Common Lawn Pests and How to Eliminate Them

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Common Lawn Pests and How to Eliminate Them | The Experienced GardenerLawn pests can do major damage to your yard. They can cause the grass to die by eating or destroying the roots. Some pests create raised tunnels and volcanos of dirt to appear on your lawn. It is very frustrating to see your lawn being destroyed by pests. The first step to stopping lawn pests is to determine what type of pest is causing the damage. Once you have determined the type of pests you can take steps toward eliminating them.

  • Grubs

Grubs in your lawn are essentially baby beetles. These tiny creatures like to feed on the roots of your grass. They can cause more damage to your yard than their adult counterparts. One of the signs that you have grubs in your yard is patches of dying grass. Treatment options for lawn grubs include granular pest control products, nematodes, and milky spore.

  • Worms

There are a couple different types of worms that commonly cause problems for lawns. Armyworms are pests that like to feed on grass blades. Cutworms are another type of damaging worm. They like to feed on the stems of grass blades at or just below the surface of the ground. If you suspect that worms are doing damage to your lawn you can do a ‘drench test’ to confirm your suspicions. A drench test involves flushing pests to the surface using soapy water. When you flush the worms or pests to the surface you can better identify what is causing the damage and then determine how to treat it. There are both DIY and chemical solutions for treating armyworms and cutworms. The best option depends on the size of your yard and the severity of the infestation.

  • Burrowing pests

Burrowing pests include critters such as moles, voles, and gophers. It is common for these terms to be used interchangeably but they are three distinct types of animals. Moles are the pests that create the volcano shaped mounds of dirt all over your yard. They burrow just below the surface of your yard and can make the yard seem soft because there are so many tunnels. Moles like to eat worms and grubs that live in the soil. Voles also burrow underground but do not leave the same telltale mounds as moles. Voles like to eat roots and can kill your lawn from below. Gophers also burrow underground and like to eat plants and vegetables. They can cause major problems in your vegetable garden. If you have any of these burrowing pests in your garden your best bet for removal is traps. You can buy traps and catch them yourself or hire a company that specializes getting rid of voles, moles, and gophers.

If your lawn gets infested with any of these common pests you could end up spending a lot of time and money to get rid of them. Take action as soon as you notice a problem like a dying patch of grass or a volcano shaped mound of dirt. Quickly identifying and treating the problem is the best way to prevent widespread damage of your yard.

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