Some pets fetch your slippers, some shed on the couch, there are even those that fly, swim, and bark endlessly into the late hours of the night. What about the kind that does nothing but sits in front of your house and look pretty? Not an expensive pure bred dog- your lawn, silly! Yet, just like pets of the canine variety, you don’t want your lawn crawling with deadly insects and parasites. Defend your lawn by following these steps!
These unwanted intruders are infamous for their method of hollowing out leaf stems and making themselves at home. It’s tricky to spot them, but they lay a very easy to recognize orange eggs for those up with great eyesight or a magnifying glass. To rid your lawn of these pests you’ll need to use Acephate 75 Turf treatment before dawn.
While the bat is something of a beloved and romanticized blood-sucker, the mosquito doesn’t have a friend in the world. These disease-spreading pests will make your lawn into a breeding ground if you aren’t careful! Rid your lawn of any standing water to avoid attracting them. Make sure to not let your hose or sprinkler run for prolonged periods of time.
3. Mole Crickets!
These guys are a headache! They appear in a portion of your yard and fortify their position by digging into the soil and keeping out of sight. Yet these generally unseen villains do extensive damage to the surrounding grass! They burrow down and attack grass at the base as well as come up on warm nights to fly around and breed. The best method of getting rid of these pests is: Talstar.
Who doesn’t love a picnic? You, your family, and that terrifying army of ants living on your lawn all love them. If you’re tired of having your picnics frequently invaded by the little devils, your best bet is to sprinkle vinegar in any patch of the lawn that ants have been spotted. It will erase their scent trails and repel them nicely!
No child wants to play in a yard with roaming wasps. Though the mosquito may be a more long term threat- the wasp is the short term demon of flying yard pests. Thankfully the control method is similar. Avoid standing water is rule number one. As a second precaution, keep your lawn nice and trim. Even small pockets of water hidden under tall grass can attract wasps.
While considered man’s best friend, dogs are the worst enemy of the lawn (next to mail carriers). Urine and feces are only the start of problems that can be spread by dogs. Stray dogs can be carrying all manner of parasites that can be left behind on your lawn for some unsuspecting child playing in the grass. Your best choice? A fence! Simple and to the point. There are also sonic repellents that can be bought, but these can be expensive- whereas the fence serves other practical purposes after purchase.
These parasitic plants will terrorize the leafy citizens of your lawn. They steal water, sunshine, can in some cases strangle your plants. You can either rip these pests right out by the roots yourself or use an environmentally safe weed killer.
8. Sod Webworms!
These caterpillar-like insects feed at night on your healthy grass and damage your lawn at an alarming rate. You’ll see discolored, brown areas as the early warning signs of a sod webworm population growing. Rid yourself of them with Acephate!
Like all the other freeloading bugs that are looking to live rent-free on your beautiful lawn, armyworms will leave your grass ragged and dying. From the moment they hatch they begin feeding on your turf. Either Talstar or Acephate can win you the war against the armyworms.
One more can tear your garden a new… hole. For those of you that regularly plant vegetables in your garden, are you used to pulling up nothing up the devoured roots of what was once produce? The handiwork of a hidden mole, most likely! You have three choices to protect your plants: Mole traps, repellent, or poison. I recommend taking these precautions in early spring to get rid of pregnant females.