Is your lawn healthy? There are several telltale signs of a dying lawn such as yellow patches, dry patches, plant stems that easily break off, tunnels and little mounds, uneven surfaces, an unusual amount of leaves dropping, and plant leaves that have damaged and cropped edges and holes.
Pest management is not as complicated as many make it sound. In fact, after the initial treatment to get rid of bad bugs and pests, the remainder can be routinely scheduled and monitored by one responsible person in the house.
Some pests live in the soil and are not very easy to find. They damage the quality of the soil by feasting on the nutrients and water found in the soil. Other pests like to feed on the tree roots or dig, dig, dig, and in the process, uproot the plants or trees causing possible risk to human life or limb.
Some of the pests that live in the soil are billbugs, white grubs, and mole crickets. When they have multiplied, they will cause bald patches, unexplained dead grass, or dried-up plants from damaged roots.
To get rid of soil bugs, whether they are the type that lay eggs in the soil or live in the soil as their habitat, it is necessary to treat the soil so it’s not appealing to bugs. You can do the following:
- Remove weak, damaged plants, as they are probably infected already.
- Treat your soil with natural compost made from biodegradable items from your kitchen and dinner table.
- Clear the garden or lawn of debris and weeds.
- Rotate crops, as most pests have their plant preferences.
- Call us to have your lawn disinfected.
Some pests prefer to live in thatches. A few examples of these bugs in Florida are the sod webworms, chinch bugs, armyworms, and the spittlebugs. Thatch comes from grass, and bugs are attracted to specific grass. For example, the spittlebugs love centipede grass, especially if the grass is shaded. The chinch bugs love St. Augustine grass, but they prefer that this grass be under the sun. Thus, do book a professional analysis of your thatch to find out if there are any bugs that need to be treated. Or, if you are in a rush and want to know the status of your thatch area immediately, mix dishwashing liquid and water (1 ounce to 2 gallons ratio) and spill it on the lawn. If you see bugs coming out, you have an infestation. Call us immediately for treatment.