When we think of pests, we often think of termites, mice, bees, or mosquitoes. However, the term “pests” enbraces a much larger variety of creatures. One such variant is grass-killing pests, and these can do massive amounts of damage to your lush green lawn.
Grass-Killing Pests Defined
The name sums up exactly what they do. These are a class of critters that burrow into the soil or eat the grass’s roots. Damage is usually visible and includes:
- Brown patches
- Holes in the ground
- Wilting grass
- Visible holes in the soil
Types of Grass-Killing Pests
Grubs are beetle larvae. These C-shaped critters measure about an inch in length. They feed on the roots and also attract additional unwanted predators, such as crows and moles. Grubs can cause grass to become brown and the lawn spongy.
This is a species of caterpillars that lays its eggs underneath the grass. This creates small brown patches about two inches in diameter. Eventually you’ll see small clusters of these miniature brown spots. The entire are then dies off.
Chinch bugs only measure a quarter of an inch in length, but they can do massive damage. The critters feed by sucking moisture from the grass blades and leaving behind an anticoagulant. This prevents the blades from replenishing the lost water.
Early signs of cinch bug intrusion include yellowish to reddish grass, which eventually turns solid brown.
You should contact a lawn care service in addition to pest control. The former can take measures to make the lawn less appealing to pests. This will probably include seasonal fertilization and aeration. Other prevention strategies include eliminating standing water and mowing the lawn to the recommended height.
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