Comprehensive Lawn Programs
At Busy Bee Termite & Pest Control, we understand that a home is one of the most expensive investments a person will ever make for their future. It stands to reason that it's important to most individuals to keep this investment looking and functioning at its best. In addition to caring for the inside of the home, it's important to pay careful attention to the lawn as well. There are several common lawn pests that affect residents in the Florida area. Some of these pests will be discussed in further detail below.
Common Lawn Pests in the Florida Area
Florida is a beautiful state offering plenty of sunshine and a comfortable climate throughout most of the year. This climate is also conducive to the development of problems with several types of lawn pests, as detailed below.
Chinch bugs are tiny black and white bugs that are usually discovered in the hotter and dry portions of the lawn. In fact, the bugs themselves are difficult to even notice at all. What a homeowner is likely to notice is the extensive damage that chinch bugs can cause. Damaged patches of grass that appear to be discolored as a yellow or brown hue can be caused by chinch bug damage. This results in unsightly patches of lawn that appear dead or dying.
Mole crickets are very common pests throughout much of the state of Florida. These pests create elaborate and extensive tunnels near the surface of the soil, resulting in grass that becomes dislodged and overly dried out. The mole crickets will approach the grass from the underside of these tunnels, chewing their way through a large portion of the lawn if left untreated.
Tropical Sod Webworms
Tropical sod webworms typically strike in the summer season. They can quickly overtake an entire lawn, almost wiping it clean of its lush vegetation. They appear as gray or green caterpillars that can be up to an inch long and continually hungry. Tropical sod webworms do their feeding at night, so it can be difficult to spot the worms themselves. However, signs of chewing will be visible on the blades of grass.
Weevils can infest and quickly chew up blades of grass, leading to areas of the lawn that rapidly turn yellow and die off. Many homeowners may mistakenly think they have a problem with a lawn disease or a simple lack of water. A tug test will reveal the true nature of the problem. If the issue is a weevil infestation, the damaged areas of grass can easily be pulled out of the ground, leaving behind debris that looks similar to sawdust.
Of course, insects are not the only issues that can impact the health of lawns in the Florida area. Issues with under or overwatering, improper Ph balances, fertilizer use, and a wide variety of diseases that affect grass and soil can all play a huge role in the health of the lawn.
At Busy Bee, we take great pride in providing outstanding customer service, innovative and advanced techniques, and affordable and reliable treatment protocols to meet the needs of our clients. If you are in need of any type of pest control service, either inside the home or with the lawn itself, please contact us at Busy Bee today for further assistance.