Identifying And Overcoming The Menace Of Lawn Insects
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All the time, energy and money that you put into designing a beautiful garden can soon come to a naught if you don’t take care to prevent it from harmful lawn insects. Insects are not related to a lawn from the beginning, they appear from time to time due to variations in climate, surroundings etc. Before setting out on the task of getting rid of these insects it is crucial to differentiate between harmful and beneficial insects.

Identification

You can identify the presence of lawn insects specifically by looking for the following signs:

  • Patches of grass that is yellow towards its base is indicative of the presence of Chinch bugs. They breed in hot-dry areas of lawns and the adult ones hibernate during winters under fallen leaves in a garden. The young ones cause more damage by sucking the sap of the plant from stems.
  • If the grass turns into large brown patches, White Grubs may have infested your lawn. These bugs are white in color with a brown head and are always seen coiled in the soil.
  • If you can see small brown patches in the grass and as the affected area increases the grass is of irregular height, then you are facing Sod Webworms. The webworm moths can be seen flying low in a zigzag manner in the evenings.
  • If you find some unwanted soil on the top surface of your lawn, it indicates the presence of a beneficial lawn insect, the earthworm. They make the soil fertile and are therefore good for the lawn.

Cure

  • Remove both the ends of a tin can and place it on the patch infected by harmful bugs. Pour a mixture of water and dish wash soap into it. Within a few minutes the insects will float to the surface.
  • You can use some insecticides to kill these lawn insects. Remember not to go over board while using them as you may end up killing the good ones too.
  • Homemade, organic or commercial pesticides can also be sprayed in the lawn to get rid off these bugs.

Make sure to inspect your lawn regularly as it is 10 times easier to treat for larva or eggs than trying to kill adult pests.