How to Identify What’s Eating Your Lawn
Like small children and antique cars, Florida lawns require constant attention. With our plentiful fresh water, vibrant sub-tropical climates, and growing human population, it is a true cornucopia of pests and diseases that can damage the green expanse in front of your home. And the damage can happen fast, especially in the blazing summer months. Tampa pest control experts can certainly help with remedying any situation, but the first step is identification of the problem.
Step one in this process is to understand what type of grass you have. Odds are, if you are in the Central Florida area, this will be the ultra-common St. Augustine variety. Tough and growing in tropical climates around the world, St. Augustine grass can nevertheless have some pretty powerful adversaries. Other grass types somewhat common to Florida homes and business are Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede, and Buffalo, all with certain positive and negatives. No matter what type of grass you have, if you are living in Florida, it is almost relentless under attack. The below three culprits of lawn damage and destruction are widespread and often difficult to remove without the help of professionals.
- Chinch bugs: Chinch bugs have only one very fortunate upside: they are remarkably easy to identify. The downside to that upside, identification is usually possible because of lawn damage. Chinch bugs leave very unique circular patches of dead lawn in their wake, and an abundance of these circles spells trouble. Chinch bugs themselves are nearly invisible, making eradication tricky for the novice. But if caught early in their lawn damaging process, most sod will recover just fine.
- Sod webworms: Sod webworms are not, in fact, a worm, but a type of moth. In the larvae stage, which is likely to occur on your lawn, they feast and grow almost exclusively on grass and grass roots. Hence, sod webworms. They appear in Florida primarily in the summer and can be very difficult to treat. These creatures are similar to caterpillars and move through your lawn quickly, making early identification extra critical.
- Mole crickets: Mole crickets are rarely found in St. Augustine grass, but are known to be active in Bermuda and Zoysia varieties. They feed on the root structure of your grass, making recovery rare for that patch of turf. Mole crickets themselves are very difficult to remove once established and in the adult phase of their lives, so most treatment plans (by top-class professionals) focus on removing eggs and future generations.
This is only three of the many, many threats to your lawn. We didn’t even have time here to go over some of the common lawn diseases and fungi that may affect you. But, in all cases, the proper response to lawn problems is good management with effective and knowledgeable professionals such as the Tampa pest control leaders at Apex. We provide both ongoing treatments for your lawn, as well as emergency work when a serious problem is identified. For more information, contact us today at (866) 675-4070.