7 Pests Lurking In Your Texas Lawn - Ashton Walden

7 Pests Lurking In Your Texas Lawn

Some bugs, like the humble earthworm, are a good thing to have in your lawn. They are nature’s aerators and create breathing room for your grass and garden as they go about their lives. Other bugs, like fire ants, spider mites, and even certain wasps, will create problems not only for you but also for your grass. Ashton Walden Turf Services offers insect control for yards to get rid of these common pests.

Ground-Nesting Wasps

Cicada killer wasps and sand wasps are solitary wasps that dig and burrow into the turf. The wasps are highly selective in choosing nesting sites and may even choose the same locations annually. That’s why it’s so important to eradicate them quickly. If not, you might have a yearly problem to contend with.

Spider Mites

These tiny insects have been known to bite humans who brush against them, but the main concern is what they do to your grass. Spider mites have a yellow or greenish body with darker spots. Spider mite damage looks like yellow or brown patches on the leaves of your grass or other plants. If left untreated, your grass or other infected plants may eventually perish. You may also notice a web coating your grass. Their name is not for nothing – they are members of the arachnid family, after all!

Grubsshovel of grubs

Grubs are one of the most common reasons Texans get insect control for their lawns. They are the larvae of Japanese beetles, and they feed on the roots of your turfgrass. As adults, the beetles will eat the grass above the surface and the leaves of other plants. In fact, June is about the time when grubs will emerge from the soil as breeding adults. They’ll lay their eggs in your soil, and in the spring, the eggs hatch, and the cycle starts all over again. If left untreated, grubs may attract other critters to your yard like moles, raccoons, and possums, who love to dig and tear up your yard to get at the grubs, which they consider a tasty meal. Grubs usually will not go away on their own and will generally get worse if untreated.


If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve dealt with a flea problem on your pet. You know how incredibly annoying it is when dogs track them into the house. While they don’t harm the lawn, they still are a nuisance. Fleas like to hide in cool shady areas of your yard and lie in wait for an unsuspecting pet. From there, they will hitch a ride into your house. Once you’ve got fleas inside your home, getting rid of them can be a challenge. By treating your yard, Ashton Walden can help you avoid major headaches down the road.

Fire Ants

Believe it or not, fire ants are a fairly recent problem for Texas. They were accidentally imported from South America, likely in fruit crates, about a hundred years ago. As you may know, fire ants are incredibly aggressive if they feel threatened. The mounds they build can ruin the look of your lawn and make regular lawn maintenance impossible. Their tunneling can damage the roots of your grass. As a professional pest control company, we can wipe out these terrors before they harm you, your family, or your pets.

Army Worms

Just as grubs grow up to look nothing like their larval form, armyworms look nothing like their parents. Armyworms are the larvae of a moth. They have green, yellow, or brown stripes down the length of their bodies. They primarily eat bermudagrass but will also ruin your vegetable garden as well. They can easily destroy a lawn in a few days if you don’t take action quickly.

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Chinch bugs cause damage that can be mistaken for other lawn problems. That’s because their damage appears as brown patches, which could at first seem like a lack of water, fertilizer, or a fungal issue. Coupled with the fact that chinch bugs are tiny, you may not realize that’s what you’re dealing with until their damage is extensive. Chinch bugs like to suck the juice out of grass blades, which causes them to shrivel and eventually die. If left untreated, the circular damage will grow in size.

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