root damage to grass. Some ant species will farm other lawn pests like aphids to maintain a source of honeydew. Ants’ hill building leaves unsightly mounds on your lawn, and if you get too close, you could be bitten or stung.

  1. Aphids

Aphids are common plant pests in Florida. They feed on a variety of plant types by piercing the plant parts and sucking out fluids. Large populations of aphids can turn leaves yellow. These pests can even weaken small trees.

  1. Armyworms

Armyworms are the larval stage of a moth. They’re common in the fall, and they’ll eat many types of lawn grasses. While they rarely kill lawns, it’s possible for them to eat grass down to the dirt. Due to the potential for serious damage, it’s important to control these pests.

  1. Chiggers

Chiggers are actually the larvae of mites. While they don’t eat your grass like other types of lawn pests, they can still ruin your enjoyment of the lawn. These pests are hard to see, and they can attach to you and suck fluids out of your skin. The bites can be very itchy, and some people have allergic reactions. Frequently mowing your lawn can help keep these bugs at bay.

  1. Cutworms

These small caterpillars dig a burrow in the ground. At night, they come out to feed on blades of grass and shoots. Since lawn caterpillars often feed in the same location, the damage is confined to certain areas. The damage can look like a depressed spot in the grass or a circular spot of dead grass.

  1. Grubs

Grubs are the larval stage of scarab beetles. At night, they feed on grass roots. This damages the grass and, over time, it gets yellow and dies. Patches of dead grass can appear on the lawn if grubs are present. To check for the presence of grubs, gently tug on your grass. Infested grass is easy to pull up due to root damage.

Lawn pests can do a lot of damage to your grass. To keep your lawn looking and feeling its best, turn to the Tampa lawn care experts at Apex.

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Tampa lawn care companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!