Know Thy Enemy: How Knowing Your Pests Can Give You the Upper Hand

Know Thy Enemy: How Knowing Your Pests Can Give You the Upper Hand

pests-grubs-grassYour lawn may be trying to tell you something. However, unless you really know what it’s trying to tell you, you’ll keep struggling with your lawn – particularly with pests like grubs and scale. With a bit of general knowledge, you will have a better chance to diagnose lawn damaging pests. Then, you’ll know right away when it’s time to call in the professionals.

Related Read: 3 Types of Insects Infesting Your Lawn & How to Tell You Have Them

Get to Know Grubs

One major lawn pest that has always caused homeowners trouble is the grub, which is an immature version of scarab beetles, such as the Japanese beetle. They feed on grass-roots which can quickly destroy your lawn. A few things that might point to an invasion of grubs in your lawn include:

  • Other types of pests, such as raccoons and moles, are tearing up your yard. They enjoy eating grubs, but they also like eating red worms too, so if your lawn is looking rough, make sure you’ve checked for other signs of grubs.
  • Sponginess of the lawn turf. This can occur before the actual browning of your lawn and can indicate grubs as well. It can actually be one of the first signs.
  • Brown patches in your lawn that never turn green. This could be the result of grub feedings from the previous fall. Try pulling a piece of the dead patch, and if it rolls up like a roll of carpet, you most likely have a serious grub problem in that area.
    • If you find dead patches that come up easily, your grub infestation is nothing to joke about. To save your lawn, we recommend calling a lawn care company with an insect management program IMMEDIATELY.

Brown spots, but no grubs to be seen? Check out these five other culprits that might be behind the tough spots on your lawn.

If you’re starting to recognize the signs of pests on your lawn, give Ashton Walden Turf Services a call at (806) 632-3571 right away – before the damage can get any worse!